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Friday, May 4th, '18

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E.T.

"...I 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.


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