I just left a job of many years. Exit.
I just left a schedule of working nights. Exit.
That got me thinking about all the times in the bible there was a major exit. That’s just how my mind works. Always thinking of blog material. How I can work a subject matter into a scripture. A lesson. 🙂
The first exit was early on in Genesis. Adam and Eve ate from the apple and had to exit the Garden of Eden. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree for next were their sons Cain and Abel. Cain caused Abel a quite untimely exit with his murder. Then Cain was told to exit the presence of the Lord.
Lot and his wife and two daughters exited Sodom and Gomorrah to avoid their destruction. Except when his wife looked back. No exit for her except to a pillar of salt. 😦
Moses exited the Israelites out of Egypt only to remain in the wilderness.
There are countless examples of exits throughout the bible. And a lesson to be learned with each. God clearly asks us to exit a situation because he has something better in store for us when we are living in His will OR He exits us as a consequence of not living in His will.
By far the most significant of all exits was when Jesus exited the tomb. Resurrection.
How about you?
Is there something in your life that you would be better off if you exited? You left? Walked away from once and for all? Or has some situation forced you to exit a place you loved?
If so, I encourage you to exit. As you can see. God is patient. He loves His children. He offers blessings for righteousness. but He does allow consequences for poor behavior when He has had enough. Adam and Eve had to leave Eden. Cain had to go to Nod.
When you go to the movies you exit once the movie is over. Thus, the luminated exit sign in this photograph. Exit goes hand in hand with it’s over. The empty tomb illuminated to Jesus’ followers His resurrection.
It was over. The battle was won. And it still is today.
Exit the bad now before God exits you from the good.
Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever –” therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
Then Cain went away from the presence of the Lord and settled in the land of Nod,6 east of Eden.
17 So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he[a] said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.”
26 But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:17, 26
The Lord said to Moses, “…the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
5 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”
But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.
Love and laughter,