Come Out

On AHC, I saw a documentary titled D-Day to Victory that shaped what I am writing about this morning. For those who may not be aware, that title is referring to the end of World War II (WWII). We all have heard about Hitler’s Final Solution which was the systematic extermination of people called undesirable. Of the undesirables, the Jews by far were the largest category of undesirables. The brutal concentration camps and mass murders forced Jews into hiding everywhere they lived.

After WWII was officially over, there was jubilation for those fighting but for the Jews who had been hiding too. This is the statement that drove me to write this post. In the documentary, it was reported that a Jewish woman who had been in hiding came out because the routines were different. She came out and asked a soldier if the war was over. She asked the soldier was it safe for Jews to come out. The soldier replied, “Tell them to come out, I am Jewish too.”

Let’s hear of some examples in scripture where God, whose war it really is, told His people to Come Out.

Genesis 8:15-17
15 Then God said to Noah, 16 Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. 17 Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.”

Numbers 22
“A people has come out of Egypt; they cover the face of the land and have settled next to me.

Numbers 22:17
“I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel. He will crush the foreheads of Moab, the skulls of all the people of Sheth.

Numbers 22:19
A ruler will come out of Jacob and destroy the survivors of the city.”

Psalm 14:6-7
Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord restores his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Isaiah 49:8-9

This is what the Lord says:

“In the time of my favor I will answer you,
    and in the day of salvation I will help you;
I will keep you and will make you
    to be a covenant for the people,
to restore the land
    and to reassign its desolate inheritances,
to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’
    and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’

Daniel 3:26
Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire,

“Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!”
For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”
When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”
When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”
But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves,’ God said, ‘and afterward they will come out of that country and worship me in this place.’
She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.
Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”
I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “‘Come out of her, my people,’ so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues;
Whether physical or spiritual, God’s call to Come Out always brought freedom from those who sought him. This was true for the Jew and for the Gentile. Regarding Omaha Beach, the soldier said that “God saved me from that ordeal on the beach” surely looked to God to Come Out of that harrowing battle. Undoubtedly, there were many men who desired to Come Out, but many did not. The battle for Normandy was costly for the lives of soldiers on both sides of the war; however, the battle for man’s soul is much more costly than man’s life. For the grave of the body is temporary, but the grave for the soul that has not Come Out is eternal. “36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them” (John 3:36). With that, I say rely on Jesus to Come Out of the dominion of darkness and into the kingdom of the Son he loves.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: