Summary: THIS SERMON IMPLIES SOMEWHAT OF A MILITARY STRATEGY FOR US TO FIGHT FOR OUR PROMISE JUST AS THE ISRAELITES HAD TO FIGHT FOR CANAAN.
Conquering Canaan: We are Going to Have to Fight
50 And the LORD spake unto Moses in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho, saying,
51 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye are passed over Jordan into the land of Canaan;
52 Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places:
53 And ye shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land, and dwell therein: for I have given you the land to possess it.
Our text this morning takes place in the plains of Moab and the Israelites have been wondering in the wilderness for 40 years and they are now receiving instruction on how they are to take the land: how they are to CONQUER CANAAN. And this is what I want to talk to you about this morning.
Sometime around 600 years prior to our text God spoke to Abraham...
7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.
And so we find this being fulfilled here this morning. Although, they have not yet gone over into Canaan just yet. They are here receiving instruction on what to do.
We as a church, as the people of God, have been given a promise. We have a land awaiting us in which we have yet to inherit. It is already ours but for us to receive it, we like the Israelites need some instruction.
The land I am talking about this morning is not the blessed promised land of heaven but the promise of God building a church with this group of people here.
We, like the Israelites have done our share of wandering and have had our times of discouragement, but as time goes on, I find that it is time TO MOVE TOWARD CANAAN, and then we must CONQUER CANAAN.
In order to do so we must realize that it is not going to be
pie in the ski or smooth sailing.
It is going to be a road that will lead to many battles, battles that many are facing today.
The Israelites didn’t have the land just handed over to them
and we aren’t going to have the land just handed over to us.
The Israelites had to fight many battles
We are going to fight many battles
The Israelites fought with sword and shield
We will fight with shields of faith and the sword of the Spirit
The Israelites fought flesh against flesh
But the battles we fight we cannot fight in the flesh
The Israelites won because they obeyed The Captain of the Lord’s Host
We will win because we will obey The Captain of our Salvation
What made the Israelites so powerful was the Lord their God
What makes us so powerful is the Lord our God
for God is never changing...he was looking to give his people their promise and he is looking to give us our promise.
The Israelites coming out of Egypt and going into Canaan had to become warriors and so must we, we must be warriors if we are going to Conquer Canaan. We must understand that we are at WAR.
And there is some organization to War.
1. Planning and Organization of Warfare