A Testing Ground of Faith

In our Sunday evening session this week, we took some time to notice a fundamental connection in the Scriptures when it comes to the Promised Land: God chose this land that would be called Israel specifically for God’s people, and it was to be a place and a means for the people to live out a relationship with their Lord.

The Promised Land of Israel was different from the rich, river-watered lands of Egypt or Assyria or Babylonia. The Jordan River that runs through the deep rift valley from the slopes of Mount Hermon into the Sea of Galilee and out again to the Dead Sea did not water the land by flooding its banks like the Nile, Euphrates, or Tigris. In fact, even living near the Jordan River was difficult in ancient times because it was jungle-like, inhabited by wild animals, and flanked by difficult terrain.

The Promised Land lived because just enough rain fell from heaven and just enough dew watered the ground. The land itself invited ancient Israel to trust the God of heaven for its very life. This was exactly where God wanted his people to be—completely dependent on him. And it’s where God always wants us to be, too. It is a blessed place, because it is where faith is lived.

Read Deuteronomy 11:8-25 as part of your own preparation to continue your journey of faith. And remember, “It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end” (Deut 11:12).

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2 Replies to “A Testing Ground of Faith”

  1. John,

    Were the boundaries that were established for the state of Israel in 1948 by the League of Nations,based on the boundaries given in the Bible?

    1. As I understand it, the goal of the UN partition plan was to establish the borders of a new Israeli state, an Arab Palestinian state, and the western borders of Transjordan within the territory of the existing British Mandate. There’s some history to those boundaries that is linked to the Bible I’m sure, but the real basis for the plan seems to be existing political boundaries and existing settlement locations within the British Mandate. Any reference to the Bible in the process of partitioning would surely have upset the Arab parties, so I think any conscious biblical basis to the UN plan is unlikely.
      If others have input on this question, please add a comment!

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