Every time Israel moved, thousands of people with their tents, livestock, possessions, and children had to make the journey. Also, the Levites needed to carry the Tabernacle with all of its furnishings.
Numbers 33:55 says, “But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall be that those whom you let remain shall be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land where you dwell.” God warned them of taking the "easy" rout of only destroying enough of them where they would not be a threat anymore. We’ll read in Joshua and Judges that they did not listen and paid the price for it later.
The LORD covenanted the land to Israel, so in the end, he will not let any other have it. Joel 3:2 says “I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land.” God will not let the land be "divided" to others nations.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan