Long ago, God made a covenant with Abraham and his descendants. He promised to give them many blessings, including a homeland. The Bible calls that land “The Promised Land.”
Many people know the story of Israel. Most notably, their years of slavery in Egypt, The Passover, and God’s miraculous deliverance through the Red Sea.
After a 40-year struggle in the wilderness, Israel crossed over Jordan, into the Promised Land.
Of course, the Israelites faced battles while occupying their homeland. Other nations already lived there.
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Those nations had their own governments, cultures, and religions. In the vernacular, you might say that those people were “native” to the land.
It’s interesting that God took away land from one nation, or a group of nations, and gave it to another.
I think this shows that…
God owns the land.
He decides who lives where.
The Bible says, in Psalms 24:
The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.Psalm 24:1
In Acts Chapter 17, we read that God…
Hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;Acts 17:26
God separates nations with borders. So, when you hear people who want to eliminate or ignore the borders of your country, you know those people are fighting against God.
Borders are a good idea: God ordains them.
Getting back to the message at hand, one nation, Israel, displaced several pre-existing nations. God gave them the land.
You might ask the question,
Is it fair?
In our current cultural climate, you’ll find some people who don’t think that it is fair for one nation to overtake, occupy, and replace another.
They’ll say, mostly for political reasons, that the Indian nations of North America were “here first” and, therefore, the European settlers were wrong to take the land.
You’ll probably hear Democrat television personalities and college professors, with PhD’s, tell you it isn’t fair. Our nation is, to them, immoral, racist, and unjust.
Unsurprisingly, those people tend to hate America. In most cases, they also tend to hate Israel. They also hate God.
I’m asking you, what does God say about the matter? After all, His opinion counts more than any other.
God spoke to Moses saying,
I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite.Exodus 34:11
These “natives” had cities, economies, businesses, and natural resources. They had cultures, political systems, and religions. Were they inferior to Israel? Were the Jews superior to the nations they displaced?
Were the Israelites better than the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites?
Why did God choose to give those people’s land to Israel? Why not someone else’s?
Right now, let’s consider why God took land away from several nations and gave it to another.
It’s God’s choice.
When He sees fit, He takes land from one nation and gives it to another.
God told the Israelites:
I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.Exodus 23:31
And, in Psalm 74,
Thou [God] hast set all the borders of the earth:Psalm 74:17
Besides God’s sovereignty, you might explain the transfer of the land by saying that…
God’s law is universal.
In Exodus Chapter Five, Egypt’s Pharaoh asked a question:
Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice…?Exodus 5:2
You have probably heard world rulers say the same thing. You may have neighbors, coworkers, and family members who say that.
As Pharaoh soon discovered, God is the God of all the earth.
I am answering for you the question,
Why does God drive people out or their land?
The time came when the sins of the heathen nations caused unwelcome repercussions for their behavior. The sin of the inhabitants justified…
Here is how God explains why He drives out the original inhabitants of the Promised Land:
The land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it,Leviticus 18:25
These people didn’t know God. They didn’t care about God. They had their own false gods. They had their own religion.
You might object to applying God’s standards to the heathen.
People in America think they can choose their god and their standards. Scripture suggests otherwise.
The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men…Romans 1:18
God’s standards don’t only apply to Israel, or to the Church, or to individual believers: They apply to everyone.
You might say, “I don’t believe in God.” That’s fine. That’s your choice. However, you can’t decide that God’s standards don’t apply to you: They do.
Apostle Paul addresses this in Romans Chapter One, Verse 20:
The invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:Romans 1:20
Also, in Psalms 19:
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.Psalm 19:1-4
Every nation and every individual answers to God.
Let’s consider Psalms 110, Verse Six:
He [God] shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.Psalm 110:6
Another reason for transferring the land to another people is…
The nature of the land.
Scripture shows us that people can sin so much that the land itself can’t stand them.
Here’s how God explains it:
The land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.Leviticus 18:25
We’ve already seen that God drove out the natives of the land. Now, we know also that the land itself expelled them.
Numbers Chapter 35, Verse 33 tells us that…
Blood… defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it.Numbers 35:33
The land of the Canaanites could no longer support the wickedness of its inhabitants.
God’s unbiased rules…
…help explain why He and the land drove out the heathen nations before the Israelites.
The “natives” were at fault. They defiled the land. God judged them. The land spewed them out.
God has unbiased rules. He held Israel to the same standards which He applied to the heathen.
God told the Israelites to obey His Word so
That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you.Leviticus 18:28
The Israelites’ occupation of the Promised Land was contingent on the same rules that applied to the nations which God had driven out.
God commanded Israel, saying,
Defile not therefore the land which ye shall inhabit,Numbers 35:34
As time passed, it became…
…to lose their land.
God told Moses this would happen.
This people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them.Deuteronomy 31:36
After occupying their inheritance, Israel had difficulty staying loyal to God. Over and over, they made poor choices. They fell into sin. They worshipped false gods.
