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For I Have Seen A Better Land
(Early Writings, 19.1)
Oct 9, 2016
(Early Writings, 19.1)
Oct 9, 2016
On May 24, 1844, Samuel Morse sent a telegraphed message between Washington, D.C. & Baltimore from Congress to inaugurate the first commercial telegraph line. Do you recall the message? “What hath God wrought?” Samuel Morse used that Bible passage from a false prophet with a question. But Balaam exclaimed, “Look what God hath wrought!” Note Balaam’s message to Moab’s King Balak from the New Living Translation.
“ Listen, I received a command to bless; God has blessed, and I cannot reverse it!
…For the LORD their God is with them;…no magic has any power against Israel.
For now it will be said of Jacob, ‘What wonders God has done for Israel!’” (Numbers 23:19-23)
I’m baffled with how the Lord blessed such an undeserving people? With their checkered history of complaining and murmuring, how could God bless such a people? And through a false prophet? Think of the blessings he provided:
God said, “Are you hungry? You want bread? I’ll rain manna from heaven!”
God said: “You want meat? I’ll give you quail.”
“You thirsty? I’ll send water from Christ, the Rock!”
“You want shade from the blistering heat? I’ll provide a cover—pillar of cloud.”
“You want warmth by night as you sleep? I’ll provide a pillar of fire!”
We could go on…That’s why Balaam could exclaim: “See what the Lord has done!” But don’t forget, they had not yet possessed the Promised Land.
So, again, how could God bless such an undeserving people? Because the Lord chose them for a special purpose!
“Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”
Just 5 months after Morse’s telegraphed message, the Adventist church started its rocky journey! Hardly a major movement between 1844-1850—this little group barely numbered 100! What’s the chance they might multiply soon to nearly 19 million? Just a small group of believers among so many denominations. This little flock met in barns/homes studying Bible prophecy and praying together for God’s direction. What kept them motivated?
They had a vision of a better land! They sold their worldly possessions expecting Jesus to come on Oct 22, 1844.
Recently, Erney and I were privileged to visit some Seventh-day Adventist historical roots with other Hoosier friends. We stopped at the Edson farm, at Port Gibson, NY on the Erie Canal.
My friends, our Seventh-day Adventist legacy comes not only from a Baptist preacher of prophecy, but from a small group praying in a barn, and God’s strong impression to a farmer in a corn field! That’s how our church was born.
Like the Children of Israel, God has set us apart to proclaim the messages of Rev 14:6-12.
I’m reminded of Peter’s passage, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).
God indeed is with us and has a message for us to deliver—the messages of the Three Angels. Hiram Edson saw a better sanctuary in heaven. Balaam saw a better place. Moses saw a better land, eventually being resurrected to heaven. Abraham looked for a city whose builder and maker is God. What about us in the last quarter of 2016. Are we seeking a Better Land?
Let us praise the Lord! Look what God hath wrought in Indiana!