then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you and destroy all their figured stones and destroy all their metal images and demolish all their high places. Numbers 33:52 (ESV)
God calls on Israel to not only drive the people out of the land but to destroy their idols as well. The main reason these peoples needed to be driven from the land was because of their idolatry. Idolatry brings demonic bondage to the idol worshiper, God wanted these false gods / demons cast out of the land so that the trap and alluring temptation of idolatry would be removed from his people so they could worship the true God without distraction.
We can apply this to our lives by killing sin wherever it is found in us and casting it out, see Galatians 3:5-6
But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then those of them whom you let remain shall be as barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall trouble you in the land where you dwell. Numbers 33:55 (ESV)
When we do not firmly deal with sin in our lives the compromise we make will become like torment for us, because we can not serve two masters (Matthew 6:24)
Moses commanded the people of Israel, saying, “This is the land that you shall inherit by lot, which the LORD has commanded to give to the nine tribes and to the half-tribe. Numbers 34:13 (ESV)
God made abundant provision for Israel, although they posses much of the land they never posses all of it, not even in the times of David and Solomon. This points to God’s abundant provision for us in hearing and answering our prayers beyond what we requested and providing abundantly more thane we need or use. See Ephesians 3:20, Romans 8:32 and James 1:5. Jesus said he has come that we should have an abundant life (John 10:10)
It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 1 Corinthians 15:44 (ESV)
Our future resurrection is not just an idea, it is a reality, we will be raised to life, our new bodies will be empowered by the life giving spirit of Jesus who was the first to rise from the dead. We will never die again but will become immortal. This is a great hope and we should believe and look forward to it with firm and solid faith.
We won’t just float around as disembodied spirits, no, we will have life, physical yet spiritual life that will never end. John mentions that this hope will keep us walking in purity in 1 John 3:3
in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:52 (ESV)
Those of us who are alive when Jesus returns will have our bodies transformed from merely human bodies to our new resurrected bodies that are immortal and we will then join the Lord along with the saints who will be raised when the Lord returns.
An interesting note is that when we die our spirit go to be with the Lord straightaway, when he returns we will all then receive the new, eternal resurrection bodies we have longed for.
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV)
Our belief in the resurrection and the rewards that will be given to us in heaven should spur us on and make us firm in our faith and encouraged in our work for the Lord. We have assurance that the sacrifices and work done for God and his kingdom are not done in vain and will be richly rewarded. So lets abound in our work for the Lord and not grow weary in doing well. See Galatians 6:9, 2 Thessalonians 3:13 and Hebrews 12:3
The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over many waters. Psalm 29:3 (ESV)
Jesus is the voice of the Lord, see John 1:1
The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever. Psalm 29:10 (ESV)
Jesus sits as king, enthroned over every storm and flood. God is sovereign over everything and is still in control in the middle of the storms of life.
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