This week I am starting a series titled Promises of God. Over the next few weeks we are going to cover many passages that show God fulfilling the promises he has made.
While reading different bible passages this week I was in Deuteronomy when I read chapter 9 verse 5 and 6 which reads "It is not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart that you go into possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord your God drives them out from before you, and that He may fulfill the word which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Therefore understand the Lord your God is not giving you this land because of your righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people.
When I first read this passage I was just thinking ok he is letting the people of Israel know that they have sinned and are not getting the land because they are good, which they were not. He is giving the land because of a promise he made long ago many generations before. When we think about this in context and with a few New Testament passages the picture becomes clearer.
Romans 11:26 and 27
And so all Israel will be saved as it is written: "The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And he will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins."
2 Corinthians 1:19,20
For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timothy, was not "yea" and "nay," but in Him was "yea."
For all the promises of God in Him are "yea"; and in Him "amen" unto the glory of God by us.
As you can see from these passages God is fulfilling the promises he had made to Abraham and his descendants. Not only did he promise them land flowing with milk and honey he promised salvation to all who would believe and call on His name. One thing you will find in reading through the bible when God makes a promise he keeps it. He promised Abraham the "promised land" and although Abraham did not follow God's word and stopped before reaching the Promised Land his descendants still received the land.
Next week we will look into the passages about the promise of salvation.
This week as you read through scripture ask God to lead you to a better understanding so you can find more ways he has fulfilled His Word.
Have a blessed week!