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Exiles No More

Posted: Wednesday, June 8

Pastor Ken Beach // Creative Arts &amp; Executive Pastor

Pastor Ken Beach // Creative Arts & Executive Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

1 Kings 3:3-4:34
Acts 6:1-15
Psalm 126:1-6
Proverbs 16:26-27 


Verse of the day:

When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem it was like a dream! We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.” (Psalm 126: 1-2)

Have you ever had one of those dreams that you hated to wake up from? One where everything is exactly as it should be—where your only reaction is wonder and rejoicing? I think that's exactly what David is referring to in the first three verses of Psalm 126. When God restored the fortunes of Israel, it was so unbelievable that they felt like they were walking in a dream. Imagine their joy; they had been in captivity and the Lord just delivered them. Their joy was so great that even the other nations, (non-believing nations), about them acknowledged that God had indeed done a great thing for Israel. 



The captivity that David is referring to here can be applied, not only to the physical captivity of Israel by another nation, but also to the spiritual captivity we have all experienced; a captivity to sin. In this parallel, we can continue to relate to the wondrous joy of Christians who God uses to sow the seeds of salvation. Knowing what that release feels like personally, we are privileged to take part in the release of other prisoners—other exiles, into the freedom and joy of Jesus Christ. 



And then like Israel was used as an example of God’s greatness, kindness and faithfulness, we too, (and all those who join us in our celebration of freedom, laughter and joy), will be a living examples of God fulfilling His promise of a lasting hope—salvation to the exiles who have been brought back home.



And the best part? It’s not a dream—it is an eternal reality!