A Whole New World: Stepping Into the Work of Cleansing and the Work of Calling

Today’s selected passage continues in the Old Testament book of Genesis, which was was written and recorded by Moses the servant of the living God. More specifically, today’s passage begins with the first verse of the eleventh chapter, and continues through to the twenty-first verse of the fifteenth chapter. PREPARING FOR THE ARRIVAL OF ABRAHAM! PREPARING FOR THE BIRTH OF A NATION! PREPARING TO BRING FORTH A PEOPLE OF GOD IN THE EARTH! PREPARING TO BRING FORTH A PEOPLE FOR GOD IN THE EARTH! When you come to this particular portion of Scripture you will find the days of Noah and of the great flood having come to a dramatic and climactic close. After it rained upon the earth for forty days and forty nights, and after the flood waters prevailed upon the earth for one hundred and fifty days the Lord God remembered Noah and every living thing that was on the ark with him. Upon remembering Noah and all those who were aboard the ark with him the Lord caused a great wind to blow over the face of the earth in order that the waters might begin to recede upon the earth. As you read the eighth chapter of the book of Genesis you will find the Lord causing the waters to begin to recede to their own place, and as the Lord caused the windows of heaven to once more shout that the waters of the flood might be removed from the face of the earth. The entire eighth chapter of the book of Genesis describes how the Lord not only caused the waters of the flood to recede from the earth, but eventually and ultimately the ark was able to rest upon the mountains of Ararat which we know to be in present day turkey. Pause for a moment and consider the fact that after one hundred and fifty days of moving upon the flood waters which covered the face of the earth the ark and all those who were aboard the ark were finally able to experience some type of rest. I can’t help but wonder what it was like upon the ark during those one hundred and fifty days as the ark moved upon the face of the earth and upon the flood waters. While the Lord shut up Noah, his wife, their three sons and their sons’ wives, as well as every living thing that was in the ark with them, I can’t help but wonder if there wasn’t perhaps some type of fear, or perhaps some type of terror, or even dread that was present within their hearts as directly outside the ark there were flood waters which not only covered the face of the earth, but also destroyed every living thing that moved upon the face of the earth and which had the breath of life in them. For one hundred and fifty days the flood waters prevailed upon the face of the earth, and I can’t help but wonder what life was like aboard and within the ark as the Lord protected and preserved Noah and his family, as well as two of every living thing that creeped upon the face of the earth. Were those one hundred and fifty days spent engaged in work and labor as they would take care of and care for every living thing that was present aboard and upon the ark? While it was true the Lord protected and preserved Noah, his wife, their three sons, and the wives of those sons, that protections and preservation required work and labor as they would spend one hundred and fifty days caring for and looking after all that was aboard the ark in order that they might be prepared for the day when the flood waters would cease upon the earth and everything would be dry once more.

Eventually and ultimately the Lord would cause the ark to rest upon the mountains of Ararat, and after twenty-one days Noah finally removed the covering of the Ark and prepared the journey down the mountains as the earth was finally completely dry. In the days immediately following the great deluge and flood Noah and his family would now move upon an earth that was completely and utterly quiet as they were the only living beings upon the face of the earth. Pause for a moment and think about and consider that reality, for life before the great deluge and flood was perhaps filled with so much noise, so much chaos, so much clamor and maybe even confusion. Imagine stepping out of and stepping off the ark to a world that was completely different from the one they had left when they boarded the ark. If you turn and direct your attention back to the sixth chapter of the book of Genesis you will find and read that it came to pass when men began to multiply on the face of the earth—it came to pass during the days of Noah—and when daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair, and they took them wives of all which they chose. It was in response to this the Lord looked down upon the face of the earth and declared that His Spirit would not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh. What’s more, is that it was at this point the Lord would purpose and decree that the number of man’s days upon the face of the earth would be an hundred and twenty years. If you continue reading in the sixth chapter you will find that during the days of Noah there were giants in the earth after the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children unto them, which would become mighty men which were of old. Furthermore, God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. It repented the Lord that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart. As a direct result He declared that He would destroy man who He had created from the face of the earth—both man and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air—for it repented Him that He had made them upon the face of the earth. If you continue reading even further in the sixth chapter you will find concerning Noah that he was a just man and perfect in his generations and that he walked with God. During the days of Noah—despite the fact that he was perfect in his generations—the earth was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. The Lord looked upon the earth and saw and beheld that it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. If you transition into the New Testament you will find it spoken of the days of Noah that they continued eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, and did so all the way up to the time the ark was shut and the rains began descending and the flood waters began covering the face of the earth.

