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 And 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 you shall obliterate their name from that place.” NASB
It has become a fascinating study for me, to search the Scriptures in their context with the understanding that the Bible is “One Book” not a series of books contained within the volume. The Bible is a progression, not simply an Old Testament “A Book of Law and History” and a New Testament, “A Book of New Law and Grace.” It is THE WORD OF GOD and One Book, progressively revealing the heart and purpose of God. That is intriguing and inspiring.
In our modern times, we have arrived at a little understanding that everything that happened to Israel happened for our understanding and instruction. It is declared in God’s Word that it is ‘first the natural, then the spiritual.’ Therefore, every event, pattern, practice, etc. in the natural in Old Testament Israel had and has a spiritual fulfillment in the New Testament Church and Believer.
I want us to pay careful attention to the instruction where God instructs them that they are to “Possess” the Land. That is a vital realization if we are to fully possess the promises of God and live on and in our Place of Promise. Too often we become obsessed with the geographical and miss something of far more significance. This obsession has robbed the Church of position, promise, and power for centuries.
Regarding the Land, remember the words of Jesus in the New Testament, “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.” The Greek translated earth means: ‘country, earth or earthly, ground, land, world.’ This word and its Hebrew equivalent mean: “The Place of Promise.” It is our anakali – inheritance!
We must never miss the reality that this place is not earned or deserved it is inherited! We come into it by birth. Not natural birth but spiritual birth. We are heirs to the Promise by being born again but we do not fully enjoy it until we possess it.
The Hebrew word (garash) means ‘drive out.’ They were to ‘drive out’ the occupants living on their inheritance. Remember that the Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. Therefore, He can give it to whomever He pleases, and He gave it to Israel, which means those occupying the Place of Promise were there illegally. For Israel to enjoy their Place of Promise, their Promised Land they had to dispossess those possessing their land.
The Christian Life is a process and incorporated in the requirement that we respond to God by faith. We must believe that He is and that what He says is how things are and should be. Then we begin the process of dispossessing the enemy. The mountains mentioned mean kingdoms. The hills represent families of the land and the green trees represent people. Therefore, our dispossessing will involve dealing with kingdoms, local, and individual enemies. We have to get the devil off our promise through the Word and Authority of God through the Power of the Holy Spirit.
I want to deal with the “dispossessing” in a little more detail and will do that in the next devotional. Until then, I pray that you will begin to consider what has been promised and allow faith to rise up in your heart that you can have what God says is ours spiritually.
Have a fantastic day and we will address this again tomorrow!