May 4th, '18
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have been an alien in a strange land" (Exodus 18:3)
The H.ebrew word for "alien" is ger. When
Moses fled Egypt and entered the unfamiliar surroundings of the Negev desert, after being a son of fortune raised in Pharaoh's house, he probably did grit
his teeth and mutter, grrr. Shepherding was an abominable business
according to Egyptian thinking, but never say "never", Moses ended up with a
shepherd's rod in his hand. He named his son Gershom which means
"stranger in a strange land" (Exodus 2:22). In other words, "these people are
weird, grrr". He was an alien in an alien land. Guess what, we believers
are aliens too. Jesus said we are in the world but not of the world. Our origin
is extra-terrestrial. Jesus came down "from above". "My kingdom is not of this
world..." (John 18:36) Well, if it's not of this world then from what world does
it come? UFO-hunters have been trying to get to the bottom of this alien issue
for decades. Pastor Scott Webb notes that earth has already been invaded.
Two-thousand years ago a man from another world came into human flesh, lived,
loved, suffered, died and rose again. He is the "firstborn of many brethren".
You got it; we believers are now aliens - E.T. phone home!
The world sees us as oddities, peculiarities.
We're called "a peculiar people, zealous of good works" (Titus 2:14). The world
thinks "it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of
dissipation..." (1 Peter 4:4 NKJV) We may be peculiar or different but not
freaky. Sorry, Jesus never had any "freaks". We live in a different dimension.
We walk in the Spirit, not the flesh. We speak to ourselves in psalms, hymns
and spiritual songs. We "hear voices". That's right...voices...the inner witness,
conscience and that "still small voice". Spend five minutes in a Christian's
presence and it ought to be evident that he or she is from another world. A
Granny-booted lady in Kentucky asked me once, "Yu'int from arown here, er ya?"
No, I yi'nt. They didn't understand Jesus either. He was an alien. Even His
covenant people didn't recognize or receive Him (John 1:11).
Moses had trouble dealing with the alienation
and so he said "grrr", but we ought to thank God for our differentness
and say with Tony the Tiger "grrreat!" We are different not because we
are better. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that means
believers in Christ too. We are different because we walk by faith. We are
different because our focus is upward not outward. "Set your mind on things
above, not on things on the earth" (Colossians 3:2). If you think the Christian
faith is living with our head in the clouds naiveté then we accept the
charges. Earth is not our home. We are only sojourners here and pilgrims (1
Peter 2:11). E.T. had to catch a saucer back to his true family. Of course,
that was just Spielberg's imagination gone to seed, but we look for a world to
come. A cloud received Jesus out of the disciples' sight. One day there will be
a gathering of the saints. Soon we'll be going home. Adam was formed of the
earth. He and all his children return to that earth. But Jesus, the "last
Adam", birthed a whole new family tree. His family isn't "from around here".
They talk different and walk different and so will also finish different. Think
us strange, alien or extra-terrestrial if you will, whatever, but you won't
have to worry about it for long because we're just passing through.