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Connecting with the Promised Land!

Scripture Reading for February 24th: Deuteronomy 8-11

In 1995, my son and I went to Israel and Egypt on a three week study tour of the Holy Land plus the route of the Exodus and Egypt.  In Egypt we visited the Great Pyramid, the Sphinx and several museums.  The land of Egypt was primarily desert and dry rocky mountains until we got to the Nile River where the water and irrigation made some green areas and lush groves of tropical plants.  The land was fairly flat and sandy.  Israel, on the other hand was varied in topography and had many different areas of climate and vegetation.  The Jezreel valley was a rich agricultural region with big farms. The vineyard country was terraced and had trees and vines.  The area around the Sea of Galilee was lush with bananas and pineapples growing.  There were herds of cattle and sheep in the Golan Heights.  Shepherds drove their flocks of goats and sheep and camped in tents in the Negev desert.  It was a varied land full of milk (goats and cattle) and honey (bees pollinating vines and flowers).

Moses described the land of Israel in Deuteronomy 11:8-12.  It was a land flowing with milk and honey! (vs.9)   It was land of hills and valleys! (vs. 10) God sent the rain of heaven on Israel but in Egypt the land had to be irrigated! (vs. 11) In Canaan, God cared for the land and His eyes would be upon it to bless His people! (vs.12)

As we walked and rode through that land, God’s presence was evident to us.  It was a special land not because of spectacular scenery or natural wonders, but because of God’s presence and promises to Israel.  Four thousand years after Abraham, his descendants were again in that land and taking possession of it!  They have defeated armies more numerous and stronger, because God was with them.  (Deuteronomy 11:23,25)  They are still being gathered from the nations and settling in that land after years of being scattered!  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and support God’s land and people!  A blessing is on those who bless Israel!  (Genesis 12:3)

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The beautiful land of Canaan!

Scripture Reading for February 24: Deuteronomy 8-11

In 1995, my son and I went to Israel and Egypt on a three week study tour.  In Egypt we visited the Great Pyramid, the Sphinx and traced the route of the Exodus.  The land of Egypt was primarily desert and dry rocky mountains until we got to the Nile River where water and irrigation made some green areas and lush groves of tropical plants.  The land was fairly flat and sandy.  Israel, on the other hand was varied in topography and had many different areas of climate and vegetation.  The Jezreel valley was a rich agricultural region with big farms. The vineyard country was terraced and had trees and vines.  The area around the Sea of Galilee was lush and had banana and pineapples growing.  There were herds of cattle and sheep in the Golan Heights.  Shepherds drove their flocks of goats and sheep and camped in tents in the Negev desert.  It was a varied land full of milk (goats and cattle) and honey (bees pollinating vines and flowers).

In our reading today, Moses describes the land that they are going to.  I thought it was interesting to read Deuteronomy 11:8-12 in light of my own journey to both places. It is a land flowing with milk and honey! (vs.9)   It’s a land of hills and valleys! (vs. 10) God sends the rain of heaven on Israel where in Egypt,  the land had to be irrigated! (vs. 11) In Canaan, God cares for the land and His eyes are upon it to bless His people! (vs.12)

As my son and I traveled through that land, God’s presence was evident to us.  It was a special land, although it is not remarkable or extraordinary.  God’s presence and His promises make it special!  God’s promises to Israel and His faithfulness to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob stand as a testimony to all believers.  Four thousand years after Abraham, his descendants are still in that land and are taking possession of it!  They have defeated armies more numerous and stronger, because God was with them.  (Deuteronomy 11:23,25)  They are still being gathered from the nations and settling in that land after years of being scattered!  It is a land that God cares for and His eyes are upon it continually!  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!  A blessing is promised those who bless Israel!  (Genesis 12:3)

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The Prosperity Trap!

