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Friday, September 14, 2012

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This chapter is an interesting lesson in geography. Look in the back of your Bible and find the map section, or locate a Bible map in the library and follow along as you read Numbers 34. God did not only give his chosen people the promised land, He also gave specific instructions as to where the borders should be. It’s almost as if God said, “Moses, take your pencil and look at the map of Canaan. Now draw the following lines.”

 

If we would look at the dimensions of the New Jerusalem coming down from heaven, the same is true about God there. He is a careful city planner–an architect. The dimensions of the city are precise. When Abraham looked forward to the promised land, he was not only envisioning Canaan, “he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Heb 11:10). God is designing a promised land, a new Canaan for all of us, a place with golden streets and real houses. Your home is there. Read the description found in Revelation chapters 21 and 22. “In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2 AMP

 

Canaan, the promised land, was a real place for the Israelites. For us today, the new earth whose builder and maker is God, is a real place, a tangible reality. This realization of an eternal promised land is something we must visualize more often, read about more often, and talk about more often. It must become more real to us, because in Rev. 22, Jesus says three times, “I am coming soon.”

 

“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done” (Rev 22:12 NIV). “It is the privilege of every Christian not only to look for but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:12, margin). Were all who profess His name bearing fruit to His glory, how quickly the whole world would be sown with the seed of the gospel. Quickly the last great harvest would be ripened, and Christ would come to gather the precious grain” (COL 69).

 

What are you doing to hasten the Lord’s coming? Are you ready to cross the borders into the promised land? Are you getting excited to move? Read more about it in Early Writings, pages 13-­20. After this vision Ellen White felt homesick for heaven, a feeling we should have more often.

 

Fred Knopper

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