Hebrew Highlights 148 The Promised Land
Shalom. This is Yuval
Shomron, coming to you from the studios of the High Adventure Global
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“The Promised Land” is definitely a Biblical idea. In fact, it is mentioned 9 times in the Bible. Let’s look at a very famous passage, often quoted, but seldom fulfilled.
DEU 6:3-12 "O Israel, you should
listen and be careful to do it, that it may be well with you and that you may
multiply greatly, just as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you,
in a land flowing with milk and honey.
Along with every gift comes a certain responsibility. For instance, I recently “promised” an aquarium to my youngest son for his 10th birthday, and being a good father, I delivered on my oath.
However, before making such a serious purchase, I sat down with my little boy, and explained the work that goes in to maintaining a healthy fish tank. I also emphasized that it was he, and not I, who would be doing the overseeing of the colorful little swimmers’ well-being.
In the same way, our Heavenly Father
Over history, various generations of the inheritors of this land either succeeded, or failed miserably, at their task. The Promised Land was lost and regained numerous times.
According to many prophecies, this current return to the Promised Land should be the last and final conquering of both the land and the spirit of the Israeli people.
It is up to them to read the manual, God’s word, and keep this precious piece of property living, thriving, and reviving.
By the way, in none of the 9 passages I referred to is the literal word for promise actually used. In many cases, the word is “sworn”, which is basically the same idea. In Deuteronomy 6, it actually just says, “, just as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has “spoken” to you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.”
Of course, if God “speaks” something, it is as good as a promise. What we can learn from this is that we cannot go to the heavenly Father like bratty little kids and say, “But You promised!”.
Take heart! By searching the
scriptures, and cross-referencing them with recent history, we can rest assured
that God DOES in fact intend that
Shalom Shalom from