Posts Tagged: Promised Land

To Test Israel

To determine whether God’s Chosen People truly had faith in Him, the Lord allowed pagan nations to remain in the land of Canaan as the Exodus concluded so that the next generation of Israelites might experience war.

Esther 9:25 – On His Own Head

God has made a vow with the strength of a curse in His own Name to protect His Chosen People, the Jews of Israel. Those who remember who God is, and who honor Him and His Word are wise, because He will give them favor. Those who choose to disdain their creator and the One…

Nehemiah 9:26 – Nevertheless

It’s astounding what God puts up with concerning this rebellious creation of His called mankind. If He wasn’t long-suffering beyond what you and I can imagine, He would have decided the human experiment had long-past reached its expiration date.  Nevertheless (the word that also happens to highlight the title of this essay today), God somehow…

Ezra 8:22 – The Hand of Our God

Ezra’s account of how the 2nd temple was built in Jerusalem reveals several aspects of God’s character.  The Lord worked specifically through three pagan kings to cause them to show favor toward the people of Israel to return to their homeland and rebuild the temple.  He first stirred up Cyrus to decree that Yahweh was…

1 Samuel 14:12 – Against All Odds

Early in the days of Saul’s kingship, the Philistines gathered a large army to come against Israel.  One contingent of this force camped upon a rocky plateau called Michmash, which provided a strategic advantage for the Philistines.  Upon seeing how powerful and well equipped this army was, the Israelites trembled in fear and hid themselves….