As I sit here this morning I can’t help but think to myself that the world in which Noah, his wife, their three sons, and the wives of their three sons entered into after the flood was drastically different from the world they left when they entered in the ark before the Lord shut them in. The days in which they lived prior to the days of the great flood upon the earth were days that were filled with much eating and drinking, days that were filled with much marrying and giving in marriage, and I would even say those days were days which were given to much revelry and debauchery. What’s more, is that it was during those days that violence filled the earth, and that all flesh had corrupted itself upon the face of the earth. I would imagine the days prior to the flood were days filled with much clamor, much chaos, much confusion and much noise as men lived however they chose and however they pleased upon the face of the earth. I can’t help but get the strong sense that the days prior to the great flood were days filled with great noise with all flesh eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, and even committing violence and wickedness in the earth. Oh, I wonder what it must have been like for Noah and his family to step out of and step off of the ark in the days after and on the other side of the flood and how all was undoubtedly completely quiet and completely at peace. We know and understand that the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat after the Lord began causing the waters of the flood to recede from the face of the earth, but I wonder what the earth itself was like once the waters were completely abated and as the earth was completely dry after the flood. I would imagine it might very well have been eerily quiet and eerily silent in the earth in the days after the flood as there were only eight living beings upon the face of the earth. Imagine stepping out of the ark after spending forty days and forty nights with torrential rain falling upon the face of the earth, and after spending one hundred and fifty days moving upon the face of the waters, and the incredible stillness and silence that covered and filled the face of the earth. In all reality, I would dare say that it was something of a great comfort when the Lord began speaking to Noah, for the voice of the Lord would be heard on the other side of the flood just as it had been during the days prior to the flood when the Lord instructed Noah to build the ark, to gather two of every living thing that moved upon the face of the earth, and when the Lord warned Noah that there would be a great flood that covered the face of the earth. Imagine the contrast of silence and stillness that filled the earth during the days after the flood in direct juxtaposition and comparison to the violence, the widespread corruption, the wickedness and the noise that filled the earth during the days after the flood. The world Noah, his wife, their three sons, and their sons’ wives stepped into after the flood was a world that perhaps looked, sounded and even felt entirely different from the world which they knew prior to the great flood.

