When I was a kid there were songs that we sang now and then, that talked about heaven as the Promised Land.
I think many of the spirituals that were birthed in the woeful days of slavery in the US held this theme as well.
Stuff like – when I cross over the Jordan onto heaven’s blissful shores… and the like.
But I don’t think that is the type or shadow we are being given.
The purpose of leading the Israelites out of Egypt wasn’t just to get them out, it was to get them in. ~ Diane Reid [Tweet This]
… for God said, "The people might change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt." - Exodus 13:17 NASB
Paul tells us these are types and shadows, but what is the picture we are supposed to see?
The Hebrew children are captive in of Egypt – a clear picture of our slavery to sin.
Moses proclaims God’s word to Pharaoh – let my people go that they may worship (aka serve) me in the wilderness.
They cross the Red Sea and are led into the wilderness, where they are free, (hurrah) but have not obtained the promise they were given. [I am sure someone mentioned milk and honey, but all I see is dust and these biscuits]
Because of their unbelief they wander the wilderness until the entire adult population dies off, save the fearless Joshua and Caleb.
The leave Moses to die in the wilderness, and then Joshua leads them across the Jordan, into the Promised Land – and the fight is ON!
How can that be a picture of heaven? I am thinking heaven is a free gift – the land of promise is a land of fighting for the privilege of taking what was promised to you away from the person who currently has possession.
Not at all what I think of when I think of my dearly departed family members.
I just can’t see my dad getting to heaven back in 1988, having fought a battle with a brain tumor for years, showing up at the pearly gates and being handed a helmet and hand gun. There’s Peter saying,
Your mansion is the one 4 blocks down on the left with the picture window. You will know it because you’ll see the pipe organ through the big windows. As soon as you kick that family of Philistines out, it’s yours.
I suppose I could be reading it wrong.
OK – I’m playing with you here, but you get the idea. Tomorrow I would like to take a look at what the picture may be saying to us.
But for now, I will let you ponder it a bit.
If Egypt was the slavery to sin and we were set free to worship God in the wilderness, what does the Jordan and the Land of Promise represent?
Until then, I remain
your brother Ben