The beautiful land of Canaan!
Scripture Reading for February 24: Deuteronomy 8-11
In 1995, my son and I went to Israel and Egypt on a three week study tour. In Egypt we visited the Great Pyramid, the Sphinx and traced the route of the Exodus. The land of Egypt was primarily desert and dry rocky mountains until we got to the Nile River where water and irrigation made some green areas and lush groves of tropical plants. The land was fairly flat and sandy. Israel, on the other hand was varied in topography and had many different areas of climate and vegetation. The Jezreel valley was a rich agricultural region with big farms. The vineyard country was terraced and had trees and vines. The area around the Sea of Galilee was lush and had banana and pineapples growing. There were herds of cattle and sheep in the Golan Heights. Shepherds drove their flocks of goats and sheep and camped in tents in the Negev desert. It was a varied land full of milk (goats and cattle) and honey (bees pollinating vines and flowers).
In our reading today, Moses describes the land that they are going to. I thought it was interesting to read Deuteronomy 11:8-12 in light of my own journey to both places. It is a land flowing with milk and honey! (vs.9) It’s a land of hills and valleys! (vs. 10) God sends the rain of heaven on Israel where in Egypt, the land had to be irrigated! (vs. 11) In Canaan, God cares for the land and His eyes are upon it to bless His people! (vs.12)
As my son and I traveled through that land, God’s presence was evident to us. It was a special land, although it is not remarkable or extraordinary. God’s presence and His promises make it special! God’s promises to Israel and His faithfulness to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob stand as a testimony to all believers. Four thousand years after Abraham, his descendants are still in that land and are taking possession of it! They have defeated armies more numerous and stronger, because God was with them. (Deuteronomy 11:23,25) They are still being gathered from the nations and settling in that land after years of being scattered! It is a land that God cares for and His eyes are upon it continually! Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! A blessing is promised those who bless Israel! (Genesis 12:3)