go up and take possession

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Deuteronomy 18-21 (JDV)

Deuteronomy 1:18 At that time I commanded you about all the matters you were to accomplish.

Deuteronomy 1:19 “We then set out from Horeb and walked across all the great and dangerous open country you saw on the way to the hill country of the Amorites, just as Yahveh our God had commanded us. When we reached Kadesh-barnea,

Deuteronomy 1:20 I said to you: You have reached the hill country of the Amorites, which Yahveh our God is giving us.

Deuteronomy 1:21 See, Yahveh your God has given the land in your sight. Go up and take possession of it as Yahveh, the God of your fathers, has told you. Do not be afraid or filled with terror.

go up and take possession

Just as Jesus commissions his church to go and make disciples, Moses commissions the Israelites to go up and take possession of the land at Kadesh.

In both cases, God had given his people what they needed to accomplish the task. In both cases there was potential danger, but reason to believe that God would make good on his promises.

The Israelites failed to commence that first commission. Now— years later, Moses recounts the story because God is going to give them a second chance.

Lord, we have failed to live up to your instructions many times. Thank you for your patience with us.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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