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Dew Of Heaven

Dew is generally defined as water vapor in the air that condenses on a cool surface during the night (i.e. warm air is able to hold more moisture than cool air), hence grass becomes wet when the "dew point" is reached during night cooling. In very dry areas, there is not enough moisture in the air to produce dew, however if the arid area is adjacent to a large body of water, dew can still happen, but in a different way. At night, moisture-laden winds from the sea are drawn in over the more rapidly-cooling dry land surface where it condenses into a fine mist that waters the vegetation, i.e. the "dew of heaven" (see Heavens Below, Heavens Above)

The Dew Of Heaven

Grain Even if you lived (or live, the principle has not changed from ancient times) in a very dry area, it is still a blessing to be located where the "dew of heaven" happened, such as in the example of Isaac's blessing upon Jacob, who God renamed Israel:

"Then his father Isaac [see also Isaac's Faith And Obedience] said to him, "Come near and kiss me, my son."

"So he came near and kissed him; and he smelled the smell of his garments, and blessed him, and said, "See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which The Lord has blessed! May God give you of the dew of heaven, and of the fatness of the earth, and plenty of grain and wine. Let peoples serve you, and nations bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may your mother's sons bow down to you. Cursed be every one who curses you, and blessed be every one who blesses you!" (Genesis 27:26-29 RSV)

Jacob's brother Esau, much of whose territory was to be to the east, was too distant from the sea for the blessings of "the dew of heaven":

"Then Isaac his father answered him: "Behold, away from the fatness of the earth shall your dwelling be, and away from the dew of heaven on high. By your sword you shall live, and you shall serve your brother" (Genesis 27:39-40 RSV)

The dew of heaven was a part of the blessing of the Promised Land:

"Blessed of The Lord be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath, And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun" (Deuteronomy 33:13-14 KJV)

"Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn [i.e. grain of all sorts, see Corn] and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew. Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by The Lord" (Deuteronomy 33:28-29 KJV)

Fact Finder: How is the "dew of heaven" applied in terms of salvation for all people?
See Living Waters and Physical and Spiritual Israel

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