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Sand is the well-known fine inorganic material that's found naturally in immense quantities on beaches and in deserts. A mineral substance consisting largely of quartz, it's formed from the erosion of rocks. Humanity has made extensive industrial use of sand, including in cement, brick, abrasives and in water filtration. Glass is made from molten sand. The people of Bible History were of course well familiar with sand due to the vast deserts (e.g. The Negev) and seacoast (e.g. The Mediterranean Sea) of the land of Israel. In The Bible, sand was often used to symbolize vast quantities.

Watch "As The Sand Of The Sea"

"The Angel Of The Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven, and said, "By Myself I have sworn, says The Lord, because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will indeed bless you, and I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore." (Genesis 22:15-17 RSV)

"And Jacob said, "O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord Who didst say to me, 'Return to your country and to your kindred, and I will do you good,' I am not worthy of the least of all the steadfast love and all the faithfulness which thou hast shown to thy servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan; and now I have become two companies. Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, lest he come and slay us all, the mothers with the children. But Thou didst say, 'I will do you good, and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.'" (Genesis 32:9-12 RSV)

"And Joseph [see Coat Of Many Colors] stored up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured. Before the year of famine came, Joseph had two sons, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, bore to him. Joseph called the name of the first-born Manasseh, "For," he said, "God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father's house." The name of the second he called Ephraim, "For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction." (Genesis 41:49-52 RSV) (see Ephraim and Manasseh)

Upon The Rock

"On that day [see Jesus Christ and The Return Of Jesus Christ] many will say to Me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name, and cast out demons [see Why Demons Are Afraid Of You] in Your Name, and do many mighty works in Your Name?' And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you evildoers.' "Every one then who hears these words of Mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock [see Rock Of Ages]; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it." (Matthew 7:22-27 RSV)

Fact Finder: Are God's thoughts more numerous than the grains of sand?
Psalm 139:17-18

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