5/7c The Terms of the Covenant for the Land by Jehovah

As Joshua and the people entered Jehovah’s Land, they met with abundance and fertile soil.  They were victorious as city after city heard of their acheivements. 

However, their heart still needed to stay true to the conditions of their Covenant with Jehovah…  A sacrifice and a Seal was given as with all the other Covenants.

3.  The Conditions, or Terms to keep

Jehovah reaffirmed that the Promised Land was His, Leviticus 25:23-24.  Israel was only the Steward of the Land.  Jehovah then goes on to reaffirm the covenant with Joshua by three commands, Deuteronomy 5:1-4.

a)  The need to keep the Law – the 10 commandments, Deuteronomy 5:1-21.

b)  To continue in their love and obedience to Him, Deuteronomy 6:3-4, 10:12-16.

c)  To allow a rest time for the land – every 7th year was to be a Sabbath year and every 50th year was to be a Jubilee year, Leviticus 25:1-7.

Their failure to keep the conditions would result in expulsion from the land.

On this map, we can see the land given to the twelve tribes of Israel.

They were to possess it fully and turn it into a holy Land for Jehovah, their holy God.  Did they manage to do so?

Sadly, no.  Their commission was never fully completed; parts of the Land was never taken as instructed.  Perhaps this was due to many reasons – getting sidetracked onto other things, building more permanent homes and cities, growing larger crops and herds of animals, the enemy was too strong and so on.

Again we can see a comparision as to why many Jesus Followers do not fully ‘take their own Promise Land’ under the leading of the Holy Spirit.  ‘There is so much else to do….’ some would say.


1.  The Sacrifice to Ratify the Agreement was Given

The sacrifice followed the pattern given to Moses.  They built an altar of unhewn stones.  Here they offered the sacrifices of the Burnt and Peace Offerings to the Lord, Deuteronomy 27:5-7, Leviticus, Chapters 1 to 3.  The priests carried out the ceremonies with the body and blood of the animals as instructed in the Law.

Again this was a temperary arrangement, pointing forward to the ever lasting Covenant with the Lord Jesus Christ who would once and for every become the final sacrifice for everyone, everywhere.  Never again would the nation needs an animal as their provision for forgiveness with a Holy God – Jesus was the final answer to the sin question!

2.  The Seal of the Covenant was set

Moses was given the seal of the Sabbaths, both as feast days and the seventh day for a rest for the people, a time of focus on the goodness of their God.  Under this Covenant, Joshua was required to keep a Sabbath’s rest for the Land as well.

Every 7th year and every 50th year, the land was to be left unplowed, Leviticus 25:1-7, 8-17.  The land was also to be returned to the original owners, the entrusted ‘stewards’ and was never to pass out of the family and the tribe’s care.

Upon obedience, Jehovah promised “the Early and the Latter Rains”,  as a token of His covenant blessings.  If Israel broke this covenant, God promised to withhold the rains from the Land, Leviticus 25:18-22, Deuteronomy 11:10-17, 28:1-8.

3.  The new Mediator of the Covenant was selected

Both Arron and Moses ‘ the Atoning-Mediator’ died.  The Covenant established with Moses was fulfilled and continued with Joshua’s agreement with Jehovah.  Now a new ‘Atoning Mediator’ was needed.  This duty passed to Eleazar, a new High Priest and to the Levites, one of the twelve tribes, to follow the patterns set out in the Law.

4. The Place of the Covenant – the Holy Place

Where did this Covenant take place?  The Land was Jehovah’s sanctuary, His holy place, Nehemiah 11:1,8, Psalms. 5:7, 15:1, 68:17, 87:1, Daniel 9:16, 20, Zechhariah 2:12.  We need to grasp this fact to see the intense care and love the Creator gave to His chosen people and their entrance into His Land.

This Land is still His today; no matter what is still happening in our time line.

Join us for the continued story and the results of the Covenant between Joshua and Jehovah…..

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author


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