leaving room for the enemy

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leaving room for the enemy

devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2363

Numbers 33:5–56

Num 33:50 And Yahveh spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, and this is what he said,
Num 33:51 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you pass over the Jordan into the land of Canaan,
Num 33:52 then you will drive out all the inhabitants of the land from in the sight of you and destroy all their sculptured images and destroy all their metal images and demolish all their high places.
Num 33:53 And you will take possession of the land and settle in it, because I have given the land to you to possess it.
Num 33:54 You will inherit the land by lot according to your clans. To a large tribe you will give a large inheritance, and to a small tribe you will give a small inheritance. Wherever the lot falls for anyone, that will be his. According to the tribes of your fathers you will inherit.
Num 33:55 But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from in the sight of you, then those of them whom you let remain will be as barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they will trouble you in the land where you stay.
Num 33:56 And I will do to you as I thought to do to them.”

leaving room for the enemy

If the Israelites refuse to remove the present inhabitants from the land promised to them by God, two things would result. First, those left in the land would become a continual source of trouble to the new inhabitants. They will be a painful irritant, like barbs in the eyes, or thorns in the sides. Secondly, since the land was not cleared of those idolaters, the LORD would be forced to visit the land with his wrath, and that would also affect the Israelites.

Our lesson for today is that we need to make a clean break from sin, and not ally ourselves with those who tolerate or promote sin. If we leave room for the enemy, God has to treat us as the enemy.

LORD, wash us whiter than snow. Remove from us both the sin of our past, and the weakness of tolerating it in our society.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a former Christian missionary.
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