For Israel, from Exodus Chapter 1 - “Here: was Egypt and bondage. They were slaves: forced labor, oppressed, worked ruthlessly and bitter with hard labor. (vv. 11-14) In V 22 every male born was to be thrown into the Nile.
How did they find themselves in such dire circumstances? - from their choices in disobedience!
We see their response in Chapter 2: 23 – “groaned and cried out”.
Sin is a place. It’s a place you can go. It’s not just an action or an occurrence, it is a conscious journey you make and it doesn’t take long to arrive at the place of sin. It often becomes a place of slavery. Thank goodness the lockdown can be lifted, the chains can be broken, and thank God that the place of sin is also a place that you can leave!
Jesus told the story of the prodigal son went off to a far country. For him, sin was a place. He lost all his friends and wallowed in the mud at a pig farm before he came to himself and decided to leave that place. - Egypt in the Bible is a picture of the world...the place of sin. The Bible talks about people ‘sojourning’ into Egypt. This is just a temporary visit. Abraham left God’s Promised Land and sojourned into Egypt when famine came. He didn’t plan on staying, but while in the place of sin he lied about his wife and got into trouble. He had to repent and obey God's call on his life.
So should we - Amen?