v13:for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. (Gen 47:11 settled in Egypt, Ex 1:11 enslaved, Ex 12:4 430 yrs), v14:I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions. (Ex 6-11 Plagues, Ex 12:36 Great plunder) v.15:You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age (gen 25:7-10 died at 175) v.16:In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here (Gal 3:17 430 yrs later new covenant of law)
Ex 3:2, Moses, Firey Bush
Ex 13:21 Pillar of Fire
Ex 19:18 Descended on Mt Sinai in fire
Lev 9:24, 10;2 fire came out from Lord
1 Peter 1:7 Refiners fire
Rev 20:14-15 Lake of Fire
Isa 51:4 my justice will become a light to the nations
Isa 60-19 The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory
John 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
John 3:19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 9:5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
John 12:46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
Acts 22:6-9 Jesus revealed to Paul on road to Damascus as a bright light from heaven
Rev 21:23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.
Rev 21:23. While God is fire and his glory shines like flame, the Lamb is a lamp, something personal something that directly interacts with me in a personal way
People have choice. Sin is allowed as a means of leading to repentance – we know it is wrong, we are wrong and need to reunite with God. When we repent, God is faithful and restores us, but if we do not turn to His righteousness, it becomes a rut which turns to a canyon.
Wadi of Egypt to Euphrates – No
Solomon, 1 Kings 4:21, 1 Kings 8:65
My Daily Journal:
Home. There is something in our DNA that longs for something we call home. While we often symbolize it by a physical place, that is more of a symbol. Same with ownership or possession, both are elements of home, but not what makes something home. It is deeper than that, it is a need for stability, belonging, connecting, peace. Even if experience of home have been difficult or we have lived nomadically, the longing is still there.
God has given us this longing and uses it to call us back to Him. Our true home is not on this earth or in this physical plane, our true and ultimate home is in communion with our creator. But He gives us home on this earth to help teach and prepare us for that ultimate state.
Our earthly home is an allegory. In the same way, the promised land is an allegory to Abram’s children. Not that it isn’t real or that it isn’t a real promise, but it is not the ultimate home, only a representation.
God uses our earthly home to teach us. He gives us homes. He also calls us out of our homes both to teach us and to put us in situations to teach others. This has been the history of Israel and the promised land. God has moved His chosen people in and out of the land, both as lessons to them about His provision and promises and also as lessons to them about rebellion and repentance.
In our lesson we learned that under Solomon the entire region of the promised land was delivered to Israel. We saw that in 1 Kings 4 and 8. But by 2 Kings 24:7 “the king of Babylon had taken all his territory, from the Wadi of Egypt to the Euphrates River.”
The lesson isn’t that God gives and takes away (although that is truth), but that land is land, home is with Him. Our promised land is not to be found in the promise of God to Abram, but in the promise of Christ to believers, the home that is eternal.