And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. Genesis 1:24
In this scripture we see God once again talking about making new creations. Previously God had commanded that the waters be filled with creatures, and he commanded that the air be filled with birds, but here he commands that ‘the land’ create the living creatures. The land played a very different role; it was actually responsible for creating God’s new creations that would live within the land.
As we know, ‘land’ was always God’s picture of promise. He spoke to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob about it, and he redeemed Israel from Egypt so that they might inherit it. It was in the promised ‘land’ that everything was already prepared for them.
When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. Deuteronomy 6:10-12
The ‘promised land’ was a place where everything was already prepared. A place where the foundations were already established; a place filled with all kinds of good things! The ‘promise land’ was one of the ways God led not only Israel, but now also the whole world into the far greater reality of ‘the land of promise’. As we know, the things found in the Old Covenant were all shadows, but the reality of all things is found in Christ. This is so true when we seek to understand the ‘Christ reality’ in context to God’s ‘promised land’.
Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. Colossians 2:16-17
The reality is that we have now entered into the heavenly land of promise; the land where everything has already been prepared for us; a place where the foundations have already been laid on our behalf; a place filled with Good things! That land it Christ Jesus Himself! Living in Christ is the reality of God’s ‘promise land’, and it is for this reason that Jesus, who is ‘the land’, was giving the responsibility from God to create us NEW in Him, so that we could inherit all that is His!
Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:17
How glorious that we were made in Christ and we now live freely in him, where we receive all the blessings that come from being created in the land of promise!
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Ephesians 1:3