Egypt is our lives before Christ. Sinful, lustful, of the flesh. The Exodus is our escape from the bonds of Satan and this world. The wilderness is our journey of obedience, cleansing and purification as we focus on a new life path: following Jesus. The Promised Land is a renewed Christian discipleship we live out, full of God’s promises and blessings. Here on earth, as well as it will be in Heaven – for we received that gift when we gave our lives to Christ!
However, focusing on the earth realm, if we get to the Promised Land, a place where we bask in the mercy and glory of God, but then rebel, forget to praise, take for granted, mix it up with pagans, worship idols…then that blessing we have received will be taken away. We will not reap the bounty here on earth as long as we turn back towards Egypt and sigh. We will not reap the treasures He has bestowed upon us on earth if we look to the world for our needs and rely on ourselves and others for the answers. As long as we take our eyes off of God, His blessings will be off of us.
“But be careful. Don’t let your heart be deceived so that you turn away from the Lord your God and serve and worship other gods. If you do, the Lord’s anger will burn against you. He will shut up the sky and hold back the rain, and the ground will fail to produce its harvests. Then you will quickly die in that good land the Lord is giving you.” (Deuteronomy 11:16-17)