Our study from Torah, The Law of Moses will continue from the Book of Numbers, Chapter 34, Verses 1-14
AND THE TITLE OF OUR MESSAGE IS, THE BORDERS OF ISRAEL AS SPOKEN BY THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.
KEEPING IN MIND THAT THE WORD OF OUR GOD STANDS FOREVER. HIS WORD NEVER CHANGES, NOR DOES THE WORD OF GOD EVER END. ISAIAH 40.8, MALACHI 36, 1 PETER 1.23-25, LEVITICUS 25.23
So with that said, let’s read Numbers 34.1-14.
The LORD spoke to Moses saying, Command the Children of Israel, and say to them, When you come into the land of Canaan, this is the land that shall fall to you for an inheritance, the land of Canaan according to the borders of it.
Starting with the south side, Israel’s Borders begin at the southern tip of the Dead Sea extending into a southern arc through Kadesh Barnea. Kadesh-Barnea is believed to be in the northeastern part of the Sinai, some 50 miles south of Beersheba in current-day Israel on the southern Border of the Land that GOD has given to the Jewish People for an Everlasting Possession.
And Israel’s Border continues west to the Mediterranean Sea, to a River in Egypt, that is perhaps the Nile River.
From the west, the Border extends northward to the northernmost Border at Hazar-enan that is identified as the oasis of Qayatein 70 miles northeast of Damascus. Which would place Israel’s northernmost Border at the Euphrates River.
The Border then extends south around the eastern banks of the Sea of Galilee and further southward along the Jordan River to the Dead Sea.
Or as The Bible says, In the same day, The LORD made a Covenant with Abram saying, Unto your descendants have I given this Land from the River of Egypt to the great River, The River Euphrates. GENESIS 15.18
The GOD-Given Borders of Israel are about one-third the size of the United States from coast to coast.
And those are the same Borders of the Messianic Kingdom of GOD when Messiah Yeshua returns to establish His Kingdom on earth in Israel.
So Moses commanded the Children of Israel, saying, This is the Land you shall inherit by lot which The LORD Commanded to give to the nine Tribes, and to the half Tribe of Manasseh. For the Tribes of Reuben and Gad, and the half Tribe of Manasseh have received their Inheritance on the other side of the Jordan River.
And The LORD again spoke to Moses saying, The men who shall divide the Land to you are Eleazar the Priest, and Joshua. And you shall take one Prince of every Tribe to take possession of the Land. NUMBERS 34.13-29
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT THE LAND OF CANAAN THAT BECAME THE LAND OF ISRAEL 3,330 YEARS AGO?
These are the Words that The LORD spoke to the Prophet Ezekiel.
Thus saith The LORD GOD. In the day when I chose Israel, and lifted up My Hand to the Seed of the House of Israel, and made Myself known to them in the land of Egypt. When I lifted up My Hand to them saying, I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD.
In the day that I lifted up My Hand, to bring them forth out of the land of Egypt into a Land that I had searched out for them, flowing with milk and honey which is The Glory, The Most Beautiful Of All Lands. EZEKIEL 20.5-6
Thus, the land of Canaan that is now The Land of Israel is the Most Beautiful Land in the world.
The LORD also tells us that The Land of Israel in The Messianic Age will be like the Garden of Eden when The Messiah Yeshua returns to establish The Messianic Kingdom of GOD for 1,000 years on earth in The Land of Israel. ISAIAH 51.1-3, MATTHEW 6.9-10
Let’s look into the land of Canaan and the Canaanite people whom The LORD told Moses and The Children of Israel to Drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their idols and gods, and pictures of idols and gods that hang on their walls. And destroy all their molten images, and tear down all their high places where their gods and idols are erected.
And The LORD said, you shall drive out the Canaanites, and dwell in it. For I have given you the Land to possess it. NUMBERS 33.50-56
The word GIVE appears over 1,000 times in The Bible with the greatest frequency in relation to GOD giving The Land of Canaan to His Jewish People, which The LORD renamed the Land of Israel.
The LORD’S Promise of the Land was first spoken by GOD to Abram in Genesis 12.7. And also written in the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20.12.
Canaan applied to the land from the Euphrates River, to the Mediterranean Sea, to a River in Egypt.
The Canaanites were idolators, worshiping idols and false gods. Their sexual immoral practices, and practices of divination, magic and witchcraft are abominations to The LORD.
And The LORD warned the Children of Israel of pain and dire punishment against walking in their ways, and intermarrying with the Canaanites.
But unfortunately, over the years, many in Israel chose to ignore GOD’S warnings.
In the days of Ahaz, King of Judah, around the year 722 B.C.E., The Bible says, Yet The LORD testified against Israel and against Judah by all the Prophets, and by all the Seers, saying, turn from your evil ways and keep My Commandments and My Statutes, according to all The Law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by My Servants The Prophets.
Not withstanding, they would not hear but hardened their necks like the neck of their fathers that they did not believe The LORD their GOD.
And they rejected His Statutes, and His Covenant that He made with their fathers, and His Testimonies which He testified against them. And they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them concerning whom The LORD had charged them that they should not do like them.
And they left all the Commandments of The LORD their GOD, and made molten images for themselves, even two calves. And made a grove of idols and worshiped all the host of heaven and served the false god baal.
And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments. And sold themselves to do evil in the Sight of The LORD to provoke Him to anger.
