THE PROMISED LAND

In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites. (Genesis 15:18-21)

Leslie M. John

In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites. (Genesis 15:18-21)

A land that was first entered into by the Patriarch Abram before His wife Sarai gave birth to the Promised son Isaac was occupied initially by the children of Canaan, son of Ham, who was cursed by Noah for having seen his father’s nakedness.  There lived in the Land of Canaan, idolaters, sinners that hated the living God and who engaged themselves in all kinds of fleshly activities.

The Promised Land was a Land with milk and honey flowing in it. The land in the Fertile Crescent between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers was called Mesopotamia which means “between the rivers.”

It was God’s sovereign decision that those who did evil, and hated Him, and led a life unpleasant to His ideologies and commands and lived a sinful life did not deserve to occupy the blessed land, and therefore, He decided to move all of them out and give it to those who would love and obey Him.

The LORD chose a nation for Himself, who He hoped would obey His commands, love Him and worship Him with all their soul, with their entire mind and with all their strength; but alas, later history reveals that they too rebelled against Him.

Patriarch Abram, who was a son Terah, who himself was an idolater, was chosen by God to possess the said land, which was occupied by a cursed generation an offspring of Canaan, son of Ham.  It was not known to Abram that he and his Promised offspring were going to possess this land when he was called out from the land of UR of Chaldees, which is present Iraq.  God said to Abram that his name would not be ‘Abram’ from then on but will be ‘Abraham’ and his wife will not be called from then on as ‘Sarai’ but will be called as ‘Sarah’.

When God visited Abraham the latter and his wife were very old, and when the promised child was born to them they were one hundred years, and ninety years respectively. God blessed Abraham not only by changing their names, but also by blessing that their children through Isaac, will be greater in number than the stars in heaven and the sand.  God made an unconditional covenant that they will inherit the Land of Canaan.

The land was going to be inherited by them and that would mean it was a free gift by God that they need to go and possess.  It was not going to be given to them as a consequence of their efforts and fighting battles, but the LORD was going to fight for them and give it to them as in inheritance.

All that they need to do was to go and possess the land by driving out the children of Canaan, the cursed people from the land, and remove their idols and high places from it and lead a peaceful holy life. Their responsibility was to be fully obedient to the LORD and drive out fully the inhabitants, the cursed people, out from the land with the help of God.

God not only made the covenant with Abraham but He also reiterated His promise to Abraham’s son Isaac, and also to Isaac’s son Jacob.

And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; (Genesis 28:13)

And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee. (Exodus 23:31)

Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.  (Deuteronomy 1:8)


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This book brings out marvelous ways God uses to protect His children. Not every method God uses to protect and deliver His children is similar to the other. Every method differs from the other. It includes the fall of kings Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar, and God’s protection of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.

About the Author

The author, who accepted Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior when he was a boy of 13, was raised in a Christian family and had education in Christian Institutions. This then was the message that he heard of the Son of God, Lord Jesus Christ. This then is the message that he declares that God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. Jesus Christ is the Son of God sent from above to save sinners. Jesus died on the cross bearing our sins upon Himself. He was buried and God raised Him on the third day. Jesus, after having appeared to many for 40 days ascended to heaven. He will come again. Whosoever confesses his/her sins to Him and believe in heart that God raised Him from the dead will not perish but will have everlasting life. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).