A Nation of Exiles

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In 1 Peter 2:9-12, Peter mixes two seemingly contradictory Old Testament themes. The first is that of the exodus and establishment of God’s people within the promise land. 1 Peter 2:9-10: But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. These two verses are rich with allusions to Exodus, …

Tower of Babel

East of God – West of Man

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If you pay close attention as you read through the first chunk of Genesis, you will notice a directional movement of people. When Adam and Eve are exiled from Eden, they go east (Genesis 3:24). Then Cain wanders east (Genesis 4:16). Later, God brings Noah back west when He reboots humanity. Then in Genesis 11:2 we read, “It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.” The “they” here is referencing mankind and Shinar would later be known as Babylon. …