“Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the rules —that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it, that you may fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long. Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.”
Eighteen times in the Bible you will find the phrase “a land flowing with milk and honey,” in order to describe the Promised Land. The “Promised Land” in scripture, is a type and shadow of Heaven. But why would God use “a land flowing with milk and honey” in order to describe a type and shadow of Heaven?
Well, think about it…
Milk is produced for newborns. What is a definitive characteristic of those who are destined for Heaven? They are born again. Such are born anew, spiritually. Here’s Jesus speaking to Nicodemus:
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Honey is recognized as the only food that doesn’t spoil. What is another definitive characteristic of those who are destined for Heaven? They have eternal life. Here is Jesus again speaking to Nicodemus:
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
I find it interesting that milk and honey, together, have qualities which point to those who are destined to go to Heaven (the elect). I do not believe that it is an accident that God describes a type and shadow of Heaven, the “Promised Land”, as “a land flowing with milk and honey”.
The Promised Land is a place flowing with milk and honey. Heaven is a place flowing with those who have been born again and have eternal life.
Something worth pondering, no?
Godspeed, to the brethren!
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