In our Bible study this week, we were reading in Exodus 23. In this chapter, Moses is on Mount Sinai listening to God’s instructions for the children of Israel. God begins talking about the Angel that He will send before them to lead them into the promised land.
In verse 27, God begins to explain how the children of Israel will occupy the land of their inheritance. He says, “I will send My fear before you, I will cause confusion among all the people to whom you come, and will make all your enemies turn their backs to you. 28 And I will send hornets before you, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite from before you.”
But, in verse 29, He tells them that He will not drive out their enemies all at once. He says the land would become desolate and the number of animals would increase against them. It is wonderful to know that God sees the big picture.
Instead, in verse 30, God says He will drive the enemy out little by little “until you have increased, and you inherit the land.”
In this verse, the word increased is a verb that comes from the word parah which means to bear fruit, be fruitful, branch off.
God promised to lead the children of Israel, fight their enemies and work with them until, little by little, they increased and outnumbered their enemies. God does the same for us. If we choose Him, He will lead us, fight our enemies (that is already finished per Jesus on the cross John 19:30), and work with us until we bear fruit and begin to branch off. Of course, He does not stop there. He will be with us until the end of the world Matthew 28:20.