Seize the Moment – Day 611


The Promise of the Promised Land!

Numbers 33


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Thursday, November 18.


Do you know why God gave His people the Promised Land?


Numbers 33 is a historical lesson intended to embolden the Israelites as they received the command to enter and conquer the Promised Land. Verses 1-49 provides a thorough travel log from Egypt at Rameses to their current location on the plains of Moab opposite Jericho, which would be their first military objective to get a foothold in Canaan (Joshua 6).


Numbers 33:50-53 records God’s command to the Israelites at this historic moment:


When you cross over the Jordan into the land of Canaan, then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their figured stones, and destroy all their molten images and demolish all their high places; and you shall take possession of the land and live in it, for I have given the land to you to possess it.


Just as in Egypt during the ten plagues, God was bringing His judgment upon evil and destroying the worship of false gods. God reminded the Israelites of His purposes at the beginning of the travel log in verse 4:
“While the Egyptians were burying all their firstborn whom the Lord had struck down among them. The Lord had also executed judgments on their gods.”


This has been and always will be God’s intent for His people: to bring all the nations back to Himself and rescue them from the dominion of the lesser gods—to bless the nations with His presence! God chose Abraham for this very reason, and this is the promise for which we, the Church of Jesus Christ, have been called: “And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed” (Genesis 12:1-3; Galatians 3:29).


Seize the moment because you have been blessed by God to be a blessing to all the nations!

God bless your day!
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