The sower went out to sow His seeds (Luke 8:5 )
And God spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name Lord I was not known to them. I have also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, in which they were strangers. And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians keep in bondage, and I have remembered My covenant. Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘Iam the Lord; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the Lord.’” So Moses spoke thus to the children of Israel; but they did not heed Moses, because of anguish of spirit and cruel bondage.
We come to know Him as Lord, then we are delivered to the land. For the Israelites, it was a physical land that takes them out of their physical bondage. For us, He promises to deliver to us the land of His nature in rescue from our unseen bondage. But who of us heeds to this divine aid, and who resists it in blindness?
What then is the relation between knowing God and obtaining this land?
What is this promised land but You Yourself? When You uproot a weed of selfishness, You replace it with the selfness of the Crucified Christ. When You chop down a tree of pride, You plant in its place the seed of humility of the Reproached Christ. And when You stomp out the thorn of vainglory, You fill the cavity with the meekness of the Christ who washed the feet of His disciples. I want You to deliver me to this land. I want You, Lord Amen.
Posted on Thu, November 13, 2014
by Coptic Treasures