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Have the Jewish people ever inhabited all of the land promised to them?

q.gif (1639 bytes)   Have the Jewish people ever inhabited (ALL) of the land promised to Abraham?


a.gif (1659 bytes)   Genesis 17:3-8 says, "And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, ALL THE LAND OF CANAAN, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God." So Abraham was promised all the land of Canaan. It seems that though the land of Canaan was brought into subjection by Israel, there have always been other people living there that have given them trouble; for example, like the Philistines.

According to Deuteronomy 11:22-28, the boundary for the nation of Israel was placed even further than just Canaan. That passage says, "For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him; Then will the LORD drive out all these nations from before you, and ye shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves. Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours: FROM THE WILDERNESS AND LEBANON, FROM THE RIVER, THE RIVER EUPHRATES, EVEN UNTO THE UTTERMOST SEA SHALL YOUR COAST BE. There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the LORD your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, as he hath said unto you. Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known." Deuteronomy 19:7,8 also talks about that enlargement, "Wherefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt separate three cities for thee. And if the LORD thy God enlarge thy coast, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, and give thee all the land which he promised to give unto thy fathers."

I Chronicles 5:1-9 says, "Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, (for he was the firstborn; but, forasmuch as he defiled his father's bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright. For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph's:) The sons, I say, of Reuben the firstborn of Israel were, Hanoch, and Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi. The sons of Joel; Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son, Micah his son, Reaia his son, Baal his son, Beerah his son, whom Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria carried away captive: he was prince of the Reubenites. And his brethren by their families, when the genealogy of their generations was reckoned, were the chief, Jeiel, and Zechariah, And Bela the son of Azaz, the son of Shema, the son of Joel, who dwelt in Aroer, even unto Nebo and Baalmeon: And eastward HE INHABITED UNTO THE ENTERING IN OF THE WILDERNESS FROM THE RIVER EUPHRATES: because their cattle were multiplied in the land of Gilead." This passage talks about that land all the way to the Euphrates River being in Israel’s control.

II Chronicles 9:25,26 says, "And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem. And HE REIGNED OVER ALL THE KINGS FROM THE RIVER EVEN UNTO THE LAND OF THE PHILISTINES, AND TO THE BORDER OF EGYPT." This passage also talks about control of Israel over that portion of land mentioned.

Deuteronomy 34:1,2 describes the "utmost sea" as being the Mediterranean Sea. "And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. And the LORD showed him all the land of Gilead, unto Dan, And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, unto the utmost sea."

When Joshua was old, there was still more land to possess. Joshua 13:1,2 says, "Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years, and THERE REMAINETH YET VERY MUCH LAND TO BE POSSESSED. This is the land that yet remaineth..." By the time we get to Joshua 21:43 we read, "And the LORD gave unto Israel ALL THE LAND WHICH HE SWARE TO GIVE UNTO THEIR FATHERS, AND THEY POSSESSED IT, AND DWELT THEREIN."

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