SEEK NOT TO RETURN TO BONDAGE
Heb 11:15 (YLT) – And if, indeed, they had been mindful of that from which they came forth, they might have had an opportunity to return,
The above passage is part of the testament to the faith of those under the Old Covenant who not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. By their confession it was evident they sought another country. Their example for us is to seek those things above where Christ is set on the right hand of God (Colossians 3:1).
When the heart and mind are set on things above, there is little chance of making the error the children of Israel made when they lusted for flesh and desired an opportunity to return to Egypt. Egypt speaks to bondage for them. Jerusalem above is free (Galatians 4:26). The daily portion of manna or Bread of Heaven had become loathsome to them (Numbers 11). God answered their request, and they were inundated with flesh. Quails! The Hebrew word for quails is selav, and its root meaning is to be at ease. Numbers 11 reveals that they could have had the spirit of prophecy poured out on them versus a meal of death. Those that lusted died.
No matter the situation God changes not. His pure love is His essence. Numbers Chapter 11 goes on the reveal that despite Israel’s rejection of Him, God’s love remained among them through Eldad and Medad. These two, both their names meaning love, prophesied in the camp while the other elders were gathered unto Moses at the Tabernacle. The witness of God’s love was still in the midst those who lusted.
Christ Jesus is our daily Manna or Bread from heaven, and God’s Love was demonstrated through His death on the Cross for our sins. Seek the Lord rather than an opportunity to return to bondage. He is our eternal Abode.
Romans 8:35 -39
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,"For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, Nor height nor depth, nor anything else.