Exile. It’s one of those Bible words. Clunky. Nerdy. One which never comes up in our every day life. Yet there are few concepts more critical to understanding the Bible and the very story of our lives.
Merriam-Webster defines exile as the state or period of forced absence from one’s country or home.
If you’re familiar with the Bible you might be aware that over half of the Old Testament deals with Israel’s exile from their homeland. Peeling back another layer we discover that all but three chapters of the Old Testament are about a people in exile. At the end of Genesis 3, Adam & Eve are driven out of Eden and from Genesis 3:24 onward, the story of all mankind focuses on our attempts and God’s work to bring us home. (read more)