The Bible is a unique piece of writing. It is written in many different styles. It contains writing in prose, poetry, prophetic, as dialog, and with typology.
I was thinking recently of that last trait: typology, as I read in the Old Testament about the Israelites in Egypt.
It would be helpful for us if look at the land of Egypt symbolically as a type of “world” that we read about in the New Testament. Egypt was a place God sent the Israelites to go for a while as the inhabitants in the land of Canaan (the future home of Israel) were completing the measure of their sins before God would bring them judgement.
But to be clear, the Israelites were never to make Egypt with its many foreign gods their long-term home. God had something better in mind for the Israelites–a land of Promise. It would be a place where His kingdom ways could be the law of the land and where He could bring, not only blessings upon the inhabitants of Israel for their obedience, but a land that He could use then as a light to the nations.
Christians today are not to love the world (our Egypt). It is not to be seen as our long-term home, Heaven is.
1 John 2:15-17 (NLT) says: “Do not love the world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”
Romans 12:2 (NLT) says: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
Colossians 3:1-3 (NLT) says: “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things. Of heaven, not the things of earth. For you have died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.”
Friends, I will stop here and finish my thought tomorrow, but for now, I will just leave today’s post for you to meditate on.
Where are your affections? Are they on the things of this world? No doubt, there are many good things on this earth to be concerned about, but please keep in mind, as Christians, this is not our ultimate home–Heaven is. It is where we will spend eternity–F-O-R-E-V-E-R !
So, where is your heart?
As one powerful passage (Matthew 6:19-21 NLT) says: “don’t store up treasures here on earth where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”