The Promised Land
Today’s Reading: Numbers 33-34
Key Verse: Numbers 33:53b
…for I have given you the land to possess.
The Mediterranean Sea or Great Sea and the Dead Sea are mentioned twice in our reading. “The Sea of Chinneret,” known now as the Sea of Galilee, is referred to once. Geography is important to God. The 1948 miracle of the establishment of Israel as a sovereign nation for the first time in over 2000 years, and the introduction of Hebrew as a language of daily life for the first time in over 2500 years, has never happened to any people group before in human history. Israel is now on the land promised to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob 4000 years ago. It’s a small land that could fit into Lake Ontario. Israel is surrounded by 22 countries which are hostile to its very existence. These countries have 640 times Israel’s land mass and 60 times her population and they have all the oil that we know about in the Middle East. Was Israel pushed into the sea as Egypt’s Nasser said? Will it be wiped off the map as former Iranian President Ahmedinijad says? Keep reading the Bible. Watch and pray. We’ll soon discover the answer to that question.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I pray for insight in my understanding of ancient and modern Israel. Help me in as few words as possible to communicate Your heart to others. May I think Your thoughts after You. As Samuel said to You, Lord, I say also: “Speak, for Your servant hears.” Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
You may want to join me in reading the story of God speaking to Samuel (1 Samuel 3). We are encouraged by the Psalmist to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you” (Psalm 122:6). Did you notice the promise? “May they prosper who love you.” What a blessing, privilege and honor it is to pray and work for peace. Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9).
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