Promise Kept

And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey. Exodus 3:17 KJV

Atticus, the fictional character in Harper Lee’s novel says, ” Its not what a person tells you that matters. Its how they treat you that reveals their true feelings. Their character is revealed not by the promises they make, but by the promises they keep”. That makes a great summary of the lesson today. Many years before this, God promised Abraham at a covenant that the people of Israel will wander into Egypt, but that He will bring them out to the land He promised. Today, God reminded Moses. It was time. What’s significant here is the nature of the place God is taking them: a place flowing with milk and honey. This concept has been used in Lev.20:24, Num.14:8,Deut.11:9 and Joshua 5:6 to describe the land of promise. Has God ever made you a promise? Time may pass, but God is good for His promise. This is God’s character. Milk and Honey describes the fertility and abundance as well as the joy and pleasure they will have there. This will be so that they will forget the bitterness and violence from their taskmasters and hunger from the wanderings. Before they could come into the promise, six other nations had occupied their place, but God was not afraid. He had given them the land. There’s the parallel of this in our time. Its the promise of the New Heaven and the New Earth ( Rev 21) at His second coming. If He fulfilled the first, He will fulfill the second, you just have to be ready for it.

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