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 book of Numbers starts with a seemingly mundane event: God ordering the census of the Israelites. One purpose of the census is to count the fighting men over twenty years of age. The unspoken message in the census is that Moses can either depend on his fighting men or he can depend on God. Years later, King David takes a similar census not commanded of God, and it is a great sin.

The census is followed by instructions about how the tribes are to be arranged when camped or moving, and more instructions about the priests and regulations for the Israelites.

Numbers 7:89 imparts a little tidbit of information. Whenever Moses met with God in the tent, he heard the voice of God speaking to him from between the two cherubim above the ark of the covenant.

Primary Scriptures:
Numbers 1-24
Story Summary:
Census, regulations, dedication of Tabernacle, spies to Canaan, wander in the wilderness, travel to Moab
Egypt, Canaan
Desert of Sinai, wilderness, Moab