Project 3:16 continues with Deuteronomy

Posted: May 6, 2010 in Blessings, Christian Beliefs, Project 3:16, The Bible, Writing

 Deuteronomy: 3:16 And to the Reubenites and to the Gadites I gave from Gilead even to the river Arnon, half the valley, and the border even to the river Jabbok, the border of the sons of Ammon,

The Israelites have finally gotten things together. They’re finally worshipping God and trusting in Him. They have the Ten Commandments in the Ark of the Covenant and they have been conquering across the land on their approach towards the Promised Land.

After 40 years of wandering about because they kept complaining and loosing faith in God to deliver them they’ve just about made it. Moses is a rickety old man now, he’s getting pretty excited and he can practically taste the Milk and Honey.

As they go through the land on the current side of the Jordan River they divide it up between the members of the twelve tribes of Israel. They’re getting ready for the big push across the Jordan River and into that Promised Land.

They’re preparing for battle once they cross the Jordan, Moses is making sure that the Tribe of Manasseh has all it’s soldiers ready to go and tip top at the drop of a hat. Reminding them that The Lord has told him to tell them that the land across the Jordan will be theirs. But their families and livestock must stay safely on this side of the Jordan.

Moses gives Joshua a pep talk from God, gets him pumped up for the big event, and then he asks the Lord.

 

“Hey God you’re awesome, you think I might be able to wade across the Jordan and check out our new digs. That would be sweet!”

He explains in the historical document that the Lord was mad at him because of that rowdy lot of Israelites.

“Shhhh and listen up,” said the Lord,” that’s enough. Climb up little Mount Pisgah here spin around and check it out because you’re not going to step one foot inside the Promised Land. When you’re done pump Josh up some more and he’ll lead them to victory over all the land that you see.”

And so Moses saw the Promised Land, and it filled him with wonder and his eyes with tears.

The Promised Land of this earth is but a down payment on The Promised Land of Heaven.

And the Promised Land in Heaven is just a down payment for the Eternal Kingdom of God…and eternity in a new Heaven and New Earth.

I plan to be there, do you?

In Christ,

Ross

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