“Few and Evil, the Days of our Sojourning” – Genesis 46:28–47:12

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We hear now the word of the Lord in Genesis chapter 46 starting in verse 28.

28 He had sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph to show the way before him in Goshen, and they came into the land of Goshen. 29 Then Joseph prepared his chariot and went up to meet Israel his father in Goshen. He presented himself to him and fell on his neck and wept on his neck a good while. 30 Israel said to Joseph, “Now let me die, since I have seen your face and know that you are still alive.” 31 Joseph said to his brothers and to his father’s household, “I will go up and tell Pharaoh and will say to him, ‘My brothers and my father’s household, who were in the land of Canaan, have come to me. 32 And the men are shepherds, for they have been keepers of livestock, and they have brought their flocks and their herds and all that they have.’ 33 When Pharaoh calls you and says, ‘What is your occupation?’ 34 you shall say, ‘Your servants have been keepers of livestock from our youth even until now, both we and our fathers,’ in order that you may dwell in the land of Goshen, for every shepherd is an abomination to the Egyptians.”
47 So Joseph went in and told Pharaoh, “My father and my brothers, with their flocks and herds and all that they possess, have come from the land of Canaan. They are now in the land of Goshen.” 2 And from among his brothers he took five men and presented them to Pharaoh. 3 Pharaoh said to his brothers, “What is your occupation?” And they said to Pharaoh, “Your servants are shepherds, as our fathers were.” 4 They said to Pharaoh, “We have come to sojourn in the land, for there is no pasture for your servants’ flocks, for the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. And now, please let your servants dwell in the land of Goshen.” 5 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you. 6 The land of Egypt is before you. Settle your father and your brothers in the best of the land. Let them settle in the land of Goshen, and if you know any able men among them, put them in charge of my livestock.”
7 Then Joseph brought in Jacob his father and stood him before Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. 8 And Pharaoh said to Jacob, “How many are the days of the years of your life?” 9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my sojourning are 130 years. Few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their sojourning.” 10 And Jacob blessed Pharaoh and went out from the presence of Pharaoh. 11 Then Joseph settled his father and his brothers and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded. 12 And Joseph provided his father, his brothers, and all his father’s household with food, according to the number of their dependents.
Genesis 46:28-47:12, ESV

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God endures forever.

Well, I was born and raised in Nebraska. I’m a lifelong Nebraskan. I love it here. I pray that I never have to leave Nebraska. Now certainly I’ve had the opportunity to travel outside of Nebraska, I’ve had the occasion to travel around the country and even opportunities to travel around the world. I really enjoy that, I enjoy traveling, but part of the fun of traveling is the knowledge that when the trip is over, you’ll be able to come home, Nebraska is my home.

The only time that I really experienced a prolonged time of homesickness was when I lived a prolonged amount of time out of the state. For three and a half years I lived in Birmingham, Alabama where I attended Beeson Divinity School for seminary, to study to become a pastor. Now Birmingham is a wonderful place, it is a beautiful city in the foothills of the Appalachians. Beeson Divinity School was a fantastic experience and the people we met were wonderful, everyone we met there was wonderful. My only problem with it is that it was not home.

As I was there, I didn’t always understand the values of southerners. I love southerners, I’ve met many of them, but didn’t quite always understand what was happening. So, I didn’t understand the cultural expressions they had. They were great people, but I just wasn’t tracking with what was happening all the time. I didn’t understand their history and so I didn’t understand the current events that they were talking about. I didn’t feel like I fit in, I did not feel like I belonged. I was a sojourner.

A sojourner, which is a word that comes up in our passage, is someone who lives in a place where they don’t belong there, or they don’t own the land on which they live. They live there either temporarily or permanently, but to be a sojourner means that you live in a place where you don’t belong. You’re there by the gracious hospitality of other people. Southerners are very good at that, but it wasn’t home.

So, when my time of study was done, my wife and I didn’t put down roots, we didn’t make long-term commitment, we wanted to come back to Nebraska. Now we’ve been here as a family for a little bit more than 10 years now. As I’ve been in Nebraska, the longer I’ve been here the more I experience what G.K. Chesterton meant when he wrote that men are homesick in their homes.

