The Promised Land. The land of milk and honey. The Holy Land. This piece of real estate goes by many names. And although it’s barely bigger than the state of New Jersey, hardly a day goes by that something newsworthy doesn’t happen in this geographical area.
Jesus marked this land’s significance for all time by making it His earthly homeland. He wept over it, healed many of its inhabitants, mastered its nature, and made predictions about its future. Today, thousands of His followers trace His steps every year and see their lives change as a result.
How does it benefit us to become familiar with the layout and distinctions of Israel? You’d be surprised how your understanding of biblical events is sharpened when you consider the geography in which these key historical events occurred. These resources will help insert you into the scenes as you absorb the rich history of the land fashioned and chosen by God Himself.
In the same way that the old Welsh-family stories of collieries, choirs, and eisteddfods resonate for me in Wales; so too I have God-family stories that come alive in Israel. To sit on a breezy bluff overlooking the Sea of Galilee while the familiar words of the Beatitudes run through my head.
I have spent the better part of my adult life studying the Bible—for papers in college and seminary, in preparation for church lessons, and while working on projects here at Insight for Living Ministries. In the faded blue, bare-bones NIV Bible I’ve worked with most often over the years, I know where to find just about anything. Even if I don’t...