Part of me wonders if it perhaps didn’t feel incredibly weird and undoubtedly different to step out of and step off of the ark into an earth that was now void of life save that which present within and upon the ark during the time of the great flood which covered the face of the earth. The world which Noah, his wife, their three sons, and their sons’ wives stepped into was completely and entirely different than the world which they had stepped out of, for the earth was now completely void of any voices save their own voices. It was true the Lord spoke unto Noah more than once after the great flood had covered the face of the earth and destroyed all flesh from the earth, however, aside from the voice of the Lord speaking unto Noah the only voices that were heard during those days were the voices of Noah and his family. STEPPING OUT OF ONE WORLD AND STEPPING INTO ANOTHER WORLD. I can’t help but wonder and think within myself that life on the earth was perhaps much different after the flood than prior to the flood, for there no more were there giants that moved freely upon the face of the earth, which were men of renown and those who were mighty in the earth. The days after the flood were much different from the days prior to the flood, for the days before the flood were filled with much violence as perhaps there was much blood that was shed in the earth. For one hundred and fifty days while the flood waters covered the face of the earth there was a great work that took place beneath the waters as beneath the work the Lord was engaging in a process of cleansing the earth of all the great violence and wickedness that was so pervasive upon the earth. When once violence, wickedness and corruption covered the face of the earth, the earth was now covered by the judgment of the living God as the whole earth was covered with and by the flood waters. It would be beneath the waters which bore up the ark which Noah and his family were safely aboard the Lord would engage in the tremendous work of cleansing and purifying the earth from the corruption, the wickedness and violence that was so pervasive upon the earth. In all reality, I would dare say the waters of the great flood served two distinct and two separate purposes, as on the one hand they bore up the ark and caused Noah, his family, and all the living creatures aboard it to be spared and saved from the flood waters, but on the other hand it completely destroyed all flesh and every living thing that had the breath of life in it from the face of the earth. How absolutely and incredibly interesting it is to think that the world which Noah and his family stepped into after the flood waters had completely receded and been abated from the face of the earth was undoubtedly different from the world which they stepped out of prior to the flood. No more was violence filling the earth; no more was corruption filling the earth as the earth was corrupt before the living God; no more were there giants upon the face of the earth; no more were men and women eating and drinking; no more were men and women marrying and giving in marriage. The world after the flood was one that was completely and utterly different from that which was on the other side of the flood, and Noah, his wife, their three sons and their sons’ wives were now the sole living beings on the face of the earth.

As you continue reading in the book of Genesis you will read of the generations of Shem, Ham and Japheth, and how during those days the Lord began dividing the nations of the earth as the earth would once more begin to be populated and filled with the generations and offspring of Noah’s three sons. The entire tenth chapter is dedicated and devoted to describing the generations of Noah’s three sons as the Lord would once more begin to be populated and filled as a result of their fulfilling the command and instruction to be fruitful and multiply within and upon the face of the earth. Everything you find and everything you read in the tenth chapter of the book of Genesis describes and details the generations of Noah and his three sons as his three sons and their wives would begin to once more populate and fill the earth by reproducing. It would be in the days after the flood that men would begin to multiply on the face of the earth, which would also include Nimrod who Moses writes began to be a mighty one in the earth and a mighty hunter before the Lord. It would be Nimrod who would begin to build and establish a kingdom in the earth which was Babel, and Erech, and Acad, and Calneh, which were in the land of Shinar. I am convinced that we need to read the words which are found within the tenth chapter of the book of Genesis, for it is within this chapter we begin to see the generations beginning to multiply and increase upon the earth, and the nations beginning to be formed within the earth. It is necessary and imperative that we pay attention to the words which are found within this particular chapter, for it is within this chapter where we understand the context for what is found in the eleventh chapter, for before we begin reading the account of Abraham in the earth we first find men once more engaged in a singular act within the earth in the sight of the Lord—one which would caused the Lord to come down and observe that which they had done and that which they were attempting to do. The final verse of the tenth chapter describes the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations, for by them were the nations divided in the earth after the flood. In all reality, the flood began to be a mark in history as there were those days prior to the flood, and now those days which were found to be on the other side of the flood. It was in the days after the flood when the nations were divided in the earth, and when kingdoms and nations began to be established on the face of the earth. It’s in this context of the nations being divided in the earth that we come to eleventh chapter and find that the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. The tenth chapter of the book of Genesis describes the dividing of the nations in the earth, while those nations and tribes and peoples were of one language and of one speech. It would be in this context of one language and one speech that the events which are found in the eleventh chapter of the book of Genesis began to unfold.