The Bible has a lot to say about home the Bible says a lot to say about where we live and about the importance of a home. What the Bible says is that longing that we have to be in a home, the longing that God has put in us, it’s meant not to lead us to a particular place in this world, whether Nebraska or Alabama or wherever you might be from. That longing is actually to lead us beyond this world, to point to the home that God is preparing for us, a heavenly place to live, that Jesus has gone ahead to prepare for us. The Bible wants to warn us, it wants us to be fully prepared that in this world we must live now as homesick sojourners.

Our big idea then today as we study this passage is to tell us how this is good news. The big idea then is this, that God makes sojourners into superiors.

So, three parts to the sermon.
1. Sending and Reconciling
2. A Settlement for Abominations
3. The Superior and the Inferior

Sending and Reconciling

We’ll start with verses 28 through 34 of chapter 46. The last part of chapter 46 and in verse 28 we see right away that Jacob sends Judah ahead of him. Now what’s going on? Let’s back up a little bit. Remember Joseph has revealed himself to his family, he’s invited his family to come from the land of Canaan down to live with him in Egypt. He’s going to set them up in Goshen, where he can provide for their needs there.

Now Jacob has gathered together all of his family, and remember Jacob’s other name is Israel, so we’re talking about the early young fledgling nation of Israel. They are all headed down to Egypt, 70 persons in all. As they go, Jacob sends Judah ahead of him, one of Joseph’s brothers Judah.

Now this is fitting in some ways because if you remember the beginning of this story, Judah was the one who played the lead role in separating Joseph from his father Jacob. Now Judah is going to go ahead to take a lead role in reconciling Jacob with Joseph in this meeting that they have.

There is another reason that Judah comes up here again, namely that this narrative continues to bring Judah into our view, continues to remind us that he is there because as we are going to see in Genesis chapter 49, it is Judah from whom kings will come for Israel. When Jacob blesses all of his sons, he singles out Judah and says the scepter will never depart from you.

Now when Judah began in this story, he was an absolute scoundrel. He was an abominable person, and yet over time God changed his heart so that he became a soft person who loved his family and was willing to sacrifice himself and his own good for the sake of his brother and for the sake of his father. He’s changed dramatically. Again, this is one more way in verse 28 where Judah is put to the forefront of our attention.

We won’t read any more about this because very quickly the text turns to this reunion between Joseph and his father Jacob, which is long overdue. Now they are returning back together, and this is a very affectionate reunion. You read about the weeping that happens for a good. Well as they fall on each other’s neck and Jacob surveys the situation and says now let me die, verse 30, since I have seen your face and know that you are alive. Jacob is now able to die in peace after a very difficult 22 years, at least, separated from Joseph.

What’s interesting though is we learn, in chapter 47:9, that Jacob is 130 years old now and he won’t die, as we read in Genesis 47:28, until he’s 147 years old. so, by God’s grace, God gives them 17 years to spend time together to make up for the lost time when Joseph was in exile.

After this reunion is over Joseph knows he has to get down to business, he has to prepare his brothers for their meeting, their interview, their conversation that they’re going to have with Pharaoh. Joseph wants to set them up in Goshen, to settle them in this land of Goshen. Now the reason Joseph wants to settle them in the land of Goshen is to provide for their needs and the way he’s going to get them into Goshen is coaching his brothers to admit that they are in fact shepherds. If Pharaoh knows that they’re shepherds he’ll put them away from the rest of the Egyptians in the land of Goshen, because we read in verse 34 every shepherd is an abomination to the Egyptians.

It’s not really a compliment to settle them in Goshen, they want them away from them, they don’t want to have to smell these smelly shepherds in their midst, they are an abomination for them. Joseph also wants to make sure that Pharaoh doesn’t think in the least that he’s angling for nepotism here, that he wants to set up his family members with cushy royal jobs in the courts of Egypt. He rather wants his brothers to get to work.

Now Jacob’s journey down to Egypt is really important and really significant because it is one more sojourning that Jacob will make after a lifetime of sojourning. Jacob was born in the land of Canaan, the land of his father Isaac’s sojourning. He didn’t own any of that land they lived there as sojourners. At some point Jacob had to leave Canaan and to go to Mesopotamia and Padan Aram, where he was a sojourner there. He gathered his wives, his children were born, and then he went back to the land of Canaan where he still did not own the land of Canaan. He was a sojourner there up until this point, where now Jacob is going to start his fourth sojourning in Egypt.

