From The Preacher
10 To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn … 11 And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever.
*1. A Lesson from God*
To get Israel out of Egypt, according to this psalm, God had to smite the oppressors, in one night eliminating the first-borns of humans and animals. It was one unforgettable night of colossal lamentations from palace to dungeon. Until Super Power Egypt was thus judged, ironically according to “his mercy_ [that] _endureth for ever,” deliverance for Israel lingered, even though they were the people of God. In other words, some deliverance will never be possible unless, first, by the elimination of the threats to the deliverance, and the threats could be thrones and beasts, with their collateral casualties (Mark 3:27).
*2. A Lesson from Jesus*
Jesus was born with a prophecy into the land of Israel. His birth was celebrated by mortals and angels, but while King Herod the antagonist lingered there, Jesus could not manifest in the same space. Prophecy stood the risk of abortion. Of the two, one had to be eliminated for the other to be celebrated. Herod made the first murderous move, scheming unsuccessfully through the wise men from the east, and thereafter resorting to a mindless mass infanticide (Matthew 2:1-18). Only after Herod was dead did the angel of God announce, “Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life” (Matthew 2:20). One had to die for the other to live; one had to be eliminated for the other to return and reign. Survival by displacement.
Whatever has displaced you from your inheritance, whatever has displaced our messiah from his place in the land, in this season, may they be eliminated and displaced, so that you may have rest, and the land receive her messiah again. Amen. May the heavens strongly announce their elimination, and that through strong voices and channels that cannot be contradicted. Amen.
*3. A Lesson from Moses*
Counter thrones are often nervous when messiahs would appear, and they would resort to positioning murderous midwives and gruesome postnatal dragons (Exodus1:15-19; Revelation 12:1-3). Moses was born with the mandate of a messiah, but he was exiled from the land. Only after the throne had been vacated did the heavens announce, as in the case of Jesus, “Go, return into Egypt: for all the men are dead which sought thy life” (Exodus 4:19). Anointed Moses dared not return while those murderous men ruled.
Whatever it will take, may the heavens this day announce your return to your place of prophecy. May our land receive her messiahs. May the firstborns of evil thrones and beasts be judged, and may Israel be delivered out of Egypt. Amen.
*4. A Lesson from Elijah*
Many years ago, the Lord opened my eyes to a mystery, which was published in one of our periodicals; a mystery which has been noted in the sermons of many preachers today. While Jezebel and her priests of Baal lingered in the land of Israel, famine persisted. Then a prophet came on the scene with a sword. Only after the sword of Elijah had eliminated those sponsored enemies of righteousness could the prophetic voice announce, “there is a sound of abundance of rain” (1 Kings 18:40-41). There was not even the sound of rain, let alone abundance, while those false priests had their way in the famishing land.
In this season, whatever it will take for the rains to return, O Lord, do it. May the prophetic sword of Elijah go through the land, and may there be rain again for everyone. May the feet of wise men bringing us precious gifts from afar not be misled into the pretentious palaces of our haters and stoppers. O Star of Bethlehem, appear again, lead them aright, lead them gently home (Matthew 2:7-11). Amen.
*From The Preacher’s diary,*
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