Entangled in Wilderness

For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in. Exodus 14:3 Pharaoh had up to this point not recognized whom he was up against. He had refused to recognize the all-powerful God. So he thought he still had powers and resources left, even after such terrible plagues had devastated the land of Egypt. He would not stop till death, that was the kind of spirit in him.

Desert stands for a barren spiritual lives. Those who are in Christ you are compared to a garden that is productive full of produce needed for our nourishment. “. . He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” Psalm 1:1-3 Lives of those who are without Christ and have turn to their own ways and have no regards for Christ. After all a sinner is compared to a lost sheep, or a lost son. Being in sin is to be lost, entangled in the web of sin where there is no easy way out. But Jesus came to remove us from the wilderness of sin just as God removed descendants of Israel from bondage. “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10

Pharaoh imagined that, the God of the Israelites was not able to take them through the desert, He may be overwhelmed with a multitude and at his weak point, he (Pharaoh) would easily come and easily take all children of Israel back to Egypt. Well, pharaoh’s imagination became a reality after a while. Though he did not succeed in taking them back to Egypt, and though he did not live to see what become of the children of Israel the records states that after all, they got entangled in the wilderness for 40 years.

Their entanglement came as a result of their sinful stubbornness. They were entangled in the sin of disobedience and disbelief in God. Their minds kept thinking of Egypt instead of Canaan. They could not trust God’s ways to secure their place in the promised land. God however, had good plans for his people.“In the wilderness wandering the Lord had made abundant provision for His children to keep in remembrance His law.” -{SS 243}

Again an evidence of God’s unchanged goodness; still at work even today.

By A. Eliamani

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