Take The Land Now, Part 1of3, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Numbers 13,1-2, 17-20 “16 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, everyone a leader among them.” 17 Then Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said to them, “Go up this way into the South, and go up to the mountains, 18 and see what the land is like: whether the people who dwell in it are strong or weak, few or many; 19 whether the land they dwell in is good or bad; whether the cities they inhabit are like camps or strongholds; 20 whether the land is rich or poor; and whether there are forests there or not. Be of good courage. And bring some of the fruit of the land.” Now the time was the season of the first ripe grapes”

The Battle of Hamburger Hill was a battle of the Vietnam War which was fought between the United States and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam from May 10May 20, 1969. Although of little strategic value, US command ordered assaults to clear the area around AP Bia, which led to pitched battles on the heavily fortified Hill 937. As the battle was primarily carried out by infantry using small arms fire, the fighting was akin to WWI trench warfare with the US Airborne troops moving up the highly sloped hill against experienced and well equipped entrenched troops. Attacks were repeatedly repelled by weather, friendly fire, accidents, and especially the highly effective PAVN defenses. Nevertheless the Airborne troops took the hill through direct assault, causing extensive casualties to the PAVN forces, and taking such in their own units. The backlash due to the high casualties over a strategically unimportant point led to dramatic changes in the conduct of the war, and Hamburger Hill would be the last major US ground assault of the war.

It is amazing that men gave their very lives to take over a hill in the midst of a war. This tells me that the hill was of great value to them, this tells me that someone commanded the men to do so; this tells me that these men placed their very lives on the line to obey the command. I would imagine that taking the land would be an important victory in the battle against the enemy, and that it would please the one that called for the Hill to be taken. The enemy was not going to just give up the hill, the soldiers had to take it from the enemy by being proactive, moving forward, risking their lives, being resolute and mission minded, no one could deter them from the mission, defeat was not an option.

In Numbers 13, God had promised that He was going to give The Promised Land to His people. However, he still called Moses to send forth spies to spy out the land. What was the condition of the land, were the people strong or weak, was the land good or bad to dwell in, were the cities like camps or strongholds. As the spies took inventory of the land and the people, they were to finally bring back some of the fruit of the land to show Moses. There were two different reports that returned, one team of ten brought back a fearful report, and the team of two brought back a faithful report. Verse 32 states of the ten fearful spies “And they brought and evil report…to the children of Israel.” The ten (the majority) reported that the land was good; however the people were allegedly giants to be feared, and the cities were a stronghold. The two faithful spies returned (Joshua and Caleb), and Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, and reported “We should go up at once and possess it for we are well able to overcome it.” Do not fear and faith oppose each other? Which report would you have believed? It is interesting to note, most Christian can name the two spies from memory, Joshua and Caleb, but cannot name the ten spies from memory.

Did you know that God too has called us to look out over the land, and believe that although the enemy, Satan is the god of the world (land) we can go and possess the land by winning the lost to Jesus Christ? However, just as most of the spies, ten, did not see the need to reality of taking the Land, but only two did, so too are 98% of professing Christians not seeing the necessity of sharing their faith, but 2% only obey Christ’s command to take the land by seeking and saving the lost by His hand. The two saw what the ten did not and perhaps would not see victory. Paul wrote, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8)? Can the “giants” really have any effect on us when God is on our side? It seems that the giants of fear, lack of zeal, feeling unequipped, lack to compassion, media, political correctness, etc…, have really scared off so many professing Christian from taking the land to reach the lost. Jesus spoke to His disciples in John 4, and said, “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest” The land has people ready to be harvested, so what is the problem? Jesus said in Luke 10, “2The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. 3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.” Jesus has called the few laborers (Joshua and Caleb were among the minority) to go face the land, despite the possible “giants” in the land. Jesus calls us to be proactive, “…And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force”, Matthew 11:12. The force that we are to take the land by is “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts”, (Zechariah 4:6).” If soldiers can give their lives to take a hill, should we not give our lives to serve the Lord?

Are you obeying Jesus, by faith, and are resolved to go in and TAKE THE LAND NOW!

Blessings, until the nets are filled….Phil the Evangelist


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