ENTERING THE LAND OF GIANTS
“……to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites” Exo. 3:8
Christians believe that the Word of God is full of God’s promises to His people. The word used for “promises” is from the Greek word “epaggelma” which refers to “a declaration to do something with implication of obligation to carry out what is stated”. This word implies “an emphatic public announcement”. So, in God’s Word are great promises that have no comparison on the face of this earth (2Pet. 1:3-4)!
Just like God called Israel into a “Promised Land” (Exo. 3:8), to every believer is a “Promised Land” that God is calling him/her into. That “Promised Land” is the place where the promises of God are experienced in all their fullness. It is the place where we bear abundant spiritual fruit for our God. The Promised Land is where God has called us to live as Christians and where He wants us to dwell.
TO A GOOD AND LARGE LAND
The actual size of the land promised to Abraham is about 50,000 square miles and is well outlined in Deut. 11:24. This is indeed a large piece of land!
A “large land” could stand for a land without restrictions! Today, we live in the narrow confines of a sin-filled world, but the Lord has promised to deliver us to the broad spaces of the infinite realm of heaven (Psa. 118:5).
A LAND FLOWING WITH MILK AND HONEY
The description of Canaan as a land “flowing with milk and honey” (Exo. 3: 8, 17) is common in the bible. This is the beginning of about 20 other times that this expression is used in the Bible. The last time it is used is in Ezek. 20 where it is also called “the glory of all lands.”
A “land flowing with milk and honey” implies richness and fertility. It pictures an abundance of grass, fruit trees, and flowers where cows, goats, and bees thrive and where the best drink and food abound.
Honey has a lot of “medicinal values”. Its use could imply a land in which they would enjoy good health. The operative word in the description is “flowing” which denotes an abundance! (Deut. 8:7-10)
It isn’t just speaking of the physical abundance of the land, but also of the spiritual abundance. It is the land of God’s word and the people through whom that word has come. The Word of God is said to be “sweeter than honey” (Psa. 119:103). It is also equated with milk which nourishes (Heb. 12:5).
THE LAND IS OCCUPIED
“ …..to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites” (Exo. 3:8)
The land promised to Israel was already occupied! Six tribes are mentioned here, the same number as in Gen.15:19-21. Seven tribes are stated in Deut. 7:10 while 12 tribes are reported in (Gen.10:15-18).
It is to the place where these people dwell that the Lord promises to deliver to the people of His inheritance. In order to occupy their land of promise, Israel has to displace them.
The “Spiritual Israel” who is the church needs to displace these inhabitants of the “Land Of Promise” before they occupy and establish themselves. Our fight is not in the physical. It is Spiritual (Eph. 6:12; 2Cor. 10:3-6). Just because God has promised does not mean we should “sit with our arms crossed” waiting for it to come to pass.
Throughout history, God has publicly declared to the world that He is faithful to His promises and that He will emphatically carry out His Word. Today, God calls out to us; “Prove me now if I am not faithful.” Our confession to those around us should be, “Watch what my God is about to do!”
True faith is never found alone; it is always accompanied by expectation. The man who believes the promises of God expects to see them fulfilled. Where there is no expectation, there is no faith. In this year when God is calling us to “ENLARGE” (Isa. 54:2-3), what are your actions that show that you expect the “vision” to be fulfilled? GOD BLESS YOU.