The Land Of Promise

Deuteronomy Chapters 9 to 11

"What He wills, I say I must;
What I must, I say I will;
He commanding, it is just
What Ho would I should fulfil.
Whilst He biddeth I believe
What He calls for He will give;
To obey Him is to live. "

Canaan may fitly represent the present inheritance of the believer, although many seem content to abide in the wilderness with the promise of "bread and water," instead of passing over into full deliverance and joyful abundance (Heb 3:17). From the above chapters we might learn the-

I. Character of this Possession. "It is a land watered and watched by the Lord from the beginning of the year to the end" (chap. Deuteronomy 11:10-12). And may typify the grace and fulness given us of God in Jesus Christ (Joh 1:16-17).

II. Difficulties to be Expected. "Nations greater and mightier than thyself" (chap. Deuteronomy 9:1-2). Paul tells us about these mightier ones in Romans 7, and also how to conquer in Rom 7:25.

III. Condition to be Remembered. "Speak not in thine heart, saying, For my righteousness the Lord hath brought me in, " etc. (chap. Deuteronomy 9:5-6). The condition of receiving the greater blessing is not our righteousness but emptiness (Isa 40:29).

IV. Attitudes to be Maintained. In chapter Rom 10:12 they are exhorted: (l). To fear; (2) to walk; (3) to love; (4) to serve; (5) to keep; and in chapter Rom 11:22 (6) to cleave (see 2Pe 1:8).

V. Faith to be Exercised. "Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours" (chap. Deuteronomy 11:24). The moment the feet of faith rests on the promise the blessing is secure (Mar 11:24).

VI. Promise to be Trusted. "The Lord thy God is He which goeth before thee" (chap. Deuteronomy 9:3). I will dwell in them (2Co 6:16). It is God in us that doeth the works (Joh 14:10).

VII. Victory to be Gained. "None shall be able to stand before thee, " and the fear of thee shall be upon the land (chap. Deuteronomy 11:25). How does the present-day Church answer to this? (Act 6:10; Luk 21:15).

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