To the sons and daughters of the Almighty scattered abroad: We want to notice again some beautiful things from the 12th chapter of Exodus. Now Moses told the Israelites that they were to receive the lamb with their loins girded. At first this would seem to be a strange statement, but after looking at it more closely it will reveal its own self to you. This refers to the clothing that they were to wear. The oriental garment was a loose robe over their shoulders coming down to their ankles and when they were to make a journey they were to put a big leather girdle around their loins and gird themselves up, in order that it would pull the loose robe up about halfway between their ankle and knees. This was done in order that they might walk well. The girdle also would brace their back and loins and give them strength for their heavy march. The reader will remember that in the picture of the old family Bible of the pilgrims, they all had on this loose garment and the girdle around their loins, so you see the Israelites had to assume the role of a pilgrim before they could receive the lamb, and how true is that with us today. No man can receive Christ without becoming a pilgrim, and the old Book says that we are strangers and pilgrims here below, and that we are seeking a city which hath foundations whose builder and maker is God. We understand from the teaching of the Book that all truly regenerated people are pilgrims. But the Apostle Paul gave us some wonderful insights into the life of a pilgrim in that wonderful 11th chapter of Hebrews. He said of them that they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, were destitute, and afflicted, of whom he said, this world was not worthy. He said they wandered about in deserts and mountains and dens and caves of the earth and that they all died in the faith. Another remarkable fact in Connection with their receiving the lamb with the loins girded was that they could not leave Egyptian bondage until they assumed the role of a pilgrim and received the lamb with their loins girded.
And what was true of the Israelites is just as true of us. For the child of God today is just as truly robed and girded and is running this remarkable race with his face set toward the celestial city as was the face of the Israelites set toward the land of Canaan. And a Christian is a very busy man. He is making tracks with the toes pointed toward the New Jerusalem; in fact, he has said good-by to this old world, and is so busy following the Lamb, that he has no time to ride the goat.
He has his eye on the cross and is running for his life. It was hard on him to say good-by to all the goat-riders and these splendid gentleman of the cloth and take the lonely way with Jesus.
He has no time for the entertainments and the great blow-outs of the world. His business is to scratch gravel. He has no time to look back, nor to stay on the plains. He is bound for the mountain-top of holiness and righteousness. Every move he makes is heavenward. He now has on his robe, his eye on the cross with a spring in his heel and a well in his soul, and his face is set like a flint. He is one of the most peculiar men on earth; not exactly in the way he is dressed but in the way he lives. For he lives different from the other man, for he is a citizen of another country. Amen!
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