Years of Sojourning

Jacob said to Pharaoh, "The days of the years of my sojourning are 130 years."
GENESIS 47:9
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Years of Sojourning
These are words of the spirit and of faith that thinks about another life. For [Jacob] does not want to deem this most wretched life, which is full to overflowing of endless crosses and troubles, worthy of being called a life; but he calls it only a wandering, a most miserable way of living to which one must nevertheless render service because of God's command and will. . . . Thus the Epistle to the Hebrews, in chapter 11:8-10, explains this and other, similar passages very beautifully when it says: "By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place which he was to receive as an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was to go. By faith he sojourned 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 looked forward to the city which has foundations, whose Builder and Maker is God." . . . For to those who believe and have God's promise, this life is a wandering in which they are sustained by the hope of a future and better life. . .. Accordingly, before God we are all citizens in hope; but before the world we are sojourners in fact.
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