"And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan."
(Numbers 13:27-29 KJV)
Why, of all places in our world called earth, did Our Awesome God choose Canaan to give to His chosen people? We can only guess what God thought. We can ask Him when we get to heaven. But knowing the people He chose, God prepared a special place for them, midway between the two major civilizations of that day, yet separated from them by large deserts. Was this the ideal place for God’s “kingdom of priests” (Exodus 19:6) to begin exporting Him to the world?
Here was a fertile land depending on Our Awesome God sending the rains for crops to grow and develop with little effort by the people. There is a wide variation in climate in this area. The area along the coastal plain, where the tribe of Dan settled, can receive up to 40 inches of rain a year and En-gedi in Judah, near the Dead Sea, only gets about 3 inches. Winters are wet while summers are usually hot and dry. This means that while the mountains in northern Canaan can be covered with snow, crops can be growing along the coastal plain and a nearly bone dry desert can be to the south, all at the same time. So these special people who were to tell all people about God would be near the most knowledgeable and those with the least knowledge on their continent, near the richest and the poorest people. They were near the water or could travel by land as needed. They had all they needed. But they wouldn't obey.
Israel has yet to become God’s kingdom of priests. When they took Our Awesome God's goodness for granted and did not live as He had told them to (Joshua 1:7-8), drought and famine came (Amos 4:7; Hag.1:11). The prophets would call the people to repentance and to acknowledge that God was in control of all His creation including the seasons and weather. They would repent and God would send relief. This continued in this cyclic fashion while they lived in Canaan.
Our Awesome God has a purpose for everything. He rarely tells us His purpose but He always tells us what He wants us to do if we are listening. If we obey Him, His purpose may be accomplished sooner but, sooner or later, His purpose is always accomplished. Our Awesome God wants us to follow His commandments and to acknowledge that He controls our world and to follow Him.
Join us at LWBC every Sunday at 9:30 AM, we have small group Bible Studies and at 10:30 AM, we meet in the sanctuary for Worship Service. Sunday evening at 6:00 PM we have Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Meeting with Bible Study and a Spanish Bible Study and Youth Chapel until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill