January 11: Restoration of the land

This week we will focus on God’s unique relationship with Israel as evidenced by His promises regarding the land of Israel. God made this kind of promise to no other people or nation. It was and remains an eternal promise, given to Abraham and his descendants Isaac and Jacob and reiterated by Moses.

Deuteronomy 7:1-5

“When the Lord your God brings you into the land which you go to possess, and has cast out many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than you, and when the Lord your God delivers them over to you, you shall conquer them and utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them.  Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son.  For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other gods; so the anger of the Lord will be aroused against you and destroy you suddenly.  But thus you shall deal with them: you shall destroy their altars, and break down their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images and burn their carved images with fire.

God intended the Jewish people to remain separate from all the other nations to keep them pure for Himself. Although this warning was given to Israel when they first entered the land, God’s plans and purposes have not changed; the Jewish people were to be pure to worship Him in spirit and in truth.


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