As I continued in my studies through the biblical book of Deuteronomy, I had an epiphany. This epiphany stemmed from Deuteronomy chapter 9:4. For the sake of keeping you current with the context of this passage, Israel is still wandering through the wilderness, but they are preparing to take their promise land and cross the Jordan. Basically, the entire book of Deuteronomy contains an address from Moses as he prepares the people to take their possession and set up their nation, a nation God has been grooming for centuries.
Before I go on any further with this verse, speaking about the chosen, stiff-necked nation of YHWH, of the 1,000,000+ people whom hastily made their exodus into liberation from Egypt, only how many of them actually got to step foot into the Promised Land? Were you aware that there were only two? They were Caleb and Joshua. These two men spied out the land some years previous to this address along with ten other men, each a representative of their tribe. Only Caleb and Joshua came back with a report that, though the people were many and were massive in size, descendants of giants, Israel, with the help of YHWH, could take the land.
Ten Spies Bad Report
But the report from the other ten spies negating the likelihood of a victory drove fear in the people. They did not trust YHWH, even though he brought them a mighty victory over the most powerful, influential nation of the day. Egypt. This fear paralyzed them. It paralyzed them so severely that they spent another 38 years wandering in the wilderness without needing to, simply because they didn’t have enough faith.
In fact, the lack of faith from the people not only kept them from seeing the Promised Land, it ignited from a rebellious heart, collectively, bringing on the wrath of God. The ten spies giving a negative reply saw an early death through a plague the Lord sent. This left only Joshua and Caleb, who stood before Moses as he gave his address. Every other soul that had made the powerful exit from Egypt had died in the wilderness taking 40 years to do so.
Even Moses would not step across the Jordan onto the Promised Land. He was about to give his farewell speech. And in Deuteronomy 9:4-6, we learn something very interesting that I think we must take note of:
“4 Do not think in your heart, after the Lord your God has cast them out before you, saying, ‘Because of my righteousness the Lord has brought me in to possess this land’; but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is driving them out from before you. 5 It is not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart that you go in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord your God drives them out from before you, and that He may fulfill the word which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 6 Therefore understand that the Lord your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people.”
Promises of God Never Fail
Only because of the promise YHWH made with Abraham did the people ever see the Promised Land. If you ever thought that the nation of Israel was established because it was made up from good people, you couldn’t be more wrong! They were rebellious. YHWH simply removed the previous inhabitants of the land because of their extreme wickedness. It was this wickedness that may have made Israel look good, by comparison!
Consequently, if we look at the previous chapter, we can put this all together. Deuteronomy 8:18, “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
So, we can sum up that by bringing the people to the Promised Land, God was fulfilling these two promises to Abraham. 1) God gave the bloodline of Abraham the land by dispelling the wicked. 2) God then made the bloodline of Abraham wealthy. God did this work. It had nothing, absolutely nothing to do with any amount of faithfulness through Abraham’s descendants.
The Wealth of Abraham
Today, the descendants of Abraham truly outnumber the stars in the sky. We are wealthy. I think many of us don’t consider this true. But if you are reading this, that means you are sitting at a computer or holding a device of some sort. That means you are sitting in a room where there is a source of electricity or you had a source of electricity to charge your device. This is a sign of wealth, electricity.
If I can walk into a room and flick on the lights, I am rich. If I have a kitchen with running water, and a bathroom inside my house, I am wealthy! There are many different levels of wealth, of course, and many different levels of poverty. More than 1,000,000,000 (that’s one billion) people live on $1 day! Almost 3,000,000,000 people live on less than $2 a day.
What year is it?
Consider that we are nearing the finish of the Age of Grace at lightning speed. All those millennia ago, God kept HIs promises to Abraham. He brought them to, and established them in, the Promised Land. Instantly, from the moment they won their first battle and gathered up the booty, they were rich.
Win your battles. Thank the Lord. Gather the booty. Share the wealth. Repeat.
What am I saying here?
Written by Jori Sams
Jori Sams is a Christian author and freelance writer with nearly 2000 published pieces on the Internet, with over 1500 being published by Yahoo. Her books are published through Writeious Books. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her following the sun…