Deuteronomy 12:1-3 – “These are the statutes and the judgments which you shall carefully observe in the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, has given you to possess as long as you live on the earth. 2 “You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations whom you shall dispossess serve their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. 3 ” You shall tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and burn their Asherim with fire, and you shall cut down the engraved images of their gods and obliterate their name from that place.” NASU
It is a fascinating study of Scripture to view the Bible as One Book. I view the Bible as a “progression” not an Old Testament (Book of Law and History) and a New Testament (Book of New Law and Grace). It is ONE BOOK, progressively revealing the Heart and Purpose of God. That makes it a fascinating book.
In our Christian history, we have achieved some understanding that everything that happened to Israel happened for our understanding. The principle, “first the natural and then the spiritual” is never more apparent than in the study of the history of God’s People in the Nation of Israel. Therefore, each event, pattern, practices, etc. in the natural in Old Testament Israel has a spiritual fulfillment in the New Testament Believer and Church.
The declaration of God that they were to POSSESS the Land is important. Too often we become obsessed with the geographical land and miss the larger picture and message. I am convinced that this obsession has, at times, robbed the Christian Church of position, promise, and power. I believe that God wants His Church, His Body to enter into the fullness of His Promises and fulfill His Purposes in this generation. That, in my view, is sometimes hindered in our failure to understand the term LAND.
Think with me a moment about the term LAND. Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the Earth.” What is the Earth but the Land? The word in Hebrew and its equivalent always means “The Place of Promise.” It is our ‘anakali’ or Inheritance. It is not earned, deserved but inherited. We enter into citizenship in the Land by birth (the new birth). However, for it to be fully enjoyed it must be POSSESSED. The Hebrew word is (yeash) and the implication is “You drive out the tenants who are ILLEGALLY squatting on your inheritance.” Simply, it is up to you and me to DISPOSSESS them in order to fully POSSESS what has been legally given to us by God Himself.
THE PROCESS is twofold and simple yet complex:
- We Respond to God by Faith – – HE IS.
- We Begin the Process of Dispossessing the Enemy by Faith – More than Conquerors through Jesus.
When we consider types in Scripture we find that Mountains refer to Kingdoms. Hills refer to Families of the Land and Green Trees usually refer to People.
Do you desire to fully possess the promises of God and enter into the Abundant Life that Jesus Promised and came to provide? I know you do, so I ask that you carefully examine your heart and ask the Holy Spirit to bring to you enlightenment, embolden you, and empower you to STAND and PRESS INTO THE LAND – Your Place of Promise! We will address this more tomorrow.
God bless you richly as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!