About Jesus Steve Sweetman
In Our Own Land
Genesis 23 we see Abraham and Sarah living in Canaan. Decades earlier God
promised Abraham the land
getting entangled in Egyptian culture, Abraham left Egypt, loaded down with all the baggage associated with a worldly culture.
For the rest of his life he moved from place to place until he
eventually ended up back in
Hittite community possessed
request to buy some property is both ironic and sad.
The ironic thing is that Abraham finally settled in the land God
had promised him, although decades too late.
The sad thing is that he did not possess the land that God
promised him. He forfeited
it years ago, making him an alien and a stranger in the land that was to
generations later, in Genesis 31:4, God told Abraham's grandson Jacob to
return to his homeland in
reason why Abraham and Jacob felt like aliens and strangers in their own
land was because they left the land to live in other parts of the world.
Both men allowed rough times to influence their decision to leave
home, resulting in the forfeiture of their land to others.
They left for perceived greener pastures.
In both cases the pastures were greener, but the green grass came
with a high price. Both men
left God's will, losing what God had promised them.
This is the sad state of Israel's history to this date.
Jesus ascended into heaven, He gave His followers a promised land too.
For the time being, this land was to be a spiritual kingdom known
we live and function in God's kingdom is up to us.
The ironic and sad thing is that many of us have followed in the
footsteps of Abraham and Jacob. We've
trusted Jesus to get us into the kingdom, but don't trust Him as we
should after entering the kingdom. We've
turned to perceived greener pastures in another kingdom.
Our feet are so firmly planted in the kingdom of men that we have
failed to take possession and function as we should in the Kingdom
adoption of the Egyptian culture by Abraham affected him so much that
even when he left
saddest fact of the matter is that many of us are so entangled in the
kingdom of men that we no longer know
that there is a
live in a peculiar situation. We
live in two kingdoms. We
can't escape living in the kingdom of men.
That being said, we must understand that the
how some people think, the
the voice of the prophets rise up today and call us all back to the Kingdom