This is what God gave me today in his word:
“For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: As my anger and my wrath were poured out on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so my wrath will be poured out on you when you go to Egypt. You shall become an execration, a horror, a curse, and a taunt. You shall see this place no more. (Jeremiah 42:18)
In what circumstances though would this happen I wonder? – If they returned to Egypt, God said the above (they’re becoming a: execration, etc), would happen. So how are we to apply this today? If someone goes back to “Egypt” or in today’s words Drugs or Alcoholism, should we do all of those things to them? Well of course not. But why? Let’s think about this for a moment: why is it today, that we don’t do the same thing God did back then (or more accurately; was going to do)? Why is it that everyone that turns to drug’s isn’t promptly put out of the church (you will see this place no more) and beaten (all the rest). Well aside from that being extremely illegal, the reason we don’t do what God did today, is because there has been a change in the way we do things.
21 Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law.22 But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. (Galatians 3:21-22)
From the above passage (the one in Galatians) we can see that things have in fact changed; we’re no longer under the law… We’re not stoned to death any longer for doing something wrong. Why? Because of what he, Jesus, did for us. Namely, dying on the cross for us.
Conclusion? Because Jesus was beaten, made to become an execration and a horror. Cursed for our transgressions and a taunted (spat at), we no longer have to become the afore-mentioned. However, this does not entitle us to freedom to do whatever it is our flesh want’s to do. Paul in Roman’s 6 makes that point quite clear.
You are loved!