The previous post ended with Abraham sending away all of Isaac’s male siblings in order to avoid rivalry. Now, some years later, attention is drawn to Abraham’s son Isaac who as an adult is married with twin sons named Jacob and Esau. They too are now young adults. And once again, we see God choosing one son (Jacob) to be heir to the Promise, at the rejection of the other (Esau).

Not wanting their son to marry a Canaanite, Jacob’s parents sent him on a journey to his mother’s brother’s place, thinking he might find a suitable wife from among his cousins. While on his journey, the distance being far, Jacob would sleep under the stars. And it was during one of those nights that God would visit him in a dream.

“And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Harand. 11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. 12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. 13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; 14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of” (Gen 28:10-15).

Note in the dream that God conveyed to Jacob what he had already been told by his parents. That is, that he and his seed after him would inherit the Promised Land. Also note God said that even though many would be caused to leave in the future, that in time He would bring them back to that very land.

In time, God reaffirmed his promise to Jacob. “And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; 12 And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land” (Gen 35:11-12).

As to the size of the land God promised to Abraham and his descendants, we read, “In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: 19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, 20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, 21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites” (Gen 15:18-21).

And in Exodus we read, “And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee” (Ex 23:31).

Applying today’s geographical names to the land, we know it includes the entire state of present Israel to include Judea and Samaria (West Bank), the Golan Heights, and Gaza, part of Egypt, Syria, and Saudi Arabia, and all of Jordan. And as Scripture says, God cannot go against his promise. “For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. 17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: 18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us” (Heb 6:16-18).

And if the previous promises of God were not enough, we read in Psalms, “He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations. 9 Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; 10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant: 11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance” (Psa 105:8-11).

As we know, Israel did not follow God’s commandments and were sent into dispersion. However, God is true to His word and maintains His promise. “And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the LORD their God. 45 But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the LORD” (Lev 26:44-45).

Israel is presently scattered throughout the world, but will return when the time is right. In fact, many have returned since 1948 when the present day Israel was established. And the time will come when God will bring all His people home. “For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land… And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God” (Ezek 36:24, 28).

And in Ezekiel chapter 36, we read, “And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land” (Ezek 37:21).

Please read Part III as it is a follow on and covers more important information concerning the disputed land called Palestine.

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