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Thursday, March 28 2019
A Bible Journey, 159: Who Knows The Way To The Land Of Milk And Honey?
"Observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey"
The English-language word "milk" originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon (i.e. Saxony in Germany; Anglo-Saxons were a tribe of the Germans who became a large portion of the English people) word, meolc, which meant to milk i.e. the original literal meaning referred to the process, not the product.
In both English and Hebrew, the word "mother" actually originated from the feeding, not the giving birth, of infants i.e. "mother" is actually just a different pronunciation of "mouther." The literal definition is used exactly that way as a Biblical analogy, as it was written in Hebrew and as it is translated into English.
"2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word." (2 Peter 2:2 KJV)
The English-language word "honey" also originated from a medieval (the Middle Ages of Europe) Anglo-Saxon word, hunig, that 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" refer to a refined essence, not merely plain milk and honey i.e. ordinary milk and honey existed in Egypt as much as it did before or after 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 the Fact Finder question below).
The adults of the Exodus refused to enter the "land of milk and honey" (see A Bible Journey, 154: How The Rebellion Changed History) because they refused to obey the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name).
"20:6 In the day that I lifted up mine hand unto them, 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 children and grandchildren of the Exodus generation did enter the "land of milk and honey" because they did not rebel against the LORD as the self-made loser generation had done (see A Bible Journey, 155: Their Journey Back To Egypt Today). Ironically, but also appropriately, the "infants" heeded the Word of God, the "pure milk of the Word of God."
"6:1 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: 6:2 That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. 6:3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey." (Deuteronomy 6:1-3 KJV)
The Book of Deuteronomy is a reiteration, forty years later, of what was declared by the LORD at Mount Sinai (see A Bible Journey, 158: God's Law To The Children).
"6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6:6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 6:8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 6:9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
Fact Finder: Will salvation be granted to those who merely claim the Messiah's Name for themselves, while doing whatever they please?
This Day In History
This Day In History, March 28
37: Roman Emperor Caligula accepted the title of the Principate (political rule by a single supreme leader) by the Senate (see The Roman Emperors: Caligula and The Roman Republic and The Roman Empire; also The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus).
193: The accession of Didius Julianus, 20th Roman emperor (see also Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire).
845: Paris was sacked by Viking raiders.
The Vikings had a long, and now (for many) conveniently ignored history - in Europe and in North America. Continental America was actually discovered by Vikings, over 500 years before Columbus was even born, with their landings on what is today the east coast of Canada.
1800: The Act of Union with England was passed by the Irish Parliament.
1849: Frederick William IV of Prussia was elected Emperor of the Germans by the German National Assembly (see Emperors and Popes).
1854: Britain and France declared war on Russia in the Crimean War.
1917: Jews were expelled from Tel Aviv and Jaffa by Ottoman/Turkish authorities (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1930: Constantinople (which was named after the Roman emperor Constantine; listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy and see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad) and Angora changed their names to Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey.
1933: The Reichstag (the German Parliament) gave dictatorial powers to Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion). That same day, the Nazis banned Jews in all businesses, professions and schools in Germany.
1939: The Spanish Civil War ended when Madrid fell to Francisco Franco.
1945: Germany launched the last of the V-2 rockets against Britain.
1968: The U.S. lost its first warplane in Vietnam when an F-111 vanished on a combat mission over North Vietnam. According to most reliable estimates, by the end of the war, all branches of the U.S. military had over 2,000 fighter aircraft and 7,000 helicopters lost in Vietnam. The U.S. involvement in the Vietnam civil war was very profitable for a few manufacturers of weapons and machines of war - as warned in 1961 by retiring President Dwight Eisenhower who stated that the "military-industrial complex" would get the U.S. into endless and needless wars for the business of war (see also Guns Versus Butter).
"Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.
1979: Equipment failures and human error led to a partial core meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor in Middleton, Pennsylvania.
2003: In one of numerous "friendly fire" incidents during the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions, two U.S. A-10 Thunderbolts attacked British tanks in Iraq.
2005: A magnitude 8.7 earthquake struck Sumatra.