Promised Land

The Promised Land Series covers the books in the Bible from Exodus to Judges. These books describe events from the birth of Moses to the end of the era of the judges of Israel.

In Genesis, God promised Abraham that his descendants would inherit the land of Canaan, so Canaan became known as The Promised Land. Modern Israel and Palestine encompass the majority of Canaan.

Abraham’s grandson was Jacob, whose name was changed to “Israel” by God. His descendants became known as the Hebrews or Israelites. During the later life of Jacob, the Hebrews moved to Egypt during a famine. The book of Exodus opens about four centuries later with the Hebrews still in Egypt, having become slaves of the Pharaoh.

The book of Exodus is primarily about Moses leading the Hebrews out of Egypt and into the wilderness, their covenant with God, and the construction of the Tabernacle.

Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy tell of the Hebrews wandering in the wilderness, the laws given to the Hebrews by God, and their adventures on the way to the Promised Land. These books end with the Israelites poised to enter the Promised Land, and the death of Moses.



The Israelites crossed into the Promised Land, the men were circumcised, Jericho was defeated, and Joshua was at his pinnacle of recognition by both the Israelites and God. The Israelites followed God’s orders completely in the destruction of Jericho and the disposition of the devoted things. Except, unknown to the rest of the Israelites, one person…only one person…disobeyed God by stealing some of the devoted things.

Because one person disobeyed, the entire nation was punished. After this person was annihilated by the Israelites, God relented and allowed the Israelites to continue on their path of being victorious.

Once more, the pattern is set. The Israelites must obey God completely and exactly. If they do so, God will protect them and lead them to certain, low-cost victories. It is hugely important that the Israelites understand this pattern. Among other things, they know they must completely drive out or destroy the inhabitants of Canaan. They must not allow any of the inhabitants to live among the Israelites because they will cause the Israelites to worship other gods. Specifically, they must not make any treaties with the inhabitants. The Israelites must also completely conquer the land that has been promised to them. They cannot stop short. If they follow Joshua and rely on the Lord for his leading, all of this will happen.

Primary Scriptures:
Joshua 7-24
Story Summary:
Joshua and the Israelites conquer most of Canaan
c. 1526 BC Birth of Moses c. 1446 BC The plagues and exodus c. 1445 BC. The Ten Commandments c. 1406 BC The Israelites enter Canaan