His life has been marked by sojourning. He has never owned even a piece of real estate to live in. The only thing he owns is in Canaan, it is the family burial plot. Not a place to live, but a place where he can die.

As much as we see sojournings in Jacob’s life, we’re seeing here something of Joseph’s sojourning in this life. Joseph is about to get almost everything that he could possibly want in his life; he’s risen to the top in his career that he could possibly go, you can’t outrank Pharaoh in Egypt, but he’s right behind Pharaoh. He’s about to get his family back living in his midst. Still, he only gets almost everything he wants because he’s still a sojourner in Egypt. He’s not in the land that God had promised to give to his family, in the land of Canaan. He knows that that’ll happen someday, but not yet.

What’s going to happen and where all of this story is sort of transitioning us, this is a story we find in the book of Exodus. There, just as Joseph entered the land of Egypt and he had to suffer there, so now all of Joseph’s family, all the nation of Israel, must suffer in Egypt and only then after that’s done will God lead them out of Egypt toward the Promised Land.

Joseph’s life then, as one sort of a set of tensions are coming to a close, where his career is resolved and now his family is resolved, he’s reunited with his brothers as well as with his father, well he still has this underlying tension, this underlying conflict.

How often life feels that way, that when we get through one challenge another pops up. When we resolve one conflict, another conflict rises to take its place. The reason for this is this world is not our home. Part of the reason we can never just sort of enter into this long fairway of perfect existence, we’ve never arrived in this life, the reason is that this is not our home. The reason we long for that is because we’re homesick sojourners for the land that God has promised to give us as our home, a heavenly land that Christ has gone ahead of us to prepare for us when he returns again.

A Settlement for Abominations

Well, this brings us to the end of chapter 46, where again the primary tensions of the Joseph story are resolved and settled as he’s reconciled with his family. Now there still remains this looming test; all the plans have been made, the brothers have been coached about what to say, but what will Pharaoh say when they arrive?

This brings us into the second section, a settlement for abominations, in verses one through six of chapter 47. In verse 1 Joseph goes in and speaks to Pharaoh, first saying my father and my brothers with their flocks and herds and all they possess have come from the land of Canaan. Then we read that Joseph takes a delegation of five of his brothers to present before Pharaoh. As expected, as Joseph coached them about this, Pharaoh asks their occupation.

Now it’s interesting to see the way the brothers speak to Pharaoh, they’re very respectful. They never speak of themselves in the first person, I, me, my, they never say things like that. They say, your servants are doing this, your servant’s cattle, your servant’s father, all that your servant’s father, all that kind of stuff. They speak about themselves in the third person to acknowledge that they are the servants of Pharaoh.

Then they also go so far as to humiliate themselves by acknowledging that they are shepherds. In the culture of that day this was an absolutely humiliating admission to acknowledge that they were indeed shepherds. Well to do this or to say this they’re trying to get in this land of Goshen, and they actually ask for it in verse 4.

In the short-term Goshen is going to be a refuge for their family, but in the longer-term Goshen will be this refuge for this people when they’re surrounded not by a famine, the famine will soon be over, but by Egypt. This would be a place where God will make his people fruitful and will multiply them into a great nation. When God brings plagues on the nation of Egypt, as a whole Goshen will be the refuge where God will protect his people from suffering from those plagues.

Well then in verses five and six Pharaoh responds favorably. He gives them their request and he actually goes so far as to set them over his own royal livestock. Just as Pharaoh had previously set Joseph over all of Egypt, back in Genesis 41:41. So the interview goes well, it goes better than even Joseph had planned.

Now we should notice how strange this is. These men here are the heirs to the covenants and promises of God, their own brother was the second in command and yet they don’t even refer to themselves in the first person, they have to refer to themselves humbly as your servants. They go beyond this to embrace the stigma and the social shame of acknowledging that they are shepherds. Why? So that they could continue to do that work.

