PROMISED LAND

Promised Land boundaries

Like so many of the slaves, I love the story of how the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, delivered Abraham’s descendants from their Egyptian bondage after 430 years.  God had a special purpose for them.  He made promises to Abraham that only He could fulfill.  Abraham just believed God.  God promised him a very special land for an inheritance forever.  The land that He promised them was a very rich fertile land.  This land was also fully occupied by some very powerful people who worshipped strange gods.  They believed in human sacrifices.  They were known for sacrificing their babies to the gods they chose to worship.  They were fierce warriors living in fortified cities beyond measure.  They were very powerful people.  Only God Almighty could help them defeat these powerful nations and possess the land He had promised to give them.  He showed that He had all power when He delivered them from Egyptian bondage through supernatural means, mainly ten plagues.  He opened up the Red Sea so that they could pass through on dry land.  While in the desert He fed them with Manna from Heaven.  He gave them water from the rock.  He gave them desert quails for meat.  Before they left Egypt they received gold, silver, and other precious stones from the Egyptians for their many years of labor and sacrifice.  Their clothes did not wear out.  Their feet did not swell as they walked through the desert.  There was not a sick or feeble person among them.  He maintained their health and safety.  Through His commandments He brought order into their lives.  The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob did all of this to build up their faith and trust in Him.  This was needed so that when they came into contact with these powerful nations they would not be afraid.

He is the same God who promised to bless all who blessed Abraham and his descendants.  Because of His track record of supernatural excellence, we as African Americans can rest assuredly on His word that He will honor His promise no matter what the situation.  Your comments are welcome.

Lucy Payne

Lucy

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