The Promise Land Experience (Part One of Two)
In the first chapter of Deuteronomy Moses and the Israelites are just a short distance from the Jordan which marked the boundary of their Promise Land. Verse 5… “On this side Jordan, in the land of Moab, Moses began to declare this law, saying, the Lord our God spoke unto us in Horeb, saying, you have dwelt long enough in this mount, turn and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places near thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Cananites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates. Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the Lord swore unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.” Moses just outlined for the Israelites the boundaries of their Promised Land. As you read the description you will surely notice that what was promised to them is much larger than what they are presently living on or have ever lived on. One day however, they will possess the whole of the land God promised to Abraham in the Book of Genesis.
This is not the first time the Israelites had been this close to entering their Promise Land. Forty years before they had stood in this very place and sent spies into the land to spy out the cities, the people, the lay of the land and the produce it grew. When the spies returned they came back with a very promising report of the greatness of the land and the size of the fruit the land produced, but they also told the people after seeing the inhabitants of the land, “We were as grasshoppers in our own sight.”
This was the wrong thing to say in front of the Almighty God who was in their midst and who had delivered them from the Egyptians, sent an angel to be a cloud by day and a fire by night, who had opened the Red Sea for them to cross on dry ground, and then used their escape route to destroy Pharaoh and the Egyptian Army. Their fear of the people of the land caused them to spend forty years in the desert wilderness while all of them died off never receiving the promises God had made to their forefathers.
Now, their children are standing in the same place their parents had stood forty years before receiving the same promises from Moses who is encouraging them by telling them they will be led into their Promise Land by Joshua and Caleb the only two remaining original spies who had entered Canaan Land forty years before and had came back with a positive report that they were more than able to take the land. Before them lay all the blessings God intended to bestow upon their parents, but who had refused to go in and enjoy them. They were going into their Promise Land at harvest time so the Israelites would harvest crops they hadn’t planted, live in houses, cities, farms and villages they did not build, dig ore from mines they hadn’t dug, and drink fresh water from wells ready for use. Everything was in place for the children of God to move into. There was only one problem, those enemies that were in the land when the spies first visited Canaan Land still occupied the land and would have to be removed before the Israelites could partake of their blessings. The good news was… God was going to provide the power and do all the hard work for them and all they had to do was cleanup after him. This they did for a number of years, but none of the twelve tribes completely drove the enemy out of their tribal lands. In other words, the Israelites disobeyed God and settled for less than what He had promised them. They took enough land to make them happy and comfortable and left the enemies they didn’t drive out to themselves not understanding they (the Israelites) were going to grow in number and need more land to expand upon which would not be there for them to do that. As they grew in number and strength so did the enemies they let live in the land with them. DThrash
Continued in Part Two of The Promise Land Experience.