What Happened to the Milk and Honey?
Oh the land God gave Israel did flow with these things, but then Israel abandoned God and brought about the curse–God did not curse them, Israel cursed themselves. So much so, that in 135 AD Roman Emperor Adrian evicted all the Jews from the land, poisoned the fertile soil with salt, and renamed the area Palestine. Mark Twain said of the land almost 1, 700 years later,
“…A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds… a silent mournful expanse…. a desolation…. we never saw a human being on the whole route…. hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.” (The Innocents Abroad, p. 361-362)
The good news is that Israel is going to be fully restored upon Jesus’ triumphant return and finish what was reestablished in May of 1948. But while His time is at hand, the application I desire to make today is in regards to God’s resourcefulness and not His faithfulness.
What happened, and is happening to Israel, one way another, is going to be a testimony to God; He uses both the good example and the bad example to drive home His point. In similar fashion what we do is going to be used by God–we will either be an illustration of what occurs when a believer is obedient, or what happens when we choose to go astray. God does not waste anything.
The very Good News is that we do not have to stay in a fallen or backslidden state–for the sake of this discussion, repentance is always available. Tomorrow, figuratively speaking, the nation of Israel will be wholly restored, but no one person need wait that long for today is the day of your salvation.
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