Nowadays when we want to go somewhere we either step into our car or if we feel the distance is too far, we are likely to take the plane. It was not really that terribly long ago that the main mode of transportation over land, both here in North America and also on the European continent, was by train. I am sure that most of our older readers can still relate to those days gone by, and yet even nowadays we can catch a train that will take us from coast to coast and from north to south in a very enjoyable and relaxing way. In this way we can see the country in all its glory and beauty, the way that our Creator meant it to be.
Let’s go for a train ride through history
With all this said I would at this time like to take a train ride through history with you and see where we have been and where we are going. Since most of you who will be reading this article realize that they are Christian-Israelites. I will attempt to take this journey, not through secular history, but from the point of our beginning from Adam, the son of God (Luke 3:38). Now scripture calls Adam the son of God, but as a direct son Adam was the lesser, for as we shall see later on in our travels we will encounter another Who is also called the Son of God (Matt. 14:38, Mark 1:1,11), but Who is far greater than the first son. There are numerous other passages throughout the New Testament scriptures bearing out this fact. Now I know that we who are truly in tune with God the Father and with our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, are also considered to be sons and daughters of God, (see Rom. 8:14, 2Cor. 6:18, Gal. 4:5,6, Php. 2:15 and 1Jn. 3:1,2), but we are sons and daughters by adoption (Gal. 4:5) and not by birth, for only Adam was formed by God and Jesus was fathered by God. So with this information and the Bible as our travel guide and itinerary let’s get started, so All Aboard, fasten your seat belts, relax and enjoy the journey.
We’ll begin our trip at Edenland
The first part of our journey I would like to call the Adamic Excursion and our initial starting point is Eden Park. Adam was given a commission from above to tend the garden, but it soon became apparent that he was a poor husbandman for he could not follow orders from above. So he lost his job and was banned from the garden and it soon became clear that we were in for a rough ride. The descendants of Adam, it soon became apparent, were by and large a very rowdy and unruly bunch. They lived for the day, cavorted and married whom they pleased and became totally lawless. (Gen. 6:2,5). As a matter of fact Adam’s first son became a murderer. (Gen. 4:8). We see here a trend developing that was to follow us, as Adam’s descendants throughout history in general refused to walk with God and follow His instructions. Luckily Adam got himself another son whom seemed to have more common sense than the others (Gen. 4:25) and we will see that through him we were saved from a total catastrophe, for this son and his offspring did stay in harmony with their God.
Then maybe we will journey along the same path as did Abraham
So let us pick up the narrative of the journey at this point and see where we are heading. As we said the people were an unruly bunch, and they were soon traveling at break-neck speed to disaster. The train on which they were traveling had no conductor or brakeman and was totally out of control and because they were partying and having fun, none of them paid any attention to the warning of an impending storm coming. It was for that reason that nobody noticed that the bridge was washed out and the whole train plunged into the raging waters and they all drowned. Luckily one man and his family had not boarded the train and they managed to escape the flood on a boat. (Gen. 7). It is through Shem, one of the sons of Noah, the man of the boat, that we get another line of descendants from which we get one man, who had all the attributes to be the friend of God, which he was. (Jas. 2:23). This man was Abram, later called Abraham. Abram trusted the Lord, Abram obeyed the Lord, Abram was devoted to the Lord and even though sometimes unsure, he always believed what the Lord God told him and promised him. Wish that we all could stand that firm. When God told Abram to go to an unknown place Abram went, no questions asked. When God told Abram that He would make him a Father of many nations, even though Abram had no offspring yet, he believed God. It was then that the Lord God of Heaven changed his name to Abraham, meaning Father of many. When Abraham’s wife, Sarah, wavered in her faith because of old age and she gave her handmaid to Abraham to have a son by, God said “No” he is not the one, but you will have another son in whom my people shall be called. And so Abraham begat Isaac, the child of promise, and when, after waiting all those years, God told Abraham to sacrifice that son, Abraham obeyed God, never wavering in his faith in the Almighty and not knowing at that time that God was testing him. It was for those reasons that God made a covenant with Abraham that was unconditional and it is still in effect today! Isaac later had twin sons, that were poles apart in character, and therefore there has been strife between those two brothers and their offspring ever since, even unto the present day. Of course those two brothers were Esau and Jacob, and we will now continue our narrative by following Jacob.
And we can pretend we joined Moses on the trip out of Egypt
As the story goes Jacob got married. As a matter of fact Jacob had four wives by whom he begat twelve sons of which one, the second youngest, disappeared and Jacob didn’t have a clue as to where he had disappeared to. Jacob thought him to be dead. Now it so happened that in Canaan-land, where Jacob (who also became known as Israel, Gen. 32:28) lived, there was a shortage of food, I mean the shelves were empty, nothing to be had locally, but they heard that there was of plenty food to be had to the south in Egypt. So after several trips south the whole family of Jacob decided to move south, where it turned out, that the lost son, who had gone to Egypt as an indentured servant so to say, had risen to a very high position. He arranged for some very prime property for the family to live on. So there they stayed for a good many years. They prospered and grew in number to such an extent that the original inhabitants of the land became jealous of them and began to oppress them. I mean things got pretty nasty over there. (Ex. 1:1-12:36). So it was at this time that God, Who had seen what was going on in Egypt, decided to step in and send someone to get these people out.
God chose for that task a man from Midian who forty years earlier had fled Egypt under a cloud of suspicion for murder. So it is understandable that this fellow really did not want to go, but the Lord talked him into going and told him also to look up his brother, who would be the spokesman for him. This man’s name was Moses. (Ex. 3). So Moses and his brother went to see Pharaoh the King of Egypt to demand that he would let the children of Israel go, as God had commanded. Of course Pharoah refused, he was not about to let go of all that cheap labor that he used the children of Israel for. But after several severe plagues, of which the last killed all the firstborn in Egypt, he relented and sent the Israelites away. So let’s again embark the train and continue our journey. So all aboard for the Sinai Flyer, but because of the duration of this trip through history, we will have to wait till the next issue of Thy Kingdom Come to see what lies ahead. Next Installment