No More

No More

But the blood on your doorposts will serve as a sign, marking the houses where you are staying. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt. (Exodus 12:13)

Read: Exodus 10:1-12:13, Matthew 20:1-28, Psalm 25:1-15, Proverbs 6:6-11

Relate: They are gone. In one day, two million Hebrews, men women and children along with their livestock and everything they could carry left the land of Egypt. Can you imagine the hole that would leave in Egyptian society. In a rigidly socially stratified culture, the entire lower class just up and left. In one day.

This didn’t just happen in a vacuum. Before it came hail, blood, locusts, frogs, darkness, and death. Egyptian society had been plunged into chaos and those wondering when the nightmare would end were probably looking to that lower class, to that slave class, to rebuild. After all, didn’t they build it all in the first place? Isn’t that why we kept them around?

Can you imagine what it would look to an ordinary Egyptian two days after they were all gone? The smell of death from the frogs is still pungent in air. There are men still carrying their carts house to house for families to bring out their dead. Word gets out that the ghetto called Goshen doesn’t smell nearly so bad and since it is now abandoned… So the ordinary Egyptian goes out to see this ghost town for himself. I can tell you from very recent firsthand experience how uniquely, desperately awful a place recently abandoned by an entire community looks like. There are no words to adequately describe it. What I saw was the forced abandonment of about twenty thousand people. Now multiply that by a hundred. As if that weren’t enough, on each and every door there is a statement written in blood. Our lives were purchased with this blood. Our lives were spared by this blood. No more blood need be shed. We have left this world behind.

React: I mentioned recently (here) how the word “Egypt” in ancient Hebrew also means “worldly” and Egypt in Biblical typology often refers to this world. With that in mind, imagine again the statement that blood declared to all who would see it. Because this blood has been shed, this dwelling has been abandoned. Because of the shed blood of the lamb, I am a citizen in this world no more. Two million people made that same statement in one day. Imagine what the world would say if the people of God today boldly declared what the shed blood means for their homes. Imagine what will happen when the church finally wakes up and declares, “I am a citizen of this world no more.”

Respond: 

Dear God, I am sorry for the way for the way I desperately cling to things of transient value. I am sorry for still holding on to the illusion that this world is my home. Help me to let go. Help me to leave it behind. Your shed blood has purchased my life and given me a far greater citizenship. Help me to live up to it. Help me to truly, with every fiber of my being, understand and walk in the reality that I am now a citizen of another kingdom. I belong to this world no more. Amen.

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14 thoughts on “No More

  1. A constant prayer I pray. For the children of God that sleep will awaken and those that have died (spiritually) God would revive. That we all would unite with one accord with each other and Christ.

  2. BJ, Thank you for sharing this blog. I had not thought of the after effect of the exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt. It is an interesting point of view. This is a very uplifting blog. Sincerely, Richard

  3. Look into the book “The Exodus Case” by Dr. Lennart Moller. I found it at Amazon.com. Amazon will recommend a couple DVDs along with it. I’d recommend them also. It is all to do with archeology relating to a literal reading of Exodus.

    • I really hope you are joking. Moller is neither a historian nor an archaeologist and the travesty you recommend should be kept well away from impressionable young minds.

      • Hm. He’s a very intelligent guy, lectures around the world in his area, and knows how to investigate things using scientific method. I don’t see why his intelligence and expertise can’t apply to history and archeology. These are transferable skills. Plus, he’s not the only one who has investigated the subjects in his books. Other folks have looked at the same finds and drawn the same or similar conclusions. He’s very clear that these are not his finds, but that he wanted to investigate them himself. He is also very clear that he is not claiming that he has definitively found, for example, Pharaoh’s army in the Gulf of Aqaba. He presents what he’s found and asks the reader to judge for themselves. You seem to be attacking the man as opposed to what is presented in his book. What do you know that disqualifies his findings so thoroughly? Not him. His findings.

  4. Owning that we’re aliens here? That this isn’t home–and that we won’t tolerate the pull of this place? It would be amazing if we dared to live that way. Throwing all caution to the wind and living the reality of our redemption. Great picture. Even greater challenge.

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  6. Perhaps for us to understand some truths they must actually be lived as A.W. Toser wrote. Beejay, you are living through things that the average westerner only reads about. Don´t give up on the Lord. Some will have to live through the attrocities and the blatant exposure of our worldliness through your writings. For those who must suffer to see it themselves, may Heaven help us. Whatever our part is, may it serve to throw us further upon Jesus Christ. He is still our Way, our Truth and our Life. He will see us safely through. What remains is for us to take the mark of His blood, turn our eyes from our former home, and follow Him to our promised land.

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