I Have Given Them a Possession (3/11)

Thought from today’s Bible reading from Deuteronomy 1-2.

The Israelites were God’s chosen people and would be given the promised land of Canaan. Yet this did not give them license to take anything they wanted and destroy any nation they chose to destroy. God gave some specific prohibitions on lands they were not to take and nations they were not to destroy.

You will pass through the territory of your brothers the sons of Esau who live in Seir; and they will be afraid of you. So be very careful; do not provoke them, for I will not give you any of their land, even as little as a footstep because I have given Mount Seir to Esau as a possession” (Deuteronomy 2:4-5).

Do not harass Moab, nor provoke them to war, for I will not give you any of their land as a possession, because I have given Ar to the sons of Lot as a possession” (Deuteronomy 2:9).

When you come opposite the sons of Ammon, do not harass them nor provoke them, for I will not give you any of the land of the sons of Ammon as a possession, because I have given it to the sons of Lot as a possession” (Deuteronomy 2:19).

The children of Israel were given a possession by God. But the sons of Esau and Lot were as well. The Israelites were not even to take food and water from these nations without paying for it (Deuteronomy 2:6).

God expected His people to respect the property of those who had been so blessed by the Lord. The Israelites were being given a land for themselves. They needed to be content with God’s provisions for them.

The same is true for us today. God has richly blessed us (James 1:17; 1 Timothy 6:17). We must be content with these blessings (Philippians 4:11-12), not covet (1 Corinthians 6:10) or wrongfully take (Ephesians 4:28) the blessings God has given others.

Tomorrow’s reading: Deuteronomy 3-4

[I’m using the Chronological reading plan on the Bible Gateway website if you’d like to follow along, too.]

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