The scripture for today, December 29 (12/29), is Deuteronomy 12:29 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:
Why would a good God drive people (the Amorite nations) from their own land so that other people (the Jews) could live there? Way back in Genesis 15, God promised Abraham that his descendants would possess the land he lived in as a wanderer; but first, they would be enslaved in a foreign country some 400 years. During that time, they would multiply. Indeed, they did grow from 70 of Abraham’s grandchildren to over three million.
Then it would be time for his descendants to possess the land. Why so long in the future? Verse 16 explains it: “For the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.” God always gives people plenty of time to repent and change. But the Amorites continued to do horrible things including child sacrifices to appease their gods.
The Jews did finally possess the Promised Land, but God warned them, “If you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you” (Leviticus 18:28). Indeed, they did eventually defile the land with horrible things including child sacrifice to appease the gods they traded the real God for. So, God kept his promise and sent them into exile in Assyria and Babylon.
Today, just as Abraham searched for a country and city not made with hands, join him. Regardless of the condition of the nation you live in on earth, look ahead to that same country and city not made with hands. Look ahead to the true Promised Land, the spiritual Promised Land ~ heaven. And it will be forever good.
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