The Lord said, "I have indeed seen the misery of my people in
Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers,
and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue
them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that
land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey."
Have you ever wondered what mental
pictures the Israelites had when they were told the promised land
was flowing with milk and honey? Children might have imagined giant
cows and huge bees. An exaggerated description is called hyperbole.
God sometimes uses hyperbole to set expectations. Some things are
difficult for our mind's eye to visualize. The imagery of a land
flowing with milk and honey was meant to instill anticipation and
excitement. The Israelites were going to possess an abundant land
that was greener and richer than anything they had seen. God's description
of heaven is also intended to cause excitement. But describing heaven
is like pouring 10 gallons of understanding into our 2 gallon minds.
It just won't fit. No matter how far we stretch our imaginations
the realities of heaven exceeds our capacity. Will the streets of
heaven actually be paved with gold? Why don't we all agree to meet
there to find out.
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