Year of the Bible Week Four: The Promised Land
This week, Pastor Jeff will be making three points out of Joshua 1:1-9
- Promises Made
- Promises Kept
- More than a Destination
The Promised Land
In Genesis 15:18-21, God gave a promise to Abraham that a particular land would be his:
18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates— 19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20 Hittites,Perizzites, Rephaites, 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.”
This land is a strip of terrain on the far eastern border of the Mediterranean Sea. Remarkably it was not Abraham’s generation that saw the fulfilled promise of obtaining the land. The full fulfilled promise did not occur until generations after Abraham.
Moses (long after Abraham) famously led the Israelites to the Promised land after a long journey. But Moses did not get to enter the Promised Land himself, he simply led people there before dying overlooking it on Mt. Nebo.
This is important to remember when considering God’s promises. No where in the Bible does it say God fulfills promises instantaneously. However, God always does fulfill his promises. So we must hold on to God’s promises with great patience and endurance.
Holding on to Hope
The great Martin Luther King Jr. used the imagery of the Promised Land when delivering his 1968 speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”:
- “I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. So I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”
Weekly Bible Text
Challenge yourself this week to read the entire Book of Joshua. It tells the story of the promised land revealed!
Joshua 24:15 – Memorize this powerful verse from the Book of Joshua.