Fertile Land – For Free

As one of his last acts, Moses reminds the Israelite people of the beautiful and abundant nature of the promised land that they have been given.

“When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”Deuteronomy 6:10-12

When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations—the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you— 2 and when the LORD your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. — Deuteronomy 7:1-2a

It occurred to me when I read this that the land of Canaan was gorgeous and plentiful, but it wasn’t just sitting there uninhabited and waiting for the Israelites to waltz in and settle.  God had to help the Israelites kick out everyone who was already settled there.  People were already living there, and through their own sweat and toil they had built houses and wells and vineyards and groves – all so God’s people could come in and enjoy the bounty.

Wouldn’t God do that for his people today?  I wonder what is being saved up for us?


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