The Battle for the Promised Land: The Culture of Life vs. the Culture of Death
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday
T. J. Hallock
January 26, 2003
After 300 years of slavery in Egypt the nation of Israel stood on the banks of the Jordan ready to enter the Promised Land - the land flowing with milk and honey. God's promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was about to come true. Yet one choice still remained before Israel entered the land and made it her home.
227 years ago America crossed over Jordan to seize a Promised Land of hope - a land flowing with the milk of justice and the honey of freedom. Yet one choice still stands before America before she fully becomes the Promised Land her founders dreamed that she would be.
The choice that stood before Israel and that now stands before us was first sent from the heart of God to the lips of Moses. [Read Deuteronomy 30:11-20].
The choice for Israel was between life and death, blessings and curses. God urged her to choose life by choosing to love and obey Him - for He was their life! The choice that now stands before America is also between life and death, blessings and curses. The God of our fathers, "whose almighty hand leads forth in beauty all the starry band", now urges us to choose life by choosing to love and obey Him - for He is our life! So hear the Word of the Lord! "This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life..."
Waiting for Israel as she crossed over Jordan in to the Promised Land were forces opposed to Israel's God and Israel's promise. Before she could occupy the land she would have to defeat those forces and a great conflict ensued. At each battle Israel seized victory as she stood beneath the unfurled banner of Jehovah. Indeed the whole history of God's chosen people is a testament to the consequences of obeying or disobeying God. When Israel obeyed God she reaped life. When s ...
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