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God Fulfills His Promise

Israel had now conquered enough of the land of Canaan that Joshua could allot it to the remaining nine and a half tribes.  Reuben, Gad, and half of Manasseh had already been given their portions east of Jordan.  Joshua saw this as a sacred obligation, for it marked the fulfillment of the promise made to Abraham four hundred and thirty years earlier (Gen. 12:3).

Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob expected to inherit Canaan, from the River of Egypt to the Euphrates, but Gen. 13:14-17 shows that God had much larger plans for them.  He told Abraham to look north, south, east, and west, for He would give him all the land he could see.  Abraham would have had trouble stretching a fence around it all, for when he went out in any direction as far as he could see, he would see still farther!  Paul said (Rom. 4:13) that it was God’s plan for Abraham to “be heir of the world.”

The promise is for us also.  “If you be Christ’s, then are you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Gal. 3:19).  Thank God for His promise!

 

Ralph Neall
Retired Professor and Missionary