Scripture reading for February 24th: Deuteronomy 8-11

God’s ways are that of a father.  He cares deeply for the welfare of His children and because He loves them, He disciplines them.  Moses, in his second message, continued to encourage this younger generation to remember, listen, and learn to obey God completely so that they would enjoy and prosper in the new land God was giving them.  In fact, Moses had prophetic insight about a major problem that they would soon face and sought to warn them about a danger he saw lurking in this wonderful new land.

This land was a good land and full of wonderful things that would supply needs of the children of Israel.  There were valleys and hills, vineyards and groves of fig trees, land to grow wheat and barley, and an abundance of pasture for flocks.  There were deposits of precious minerals in the land and the ability to have wealth.  Moses warned them to be careful when they enjoyed this wealth.  They could easily forget God!  (Deuteronomy 8:10-11) When that happened they would surely find trouble.

Prosperity is something we all would like to have and God also wants us to prosper.  (3 John2)  Our thinking often goes something like this: ” if only we had a nice home on some land, then we will be happy and satisfied.”   We scrimp and save to finally get the nice home but find our friend got a nicer home!  We are soon dissatisfied and begin the process all over again, losing sight of the joy of a relationship with God and  with our family because we placed our focus on getting something.

Real prosperity is loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.  (Deuteronomy 6:4) It is contentment with what God provides and enjoyment of His presence with us on our journey.  We need to remember that He is the source of everything.  (Deuteronomy 8:17)  God took His children through the wilderness to demonstrate that He would take care of them.  They had manna to eat every day, but were dissatisfied with that supernatural food.  He wanted them to learn that our true food is the word of God coming from His mouth to us.  (Deuteronomy 8:3-4)  Jesus reiterated these words from Deuteronomy when He was tempted of the devil to turn stones into bread in the wilderness.  (Matthew 4:2-4)  Jesus went on to live this out for us and shows us the way to ultimate prosperity!

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The Beautiful Land of Canaan!

Scripture Reading for February 24: Deuteronomy 8-11

In 1995, my son and I went to Israel and Egypt on a three week study tour of the Holy Land plus the route of the Exodus and Egypt.  In Egypt we visited the Great Pyramid, the Sphinx and several museums.  The land of Egypt was primarily desert and dry rocky mountains until we got to the Nile River where the water and irrigation made some green areas and lush groves of tropical plants.  The land was fairly flat and sandy.  Israel, on the other hand was varied in topography and had many different areas of climate and vegetation.  The Jezreel valley was a rich agricultural region with big farms. The vineyard country was terraced and had trees and vines.  The area around the Sea of Galilee was lush and had banana and pineapples growing.  There were herds of cattle and sheep in the Golan Heights.  Shepherds drove their flocks of goats and sheep and camped in tents in the Negev desert.  It was a varied land full of milk (goats and cattle) and honey (bees pollinating vines and flowers).

In our reading today, God describes through Moses in his sermon the land that they are going to.  I thought it was interesting to read Deuteronomy 11:8-12 in light of my own journey to both places. It is a land flowing with milk and honey! (vs.9)   It’s a land of hills and valleys! (vs. 10) God sends the rain of heaven on Israel where in Egypt, by hand and foot, the land had to be irrigated! (vs. 11) In Canaan, God cares for the land and His eyes are upon it to bless His people! (vs.12)

As Marshal and I walked and rode through that land, God’s presence was evident to us.  It is a special land, although it is not remarkable or extraordinary.  God’s presence and His people make it special!  God’s promises to Israel and His love for His people and our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob stand as a testimony of God’s faithfulness.  Four thousand years after Abraham, his descendants are still in that land and are taking possession of it yet!  They have defeated armies more numerous and stronger, because God is with them and His Word is still true.  (Deuteronomy 11:23,25)  They are still being gathered from the nations and settling in that land after years of being scattered!  It is a land that God cares for and His eyes are upon it continually!  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and support God’s land and people!  A blessing is on those who bless Israel!  (Genesis 12:3)

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