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Sharon

Sharon, or Saron, was the name given to Israel's Mediterranean (see The Mediterranean Sea) coastal plain that runs approximately from Mount Carmel up in Galilee to the hill country west of Jerusalem at Joppa (today, Tel Aviv), roughly 40 miles / 65 kilometers long and 8 to 15 miles / 13 to 24 kilometers wide. It was famous in Bible History as one of the most fertile and beautiful Bible Places.

The Plain Of Sharon Sharon was bountiful for pasture in the time of King David:

"and they dwelt in Gilead, in Bashan and in its towns, and in all the pasture lands of Sharon to their limits." (1 Chronicles 5:16 RSV)

"Over the herds that pastured in Sharon was Shitrai the Sharonite" (1 Chronicles 27:29 RSV)

Sharon was used as an analogy for natural beauty:

"I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys" (Song of Solomon 2:1 RSV)

Prophecy clearly describes Sharon at a future time when it will again include secure, peaceful pastures:

"I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, and from Judah inheritors of My mountains; My chosen shall inherit it, and My servants shall dwell there. Sharon shall become a pasture for flocks, and the Valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down, for my people who have sought Me" (Isaiah 65:9-10 RSV)

"It shall be called the Holy Way" for the return:

"The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of The Lord, the majesty of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you."

"Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes."

"And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not pass over it, and fools shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of The Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away." (Isaiah 35:1-10 RSV)

Fact Finder: In New Testament times, did the apostle Peter become famous in Sharon, Lydda and Joppa because of the God-empowered miracles that he did there?
Acts 9:32-43


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