Allegorical View of Numbers 33:50-53

“Where the Lord said to Moses: Command the children of Israel, and say to them: When you shall have passed over the Jordan, entering into the land of Chanaan, Destroy all the inhabitants of that land: beat down their pillars, and break in pieces their statues, and waste all their high places, Cleansing the land, and dwelling in it. For I have given it you for a possession.” (Numbers 33:50-53)

Allegorical Sense:  The Israelites were commanded to cross the waters of the Jordan and enter into the land of Chanaan.  Similarly, the Church is called to enter into the land of Chanaan, a type of heaven, after passing through the waters of baptism.  As the Israelites were called to destroy the inhabitants of the land along with their statues, the Church is called to destroy all personal sin, breaking down the statues, or the idols of the heart.  In the same way that the Israelites were given the land to possess, so too God has given heaven to the Church as an eternal possession.

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