Here’s how God explains the situation in Jeremiah Chapter Two:
I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.Jeremiah 2:7
God elaborates in Jeremiah Chapter 16, Verse 18, saying of Israel,
I will recompense their iniquity and their sin double; because they have defiled my land, they have filled mine inheritance with the carcases of their detestable and abominable things.Jeremiah 16:18
As we know, God drove Israel out of their Promised Land. This happened in two stages. First, God split Israel into two nations, Israel and Judah.
Assyria conquered Israel, the northern kingdom, and brought its people into captivity (2 Kings 17:7) during the reign of King Ahaz.
Judah lost their land during the reign of Zedekiah (2 Kings 25:10). But the breaking point occurred during Manasseh’s reign.
According to Second Kings Chapter 21,
He [Manasseh] did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.2 Kings 21:2
In other words, they did the same things as did the previous inhabitants of the land, but they did even worse things. Therefore, they got similar results.
So far, we know that the people defiled their land, and they lost their right to it.
But we’ve not discussed…
How they defiled the land.
How do you defile the land and, therefore, qualify for defeat and displacement?
First, you live without regard for God.
In other words,
You set your own standard.
Scripture, in Ezekiel Chapter 36, tells us that
They [Israel] defiled it [the land] by their own way and by their doings:Ezekiel 36:17
As I mentioned earlier, you don’t have to submit to God. You don’t have to believe in God. But, if you make your own way, God will make you pay for it.
You can also provoke God to take away your land if…
You anger God.
Through the anger of the LORD it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, until he had cast them out from his presence2 Kings 24:20
You can also lose your land when…
You obey evil leaders.
The Israelites embraced the evil of their king:
Manasseh seduced them [the people] to do more evil than did the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the children of Israel.2 Kings 21:9
I can just hear some of the Israelites rationalize their behavior, saying “The government told me to do it, so I had no choice.”
You don’t have to submit to evil rulers. Blaming the government for what you do is not a valid excuse. God will hold you accountable.
Another certain way to lose your land is when…
You shed innocent blood.
According to Psalms 106, Israel lost their land because they
Shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters… and the land was polluted with blood.Psalm 106:38
Does that seem familiar? Think of all the parents in America who have shed the blood of their own children! Call it a “right to choose.” Call it “abortion.” Call it whatever you want… God calls it murder.
God calls it “shedding innocent blood.”
Returning to the book of Second Kings, Chapter 21, see the end of Israel,
Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; beside his sin wherewith he made Judah to sin, in doing that which was evil in the sight of the LORD.2 Kings 21:16
After Manasseh “crossed the line,” the Kingdom of Judah faced…
After Manasseh, a new King, Josiah, reigned in Judah. In fact, he was an answer to the prophecy of 1 Kings Chapter 13, Verse Two.
In his 18th year on the throne, Josiah found out what God says. “They” found the book of the law (2 Kings 22:8).
Just think of how long the priests led the people without even knowing what the Bible says! That sounds a lot like America’s religious denominations: They do not know what God says, so they literally make up what they teach people about God and His Way!
Anyway, someone accidentally came across the Bible, and, when they read it, God’s Word shocked the king and the people. The way organized religion had failed them and damned their nation stunned them.
In response, Josiah led a national revival. He cleared out all the wickedness from Judah. It was an extensive purge that crossed into the former territory of Israel, the northern kingdom.
However, we discover that Josiah brought…
Revival, not reversal.
God’s rejection of Judah was final.
We read in Second Kings Chapter 23:
Notwithstanding the LORD turned not from the fierceness of his great wrath, wherewith his anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked him withal.2 Kings 23:27
If you reject God, one day, God’s judgment on your life becomes irreversible.
It works the same way with a nation.
To underscore that point, I refer you to Second Kings Chapter 24:
Surely at the commandment of the LORD came this upon Judah, to remove them [Israel] out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he did;
And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the LORD would not pardon.2 Kings 24:4
Some things God will not forgive.
Now, I ask you to…
Our nation is in decline. An immeasurable influx of foreign nations overruns us.
They are replacing Americans. God has ordained this.
Part of this comes with the times. We live in the End Times, the Latter Days. The Day of our Lord quickly approaches.
Still, our demise comes from our own doings. Our government has rejected God. Our leaders have seduced the people into perversion and into the service of Satan and other gods.
But, worst of all, our land is polluted with blood, from end to end.
Encouraged by our government (and even by religious denominations and commercial “churches”), parents in our country sacrifice their innocent children to Satan while calling it either “abortion” or “a choice.”
As of January 22, 2021,
62,502,904 Babies Have Been Killed in Abortions Since Roe v. Wade in 1973https://www.lifenews.com/2021/01/22/62502904-babies-have-been-killed-by-abortion-since-roe-v-wade-in-1973/
The first official acts of “The person who recently occupied the White House” priotitize increasing the killing of babies.
Do you think God will pardon us for the innocent blood shed in our country?
He didn’t spare his chosen nation: Why would He spare the United States?
Remember, God owns the land.
Learn More from God’s Word
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