They weren’t caught up and wishful thinking because of the promises that God had made to them. They wanted to get to their work. They were homesick sojourners, but they weren’t distracted from their ordinary common work and responsibilities of caring for all these herds and these flocks and these livestock that they had brought down from the land of Canaan. They wanted to get back to work.

Now C.S Lewis, in his book Mere Christianity, says that it’s very common to critique Christians by saying that Christians are so heavenly minded that they are of no earthly good. He says this is not true. If you if you look at history you will see that those who have done the most for the worlds were Christians, who thought the most about the life to come about the next life. He explains why this is, he says, “If you aim at heaven then you will get the earth thrown in.” However, if you aim at the earth, if you try to make this earth your home in a deep lasting way where you try to gain some kind of satisfaction that this world cannot give to you, then you will get neither heaven nor earth. “Aim at heaven you get earth thrown in, aim at earth and you don’t get either.”

Well after presenting his brothers to Pharaoh, Joseph now presents his father. Now there are different purposes in this. Jacob does not need anything from Pharaoh, he’s 130 years old, he knows that he’s about to die, although it’ll be 17 more years until that happens. He doesn’t need anything from Pharaoh rather Jacob comes to give something to Pharaoh, namely a blessing.

The Superior and the Inferior

Now verses 7 through 12, in this section where we see Jacob come into the presence of Pharaoh, this is the really important section of this passage. Here we see the title of this section I’d call the superior and the inferior. Who is really the superior and who is the inferior?

What’s important to notice then in verse 7 is where we read that Jacob blessed Pharaoh. In fact, we will read that Jacob does this again in verse 10, at the very end of the meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, he blessed Pharaoh, and then verse 10 at the end of the meeting Jacob blessed Pharaoh. Why does Jacob bless Pharaoh?

Well first of all, this is a fulfillment of the promises that God had made to Jacob’s grandfather Abraham. When God first called Abraham to leave his family and leave his homeland and to come instead to a land that God would show him in the land of Canaan, God promised in Genesis 12:3 that God would bless all those who blessed the offspring of Abraham. We are seeing this in part. Pharaoh has blessed the offspring of Abraham and Jacob’s family and so now Jacob is blessing Pharaoh for blessing the offspring of Abraham.

Notice also that Jacob, when he comes into this room, acknowledges that he is not the inferior to Pharaoh. He doesn’t use this my servant language, he doesn’t talk about himself in that way, he uses this first-person language. He says in verse 9,

9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my sojourning are 130 years. Few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their sojourning.”
Genesis 47:9, ESV

He’s not saying, your servants’ father, your servants doing this or that or the other, he is acknowledging that he is on an equal footing with Pharaoh, at least. When he blesses Pharaoh, the blessing goes beyond this. In the blessing Jacob is asserting that he is the superior over Pharaoh and Pharaoh does nothing to stop him. Then Jacob blesses him again at the end of this.

Now we know this because of Hebrews, the book of Hebrews chapter 7:7, in the New Testament. Now that verse is looking back at an earlier story in the same book of Genesis, where Melchizedek and we have no idea who this guy is, he comes seemingly from out of nowhere and blesses Abraham. The author of Hebrews says it’s a huge deal. You’re saying that the father of the nation of Israel, the one who received these promises from God, some random guy comes and blesses him. Well, the author of Hebrews says it’s beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior, Melchizedek is superior and Abraham the inferior. Here we have something different. Jacob, by blessing Pharaoh, is acknowledging himself to be superior and Pharaoh to be the inferior.

Now on what basis could Jacob make this claim and why did Pharaoh allow that claim to go unchecked? Pharaoh, we should remember, is the ruler of Egypt. In the very next, in verses 13 and following, Pharaoh will take possession of all the lands of Egypt. He’s the ruler of it, but he will now take personal possession of all the lands of Egypt, because the Egyptians will sell them their land in order to get some of the grain that the Pharaoh has stored up through the wise management of Joseph.

