Come out from among them, and be ye separate. — 2 Cor 6:17
With all the world in his choice, God placed His ancient people in a very remarkable situation. On the north they were walled in by the snowy ranges of Lebanon; a barren desert formed their eastern boundary; far to the south stretched a sterile region, called the howling wilderness; while the sea not then, as now, the highway of the nations, facilitating rather than impeding intercourse lay on their west, breaking on a shore that had few harbors and no navigable rivers to invite the steps of commerce.
May we not find a great truth in the very position in which God placed His chosen people? It certainly teaches us that to be holy, or sanctified, we must be a separate people living in the world, but not of it as oil, that may be mixed, but cannot be combined with water. — Guthrie.