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Well, just got back from the memorial. The numbers were a third down for the second time in a row. We used to get over 300; now it's a little over 200.
The speaker mentioned the "little flock" and said how there were only 9,000+ in 2007.
He then said something I had not heard before.
When the Israelites left Egypt, a vast mixed company went with them who were likely Egyptians.
So two groups made the Exodus.
This supposedly parallels the two groups that Jesus spoke of - the anointed ones and his other sheep, or the great crowd.
How on earth does one make the jump from the Exodus to then?
What I found interesting was the heavily loaded language used to guilt those who were inactive and still came to the Memorial.
The speaker said that "some of you here tonight are regular at meetings, some of you here we saw last year..."
To show "appreciation for the ransom sacrifice" we need to be at our meetings.
We should not miss meetings which is as good as trampling on the Christ's shed blood.