THE PROMISED LAND
Suggested Reading: Numbers 33-34
(click scripture link to read online)
Key Verse: Numbers 33:53b
…for I have given you the land to possess.
Yesterday, Reynold’s photograph was of “The Great Sea,” the Mediterranean. Today it’s of “The Salt Sea,” or the Dead Sea. Both Seas are mentioned twice in our reading. “The Sea of Chinneret,” known now as the Sea of Galilee, is referred to once. Geography is obviously 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 which could fit into Lake Ontario, on the shores of which I’m writing this blog. 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 Iran’s 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 chapter 3). I’ve just returned two days ago from two weeks in Israel. While there I watched online a previous speech by our Canadian Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper. It is, in my judgement, a message which the whole world needs to hear (click here to watch the speech). Yesterday’s “100 PERSONAL WORDS” was very much over my 100 word goal, so I’ll stop here.
Yours with the prayer that I’ll be a help and not a hindrance,