Summary: There is a Place called Perfect for those who will accept the sacrifice that God offers through His son, Jesus.
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Pastor James May
A PLACE CALLED PERFECT
Oh happy day, when God created man and man lived in a perfect paradise! God’s design for us was to live forever and to prosper in everything that we wanted to do. We were given dominion over all of Creation and told to go forth and fill the earth. God wanted man to live in a place called Perfect!
Have you seen the commercial on TV where a place called “Perfect” is found? In that place called “Perfect”, there are no dirty clothes or dishes to wash, no alarm clocks to wake up to, no sickness, no pain, no arguments, no bills to pay, nor is there anything that will make life anything less than absolutely perfect. How many of you live in a place called “Perfect”?
Whatever happened to that place called Perfect? Can, and did such a place actually exist? Man has searched for “Utopia” which only another name for a place called “Perfect”, but it seems that the harder we try to find it, the farther it goes away from us. There can be no place called “Perfect” for man that is absolutely imperfect. There was a place that was perfect. It was a place of no pain, no sorrow, no sickness, no death and no sin. God created the Garden of Eden and put Adam and Eve in that garden in their perfect state of innocence.
It wasn’t very long until the perfection and innocence were destroyed and all of mankind has had to suffer the consequences of Adam’s rebellion and disobedience, but, don’t just blame Adam, for there is not one of us who would not have done the same as he did if we would have been in his position. If you doubt what I say, ask yourself this question, “Is there one among the human race who has not sinned or rebelled against the law of God?”
The nation of Israel; millions of men, women and children; were held as captives and slaves in the land of Egypt and forced to bow to the wishes and commands of an ungodly Pharaoh. Because of their own failures, as well as the sin of their fathers, they had been taken from a place of freedom to a state of oppressive slavery. It seems that history had repeated itself. The same pattern that began with Adam in the Garden was now being repeated in God’s chosen nation, Israel.
This same pattern repeats itself in the life of every one who is ever born. We are all born into a state of innocence as a newborn baby but that same nature of sin that existed in Adam and in the nation of Israel also exists in the heart of every baby that comes into the world. That’s why Jesus made the statement that there is “none righteous, no not one!”
God, in His mercy and grace delivered Israel from bondage. He did great miracles on their behalf. God blessed Israel in spite of her deplorable condition. They could not set themselves free but God always has a plan to bring us back to Him.
1) God brought the plagues of judgment against the kingdom that held them in its iron-fisted grip. (God is still bringing judgment upon this sinful world and upon the sin that rules it)
2) God brought Israel out and saw to it that they left out with great wealth.
3) God opened the Red Sea, parting the waters that barred their path. (Even so will God part the things in our lives that will keep us from reaching Him if we so desire)
4) God led them out of their old life into a new life of trusting Him and obedience to Him.
Exodus 19:1-4, "In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount. And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself."