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Genesis 47 -- Joseph: Jacob's Sojourning
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Even though Jacob went down to Egypt to live there and even though the conditions of living in Egypt will be better than anything he had so far, he calls his stay there his "Sojourn."

Jacob never ceased to see himself as a "sojourner'; we would say "migrant" today, someone without a fixed address, a known location. Jesus shared this vision of the world when he said "foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."

The logic behind this attitude is simple even though chilling: your eternal fate is determined by your address. Take one down and you will go down, take one up and you will take residence in the heavens above, for the heart of man takes root where his treasure is buried.

Quick examination of conscience: Answer this honestly: how would you feel if you lost your home tomorrow? Now keeping this in mind, how would you feel if you lost heaven today?

Can you say with absolute certainty that the loss of heaven is far more important and materially significant to you than the loss of your home?

Are you a sojourner like Jacob who has been promised a land in the far distant future?

Or will your address be down here...forever?

 

 

 

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