Land of Milk and Honey

Speaking to Moses from a burning bush, following captivity in Egypt, God promised to redeem the Israelites and bring them into a land flowing with milk and honey. (See yesterday’s post if you missed it!) Little did anyone know the many ways in which God would fulfill His promise!

Regarding His promise, here are some interesting thoughts:

  • Most often in Scripture, honey refers to fruit nectar (primarily date honey), not honey from bees.
  • Fruit trees grow in lots of places, but only in fertile land, where fruit trees are well-nourished, does produce overflow with nectar.
  • Likewise, livestock lives in many different places, but produce more milk when fed in fertile pastures.
  • According to the Midrash (Hebrew commentary) milk symbolizes superior quality, richness of taste and nourishment.
  • Honey is symbolic of sweetness.

With some of those thoughts in mind, consider how God continues to fulfill His milk and honey promise. Click here for a fascinating look at that fulfillment.

Have a blessed Lord’s Day!

God’s Abundance Seen in the Land of Israel

The Jewish people have a special relationship with their land. The Lord gave it to them and they love the gift He gave.

Moses and the ancient prophets spoke of Israel as a land flowing with milk and honey. God promised them abundance. Yet, after they were driven from their land, it became desolate and barren. In fact, Mark Twain visited the land in 1867 and wrote this in Innocents Abroad:

A desolation is here that not even imagination can grace with the pomp of life and action….We never saw a human being on the whole route….There was hardly a tree or a shrub anywhere. Even the olive and the cactus, those fast friends of the worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.

– 1867 (Quoted in Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad, London: 1881)

The land was virtually uninhabited, as no one saw any value in it. Yet, the prophet Ezekiel wrote of the Lord’s preparation of the land for the Jews’ return. Chapter 36 of Ezekiel speaks of that preparation, followed by the Jews’ return in chapter 37. He had not forgotten His promise of abundance!

Today, Jews pray fervently for rain and for abundance in their land. When they get it, there is great rejoicing! When God grants the moisture, the land becomes a gorgeous testimony to God’s goodness.

Israel is currently in the midst of a terrible drought. In fact, the Sea of Galilee (Israel’s most important water source) recently reached dangerously low levels, and it was feared irreversible damage was being done to the ecosystem. But last week the God of Israel honored the prayers of His people, sending abundant rain (we might call it flooding!) to the land. Miraculously, the water level on the Sea of Galilee rose an astounding 19 centimeters (about 7.5 inches) in just 2 days!

In Israel, no one complains when it rains! In fact, it is always seen as a blessing. The land becomes lush and beautiful, reminding everyone of the Lord’s promise of abundance. Take a look at some of the sights. Enjoy!

Israel’s Blessing

PS: Check back tomorrow when I’ll share some interesting ways in which God is fulfilling His milk and honey promises!

Onward Christian (Israeli) Soldier

Does that title catch you by surprise? If so, mission accomplished! If not, you are probably aware of a significant number of believers in Yeshua (Jesus) in the IDF.

One of those Christian soldiers was recently promoted to the rank of lieutenant-colonel, the highest rank an Israeli Christian has ever held! Yes, Israeli Christians (some of them Arab) are playing significant roles in the defense of Israel.

Read this interesting story of the life of an Armenian-Israeli Christian serving and leading in the IDF:

Onward Christian Soldier

The Wonders of Israel

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When you think of Israel, what comes to mind geographically? Perhaps you think of the Jerusalem, the city on a hill. Or, maybe the Sea of Galilee, or even the Dead Sea. The barren wilderness of southern Israel may come to mind.

Those places alone represent significant diversity in geography and climate. But I want to stretch your mind a little. Israel is the size of New Jersey…or the size of my home county, Maricopa County (Arizona). It is a tiny nation!

Yet, in that tiny place, climate ranges from temperate to tropical, hot and dry to cold and rainy, and even arid in a large swath of southern Israel. One might take a four hour drive from one end of Israel to the other, and see snow on Mt Hermon, tropical beauty in northern Israel, fertile valleys in central Israel, Mediterranean mildness on the coast, crisp coolness and rain in Jerusalem, and balmy beach weather in Eilat (southern tip of Israel). Yes, all in one nation the size of my home county!

Because God has blessed Israel with such geographic uniqueness, Israel has an abundance of nature reserves (10) that clearly display the handiwork of the Almighty Creator. Take a look and enjoy: