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Headed For Canaan Land

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Theme: The Christian’s labor and trials before entering the promised land of rest.

INTRODUCTION

A.Change brings forth all types of emotions…within a single person.

  1. It is desired when we want to get out of a rut or if we desire something better than what we currently have.
  2. On the other hand, it can be sickening because of the unexpected, or a fear that what is desired may not turn out as anticipated.

B.Change, however, is exactly what is needed in our lives if we are to transition from this earthly home to the promised heavenly home.

  1. As Christians this world is a place of trials and tests.
  2. What we learn from these trials and tests is just how much we need God in our lives… for our lives.
  3. Yet, through these trials comes the transition from sin to righteousness or from earthly home to heavenly home.

C.In this lesson:

  1. We shall see the shadow between the life of God’s people from Egypt till their inheritance in the land of Canaan and that of God’s people under the New Testament.
  2. Ultimately, we’ll see the necessity of faith and trust in God to make the transition from one place to the other.

THE WILDERNESS

A.This world is our wilderness that we must sojourn until we enter the Promised Land.

  1. There was a physical promise for a land given to the physical descendents of Abraham. Gen. 15:7
  2. There was also a spiritual promise for a heavenly land given to the spiritual descendents of Abraham. Heb. 11:15-16
  3. Just as the people of God wondered in the wilderness – not only because of unbelief, but also because it was a test by God – so too are the people of God tested today. Dt. 8:2; Heb. 3:8

B.It is a time of trials.

  1. The trials the Hebrew people encountered in the wilderness: nourishment; enemies. Dt. 8:16; Exo. 23:20-22
  2. Through these trials God wanted them to lean on Him to take care of their needs and security.

C.It is a time when/where God tests our faith.

  1. Like the Hebrew people, our faith is tested through various trials.
  2. We must depend upon God for our spiritual nourishment.
  3. We need to depend upon Him for our spiritual security.

CANAAN’S LAND

A.Canaan was the land God promised Abraham.

  1. The descendents were recipients of the promise as they entered a land flowing with milk and honey. Dt. 6:3
  2. This land inheritance represented a place of rest and comfort. Dt. 12:10
  3. God fulfilled His promise.

B.Spiritual Canaan is our heavenly home.

  1. While there are a number of differences between physical Canaan and spiritual Canaan, there is no doubt about the type/shadow between the two.
  2. Our heavenly Canaan land is a place of rest and comfort, with no tears, wars, or thorns to worry about.
  3. We are assured that God will give to us the heavenly Promised Land. Heb. 11:15-16

C.Our future Promise Land is our motivation to make it faithfully through the wilderness.

  1. Knowing that God is faithful we should sojourn through this world with confidence as we head toward Canaan Land.
  2. All the trials that we must endure for the cause of Christ make it worth living for the Lord.

THE RED SEA AND THE RIVER JORDAN

A.All this talk about the Wilderness and Canaan must be understood in light of two significant events:

  1. The shadowy crossings of the Red Sea and Jordan River. Exo. 13
  2. The Red Sea was a shadowy transition that lead Israel out of bondage. Exo. 13-15
  3. The Jordan was a shadowy transition from the wilderness into the Promise Land.
  4. In both cases, however, these transitions were difficult but necessary to go from one place to another.

B.The difficulty of transition.

  1. Change is never easy.
    • The natural world is full of worldly illustrations of the difficulty of change: from a caterpillar changing into butterfly to a seed changing into a plant. Cp. 1 Cor. 15:36-37
    • The end result of this change, however, is beauty and life! 1 Cor. 15:42-44
  2. The Egyptian-Wilderness transition was a period of anxiety for the people to leave the bondage of the Egyptians only to be baptized into Moses. Cp. 1 Cor. 10:2
    • Although they didn’t like the bondage from which came forth their cries, they didn’t know any other way of life.
    • Now, they would be immersed under the guidance of Moses – who lived as an Egyptian and lived forty years in exile away from them. Ex. 2:15ff
    • The ultimate transition was that of entry into the land of promise.

CONCLUSION

A. Change is never easy, but absolutely necessary.

B. The reward to those who travel to Canaan: everlasting life.

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