November 30, 2019

God is in the Desert

“Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.” – Isaiah 35:6,7 There’s an interesting observation I’ve made about the names of certain locations in the Bible. For instance, very rarely is Egypt referred to as Egypt; it’s always called Pharaoh’s land. You might assume that the lush part of Israel known as Galilee would be called God’s land, but it’s not, it’s simply called Israel’s land. Fascinatingly, the place that is called God’s land is the desert. There’s something significant about that mysterious and arid locale because it’s so dry and barren that humans can hardly survive there. Left to our own devices in that region, we would die. In the Scriptures, the desert is the place where the Israelites wandered for 40

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