Friday, November 15th, 2013
Field Of Dreams (Part 4)
The Promised Land
And the Lord said: 'I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey.
Exodus 3:7-8 (NKJV)
You shall write on them all the words of this Law, when you have crossed over, that you may enter the land which the Lord your God is giving you, 'a land flowing with milk and honey,' just as the Lord God of your fathers promised you.
Deuteronomy 27:3 (NKJV)
If the entertainment industry is a field of dreams, it is also a land of promises: 'Look like me. Do what I do. Buy what I sell. Believe what I say. Follow me, and you can become beautiful, popular, rich and successful--like me. You will be free. You will be full. You will be happy!'
It makes many promises, but it can't fulfill any of them. On the other hand, it holds great promise for witnesses of Jesus, as in actors, models and talent for Christ.
Millennia prior, the children of Israel were promised the good life by God. Their Promised Land was Canaan, and God intended it to become their home. He described it as green and fertile, a land flowing with milk and honey. Once there, they would become free, full and happy. His promises are true.
But before they could enter the Promised Land, they had to leave Egypt. When Joseph was its governor, Egypt was a safe haven. As centuries passed, it became a country of oppression. 'So God heard their groaning; and God remembered His Covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob' (Exodus 2:24).
After 400 years in Egypt, two million children of God began their famous journey. Before they left Egypt, they witnessed His power. He released ten plagues upon the nation, but conspicuously spared them. God's supremacy was undeniable. His love for His children and His anger against oppression were displayed--by astonishing wonders and terrifying consequences.
His miracles in Egypt culminated with the parting of the Red Sea. A marvelous path opened before the children of Israel, and they walked upon it.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Field of Dreams series.