As I am considering the Babylon/Zion argument, I read today in Exodus....and basically, I think we as members of the Church are symbolically living in Goshen. Goshen is the name of the area where the Isrealites lived while they were in Egypt. For quite a while they lived a rather great life there. They were allowed to stay within their own group of people, they were left alone to worship as they pleased, their monetary/physical needs were met as they left their "Zion" to make bricks for the Egyptians. It all seemed to be working out pretty nicely, with a few small concessions. Sort of a resting ground, a preparation place, a nice easy life.
Then the Egyptians became anxious about the Isrealites numbers and strengths, more and more of their "freedoms" were eroded. Pretty quickly, Goshen wasn't quite so great a place to live. But even as God was performing mighty miracles in their behalf to take them to their true promised land, their Zion, they still were looking back toward Goshen. That steady brick-making paycheck and "Egyptian burger joint" was really a hard thing to give up.
I'll let you draw your own corollaries, if you see any.
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