Posted by: arieliondotcom | February 19, 2013

The Power of Promise

GOD is very serious about promises. And we should be, too. You might remember an old saying, “my word is my bond.” That isn’t Scripture but the idea is: When GOD makes a promise, nothing will break it and He expects the same from us.

In this Scripture passage, we see Moses explaining to the children of Israel what the LORD has done for them in keeping His promises. All well and good. In fact, it’s a little frustrating as you think you didn’t need to read a lot of what has gone before if you had known there were these nice summaries. Then in chapter two you realize something is very strange. Several things in fact.

First of all GOD says not to mess with the land of Esau as they pass through it. Wasn’t Israel the Promised Land? Why should GOD care what happens to Esau? But He does care. He gave the land to Esau, so GOD will not break His promise. This is not the land promised to Israel and He will see to it that the descendants of Esau will let them through and they do.

But then things get even stranger. Now GOD tells them not to give any trouble to the Moabites or the Ammonites. We aren’t sure about what Esau has been up to but Moabites and Ammonites are idol worshippers! Why would GOD not want His chosen people to destroy idol worshippers? Because this is the land promised to Lot. And unfortunately the Ammonites and Moabites, disobedient as they are, are descended from Lot. This is not the land promised to Israel but it is the land promised to Lot. So GOD keeps His promise, even when the children of Lot have been unfaiithful.

But wait. That’s unfair, isn’t it? No. Because the reason GOD is giving Israel the Promised Land is the same reason He gave the others their lands: His original promise to Abraham. GOD keeps His promises. If we throw away His promises after He fulfills them, that’s something else. But He always keeps His promises.

There’s a difficult passage here that says those fairy tales you read about giants are based on truth: there really were giants, humans much larger than humans at the time of Moses or us. The famous one, Goliath, was only the most famous of their descendants, and one of the last. But they were 8 or 9 feet tall. They were cleared from the land in order to give it to the children of Lot, as promised.

So what? We will go on to see that the children of Israel will be no better than the children of Lot or Esau. They, too, will chase after idols and these very groups will be used to punish them (as will giants like Goliath). Yet GOD always retains a few for the sake of His promise to Abraham.

Scripture says that we as Christians are promised eternal life through JESUS Christ, Who is both LORD and descendant of Abraham. We are children of Abraham by faith in Christ. The sacrifice of Christ is our promise from GOD for eternal life and nothing can break that promise if we claim it.

JESUS does not promise us anything but trouble, which He has overcome, in this life. But eternal life is ours, if we accept it, and Him. It doesn’t matter what we’ve done in the past as we trust Him to transform us daily for eternity.

When GOD makes a promise, nothing can break it. And He promises eternal joy to those who trust His promises.



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