Bible Study on Claiming Our Promised Land With God For Our Future Generations Through Persistent Faith according to Deuteronomy 1:35-37, Joshua 14:1-10, Numbers 13:6, 30

The year is around 13th century BC (circa 1400s BC) about the Biblical history of prophet Joshua and his general named Caleb who were planning to inherit and take control of the promised land of God. It turns out that despite of what God had done for them in Egypt and all the spectacular miracles and wonders they have seen, yet they were disobedient and rebellious, because the Israelites simply did not have a heart for God. As a result God was greatly disappointed and furious with the children of Israel except with a few righteous men as seen in the opening story of Deuteronomy: 1. 35. Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see the good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers, 36. save Caleb the son of Jephunneh: he shall see it; and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, because he hath wholly followed Jehovah. 37. Also Jehovah was angry with me for your sakes, saying, Thou also shalt not go in thither.

The story hangs on the context of land inheritance because in the Holy Bible land inheritance (the only real estate of that time) is about inheriting the promises and blessing of God rather than about the land size or land situated in a particular strategic area. The blessings of God to Abraham and his descendants is crystallized into the form of land at Canaan geographically to the west of River Jordan, which refers to today’s geopolitical self rule region of Palestine. And the promised land of God is devided among the 9 Jewish Levites tribes and half tribe of Israel.

Joshua and the children of Israel have besieged Canaan from the east, crossing the River Jordan, slowly moved westward and managed to conquer the cities one by one in their path and drove out most of the enemies and let live and made peace with those who surrendered and decided follow to God. Finally they have entered into the promise of God. God is a fair God that ensure those who have followed Him faithfully is entitled to a fair share of His promises, in spite how priestly their decent may be. For our God looks at our heart and not at our appearance as historically recorded in Joshua: 14. 1. And these are the inheritances which the children of Israel took in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the fathers’ [houses] of the tribes of the children of Israel, distributed unto them, 2. by the lot of their inheritance, as Jehovah commanded by Moses, for the nine tribes, and for the half-tribe.

Although Biblically there is some confusing description about the actual decent of Caleb. Whether is he of pure Israel tribe I.e. Tribe of Judah or of the half tribe I.e. Tribe of Kenizzite as seen in Joshua: 14. 6. Then the children of Judah drew nigh unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that Jehovah spake unto Moses the man of God concerning me and concerning thee in Kadesh-barnea and again in Numbers: 13. 6. Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.

In terms of appearance, general Caleb was a honorable,  respectful, determined, righteous, courageous and fearless warrior and leader with a strong physique and sharp mind as imagined from his words in Numbers: 13. 30. And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

Claim for land for God’s salvation and redemption is through faith in God and obeying His instructions. Furthermore, a claim can only be presented to God provided we have fully surrendered in all aspects and followed God full heartedly and persistently as depicted in Joshua: 14. 9. And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy foot hath trodden shall be an inheritance to thee and to thy children for ever, because thou hast wholly followed Jehovah my God. 10. And now, behold, Jehovah hath kept me alive, as he spake, these forty and five years, from the time that Jehovah spake this word unto Moses, while Israel walked in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old. Trusting in the Lord of our futures and that He will provide for all our needs and He is the strength in our weakness.

Another thing worth noting is that Moses, Aaron, Joshua and Caleb were not doing all these just only for themselves but for their children. Like leaving a worthy legacy and passing on the batton to our generation before we pass on. In today’s context,  we need to operate our ministries and meet the need of the communities outside the 4 walls of the church with a hearing heart and to minister to the people of the calling of God with a desired heart. For our God is compassion to those who are poor in the Spirit. Like Caleb in trusting the Lord to serve. We need a positive spirit in all things especially in dealing with people and learn to love people. We need God to give us the anointing of patience and persistence in serving in the church.

Bible Study on Falling In Love And Building Intimate Relationship With God according to Exodus 33:11, Exodus 20:18-21, Psalm 42:1-2, John 5:19,30, Matthew 14:13, Mark 6:30-31, Psalm 119:15, Psalm 145:5, Philippians 4:8, John 10:4,27, Psalm 23:32

God wants to speak to us like a friend with intimacy and face to face relationship and walk closely with God as it was in Exodus: 33:11 And Jehovah spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his minister Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the Tent. Would you come and draw near to God with honor and love? Or walk away from Him instead?

The children of Israel were at Mount Sinai where they saw the presence of God with awe and fear as seen in Exodus: 20. 18. And all the people perceived the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the voice of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they trembled, and stood afar off. The word fear as seen below is not fear a  psychological status but actually to honor God your creator as explained by Moses in Exodus: 20. 19. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die. 20. And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before you, that ye sin not. Sometimes people are fearful of God and pull away. Whereas Moses drew near to God as in Exodus: 20. 21. And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

How deep is your relationship with God? Do you pant for the relationship with God like the desire as husband and wife relationship. We need to develop an intimate relationship with God, look to the Lord and reserve some of limited time for God. It is the only way to have a deeper and closer relationship with God as seen in Psalm: 42. 1. For the Chief Musician. Maschil of the sons of Korah. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, So panteth my soul after thee, O God. 2. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: When shall I come and appear before God? Because when we are in challenging and troubled times, it is the depth and intimacy with God that will bring you through and make us victorious in the end.

Jesus has already showed us the way to have a intimate relationship with God.
John: 5. 19. Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father doing: for what things soever he doeth, these the Son also doeth in like manner. And it is through Christ Jesus that we can have relationship with God because it is God’s will that Christ Jesus is our saviour and messiah as mentioned by his apostle in John: 5. 30. I can of myself do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is righteous; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

How to develop a deeper relationship with God? Why not do what Jesus did to communicate with Father God. Because the usual daily environment we are in is polluted with noise and distraction, we need to go outside away from the noise and distraction and to a quieter and tranquil place, so that we can hear and speak to God as witnessed by his apostle in Matthew: 14. 13. Now when Jesus heard [it], he withdrew from thence in a boat, to a desert place apart: and when the multitudes heard [thereof,] they followed him on foot from the cities. Because during that time His relative and cousin John the Baptist was beheaded by King Herod.

Jesus also asked his diciples to come aside to a deserted place to rest for a while as witnessed by his apostle in Mark: 6. 30. And the apostles gather themselves together unto Jesus; and they told him all things, whatsoever they had done, and whatsoever they had taught. 31. And he saith unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while. For there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. Jesus also had quite time to pray and draw strength from God as testament by his apostle in Mark: 1. 35. And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose up and went out, and departed into a desert place, and there prayed.

In life it takes time for all things to grow, mature and refresh, will you give God your time? we need to have some time alone to reflect and meditate upon the Lord, read the Word of God and marvel upon His great works and the goodness He has done for you as read in Psalm: 119. 15. I will meditate on thy precepts, And have respect unto thy ways. And in Psalm: 145. 5. Of the glorious majesty of thine honor, And of thy wondrous works, will I meditate. Also in Philippians: 4. 8. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

We need to develop the ability to hear and recognize God’s small still voice that can be easily mistaken for other things. It is like the sheep recognizing and following its master’s voice in the vivid example by Jesus apostle in John: 10. 4. When he hath put forth all his own, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And in John: 10. 27. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: Also in Psalm: 23. 2. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside still waters.

In the end it’s all about listening and hearing from God, draw near to God and develop a relationship with God and following and obeying His voice, for He desires and call for His creations and enjoy Him. Draw near to God and falling in love with Jesus for his love for us is red hot and eternal God is good, He wants us to have all the best things He has to give, I.e. eternal life, sins salvation and death resurrection.