Therefore The LORD was very angry with Israel and removed them out of His Sight. There was none left but the Tribe of Judah only.
And The LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers until The LORD had cast them out of His Sight. As He had said by all His Servants the Prophets.
So Israel was carried away into exile to Assyria in 722 B.C.E.
And in the days of Zedekiah, King of Judah around 586 B.C.E., again for the same reasons, transgressing after the abominations of the heathen, polluting the House of The LORD, mocking GOD’S messengers, despising The Words of GOD, and misusing His Prophets until the wrath of The LORD flared up against His People, and there was no remedy.
Therefore The LORD brought upon them the King of the Chaldees, or the King of modern-day Iraq, who killed thousands of Jewish People, and robbed all the treasure from The Temple and brought it to Babylon. And the Babylonians burned the Temple, and broke down the wall of Jerusalem. And The LORD sent His People into exile in Babylon for seventy years in 586 B.C.E., not to return to Israel until seventy years later in 516 B.C.E.
All because of transgression. Disobeying The Laws, Commandments, The Teachings and Instructions of The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY that are written in Torah, The Law of Moses that are required for all MANKIND to obey.
DEUTERONOMY 32.1-2, PSALM 2.1-5, MATTHEW 4.4, MATTHEW 7.21-23, LUKE 4.4, LUKE 8.21, 2 KINGS 17.6-23, LUKE 4.4, LUKE 8.21, 2 KINGS 17.6-23, 2 CHRONICLES 36.11-21
So continuing with the Canaanite people, the Canaanites descend from Canaan, the youngest son of Ham, one of Noah’s three sons. GENESIS 10.6
The Canaanites include a number of peoples or tribes. But always numbered among them were the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Hivites, Girgashites, Sidonites, Hamathites, Refaim, Kenites, Kenizites, Kadmonites, and Jebusites.
Noah had cursed his son Canaan for the wrong of Ham his father. And some believe that Noah’s curse led to the eventual displacement of the Canaanites by The Children of Israel who are descendants of Shem. I don’t believe that is correct. I don’t believe that the curse laid upon Canaan by his father Noah had any bearing on GOD’S decision for Israel to possess the land of Canaan.
And also because The LORD says, The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son. GENESIS 9.20-27, GENESIS 15.13-21, EZEKIEL 18.20
Sodom and Gomorrah were part of Canaan. The Cities were located at the south end of the Dead Sea. Their immorality is well known. GENESIS 19
And The LORD Commanded the Children of Israel not to be like the Canaanites. LEVITICUS 18.1-30, LEVITICUS 20.1-27
The LORD also Commanded the Children of Israel not to make marriages with the Canaanites because they will turn your sons and daughters away from following The LORD their GOD to serve other gods. DEUTERONOMY 7.1-6
And The LORD Commanded Israel not to learn the abominations of the Canaanites. DEUTERONOMY 18.9-14
The fathers of Israel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the fathers of the twelve tribes of Israel, the twelve sons of Jacob, lived as a nomadic people among the Canaanites.
But at the time of the Exodus, The LORD told Moses and all Israel that because of GOD’S Leadership, and His Great Power, Israel will succeed in possessing the land of the Canaanites. As long as Israel refrained from any contact with Canaanite gods, and destroyed all traces of their forms of worship. And avoided all sexual and marital intermingling with them. And followed The Commandment of The LORD their GOD to drive them out of the land, and destroy all their images and idols, and pictures of those abominations. EXODUS 23.20-33, EXODUS 34.10-17
And The LORD GOD made it clear that the conquest of Canaan will be a war of annihilation of the Canaanites. DEUTERONOMY 12.29-31, DEUTERONOMY 20.16-18
However, throughout our 4,000 year history, we Jewish People have often failed to obey many of GOD’S Commandments and Laws. And we have paid dearly for our wrongs. But yet, in GOD’S Mercies, The LORD is married to His Jewish People, and He is married to all non-Jewish People who walk with The LORD Their GOD in Righteousness through obedience to every Word GOD Speaks in The Bible. And that includes obedience to all GOD’S Laws that are written in The Law of Moses in the first five Books of The Bible.
And having Atonement for your sins in The Jewish Messiah Yeshua. HEBREW BIBLE HOSEA 2.21-22, CHRISTIAN BIBLE HOSEA 2.19-20
Therefore, GOD gave His Jewish People a mission to write The Bible from Genesis through Revelation that is the guide for all mankind for living a Righteous life in the Sight of GOD, and to receive Eternal Life by obeying every Word that The GOD of Creation speaks in The Bible.
And Knowing, and Believing, and Understanding that there is ONLY ONE GOD AND NO OTHERS.
And receiving Atonement for all your sins through faith in THE JEWISH MESSIAH YESHUA, WHO IS THE SON OF GOD. WHO HIMSELF IS THE ONE GOD OF CREATION, GOD ALMIGHTY, HA SHEM ELOHIM.
That is Biblical Teaching for all mankind. And the path to Eternal Life in Heaven.
DEUTERONOMY 6.4, MARK 12.29, MATTHEW 4.4, LUKE 4.4, DEUTERONOMY 8.3, HEBREW BIBLE ISAIAH 9.5, CHRISTIAN BIBLE ISAIAH 9.6, HEBREW BIBLE MICAH 5.1, CHRISTIAN BIBLE MICAH 5.2, JOHN 12.45, 49, JOHN 14.9