Today you should read: Numbers 34
I know what you’re thinking… “I’ve gotta get my taxes done. How on earth is studying Israel’s boundaries going to help me at all?” I thought the same thing. But we trust the truth of 2 Timothy 3:16-17, don’t we?
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, ESV)
So how does that apply to this passage? Here’s my short list of thoughts.
1.) While this may seem like a trivial passage to the rest of us, it was important for the people of Israel. They were taking hold of the land promised to them.
2.) I once heard a pastor say, “Things work better when you do them God’s way.” Ok — so it was more than once. But it’s true. The people of Israel will later suffer the consequences of not doing this God’s way. Especially the tribe of Dan.
3.) God keeps His promises… and then some. The prophecy that Ezekiel gave concerning the land in the future is MUCH bigger than this piece of real estate. The “what” and “when” of Ezekiel’s vision is beyond our knowledge, but the gist of it is simple: God lavishes His grace on those whom He loves. Isn’t that just like our God? Verses like 1 Corinthians 2:9 blow my mind.
Hopefully these thoughts get you through tax season 🙂 For those of you that want a visual, see below.
Check out this map and ESV note on their land boundaries:
“The original boundaries of the Promised Land as defined in Numbers 34 are somewhat different from the boundaries of the land that the Israelites eventually occupied. The original boundaries included the mountainous area north of Sidon and Damascus, but the Israelites never occupied this area during the settlement period. Conversely, the original boundaries did not include land east of the Jordan River, but the Israelites occupied this land after capturing it from Og and Sihon.”
Posted by: Todd Thomas