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Last week we discussed a test of continuing purity. We talked about Joshua and his challenge to Israel to remain pure as they entered into a purified land. God cleansed Canaan to provide a place for Israel, a place where 12 tribes numbering over 2 million could reside. God’s intent was to provide a place where buildings already existed, vineyards, and olive groves and other tangible heavenly gifts were available. God’s challenge was two-fold. First, He asks Israel to honor the great treasure. This was a tremendous miracle to deliver Israel into a land prepared for immediate occupation with comfort, and use for survival. What a glorious thing. Second, this is a starting point in purity. It is up to us to maintain purity. The Israelites were not supposed to intermarry or adopt any religious practices from the previous occupants. They needed to strive for continuing purity in worship and life. All these challenges hinge upon our choices. God does not force us to obey. He gives what He desires and asks us, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” He shows His love to us by providing for our salvation and provision. He gives us His word as a guide to purity and stands with us every step of the way to encourage continuing purity.
Much of our nation today claims to be driven by the rule of Law. Our legal guide is our Constitution, the supreme law of the land. What we should come to terms with as a nation is that our Constitution also has a supreme guide, the Bible the very Word of God. America has to invite God back to her to see her land healed. Continue reading