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Egypt in Their Hearts

In addressing the Sanhedrin, Stephen said, “Our fathers were unwilling to be obedient to him [Moses], but repudiated him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt…” (Acts 7:39 NASB).

“We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic…” (Numbers 11:5 NASB).

“Why is the Lord bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? ... Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” (Numbers 14:3 NASB).

Egypt. Egypt. Egypt.

Never mind how they had groaned under Pharaoh’s taskmasters. Never mind God’s promise of a land flowing with milk and honey. Never mind that no other nation had such privileges as theirs.

Never mind the pillar of cloud by day and fire by night. Never mind the manna, the water from the rock, and the shoes God did not let wear out.

“…in their hearts [they] turned back to Egypt.”

With such a mindset God could not do much with them. Eventually they died in the wilderness because they just wouldn’t put Egypt behind them and move on. Because of unbelief, they could not enter the good land God had offered them (Hebrews 3:19).

Lessons?
1) The Danger of Nostalgia.
Egypt had not really been good to them. Poverty,
deprivation, whips, sweat, slavery had been their lives.
Don’t let Nostalgia seduce you.

2) The Danger of Worldliness.
Egypt had perfumed hair, inviting red lips, and the long bejeweled arms that beckoned them. The pull of worldly lusts, its excesses and sparkling toys always excites.

Matthew 16:26 reminds us that Egypt must be renounced before Canaan can be entered. If our hearts are in Egypt, our feet will never enter the Promised Land.

2 Responses

  1. Thanks for this article John – as we approach the election and survive the China virus – it is so easy to overlook what is good now, be thankful for the opportunities new challenges provide for us to grow – and constantly remember only the good things from “before”, the way we “remember” things were.

  2. The good old days were good/great, for those who’s skin color is recognized as Caucasian, white, of European descent. Like Gary the Polish man.
    No so good/tragic for those who’s likeness of God is darker in completion.
    We can not allow ourselves any superiority over any human. Christen or pagan.
    We must follow Christ!

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