When you come to the eleventh chapter you will find that the whole earth was of one language and of one speech, and how they journeyed from the east and found a plain in the land of Shinar and dwelt there. It would be there in the plain of Shinar that they would begin making brick and burning them throughly in order that they might build for and unto themselves a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven. What’s more, is that you will find and read in the eleventh chapter that they desired to make for themselves a name, lest they be scattered aboard upon the face of the earth. While on the surface this might seem innocent and perhaps even insignificant, we learn and discover from the following verses that the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the children of men began to build. Upon seeing that which the children of men were attempting to build the Lord declared that the people upon the earth were one, and they all have one language. Because they spoke on language they began building this city and tower, and there would be nothing which would be restrained from them, which they imagined and would imagine to do. The Lord would make the decision to go down and confound their language that they might not understand one another’s speech. If you continue reading in this passage of Scripture you will find that the Lord scattered them abroad from that place upon the face of the all the earth, and they left off to build the city. The name of this place and the name of this city was called Babel because it was there the Lord confounded the language of all the earth and from there did the Lord scatter them aboard upon the face of all the earth. While the days after the flood were days when the nations were divided on the face of the earth—it would also be in the days after the flood that the people of the earth would speak one language and would seek to build a city and tower which reached unto heaven that they might not be scattered upon the face of the earth. Thus, the children of men which were upon the face of the earth were content to dwell in the plain of Shinar within this city and tower they had built. What’s interesting to think about and consider is that in generations since then we have read of cities and towers being built within and upon the earth, for you can journey and survey the entire earth and will discover countless major cities which have towers which soar above the earth and into the skies. It’s worth noting that instead of destroying the work of their hands the Lord confounded and confused their languages and their tongues in order that they might be scattered upon the face of the earth. With different languages the nations and regions of the earth would begin to be populated and filled as they would be now be divided based on the different languages which were spoken upon the earth.

If you read the second chapter of the New Testament book of Acts you will find that there were one hundred and twenty who were present in the upper room on the day of Pentecost. It would be as they were all with one accord and giving themselves to prayer and supplication that the Holy Spirit would come as a mighty rushing wind and would fill both the room where they were, as well as the one hundred and twenty which were present within that upper room. What’s more, is that there were cloven tongues of fire which rested upon each and every one of those which were found to be in that room, and each of them spoke in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. What is so absolutely incredible and amazing is the absolutely wonderful and incredible reality that the Holy Spirit is indeed a universal Spirit within and upon the face of the earth, and the Holy Spirit is not exclusive and specific to one group of people, nor even one nation. While it is true that Jesus the Christ took on and became human flesh and came and dwelt among the Hebrew people, this was and would not be the expression and manifestation of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit came upon the face of the earth He came manifesting different tongues of the languages of the earth, thus not only demonstrating the tremendous reality that He is a universal Spirit upon the earth, but also demonstrating the reality that the gospel concerning Jesus the Christ and the wonders of the living God would be for all nations and for all tribes and for all languages and tongues. What began in the plain of Shinar when the Lord confounded and confused the tongues and languages of men upon the earth after the flood would reach its culmination on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit would bring with Him the tongues of the nations which were present upon the earth. I have often wondered if each and every one which was present in the upper room spoke a different tongue—and if that is the case, then it would mean that when the Holy Spirit came unto and was manifested upon the earth, He brought with Him one hundred and twenty different languages and tongues which were already present upon the face of the earth. We know that during the days after the flood the Lord confounded the languages of the people upon the face of the earth, although we aren’t given any clue or indication how many tongues and how many languages were present in the earth during those days. Is it possible that when the Lord confounded the tongues and languages of the people during the days after the flood that he created one hundred and twenty different tongues and languages? How incredible interesting it is to think about and consider the fact that when the Holy Spirit was manifested in the upper room on the day of Pentecost He manifested Himself as universal Spirit and caused cloven tongues of fire to rest upon the one-hundred and twenty, thus causing them to speak with other tongues concerning the mighty works and wonders of the living God. We aren’t given any clue or indication how many tongues were established upon the face of the earth during those days after the flood, but we do know the Lord confused and confounded the tongues and languages of men and as a result of this confusion men began to be scattered upon the face of the earth.

