Out of Egypt
By: W. R. Uchtmann

“I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.” Hosea 11:1. “We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22. Paul had an experimental knowledge of this. Trials and tribulation may be compared to either a carriage or  a juggernaut,-- to help us on our way or to crush us,-- and it lies with us which they shall be. If we keep above them, through absolute faith in a loving Saviour, and actually rejoice in them, we are brought nearer him at every trial; but if we get beneath them, and lose sight of God, despair will finally crush us, like the juggernaut, and we shall lose all. In prophecy, both Babylon and Egypt stand for the sinful world; and at the present time, so near the end, all should heed the last warning message: “Come out of her [Babylon], my people,” In Psalm 114 we read what happened when Israel of old came out of Egypt. The sea fled; Jordan was driven back; every opposing element and power gave way before the Lord. The last part of the psalm refers to the second coming of Christ, which is so near, and has been retarded long because the Israel of to-day has not yet answered the call in its fullness: “I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.” We must now either come out of the world or go down with it. Let the words of Joel 2:17 be our prayer: “Spare thy people, O Lord.”