Knowing our present status as “strangers and exiles on the earth,” we continue as sojourners and pilgrims “traveling through this wilderness,” making every effort to “renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age” (Tit. 2:12).
2 Chronicles 7:14 is a call for God’s people Israel to repent of its sin and return to him in order for God to restore his blessings on them, not an exhortation to the church to work for establishing a Christian nation.
Beneath Matthewâ€™s genealogy is the story of Godâ€™s salvation plan through Abraham, David, and Christ. Notice that the record includes not only Jews, but also a few Gentiles, all of them women who had tarnished reputations. But as Paul says, all those who are Christâ€™s are Abrahamâ€™s offspring, heirs according to promise (Gal 3:29).
“You wish to go back to Egypt? Then you shall go back in the direction of the Red Sea where you started your march. You wish to die in the wilderness? Then you shall die in the wilderness. Do you fear that your children will be slaves in Canaan? Then your children will be shepherds in the desert for 40 years.”