Leaving an Egypt Mind

I have been reading through Exodus and it is always a favorite of mine because of the exodus story and the principals in the stories of the people after they leave. In case you did not know the title of the book Exodus just comes from the Greek translation and basically means leaving. The people in Exodus left Egypt. It is a book of leaving. But it is more than just leaving Egypt.

One of the stories I like in the book is from chapters 24-31 and this is where Moses is on the mountain with God. God called Moses up Mount Sinai and God gives Moses the details of the tabernacle, how to ordain the priest, how to make special perfume and incense, how to offer sacrifices, and some other things. It is a long 8 chapters and I will be honest sometimes it feels like it goes on forever. But what God is doing here is showing Moses and us what He wants. He is giving the instructions for how to do it right. He is trying to spell out how to live in covenant with Him.

The reason I say I like this section and not love it is because I know Exodus 32 is coming. I know that in Exodus 32 we read about the people asking Aaron to make a golden cafe and Aaron doing it. He does not even seem to put up a fight he just does it. For 40 days Moses was up on the mountain getting God’s instructions and the people grew tired so they wanted to something they thought up.

The people left Egypt physically, but they had not left Egypt mentally. Egypt was still a part of their thinking. They lived there their whole lives. Generations of Israelites lived there. It is not surprising but was wrong. The problem is that God was giving the plan and the people had their own ideas of what life should look like.

What about you and me? Do we grow impatient while God is working in the silence? Do we start to drift off and go back to what we know, which is to do things our way, to make our own plans, to make our own Gods? We have two and only two choices when we are waiting on God to move. We can either think or act like God has forgotten about us and do things our own way or we can wait in the silence.

Acting impulsively and taking matters into our own hands might accomplish something but it does not mean it was something worth accomplishing. However, if we wait, no matter how long, and trust that God is working in the silence we can see miracles, blessings, and God’s best.

The people had things they need to do while waiting on God. It was not like they were just sitting around doing nothing, but they needed to wait for God’s plan before entering the promise. The people left Egypt, but they still had Egypt in the brain. We must leave our own Egypt. We are no longer citizens of the old place when we accept Christ but just like the people in desert, we need to get our old Egypt thinking out of our heads.

I just want to encourage you today. If you are waiting in the silence, then wait. Do what you are supposed to be doing but wait on the move and instruction of God. If God has finally spoken and you are now walking in what He has done, then walk in it. Do it with grace and humility rejoicing that God has given you His best for your life. Whatever it is, wherever you find yourself we should always be pushing towards God, His best, His glory, and His holiness. Things are so much better on that side of it.

Just a thought,

Mike

Was it because there were no graves in Egypt?

I really like second part of Exodus. I know most people prefer the first part where God sends the plagues and shows His power over Pharaoh and the Egyptian gods but I really like the second part. I enjoy reading about the wilderness experience because it reinforces a very specific point. Three days into the journey the Israelites are complaining about water. Not too long after that about food and so on. It seems that all throughout the wilderness time they are grumbling. But can we really blame them? I mean somewhat I suppose after all they did just see the plagues, the parting of the Red/Reed Sea, water from a stone, and so on. But those are all external things.

You see Exodus starts to solve the Babel problem, but it did not solve the Eden problem. Deliverance without an internal change changes little. They were not a changed people. They had been slaves for 400+ years and you do not go from slavery to freedom without carrying some baggage. It is that old saying “You can take the man out of Egypt but it’s not easy getting Egypt out of the man.” Cliche but true. We can change a circumstance and not change the person. Change has to be an internal thing before anything external can really have an impact. If you are a addicted to heroin and live in a abandoned building you are a addict living in a rough spot. If I give you a million dollars you are still an addict but now you can afford you addiction. Nothing has changed.

The only time I really see God getting upset with them in Exodus is when they decide to worship the golden calf. That is because He had just told them not to do that very thing. We can look at story and be all high and mighty “saying see how much better we are” but if you are a Christian you have the Spirit in you they did not have that. That was not even the point. Exodus is not trying to solve the problem of internal change. Instead it is setting up the scene for when that does happen.

I am going through some things right now, and to be honest it stinks and is quite scary, but I have to make a choice. Will I trust in the God who has brought me out & changed me in on the inside or will I forget what He has done and complain? Sounds like an easy decision but walking that out is another thing all together.

Just a thought,

Mike