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Living In A Strange Country

Those who truly live by, and according to, the Word of God may sometimes feel as though they are living in a foreign country, even though they may have been born there. While the Laws of God and the laws of man are often the same (e.g. "20:13 Thou shalt not kill ... 20:15 Thou shalt not steal" Exodus 20:13,15 KJV), more often the righteous Eternal Law is in conflict with the laws of politics - "laws" that come and go according to the shifting, self-righteous lusts of man (in the Holy Bible, "lust" can be anything that is covetous; listen to our Sermon Lust).

The good news ("gospel" means good news - see The Gospel of The Kingdom of God) is that those who experience feeling foreign in their own country, because they seek to live by the true and pure Word of God, also know from the Word of God that it's those who don't yet live by the Word of God who are the actual foreigners. The LORD created the earth (see Christ The Creator) with the purpose of being a single nation - the Kingdom of God. The truly repentant people of God, now, are merely the first to cross into the new world, a psychological "crossing of the Jordan" (see Milk and Honey), from which there can be no survivable turning back (see The Unpardonable Sin), that is yet inhabited by great numbers of "spiritual Canaanites" - who will all themselves, sooner or later, have the opportunity to become "spiritual Israelites" also (see When Will You Be Judged?).

"By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country"

Much of physical Bible History has been applied as object lessons for all people, of all time e.g. "10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ [see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM' and 'The God Of The Old Testament'], as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." (1 Corinthians 10:9-12 KJV).

The Holy Scriptures Living in a "strange country" that will one day be our own, by being born "there" (which is "here" - see Born Again, How and When?), is a principle known by all of God's true people right from the beginning. That's what the so-called "faith chapter," Hebrews 11, was describing.

"11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 11:2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.

11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God [see The Logos], so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain [see What Did Abel Have That Cain Didn't?], by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead [see What Happens When You Die?] yet speaketh.

11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death [see What Happened To Enoch?]; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house [see The Flood]; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went [see On His Own Two Feet and Israel's Iraqi Roots]. 11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God [see The City To Come].

11:11 Through faith also Sara [see Abram and Sarai] herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. 11:12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 11:14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 11:15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 11:16 But now they desire a better country [see The Gospel of The Kingdom of God], that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac [see Isaac's Faith And Obedience]: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son. 11:18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: 11:19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

11:20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

11:21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph [see The Israelite Patriarchs - Joseph and Ephraim and Manasseh]; and worshiped, leaning upon the top of his staff.

11:22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones [see Joseph's Bones].

11:23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment [see notes for Exodus 1-3].

11:24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years [see The Education Of Moses], refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. 11:28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

11:29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned [see notes for Exodus 13-16].

11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days [see What Actually Made The Walls of Jericho Fall?].

11:31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

11:32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon [see notes for Judges 5-7 and Judges 8-12], and of Barak, and of Samson [see notes for Judges 13-15 and Judges 16-18], and of Jephthae; of David also [see King David, Israelite Monarchy - The Origin, Israelite Monarchy - The Civil War and Israelite Monarchy - The United Kingdom], and Samuel, and of the Prophets: 11:33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 11:34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 11:35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better Resurrection: 11:36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 11:37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 11:38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect [see To Meet The Lord In The Air]" (Hebrews 11:1-40 KJV)

Fact Finder: What ultimate patriotism, what ultimate founding Father, do true Christians have?
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