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.


Becoming God’s People

The Israelites are deliriously happy after watching the destruction of Pharaoh and his army when they drown in the Red Sea. A tiny hint of dissention is revealed in Exodus 15:20 when Miriam is described as the sister of just Aaron instead of Aaron and Moses. Just three days after the destruction of Pharaoh, the Israelites are in full-blown complaint mode against Moses and God when no water can be found.

God quells their complaints by healing the water of Marah. After doing so, God makes a rather odd statement. “If you follow and obey me, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians.” The implied threat in this statement could not have been missed by the Israelites.

About six weeks later, the Israelites complain against Moses and Aaron once more. They are so unhappy that they wish to be back in bondage in Egypt, where they fantasize they had been fed well. It was clear there was absolutely no meat or food to be had in the desert. Only a miracle could save the Israelites. This is just the desperate situation God wanted for them. He proved to be their God by providing manna and quail for them.

Primary Scriptures:
Exodus 15-18
Story Summary:
After the Red Sea until the time of Mount Sinai
Egypt, Canaan
Red Sea, in the deserts