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A Bible study for which we have drawn
heavily on a portion of Elmer Josephson’s article in Vol. 2, No. 1 of
Bible Light On the News.
Why Is the Land of Milk
Flowing with Blood and Tears?
Overview of The History of Israel Until the Time of Yahshua (Jesus)
Each story in the references below is a
wonderful study, but for now we’ll try to stick with a bird’s eye view,
and try to high-light the foundations of Israel’s history.
2128 B.C. to 1898 B.C.
Genesis 10:19 – first mention of the land
Verses 1-3 – the call of Abram to the land,
the “preamble” to the Abrahamic Covenant. This is basic – the “Cradle of
Verses 4-7 – obedience of Abram and first
promise of the land.
Genesis 13:14-18 – promise confirmed and
extended (after Abram gave Lot the best choice of land.
Genesis 15 – After Abram had rescued Lot
and the kings of Sodom area, he refused their reward and was blessed by
Melchizedek – “King of Righteousness”, King of Salem (ancient name for
Jerusalem). Then in this chapter God spoke to him again and
Abram’s seed is identified;
The covenant was established by sacrifice;
and he was given the boundaries of the land
(Gen.15:18, also Exodus 23:31; Deut. 11:24 and Joshua 1:2-4
Genesis 16 – the beginning of the
conflict; Ishmael is born
Genesis 17 – is very important as
ratifications (confirmations) and ramifications (spreading out,
extensions) of the covenant were given him.
God says 3 times in this chapter that the
covenant is “everlasting”,
9 times that it is HIS covenant –
unconditional and unchanging.
And of the ramifications (far-reaching
extensions) 8 times they are mentioned and was the reason his name was
changed to Abraham which means “father of many”.
The Covenant “seed” was established as being
Isaac (v. 21),
The eighth-day-circumcision was given as the
token (in the flesh) of the Covenant.
In chapter 21 of Genesis this story
becomes reality and verse 12 of that chapter, also, says,
“in Isaac shall thy seed be called.
” But let’s not miss the “also” of verse 13, “Álso
of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation because he is thy
seed” – though the Covenant is with the seed of
1898 B.C. to 1451 B.C.
Genesis 26:1-4 – “seed” covenant confirmed
Genesis 28:1-4 – blessing passed on to
Jacob by Isaac
Genesis 28: 10-15 – through the “ladder
vision” God spoke and confirmed the Covenant to Jacob.
Verses 9-12 – Jacob returns to the Land;
anticipating meeting his brother Esau, He reminds God of the promises.
Verses 24-32 – Jacob’s name becomes “Israel”.
Genesis 35:9-13 – Confirmed at Bethel
Genesis 48 and 49 – Jacob’s dying blessing
on all the tribes. The promises again reaches huge proportions when
Jacob adopts Joseph’s two sons as tribes (making 13 tribes in Israel)
with the blessing of becoming teeming multitudes. Notice how worldwide
God’s plan of restoration and redemption is.
Exodus 13:21,22 – Israel
was forged into a nation in the furnace of Egypt. When they came out the
LORD led them in a pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night.
These references make interesting study we can’t now develop, but note
“Unto a land flowing with milk and
honey.” Twenty-two times from Exodus to Ezekiel this
expression is used concerning the land of Israel.
Deuteronomy 28 sets forth the blessings of
believing and the curses of unbelief.
1451 B.C. to 1095 B.C.
Joshua 7:5-13 – The conquest of the land
under Joshua was fraught with both victories and defeats as “imperfect
men did God’s perfect work.” And Israel did not fully obey the Lord in
purging the land of idolatry and its idol worshipping inhabitants.
The Book of Judges is a history of
frequent confusion of Israel in the land, because
“every man did that which was right in
his own eyes” (Judges 17:6). It was a time of constant
declension and recovery.
Go back by the medium of
these sacred records and live with Samson, (Judges 13-16) as he does
exploits for the Lord until his mighty strength dissipates under the spell
of an ungodly woman which led him to the prison house, put out his eyes
and made him to grind at the prison mill like an animal. Read then how his
strength was restored in his latter days. Typically, isn’t this a parallel
to the USA who in her unquestioned world power, dangerously flirts with
lust and falls into the lap of luxury, ease, pride an immorality? Will we
recover – and when?
1095 B.C. to 975 B.C.
II Samuel through I Kings 12 – Israel’s
better days were just ahead under the full establishment of the kingdom
of Israel under King Saul, BUT ITS GREATEST power and glory developed
under King David in 1048 B.C. and continued under the reign of King
Solomon who had 40 years of peace. (Read this inspiring, colorful and
instructive historic account of the purest theocratic government
we know anything about – 1171 to 975 B.C.)
975 B.C. to 586 B.C.
I Kings 11:1-3, 11-14; 26-39 – >From this
point the kingdom was divided. Judah and Benjamin formed the southern
segment with its capital at Jerusalem. The ten northern tribes had their
capital at Samaria,
I Kings 12:15-24 – The split occurred when
Solomon’s son, Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men to reduce
Some of the
devout from each of the 10 northern tribes left and joined Judah, however,
this division largely continues to this day. The northern kingdom of
Israel was taken captive into Assyria 721 B.C., and Judah was taken
captive into Babylon 586 B.C. A remnant of about 42,000 returned with Ezra
and Nehemiah, but the kingdom was never restored to the glory it knew
under King David and Solomon. From that time on “Judah” was known as
“Jews”. This term never applied to the Northern Kingdom.
Scriptures are replete with the prediction both houses will be restored
and made one under Messiah (e.g. Ezekiel 37). In Acts 15, James (who was
the ‘chairman’ of the believers’
quoted from Amos 9 that the
“tabernacle of David” will be restored. (For “tabernacle of David” read
“Kingdom of David” which fell when the northern tribes rebelled.)
– “In that day will I raise up the
tabernacle of David that is fallen and close up the breaches thereof; and
I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old … And
I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out
of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.”
30:40b, “… it shall not be plucked up
nor thrown down any more for ever.”
3:11-21, verse 20 says, “But Judah
shall dwell forever and Jerusalem from generation to generation.”
3:19,20, “And I will get them praise
and fame in every land where thy have been put to shame … for I will
make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth when I turn
back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD.”
This is the
land that is again producing milk and honey, so there must be pastures
for the cows and flowers for the bees. The area most suited for this is
the northern Ephraim Mountains and the Golan, which is the most disputed
over today and which most of the world wants Israel to surrender. The
Water-Carrier has been bringing down precious water from the North to
the arid desert of the South. Nutrients are also needed to produce the
best grass, pasture, flowers and all crops. Minerals are processed out
of the Dead Sea in the South bringing fertilizers to the land. Although
Israel’s officials are offering land for peace, it has not brought
peace, for God in His royal land grant to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
included ALL THE LAND to the Euphrates River. We believe He will
fulfill His Promises. All this the Eternal is doing to make “The
Whole House of Israel” a blessing to all the earth to bring in
righteousness and peace through Messiah, the Redeemer of the entire
world, so that “the knowledge of the
glory of God may cover the earth as the waters cover the sea”.
You CAN help make the land flow with milk and honey, rather than blood