Christ – The Milk and Honey of the Promised Land

 

“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. 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 thy God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey. Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 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 riseth up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes” – (Du.6:2-8).

 

   Many times in the Old Testament we read about the land of Israel described by God as  a land flowing with milk and honey. This is the ‘promised land’ which God gave to the Israelites after their redemption and freedom in Egypt by the blood of the Passover lamb. Some Bible commentators tell us that the milk and honey is used symbolically to depict plenty and abundance. But as we run the references on milk and honey through the Bible and let scripture interpret scripture, we find that it symbolizes the Word of God which is the Lord Jesus Christ. Israel, the land of God’s Word, both the written Word of God, and the living Word of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is the promised seed of Israel, from the promised land- (Gal.3:16). That’s why milk and honey is here in (Du.6)) where a grandfather is commanded to teach the Word of God to his children and grandchildren. He is to feed them the Word of God.

 

   God did not use the symbols of milk and honey to show us that Israel had an abundance of cows, sheep, goats and bees in order for it to flow with milk and honey. What would be so special about having a great amount of honey to begin with? Certainly there would be many other things that would be more valuable than milk and honey. God could have used gold and silver and great wealth to symbolize the worth of His promised land. God’s Word of wisdom is worth more than all the riches in this world. “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her” – (Prov.3:13-15). King Solomon showed us this when the Queen of Sheba visited him to hear his wisdom. She said – “…Thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard. And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices very great store, and precious stones…” – (I Kings 10:8,10). And the wisdom of the incarnate Word of God, the Lord Jesus, is infinitely greater and more precious – “The Queen of the south… for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and,, behold, a greater than Solomon is here” – (Mt.12:42). Yes, much, much, greater.

 

   The Lord Jesus promises eternal life in heaven to all who are saved by Him, this is the true ‘promised land’ that born again believers will inherit. The land of Israel was an earthly example illustrating a heavenly reality. And the milk and honey flowing out from heaven, the eternal promised land, is the precious Word of God. The milk and honey of the Old Testament was just a shadow pointing to God’s Word and the precious promises of eternal life – “And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life” – (I Jn.2:25).

 

   Let’s check the scriptures to see how milk and honey symbolizes the Word of God. “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk and not with meat…” – (I Cor.3:1,2). Again – “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby” – (I Pet.2:2). First we get born again by God’s Holy Spirit by believing on Christ in our hearts by faith and repentance of sin and then we feed on the simple, baby things of God’s Word until we grow up and become weaned and then we feed on the strong meat of God’s Word. The strong meat is symbolized by honey. “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” – (Heb.5:12-14).  Don’t use 2% watered down milk of the Word like the N.I.V. and all the other perversions; feed on the whole 100% milk of the KJ Bible.

 

   We could say that the milk of God’s Word, the simple baby stuff, is the Old Testament and the strong spiritual meat is the New Testament. Immediately the New Testament starts off with John the Baptist preparing the way of the Lord Jesus, and he ate honey- (Mt.3:4). And it is written – “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit (Lk.1:80). He was a strong, bold prophet preacher, not a babe and he fed on the honey of God’s Word as we all are taught – “My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honey comb, which is sweet to thy taste: So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul…” – (Prov.24,13,14). John the Baptist and Ezekiel and the apostle John all ate honey and so should every born again saint of God. Eat honey and study God’s Word and ‘see’ how your eyes are enlightened with God’s truth. Consume God’s word.

 

   Listen to the testimony of Jonathan after he ate honey – “…See, I pray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this honey – (I Sam.14:29). But Jesus especially taught us to eat honey and study the scriptures for understanding. “And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures” – (Lk.24:42-45). Jesus preached the simple things of the milk of God’s Word and the deep honey things of God’s Word also – yea, He is the word. “And his name is called The Word of God” – (Rev.19:13). “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth - (Jn.1:14). The Lord Jesus Christ is the milk and honey of God’s Word – He is the way into the promised land of heaven, both for Jews and Gentiles. “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him amen…” - (2 Cor.1:20).

 

   When God spoke of the promised land flowing with milk and honey, He was showing us food for the soul – the precious Savior and the precious Word of God, without which we could not get into the true promised land of Heaven. Even the manna, the bread of God that fell from heaven and fed the Israelites for 40 years in the wilderness, tasted like honey (Ex.16:31). And God told us the manna was a type of His Word – “…and fed thee with manna, … that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live” – (Du.8:3). Jesus told us that He was the manna come down from heaven to give life to the world. Out of the mouth of the Lord Jesus doth man live – “I am that bread of life. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever…” – (Jn.6:48,51). Christ is the milk and honey, the Word of God that flows from the promised land of heaven. All who are redeemed and freed from the bondage of sin by Christ will enter the promised land of heaven.

 

   Israel was God’s kingdom of righteousness on earth, a witness to the nations, preaching the milk of the Word of God. And then came the Lord Jesus, a Jew, the Word made flesh, who died on the cross as our Redeemer for both Jew and Gentile. And for 2000 years the Word of God’s promise has been preached as a witness to the whole world, the strong meat, the honey of God’s Word. “But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth” – (Acts 1:8). Soon the Word of God, the Lord Jesus is coming back as Emperor to set up His kingdom of righteousness over the whole earth and He will reign forever. And the whole earth will be filled with God’s Word without Satan fighting against it. “And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob: and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the lord from Jerusalem” – (Is.2:3). Israel, the land of God’s Word – both the written Word of God and the living, eternal Word of God, which is Jesus Christ.

 

   Then Israel will be truly and forever the land of milk and honey where God’s Word flows out to the whole world. Are you saved and born again by Christ? If not, repent of your sins and by faith believe in your heart on the Lord Jesus for forgiveness of sins and you will become a new creature in Christ. God has granted to both Jew and Gentiles “repentance unto life” – (Acts 11:18) and “repentance unto salvation” – (2 Cor.7:10). God loves you and sent His only begotten Son to save you from your sins and hell. Don’t spurn the amazing grace and love of God in His dearly beloved Son – “ Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” – (Acts 4:12). Christ is the land of milk and honey – Christ is the promised land. All the promises of God are in him – “And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life” (I Jn.2:25). Christ is the promised seed of the promised land.

    

 

Believe God’s Word – believe the Lord Jesus Christ

Christ is the milk and honey of the Promised Land.

 

Pastor Mike Storti

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