It would be in the context of the dividing of the nations and the confusion of tongues that we come to the final verses of the eleventh chapter and the opening verses of the twelfth chapter, as we begin to read about one who was born in the earth named Abram. It would be this Abram who would be born to Terah—together with his brothers Nahor, and Haran. Moses writes how Haran begat Lot, but how Haran died before his father Torah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldeans. Both Abram and Nahor took unto them wives, and the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, while the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran. We read and discover that Sarai was barren and had no child, and how Terah took Abram his son, Lot the son of Haran his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram’s wife and went forth from Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan. As they journeyed unto the land of Canaan they came unto Haran and dwelt there. It would be in the context of Abram dwelling in the land of Haran that we come to the twelfth chapter and find the Lord speaking unto Abram during those days and calling him to something very specific. If and as you begin reading with and from the first verse of the twelfth verse you will find that the Lord had spoken unto Abram and instructed him to get out of his country, and from his kindred, and from his father’s house, and to go unto a land which He would show him. Furthermore, the Lord promised and declared unto Abram that He would make of him a great nation, and would bless him, and would make his name great, and he would be a blessing upon the earth. The Lord would go on to promise and declare that He would bless those which blessed him, and he would curse those who cursed him, and in him all the families of the earth would be blessed. How incredibly interesting it is to think that in the days after the flood when the nations would be divided upon the face of the earth, and when the Lord would confuse and confound the languages of men that the Lord would speak to a man named Abram and call him forth from Ur of the Chaldeans and from his country, from his kindred and from his father’s house in order that he might go unto a land that he would be shown by the Lord. It would be this command and this instruction given unto Abram to depart from his country, from his kindred and from his father’s house the Lord would promise him that he would make of him a great nation, and would bless him, and would make his name great—something the nations of the earth attempted to do in and of themselves at and with the Tower of Babel. It’s interesting and worth noting that in the eleventh chapter of the book of Genesis you find the inhabitants of the earth seeking to make a name for themselves, and to make a name that was great in the earth, and yet in the twelfth chapter we find the Lord speaking unto Abram and declaring unto him that he would make his name great. Abram would not have to strive, nor would have to contend to make his name great in the earth, for it would be the Lord who would not only make his name great, but would also make of and from him a great nation. Oh that we would recognize and understand this absolutely incredible reality, for it is absolutely and incredibly telling to think about and consider it when considering the life of this man named Abram.

When you read the account of Abram after the Lord had appeared and spoken unto him you will find that Abram departed as the Lord had spoken unto him—together with Lot and Abram’s wife Sarai. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed out of Haran, and they went forth to go unto the land of Canaan, and it was into the land of Canaan they came. What is so absolutely wonderful and uniquely powerful about what we find and read in the twelfth chapter is that it would be in the land of Canaan the Lord would speak to Abram a second time and declare unto him that He would give His seed this land—the land which he would sojourn and dwell in as a stranger. As you read of Abram’s time in the land of Canaan you will find that in response to the Lord speaking unto him the first time he departed, and in response to the Lord appearing unto him a second time he built an altar unto the Lord. If there is one thing we must recognize and consider concerning the life of Abram, it’s that not only was he a man who departed according to the word of the Lord, but he was also a man of the altar. What’s more, is that he was a man of the tent—the tent which would symbolize his sojourning in the land of Canaan as a stranger and foreigner. How incredibly intriguing it is to think about and consider the fact that Abram departed from his country, from his kindred and from his father’s house and would spend his remaining days sojourning in a strange and foreign land which was not his initially originally, but would be given unto his descendants and unto his offspring. For more than two and a half decades Abram would sojourn in a land that—although it was promised unto him and unto his descendants, he would live and dwell in as a stranger. It would be in this land which he would sojourn and dwell as a stranger that he would live as a man of both the tent and the altar, for when you read the eighth verse of the twelfth chapter you will find and read how Abram pitched his tent having Beth-el on the west and Hai on the east, and how it was there he built an altar unto the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord. When we think about and consider the account of Abram after he departed from Ur of the Chaldeans and entered into the land of the Chaldeans we must understand and recognize that he was a man of the tent and the altar, thus indicating that he was a man who lived as a stranger in a foreign land, and he was a man who worshipped the living God of heaven and earth and called upon his name. It would be the tent that would symbolize Abram as one who would sojourn in the earth as a stranger and foreigner in a land that was different from the land of his nativity, and would indicate that he was looking for that city whose city and builder was the living God. Consider if you will the words which the author of the epistle written unto the Hebrews concerning this man named Abram whose name would be changed to Abraham beginning with the eighth verse of the eleventh chapter:

“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: for he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Genesis 11:8-10).

