Exile as gift– Diaspora as blessing

Liberated from the bondage of bricks and mortar and the pyramid schemes of fiscal frustration, a people of God can now reimagine a new future in the midst of a present pilgrimage. Avoiding the twisted temptations that “Egyptian memories” can invoke, this tribe is reminded again and again of the cost of losing focus, and leaving God.

So God led the people by the roundabout way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of the land of Egypt prepared for battle. 19 And Moses took with him the bones of Joseph who had required a solemn oath of the Israelites, saying, “God will surely take notice of you, and then you must carry my bones with you from here.” 20 They set out from Succoth, and camped at Etham, on the edge of the wilderness. 21 The Lord went in front of them in a pillar of cloud by day, to lead them along the way, and in a pillar of fire by night, to give them light, so that they might travel by day and by night. 22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people. Exodus 13:18