A message from Rabbi Rich
Entering the Promised Land
50 Adonai spoke to Moshe in the plains of Mo’av by the Yarden, across from Yericho. He said 51 to tell the people of Isra’el, “When you cross the Yarden into the land of Kena‘an, 52 you are to expel all the people living in the land from in front of you. Destroy all their stone figures, destroy all their metal statues and demolish all their high places.
55 But if you don’t drive out the inhabitants of the land from in front of you, then those you allow to remain will become like thorns in your eyes and stings in your sides — they will harass you in the land where you are living. 56 And in this event, I will do to you what I intended to do to them.” (Num 33:50-52. 55-56 CJB)
As members of the body of Messiah, these verses are a picture of the life we are called to live. We are not called to conquer a physical land. What we are called to do after entering the kingdom of G-d is conquer the walled cities of our flesh, those besetting sins we struggle with to overcome. As the children of Israel were to expel the inhabitants of the land, so we are to expel those things which keep us from advancing in the kingdom.
We must always remember that we are not alone in this fight. When we focus our attention on Yeshua and what He has done for us we become “more than conquerors’”. We overcome by His blood and the word of His testimony through the power of the Holy Spirit that Yeshua freely gives to all who ask. We are bought with a price, and the purchaser of our souls promised to never leave us or forsake us.
If you are constantly struggling with certain areas in your life, as long as you seek His face you are not failing. Stop and quit the fight and that which you struggled with will harass and overtake you. So, keep the faith, trust in the L-rd with all your heart and do not lean upon your own understanding.
May the G-d of all creation turn His face upon you, be gracious to you and keep you in his perfect peace through Yeshua Ha Mashiach.
Kahilat Ben David
Congregation Ben David