No Israelite Actually Returned Back to Egypt after the Exodus
“Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment.” – Exodus 6:6
Though Pharaoh’s heart was hardened to let go of the Israelites, God’s purpose through moses is to bring the israelites to the promise land. To free them from slavery and oppression. The great exodus was a fulfillment of God’s promise to those who are obedient, devoid of rebellion.
Despite the miracles, blessings God lavished the Israelites on the way to their promised land; they became stiffened necks and hardened of heart- rebellious to follow God’s moral law and design. But, nothing in the Bible mentioned that some Israelites who were hardened of heart and stiffened of neck actually returned back to Egypt. God dealt with their rebellious heart as they journeyed thus failing to reach their promised land. What was suppose to be an 11 day journey became a 40 year ordeal for their hearts were not turned to God, nor their minds renewed that they may stand for holiness and obedience. They feared rebuke, they feared correction; more so they decided not to live under God’s hedge of protection for they did not want to live by God’s moral standard. Babblers and Grumblers are destined to be destroyed; their lack of faith and trust in God and to Moses whom God has ordained as both leader and spiritual guide led them to their agony and pit to destruction.
We can learn from the stubborn example of the Israelites as we walk the path God has called us to take. When we are moved by God to transfer to another place of worship of a church, Let us trust Him. It is for a greater calling that He did so, He does not want us to stagnate and allow moral & spiritual decay to manifest in our spiritual walk thus even Abraham was moved by God to move on and up.
There were many stories in the Bible that show how those who looked back and returned back to their “OLD” ways was instantly destroyed. This was indeed the case of Lot’s wife who viewed Sodom and Gomorrah, the wicked towns of old as her “Original and Real” Home. Another concrete example is our reformation to become a new creation, that once we have received true salvation- it is impossible, even unthinkable to RETURN BACK to our old self. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit comes once in every person’s life.
When we are clean, we don’t go back to the the mud nor do we partake of our own vomit: 2 Peter 2:22 states: “They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”
So be the fool who commits the same mistake as stated in Proverbs 26:11– “As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.”