A Meditation: On Genesis 47:9 // Minding The Heavenly City //

by Matheus Yuhlung

‘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

When somebody ask us our age – aren’t we suppose to say I’m this-this years OLD? But look at how Jacob answered when Pharaoh asked his age ‘The days of the years of my sojourning are 130 years’. This was a remarkable fact about the faith of the ancient patriarchs – their absolute attitude towards the nature of mortal existence i.e. temporariness.

The choice of the word sojourning was a proof that these great men had their eyes fixed on the city of gold that lay above this material-mortal world. Hebrews eleven also documents that these men could have such tremendous faith in God because they shared a conviction regarding the nature of mortal existence as said before i.e. temporariness and a heaven that waited for them. Consider the following verses:

“By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God” – Hebrews 11:9-10

“If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city” – Hebrews 11:15-16

Likewise, dear brethrens – we shant also never forget that we’re merely sojourners on this earth; have no emotional attachment as the world and its components were meant to pass away. Hence, let us rather fix our eyes on the city of gold that God is bringing with Him – just as our forefathers did.

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