I love when a plan takes shape. After 40 years of marching through the desert, God finally unveiled the boundaries of the promised Land. Joshua and Eleazar were to assign the lands and each tribe had a designee to also hand the allotments out within his tribe. Within the borders of Canaan, 9.5 tribes were to divide the lands. Across the Jordan, Rueben, Gad and Manassah had already been assigned their land. The excitement of what was about to happen had to be amazing. The Israelites were about to actually realize God’s promise. Israel was receiving as great a gift as one could receive.
In this season of Christmas, we also are a part of the greatest gift of all. We have been given the gift of salvation. A relationship with God that not only spans the boundaries of sin, but it also breaks the curse of death and separation that broke God’s heart. Instead of a plot of land; God is giving us life everlasting and redemption from all sin and death. My family and I would like to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas. Please, if you have not already, accept the real gift of God’s redemption as you enter this Christmas season. For, like His chosen Israel- God loves you unconditionally; and would wish nothing greater than to spend all eternity with you, and away from the curse of sin and death.
God Bless You
The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Command the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter Canaan, the land that will be allotted to you as an inheritance is to have these boundaries:
3 “‘Your southern side will include some of the Desert of Zin along the border of Edom. Your southern boundary will start in the east from the southern end of the Dead Sea, 4 cross south of Scorpion Pass, continue on to Zin and go south of Kadesh Barnea. Then it will go to Hazar Addar and over to Azmon, 5 where it will turn, join the Wadi of Egypt and end at the Mediterranean Sea.
6 “‘Your western boundary will be the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. This will be your boundary on the west.
7 “‘For your northern boundary, run a line from the Mediterranean Sea to Mount Hor 8 and from Mount Hor to Lebo Hamath. Then the boundary will go to Zedad, 9 continue to Ziphron and end at Hazar Enan. This will be your boundary on the north.
10 “‘For your eastern boundary, run a line from Hazar Enan to Shepham. 11 The boundary will go down from Shepham to Riblah on the east side of Ain and continue along the slopes east of the Sea of Galilee.[a] 12 Then the boundary will go down along the Jordan and end at the Dead Sea.
“‘This will be your land, with its boundaries on every side.