SPECIAL TOPIC: POSSESS THE LAND (in Deuteronomy)

This verb (BDB 439, KB 441, Qal perfect) is used repeatedly in connection with

1. YHWH's promise/oath to the Patriarchs (cf. Deut. 1:8; 10:11)

2. Israel acting on these promises and invading the land (cf. Deut. 2:24; 3:18-20)

3. It parallels "inheritance" (Deut. 3:28)

4. Israel must obey the covenant so as to maintain possession of the land (cf. Deut. 4:1,5,14; 6:1; 8:1; 11:8-9,26-32)

 

In YHWH's promise to Abraham (Genesis 12) He focuses on two things: (1) Abraham's descendant(s) and (2) the Promised Land.  The OT focuses on #2 and the NT on #1.  IT must be remembered that the land promised to Israel is conditioned on covenant obedience (cf. Deuteronomy 27-30).  Disobedience brought about the Assyrian and Babylonian exiles.

 

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