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Friday, June 15 2012
The Way To The Land Of Milk And Honey
The English word "milk" originated from an old Anglo-Saxon (i.e. Saxony in Germany; Anglo-Saxons were a tribe of the Germans who became the English people) word, meolc, which meant to milk i.e. the original literal meaning referred to the process, not the product. "Milk" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced khaw-lawb, which means milk, or more specifically in the Biblical usage, cream, as in the richest portion of a substance.
The English word "honey" also originated from an old Anglo-Saxon word, hunig, which, like the English word, literally meant honey. "Honey" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced deh-bawsh, which means honey, or syrup. Just as cream is the richest part of milk, syrup is a purified product of a natural substance e.g. sweet maple syrup is made from watery maple sap. In the Bible, the original words for both "milk" and "honey" referred to a refined essence, not merely plain milk and honey i.e. ordinary milk and honey existed in Egypt as much as it did in the land of Israel.
The "land of milk and honey" is one of the most well-known terms of the translated Holy Scriptures. But the gift of deliverance (which, as is obvious in the word, means to deliver, not merely to remove) to that "best part of the whole" has always been conditional upon obedience to the LORD - that's what does the refining. That applied to the physical promised land, and it applies to what the physical promised land merely prophesied - salvation into the Kingdom of God (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?, Christ Died For Repentant Sinners and The Constitution Of The Kingdom Of God; also Does God Love His Enemies?).
"20:6 In the day that I lifted up mine hand unto them [see Appearances Of The LORD God], to bring them forth of the land of Egypt into a land that I had espied for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands: 20:7 Then said I unto them, Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
The Exodus was about delivering "the chosen people" to "a land flowing with milk and honey":
"3:7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; 3:8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites." (Exodus 3:7-8 KJV)
"Unto a land flowing with milk and honey"
The Exodus was not merely a response to the trouble that the Israelites found themselves in. It was a fulfillment of a promise, and a prophecy, that was delivered to Abraham nearly five centuries before the Exodus happened:
"15:13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 15:14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance." (Genesis 15:13-14 KJV)
When the LORD brought the people out of Egypt, they were given the means of understanding what was required, on their part, for them to be delivered to the promised land.
"13:3 And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten. 13:4 This day came ye out in the month Abib.
Obedience to the LORD was specified to them, as an example to us (see Ensamples).
"20:22 Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out. 20:23 And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them. 20:24 But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people.
But what happened when the adults of the Exodus refused to obey the LORD as He commanded them? For them, their journey to "the land of milk and honey" became a death march of disobedience (see A Journey Without A Destination) i.e. "For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD."
"5:5 Now all the people that came out were circumcised: but all the people that were born in the wilderness by the way as they came forth out of Egypt, them they had not circumcised [see Circumcision]. 5:6 For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: unto whom the LORD sware that he would not show them the land, which the LORD sware unto their fathers that he would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey." (Joshua 5:5-6 KJV)
And their children that did make it in, did they live to accomplish the "land of milk and honey"? No, they too threw away their "salvation" with their disobedience.
"32:21 And hast brought forth thy people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs, and with wonders, and with a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with great terror; 32:22 And hast given them this land, which thou didst swear to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey; 32:23 And they came in, and possessed it; but they obeyed not thy voice, neither walked in thy law; they have done nothing of all that thou commandedst them to do: therefore thou hast caused all this evil to come upon them [see The Northern Kingdom and The Southern Kingdom]" (Jeremiah 32:21-23 KJV)
Fact Finder: Why did the Israelites go to the land of Egypt?
This Day In History, June 15
763 BC: The Assyrians (see Ancient Empires - Assyria) recorded a solar eclipse that was later used to determine the dates of other events in the history of ancient Mesopotamia (the homeland of Abraham; see Israel's Iraqi Roots).
923: King Robert I of France was killed at the Battle of Soissons.
1184: King Magnus V of Norway was killed at the Battle of Fimreite.
1215: King John sealed the Magna Carta, the Great Charter of English liberties, at Runnymede, near Windsor.
1381: The Peasants Revolt ended in Britain with its leader Wat Tyler being beheaded in London.
1389: The Ottoman Empire defeated the Serbs and Bosnians at the Battle of Kosovo (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1467: Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, died; he founded the Burgundian state that rivalled France in the 15th century.
1520: Pope Leo X excommunicated Martin Luther for refusing the Pope as his leader. Luther nevertheless maintained almost all of the Church of Rome's antichrist doctrines, as do the "Protestant" churches of today.
1567: Mary, Queen of Scots, was captured at the battle of Carberry Hill, near Edinburgh.
1744: British Admiral George Anson returned to England after circumnavigating the globe in an expedition that lasted nearly four years.
1846: The Oregon Boundary Treaty was signed by Queen Victoria and U.S. President James Polk. The treaty set the boundary between British North America and the breakaway colonies at the 49th parallel from the crest of the Rockies to the middle of the channel between Vancouver Island and the mainland.
1888: Crown Prince Wilhelm became Kaiser Wilhelm II, the last Emperor of the German Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire).
1898: A tidal wave killed 22,000 people in Japan.
1992: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it is "permissible" for the US to "forcibly extradite" anyone from other countries without any regard for the sovereignty of those countries - while at the same time proclaiming it illegal for any other country to do the very same thing to anyone in the U.S.
1994: Israel and The Vatican established full diplomatic ties.
1997: David Streeter, director of Britain's "Church Society," stated that Prince Charles should end his relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles or give up his claim to the throne. "We are not going to have a confessed adulterer as supreme head of the Church of England," he said (an extremely ironic statement because the Church of England was created by an adulterer, King Henry VIII, to accommodate his repeated divorces and marriages that even the Papacy, the "great harlot" of Rome, said was immoral).
2002: An asteroid missed the Earth by only 121,000 kilometers, about 1/3 the distance between the Earth and the Moon.