The author of the epistle which was written unto the Hebrews declared that it was by faith Abraham obeyed and went out when he was called to go out unto a place which he should receive for an inheritance. What’s more, is that the author of the epistle written unto the Hebrews declared that it was by faith Abraham dwelt and sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, which were the heirs with him of the same promise. The author of the epistle which was written unto the Hebrews would go on to write how Abraham was looking for a city which had foundations, and whose builder and maker was God. We must recognize and understand this tremendous and incredible reality, for pause for a moment and think what it must and would have been like for Abraham to leave the country of his nativity, to leave his father’s house, and to live his kindred and family in order that he might go unto a land which the Lord would show him. Consider what tremendous faith it would have taken and required of Abraham to sojourn and dwell in a country which was not his except by promise that was given and spoken unto him by the living God. What great faith it would take and require for Abraham to sojourn in a land as a stranger and foreigner knowing that the Lord had appeared unto him declaring unto him that he would make of him a great nation, and would bless and multiply him. What’s more, is that we must notice the response which Abram had while in the land, for not only was Abram a man of the tent who would sojourn from place to place within the land, but he was also a man of the altar as he would build altars unto the living God and would call upon his name. If we are going to understand the life of Abram as he lived and dwelt in the land of Canaan we must understand that he was one who would live in tents moving from place to place not having a permanent place to lay his head. Although the land of Canaan would be promised unto him and unto his descendants, he would live and dwell in this land knowing that it would be given unto his descendants which came after him. In all reality, it wouldn’t be until the days of Joshua and the children of Israel that this land would even begin to become their inheritance and possession—and that after Joshua led the children of Israel in conquest of the Promised Land through several battles that were fought within and throughout the land. When you come to the fifteenth chapter of the book of Genesis you will find the Lord declaring unto Abraham that his descendants would be strangers and foreigners in a land that was not their own before the Lord would visit them and would judge and punish the nation which subjected them to bondage, oppression and slavery. Of course we know that this nation which the children of Israel would remain as slaves would be the land of Egypt, which Abraham would himself venture into shortly after entering into the land of Canaan. You will find in the final verses of the twelfth chapter that it came to pass that there was a famine in the land of Canaan, and so severe was the famine in the land that Abram would go down into the land of Egypt to sojourn there. What began with Abram departing from Ur of the Chaldeans and dwelling in the land of Canaan as a stranger and foreigner would reach a point where Abraham would depart from the land of promise and would go down into the land of Egypt.

