Series: The Biblical Promise Of Land
It has been my thesis in this series that God’s promise of land to His people is intimately bound up in His overall purpose – to be glorified throughout the whole earth. For God to accomplish this primary purpose, He has repeatedly decreed that His people would live among his glory in a localized piece of land and then spread out from there, carrying God’s glory to the rest of the world as His image bearers. In essence, God has given a local land promise with a view towards globalization in order that He would be glorified to the ends of the earth. Therefore, the “everlasting possession” promise of Canaan has been expanded to cover the entire earth.
Topics: biblical theology
We turn to the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and we see that Adam’s commission and its associated promises are passed along to them. We’ll start with a discussion on the similarities between Adam and Noah’s commission and the one given to the patriarchs, and then we will discuss the differences between the two commissions.
In the second post in The Biblical Promise of Land series, we trace God’s interaction with Noah. Noah is given the same commission containing the same land promise as Adam, yet Noah and his descendants fail to fulfill that commission. We also start to recognize a pattern of judgement between God and humanity.
What does the Bible say about promises of land? Does God promise land to anyone? Are there specific promises to the nation of Israel? What do the promises of land really mean? In this series we’re going to take a wide angle view of the subject through the lens of biblical theology, starting at the beginning with the land promise in Creation.