Church (Ecclesia) in the Wilderness

The Church (Ekklesia) In the Wilderness (Acts 7:38)
“But what did you go out into the wilderness to see?” (Matthew 11:7)


God has a purpose

in the wilderness.

He wants His people to SEE

  • “Something Better”.[1]

People see what they want to see

  • usually quail.[2]


“But what did you go out into the wilderness to see?”


Our father of faith “obeyed to GO OUT

as a sojourner in the land of promise”.[3]

It takes faith to see your way through the wilderness.


In the Wilderness of Sin[4]

“Moses saw Him who is invisible”.[5]


In the wilderness of Ziph[6]

those who were “in distress, in debt and discontented”

saw the difference between Saul and David[7]

– “The Glory of Israel”.[8]


In the Wilderness of the People[9]

a remnant saw the restoration of

“The city which has foundations,

whose architect and builder is God”.[10]


In the Wilderness of Judea[11]

many heard the crying, WENT OUT,

and saw one decrease and Another increase.[12]


“But what did you go out into the wilderness to see?”


God always “makes a way in the wilderness”.

He always “makes rivers in the desert”.

And He always “does a new thing” in the wilderness.[13]


Yes, when Gomer was allured into the Wilderness of Trouble[14],

she learned to sing a song of Hope to her Husband

and was betrothed to Him forever in faithfulness.[15]


So, you have to GO OUT into the wilderness in order to SEE.

But one of two things will happen:

You will either SEE JESUS,

or you will die of leanness, rebellion, or idolatry.


“But what did you go out into the wilderness to see?”



[1] Viz. JESUS. The basic theme of the Book of Hebrews is found in the word “better,” in describing the superiority of Christ in both His person and His work. Christ provides: • Better revelation. 1:1-2 • Better expectation. 6:9 • Better priesthood. 7:7-11, 20-28 • Better hope. 7:19 • Better testament, covenant. 7:22, 8:6 • Better promises. 8:6 • Better sacrifices. 8:6 • Better possessions. 10:34 • Better country. 11:16 • Better resurrection. 11:35 • Better things. 11:40; 12:24

[2] Exodus 16; Numbers 11.

[3] Hebrews 11:9

[4] Exodus 16-17; Numbers 33-34; Deuteronomy 32:51

[5] Hebrews 11:27

[6] 1 Samuel 23:14; 26:1-2

[7] 1 Samuel 22:1-2; 23:13; 1 Chronicles 11:15

[8] Micah 1:15

[9] Ezekiel 20:35 Or the wilderness of the “tribe”, or “flock”, or “congregation”.

[10] Hebrews 11:10

[11] Matthew 3:1-3

[12] John 3:30

[13] Isaiah 43:19

[14] Hosea 2:14-15 Viz. “Achor” which means “Trouble”.

[15] Hosea 2:19-20

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