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Torah Meditations from Shelach – 6/27/20

 Go up and possess it – fear not, neither be discouraged…..

These words “Go up and possess it …..fear not, neither be discouraged…… are right out of the mouth of the G-d of Israel.  He is speaking to His people, and there is so much to be absorbed by His words today! As we face the giants of political unrest, racial turmoil, anarchy and Covid, we need courage to believe, be strong and keep working the harvest. These giants cannot defeat us IF we believe and trust. May we concentrate on the words of G-d and not be discouraged by what we SEE!

Deuteronomy 1:20-23 And I said to you, You are come to the mountain of the Amorites, which the LORD our God does give to us.  Behold, the LORD your God has set the land before you: go up and possess it, as the LORD God of your fathers has said to you; fear not; neither be discouraged. 

1. Why might it be very significant that this is the mountain of the Amorites?

2. What are the Amorites you may be facing in your world today?

3. What do the words, “go up and possess it” mean?

4. How do we “fear not; neither be discouraged” in our circumstances? Does the answer to this question have anything to do with WHO is speaking these words? 

Numbers 13:28,29,32b Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we  saw the children of Anak there.  The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south; and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan….The land, through which we have passed to spy it out is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof, and all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature.

1. Did the “spying” and “seeing” that the spies did help them to believe the Word of G-d?

2. How can we apply this to our lives?

                                Go up and possess it – fear not, neither be discouraged…..