As I prepare to bring this writing to a close, I can’t help but call your attention to some distinct realities which surround the life of Abram after the Lord had called him out of his country, out of his father’s house, and away from his kindred. When you read the life of Abram you will find that his life wasn’t spent building altars and dwelling in tents, for in the twelfth chapter you will find a great famine coming upon the land and causing Abram to sojourn in the land of Egypt with Sarai his wife, Lot his nephew, and all their substance. What’s more is that you will read in the thirteenth chapter that when Abram departed from the land of Egypt he was very rich in cattle, in silver and in gold, and how he went on his journeys from the south unto Beth-el, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, and unto the place of the altar. RETURNING UNTO THE PLACE OF THE TENT AND THE ALTAR! When we think about and consider the life of Abram we must understand that after Egypt he returned unto the place where he had pitched his tent at the beginning, as well as unto the place where he had built the altar at first, and there he called upon the name of the Lord. Oh, I can’t help but see a wonderful and incredible picture found in this chapter as Abram had ventured down into the land of Egypt—perhaps without the direction of the God who had called him out of Ur of the Chaldeans, and perhaps without the Lord instructing him to do so. Eventually and ultimately he would return from the land of Egypt after the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house, which would happen later on during the days of his descendants, as the Lord would not only plague Pharaoh’s house, but also all of Egypt as the Lord demanded that Pharaoh let His people go so they could depart out of the land of Egypt and go unto a land which He had promised and sworn on oath to their fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It’s interesting to think that the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house during the days of Abram on account of Sarai his wife, and the Lord would plague Pharaoh, his house, and all the land of Egypt on account of the children of Israel which would live as slaves in the land during the days when Moses came demanding that Pharaoh let the people of God go. What an incredible portent and sign this initial plaguing of Pharaoh and his house would be, for not only would Sarai be given back to Abraham, but he would also depart from the land of Egypt together with Sarai his wife, Lot his nephew, and all his substance. In all reality we find the history of the children of Israel—from the time of Abraham, even during the days of Isaac his son, and ultimately during the days of the children of Israel in Egypt—as a calling forth from the land of Egypt, and a returning to the place of the altar and the tent. When Abraham came forth out of the land of Egypt he returned unto the place where the tent had been at the beginning, as well as unto the place of the altar where he had made at first. Along these same lines we find that when the Lord demanded that pharaoh let His people go, He did so in order that they might enter into the wilderness and worship Him. Abraham would depart from Egypt and would return to the place of the tent and the altar—two symboled which would be found in the Tabernacle of Moses which would be both the place of the tent, as well as the place of the altar. It would be the Tabernacle which would not be a place where the children of Israel could dwell in the wilderness, but rather a place where the Lord Himself could dwell in the midst of them, and where the altar would be found where they could worship the living God with their sacrifices and offerings.

RETURNING TO THE PLACE OF THE TENT! RETURNING UNTO THE PLACE OF THE ALTAR! As I sit here this morning I can’t help but get the strong sense that the Lord is speaking unto and calling men and women in this generation back to the place of the altar and back to the place of the tent. I believe with all my heart that there are people who have left the place of promise, and who have left the place of inheritance, and have done so for whatever reason, and the Lord is calling them back to the place of the altar and back to the place of the tent. Although they might have felt as though they could remain in the place(s) where they are and have been, the Lord never called, nor did He ever intend on them remaining and abiding in those places. There is a great need for men and women to return to the place of the tent, thus returning to the place of sojourning as strangers and pilgrims as they once more declare that this world is not their home, and they like Abraham are looking for a city whose builder and maker is the living God. The Lord is calling men and women to once more return to the place where they built the altar at first in order that they might renew their covenant and relationship with the living God and once more call upon His name with sincerity of heart and spirit. Perhaps you are reading the words of this writing and you find yourself living in your own Egypt, and it is in that land where you have abandoned the tent and the altar, and haven’t called upon the name of the Lord. Perhaps it has been quite some time since you have called on the name of the Lord, and you have grown comfortable in the land of Egypt—that is until the Lord begins to send plagues in that place, or in those places you find yourself in as He did in the land of Egypt and upon Pharaoh’s house. It’s worth noting and understanding that the Lord sent plagues upon Pharaoh and upon his house—not only on account of Sarai Abraham’s wife, but also in order that He might bring forth Abraham out of Egypt and return him unto the place of inheritance, covenant and promise. I believe with all my heart that the Spirit of the living God is calling men and women in this generation back to the place of the tent and back to the place of the altar, and is and perhaps will send plagues into that places or those places you are in order that He might bring you forth from that place that you might return to the place where you first pitched your tent and unto that place where you first built the altar. RESTORED ALTARS AND RESTORED TENTS! RETURNING TO THE ALTAR AND RETURNING TO THE TENT! THE TIME TO LEAVE AND DEPART EGYPT HAS COME!

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