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 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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Entering the Promise Land

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

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