The Pivotal Prophecy
In this central prophecy, God reaffirmed the birthright promise but with conditions for the people of Moses' day!
The birthright tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh were
then with the other tribes, as one nation.
Obedience to God's laws would bring the vast national wealth and blessings of the birthright
not only to Ephraim and Manasseh,
but the whole nation would automatically have shared them at that time.
Notice carefully that two of the Ten Commandments are mentioned for emphasis.
These were the main test commandments!
They were the test of obedience, and of faith in and loyalty to God.
God said: "Ye
shall make you no idols nor graven image... to
bow down unto it:
for I am the Lord your God. Ye shall keep my Sabbaths..." (verses 1-2).
There was a condition, a great big "if", to their receiving actual fulfillment of this stupendous birthright promise in their time!
God said: "If
ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments,
and do them;
then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase..." (verses 3-4).
Remember: All wealth comes out of the ground.
They would enjoy bumper crops the year round, one harvest
on the heels of another.
Verse 6: "And I will give peace in the land... and none shall make you afraid...
neither shall the sword [of war] go through your land."
What a blessing!
Which nation, today, enjoys continuous peace, without fear of invasion?
Of course, in this world, every nation has enemies.
What if enemy nations attacked?
Verses 7-8: "And
ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword.
And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight....".
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