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Connecting with the Promised Land!

Scripture Reading for February 24th: Deuteronomy 8-11

In 1995, my son and I went to Israel and Egypt on a three week study tour of the Holy Land plus the route of the Exodus and Egypt.  In Egypt we visited the Great Pyramid, the Sphinx and several museums.  The land of Egypt was primarily desert and dry rocky mountains until we got to the Nile River where the 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 with bananas 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).

Moses described the land of Israel in Deuteronomy 11:8-12.  It was a land flowing with milk and honey! (vs.9)   It was land of hills and valleys! (vs. 10) God sent the rain of heaven on Israel but in Egypt the land had to be irrigated! (vs. 11) In Canaan, God cared for the land and His eyes would be upon it to bless His people! (vs.12)

As we walked and rode through that land, God’s presence was evident to us.  It was a special land not because of spectacular scenery or natural wonders, but because of God’s presence and promises to Israel.  Four thousand years after Abraham, his descendants were again in that land and 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!  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and support God’s land and people!  A blessing is on those who bless Israel!  (Genesis 12:3)

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