Entering the Promise Land
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Hebrews 4:1-2 [Open in Libronix (if available)] implicitly teaches that the entrance into Canaan was used as a shadow for the true land of promise: that heavenly country (Hebrews 11:15-16 [Open in......

Hebrews 4:1-2 [Open in Libronix (if available)] implicitly teaches that the entrance into Canaan was used as a shadow for the true land of promise: that heavenly country (Hebrews 11:15-16 [Open in Libronix (if available)] ). Our lives follow that shadowy pattern of living in our worldly wilderness before crossing into that eternal land of milk and honey.

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  • 1. Entering the Promise Land The Christian’s labor and trials before entering the promised land of rest. Hebrews 4:1
  • 2. Introduction
    • God promised a heavenly country to those who love Him and glorify Him.
      • That is why people of faith desire a better country than this world. Heb. 11:16
      • Until we enter the promise land of rest, however, is a land of toil, heartache, and trouble to all who long for this heavenly place.
  • 3. Introduction
    • In this lesson:
      • We shall see the shadow between the life of God’s people from Egypt till their inheritance in the land of Canaan and that of God’s people under the New Testament.
      • Ultimately, we’ll see the necessity of faith and trust in God to make the transition from this land of struggle to the eternal land of rest.
  • 4. The Wilderness of This World
    • There are many who groan under the weight of sin.
      • Like the oppressed under Egyptian bondage God promised deliverance. Rom. 7:24-25
      • God delivered us from the bondage of sin and has lead us through the Red Sea of baptism.
      • And, like the Israelites of old, we too must be tested for forty years. Dt. 8:2
  • 5. The Wilderness of This World
    • Though delivered from sin we too wonder in our world of wilderness.
      • The Lord tests us in this life to humble our lives in learning to depend on Him, for our good. Dt. 8:16
      • He wants us to learn to trust in Him and obey Him through this wilderness of trials. Exo. 23:20-22
  • 6. The Wilderness of This World
    • Thus, this world is a time when/where God tests our faith.
      • Like the Hebrew people, our faith is tested through various trials. Exo. 15:25
      • We must depend upon God for our spiritual nourishment. Exo. 16:4
      • We need to depend upon Him for our spiritual security. (again Exo. 23:20-22)
  • 7. The Heavenly Country
    • Canaan served as the land God promised Abraham and his descendents.
      • The descendents were recipients of the promise as they entered a land flowing with milk and honey. Dt. 6:3
      • This land inheritance represented a place of rest and comfort. Dt. 12:10
      • God fulfilled His promise to the Israelites.
  • 8. The Heavenly Country
    • Spiritual Canaan is our heavenly home. Heb. 4:1
      • Heavenly Canaan is the true place of rest and comfort all of God’s faithful.
      • We are assured that God will give to us the heavenly Promised Land. Heb. 11:15-16
      • God’s fulfilled promise to the Israelites is but a shadow of what He will fulfill for spiritual Israel today.
  • 9. The Heavenly Country
    • Our future Promise Land is our motivation to live by faith through the earthly wilderness.
      • Knowing that God is faithful we should sojourn through this world with confidence as we head toward Canaan Land.
      • All the trials that we must endure for the cause of Christ make it worth living for the Lord.
  • 10. Conclusion
    • God’s promise is available to all who groan by the bondage of sin.
    • May all who hear this message respond to the Lord’s promise of eternal salvation.