So, pharaoh owns all the land, whereas remember Jacob is a sojourner. He owns no land except a burial plot. Nothing for his life, only for his death. So, Jacob isn’t superior to Pharaoh in terms of property ownership. Also think of their lives, Pharaoh’s life has been marked by ease, as a ruler he has all of these servants who are attending to every one of his needs. Whereas Jacob, when he describes his life, he says that few and evil have been the days of his life. They’ve been hard years difficult years, years marked by multiple sojournings, in multiple places. Years where he was separated from his parents, as well as from his son Joseph, believing his son Joseph to be dead all of these years. So, in terms of lifestyle Pharaoh is still the superior to Jacob.

How then is Jacob superior and Pharaoh inferior? Well, what we are seeing here in this picture in this contrast is something very similar to what we saw back in Genesis chapter 36, the passage that comes right before the beginning of the Joseph story. In that chapter there’s sort of a summarizing of what happens to Jacob’s brother Esau.

Jacob’s brother Esau, we read in Genesis 36, becomes this great nation. We read of his extensive genealogy, way more than 70 people identified there, and we read that politically Esau becomes a stronger nation than Israel more quickly. We read that Esau had kings before any king reigned over the Israelites. In Genesis 36:31, so very clearly it stated that Esau had kings before Israel did. We also know that Esau was secure in the land of his possession, Edom the land became Esau’s possession while Jacob continued to live in the land of his sojournings.

In fact, in contrast to the greatness of Esau that we read in verse in chapter 36 of Genesis, we get just one word to summarize that Jacob’s position. In Genesis 37:1-2, when Joseph is introduced, we read that Jacob, by contrast to Esau, lived in the land of his father’s sojourning, in the land of Canaan. Esau had everything Jacob had nothing, he was a sojourner.

Yet Jacob was the superior over Esau because he was the heir and the recipient of God’s promises. By all outward evaluations and estimations Esau had everything, but Jacob had something that Esau did not and the most important thing he had the promises of God. Just as Jacob was the superior over Esau, so Jacob is also the superior over Pharaoh. Pharaoh has everything, but he does not have the promises of God in the way that Jacob does.

For homesick sojourners one of the biggest temptations that someone might face is to go native, that is to want to belong so much that you renounce what you had and give in to the life of where you are currently living. When I lived in Alabama, I could have gone native by doing something small, like buying a house, or I could have done it by doing something big like choosing between Alabama and Auburn. You can do it one of either ways, you can go native in one way or another.

There wouldn’t been anything wrong if we had chosen to live in Alabama or to move back to Nebraska or to move to somewhere entirely differently. There’s nothing wrong with living in any particular place. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to establish yourself in a place, there is something wrong if we go native by trying to buy into the world’s values and their cultural expressions, and by losing sight of what is promised to us in heaven.

Jacob is not trying to go native here in Egypt. He knows exactly who he is. He knows that Pharaoh has nothing to offer him, but he alone has something to offer to Pharaoh. His goal is not to make Egypt his home, his goal is to be a homesick sojourner until he is brought into the land that he has awaited by faith.


Well as we reflect on this story of sojourners and property rights and settlements, let’s consider these two applications.

1. The first is this, that you and I must both embrace the mindset of a sojourner. The New Testament tells us that we are still sojourners. In 1 Peter 2:11-12, we are explicitly told this. Peter writes,

11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
1 Peter 2:11-12, ESV

The point is not about whether we live in Nebraska or Alabama or somewhere else. The point is about how we live, wherever we live, we are to abstain from the passions of the flesh which wage war against our souls. Also, we are to keep our conduct honorable so that those who surround us, wherever we are sojourning, may glorify God on the day of visitation. It’s not about where we live, it’s about how we live, that’s what it means to be a sojourner.

To be a Christian, it seems, carries two very difficult burdens. First of all, it means that we, like Jacob’s family, will be an abomination in the sight of the world. There’s no way around this. Forever Christians have been abominations in the sight of the world because the world hates our values, and the world hates the expression of our values. There’s no way around it and every age, in every expression of culture and every philosophy and every system, the world will hate God’s people as abominations.

The second burden that we bear is this, that we like Jacob’s family, will live out our lives without finding a permanent home in this world. We will forever be homesick in our homes. We are sojourners who live in this world, but who can never quite become of this world because we know this world is not our home.

