Genesis 13:17 “Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.”
“Chazakah”, the walking the length and breadth of a land, was a widespread legal custom of that era. It was known by many early civilization, the Egyptians, as well as the Hittites, and attested to in their ancient documents.
The concept was that when a piece of property was acquired, the new owner had to walk the perimeter of the entire property, which was symbolic of ‘marking his territory’ if you will. Not until the new owner had done this was the transfer complete. Some cultures even required the king or ruler to walk the perimeter of his kingdom from time-to-time to re-establish his sovereignty over that territory.
There would be no amount of sin or rebellion that Abraham or his descendants could commit to cause God to rescind that covenant, and over and over again the Prophets remind us of that in scripture.
Reading Ezekiel 36 and 37 we can clearly see the call for House of Israel to live out their responsibility to the covenant.
Yet, for the last several hundred years, much of the Church has said that that covenant no longer exists, and that God has instead disposed of his promise to Abraham and essentially turned it over to gentile Christians, as the New Israel. Nonsense.
Most certainly Yahweh warned that the people would be removed from that land……for a time……because of their lusting after other gods. But, NEVER was it ever going to be permanently taken from them by Yahweh, and THAT is made abundantly clear in the Bible.
American politicians talk about severing the West Bank from the possession of Israel, through tremendous political pressure, and giving that land to the Palestinians as their own sovereign nation; and that in the hope of peace. We even have a large coalition of churches demanding the very same thing out of a doctrine of tolerance, fairness and mercy for the Arabs and the Palestinians.
This is precisely the land God gave to Abraham and set aside for his descendants for all time. And, God has warned that those who go against his descendants [those that curse Abraham], He will come against and judge [they will be cursed]. We must understand that peace with the world means war with God.
You can clearly see, God’s pattern of dividing, selecting, and electing has never ended; we are living in one of those defining and dividing moments of God. And, part of that dividing and separating process God is using is based around each person’s answer to a single question: where do you stand on Israel?
And, like it or not, we must choose one side or the other. We can choose to obey God and honor His covenants and His Torah having peace with Him, or we can stand with the world and the apostate church. Standing, [i.e. grafting into the stick of Ephraim] with Israel [the whole house] is standing with God. Not standing with Israel is standing with the world and against God.