April 24: Restoration of the Land

Even today the nations are arguing about who should possess the land. The answer today is the same as it was then…the land belongs to the Lord God of Israel.  He decides who will possess it.

Judges 11:12-13

Now Jephthah sent messengers to the king of the people of Ammon, saying, “What do you have against me, that you have come to fight against me in my land?”

And the king of the people of Ammon answered the messengers of Jephthah, “Because Israel took away my land when they came up out of Egypt, from the Arnon as far as the Jabbok, and to the Jordan. Now therefore, restore those lands peaceably.”

So Jepththah reminds Ammon of Israel’s repeated request to pass through neighboring lands which was consistently refused.

Judges 11: 14-17; 19-21a

So Jephthah again sent messengers to the king of the people of Ammon, and said to him, “Thus says Jephthah: ‘Israel did not take away the land of Moab, nor the land of the people of Ammon; for when Israel came up from Egypt, they walked through the wilderness as far as the Red Sea and came to Kadesh… Then Israel sent messengers to the king of Edom, saying, “Please let me pass through your land.” But the king of Edom would not heed. And in like manner they sent to the king of Moab, but he would not consent.

[And] Sihon did not trust Israel to pass through his territory. So Sihon gathered all his people together, encamped in Jahaz, and fought against Israel. And the Lord God of Israel delivered Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they defeated them.


The ruins of King Ahab’s palace at Samaria. He apparently used many ivory and gold inlays.

Ruins of Ahab's palace

[Photo by Timothy Mark Smith]

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