So, what this means is that Christians will often live be separated from the world, separated from the power and the pleasures in the courts of Egypt of this world. We regularly find ourselves in our own Goshen. Goshen is a type, it’s a prefiguring of the church, a place where God’s people can come for refuge to be provided. Yes, it’ll be separated from the halls and the courts of power, just as the Israelites were separated in Goshen from the halls of power in Egypt.

Yet as we live here in the church, God makes us here into a great nation. This is the place where God speaks to us in his word and feeds us with his sacraments, in order to build us up and make us into a great and holy nation.

One of the homesick pleasures I enjoyed while I lived in Alabama was to watch Husker football games with Husker fans. It very rarely happened that I could often find people who would watch games with me, even though they didn’t care. Sometimes I watched games with people who were cheering for the other team because that’s where they were from, but I very rarely could watch games with another Husker fan.

So as much as I could afford to, and this was very rare, I tried to go to some restaurant where you could watch the game on the televisions there. When I was there, I would hope, and I’d be watching for the doors for another person to come in wearing a Nebraska shirt tonight. When they did this, I’d say come sit with me let’s watch this game together, because there is a great comfort in the midst of a sojourn to share that with others who share your homesickness.

Much better than that experience on any given Saturday, was what would happen every Sunday. Because every Sunday I could go to my church, Faith Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama. During that time, I never met any other person who cared in the least about Nebraska. No one was from there, no one cheered for the team, but let me tell you these people love Jesus.

When I went there it didn’t matter where you were from, it mattered where you were going. When we gathered every week, we were all about sojourners who were homesick to have Jesus return and bring us into our sojourning together. When the new heavens and the new earth comes, we won’t be separated from those people. We will enjoy a homeland with them forever.

Every Sunday, Lord’s Day by Lord’s Day, when we gathered together, we got a taste of that, a taste of that in our own little Goshen. There we got a taste of what we were homesick for, a life of eternity with Christ. In the midst of all of this, embrace the mindset of a sojourner.

2. The second application is this, if we are sojourners, then set your mind on things that are above not on things that are on earth. Joseph’s family was willing to set aside the pursuits of earthly power in Egypt. They didn’t want to try to milk their connection through Joseph, they were rather willing to embrace cultural shame as an abomination in Egypt.

As sojourners we recognize that another heavenly world is our home. It’s not that God has left us destitute, though he doesn’t just leave us here to suffer and languish. He tells us and coaches us and wants us to understand that this world is not our home, so that we will never stop looking forward to the world that is our home.

He’s providing us with something that is so much better, and we can’t have both. You cannot serve two masters; you cannot have two real homelands. So, when Jesus Christ came into this world, he taught that his kingdom was not of this world. He said he was in the world, but he was not of the world. He came to usher in a new kingdom, a kingdom that transcends this world, that is above this world, a spiritual heavenly kingdom over which he is the king.

This is a kingdom that’s built on the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It announces the whole human race has sinfully given itself to the sinful pursuit of the world. We have all become idolaters by worshiping creation rather than the creator. Because of this because we have inverted our homeland, tried to find lasting satisfaction in this world rather than looking to God. We’re guilty and we stand condemned. Left to ourselves that guilt is such that it would condemn us to an eternity in hell, separated from the love of God forever.

The good news of the gospel is that Christ came to save sinners. He came as a king to die as a substitute sacrifice in the place of sinners, to bear their guilt and their shame on the cross. He came to taste death once for all so that all those who believe in him might live. He came not only to die but to rise from the dead to usher in a new realm, a new life, a new kingdom, to prepare for us a new home so that we may be with him where he already is. A true home where we will live with him forever.

So, Christ the king declares this good news of salvation; if you repent, if you turn from your sins, and if you look to Jesus Christ in faith, you will be saved. You will be saved out of this earth, out of the corruption, and out of the death of the famine that surrounds us. You will be a sojourner until the day when you’re brought into your heavenly homeland with Jesus Christ himself.

Let’s pray. Heavenly Father, we pray that you would make us glad sojourners, as homesick as we are for you, as much as we miss you Lord Jesus, and want you to come. We ask for you to come quickly. We pray that in the meantime you would make us happy sojourners, as we know exactly who we are as children of the High King. So, we pray through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that you would keep us safe, watch over us, and make us into a great nation as your people here in your church. It’s in Christ’s name we pray. Amen.