Psalm 105: 37-45
2 Corinthians 13:5-10
Psalm 105, is a remembrance of the exodus from Egypt for Israel. Jehovah, with a mighty hand brought them through the plagues that fell so heavily on Egypt, and released them with the gold, and silver of their oppressors. In addition to their release, as they were leaving no Israelite stumbled, fell, was injured, or died. This is a huge accomplishment! Anyone associated with the military of today knows that one major goal in any training exercise is to keep the troops from injury or death, and many are injured in training. But back to Israel in the exodus, Jehovah absolutely protected and provided for those whom He loved.
Exodus 16: 1-21 This is the recount of how Israel complained about the way Jehovah was caring for them and how they wanted to return to Egypt, to a life of slavery, for that life was more desirable to them than freedom and living under God’s direction. So then Jehovah provides Manna, and Quail for them daily. Oh how quickly we complain and demand even more.
2 Corinthians 13:5-10 In a concluding statement for the Corinthian church Paul says he desires for them to examine themselves individually to see if Jesus really dwells with them, or if they like Israel, would rather return to the slavery of sin.
Many times in our own modern world we Christians somehow get twisted in our thinking and regard life with Christ as a fire escape from Hell, and a license to return to sin. Paul himself asked the rhetorical question in chapter 6 of Romans. “Should we then continue in sin so that grace can abound?” Is it possible that the new life in Christ could be construed as a fail safe opportunity for us to pursue the rewards of sin? Is this the base for prosperity Christianity?
Galatians 5 gives a quick comparison of the deeds of the flesh: “immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and others.”
While the fruit of the Spirit is: ” Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control, against such things there is no law.”
Is there any real comparison, or is there any real desire to return to a life filled with aimless desperation, enslaved to worthless desires, without hope, and a meaningless destination? Many Christians trip and fall into their past lives, but there is a way back to Christ. Confession and repentance is the path to restoration, where Christ Himself can heal and restore all who call upon Him. The story of the good shepherd, Luke 15, shows him looking for the sheep that left the flock, finding that lost one, rescuing him from the entangled briars, and restoring him, by carrying him on His own shoulders. How great is the Fathers love for us, through Jesus Christ our redeemer!