Over the past six months, more or less, I have devoted these blog entries to God’s Word and the covenant that He made with Abram – a covenant that included a land. For those of you who have been following this blog, it may have seemed like a long season on the same topic. While I know that this may be the case, I also know that it goes to show how important this issue is in God’s eyes. We cannot separate God’s Word into those things with which we agree or disagree, but instead need to read it in its fullness, understanding the “big picture” in order to grasp the fullness of His plan.
In Genesis 15:18-21, God once again affirms His unconditional Covenant with Abram. As we saw from my previous blog entries, He is not only affirming, but is also adding new aspects of the covenant in order for us to gain a deeper understanding of it:
“On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates: the Kenite and the Kenizzite and the Kadmonite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Rephaim and the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Girgashite and the Jebusite.” Genesis 15:18-21
We can see in these verses not only the original, unconditional covenant, but also the promise that a land would be passed down to Abram’s descendants. In the verses above, we catch a glimpse of the borders of such a land; when one looks at these allotted borders compared to what comprises Israel today, it is clear that Israel has a lot more land to reclaim from the original promise and inheritance!
The point is once again, my brothers and sisters, that regardless of our own personal feelings and opinions, the word of God is very clear – we either accept it or reject it. When one make’s the LORD his or her God, and when one submits to God’s leading, one must also understand that it is impossible to separate the physical land from God’s covenant to Abram and his descendants, Israel. It becomes clear that Israel is not “occupying” or “stealing” land from anyone (as the world would have you believe…), but rightfully exists in the land promised to her long ago. In fact, in the future, we will see more land, which will be belong to Israel.
If you put your trust in Yeshua as the Messiah, and you consider yourself one of His followers, I exhort you to accept the fullness of His plan, not just for your own personal life but for all of Israel.
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