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Repeatedly in the Old Testament, God describes the Promised Land as "a land flowing with milk and honey" (Exodus 3:8; Numbers 14:8; Deuteronomy 31:20; Ezekiel 20:15). This poetic description of Isr...
All ancient civilizations were originally located on fertile land that produced abundant crops and food for herds and flocks. During the rise and fall of these civilizations, overuse and other defective agricultural practices eventually turned the good land into barren, unproductive areas. There was also the problem of climate change and declining rainfall. For example, North Africa was originally the breadbasket for the Roman Empire, but today it is a pale shadow of its former productivity with little rainfall. So, the land of Canaan was truly a "land of milk and honey" back at the time it was described as such. But today, rainfall is much less and irrigation must be resorted to for crops in Israel. However, we look forward to a much brighter future as God promises in Isa 41:18 "I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water." The original climate and rainfall of the land of Canaan will eventually be returning.
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