Do not go to Egypt!

Unfortunately, many people walk away from Jesus, the Word of God, to follow their own desires. The excuses may vary but the reason is always the same, they want to be in slavery to sin. The cares of this world are too great and not wanting to miss out on this life they sell their soul. Growing up in an environment where the promises of God are experienced (a.k.a A Christian home) does not guarantee that you are a Christian, every single person needs to receive salvation on their own. This means that many people will go through periods of doubt and disillusionment, but in the end will need to decide for themselves. It is difficult to know what to say to these people during this time, but the book of Jeremiah provides some good insight.

Jeremiah is a book written during the time of exile to Babylon. The northern kingdom of Israel had already been exiled by the Assyrians and now Judah was being exiled by the Chaldeans. Fearing the worst and feeling the imminent wrath of the Chaldeans the people of Judah asked Jeremiah what to do.
All the people from the least to the greatest, came near and said to Jeremiah the prophet, "Let our plea for mercy come before you, and pray to the LORD your God for us, for all this remnant - because we are left with but a few, as your eyes see us - that the LORD your God may show us the way we should go, and the thing that we should do (Jer. 42:2-3)."
Jeremiah asked the LORD, and the LORD said:
If you will remain in this land, then I will build you up and not pull you down; I will plant you, and not pluck you up; for I relent of the disaster that I did to you. Do not fear the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid. Do not fear him, declares the LORD, for I am with you, to save you and to deliver you from his hand (Jer. 42:10-11).
 The LORD promises that He will save them if they remain in the land of promise, but He warns them:
'Do not go to Egypt'. You shall become an execration, a horror, a curse, and a taunt. You shall see this place no more (Jer. 42:19).
Egypt was a house of slavery for the Israelites that God had save them from. However, because they feared sword, famine, and pestilence in Judah they wanted to flee back to the land of slavery where they thought they would have safety and peace in this life. This is like many people who grow up in Christian homes.

If you find yourself in this position, I plead with you to not give up on Christianity and become a slave to sin. Do not go back to Egypt! The pleasures and joys of this life are fleeting and will not satisfy, in fact they will be taken away by God Himself. Turning your back on Christianity after having experienced the promises of God is place of no return.
For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they then fall away, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt (Heb. 6:4-6).


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