Tuesday, December 14, 2010

~Day 23~ Eating from the Land~ 3

When a couple of The 2 Spies returned to live in Israel, they felt it was very important to their success to 'eat from the Land'.  In order to be able to fully root here and be satisfied, they knew that they needed to not look back to what they had left behind but to look around them at all that living in Israel had to offer them.  There were certain necessary material goods that they felt they could only get in their birth country. But with the quest to 'eat from the Land', they began their search to see that all their provision come from within Israel.

Since they took on the quest, they have discovered the abundance of supply that far exceeds their demand.  Items that were once unheard of in the Land are now available.
Clothing: larger sizes, good quality, modest apparel, stylish (drawing from Israel, Europe and the States there is quite a variety)
Medications: every medication that is needed, they found here (Teva is among the top 15 pharmaceutical companies and among the largest generic pharmaceutical companies in the world.80% of their sales are in North America and Europe)
Toiletries: It may seem frivolous, but you try changing your toothpaste after 45 years!
Foods: See Yesterday's blog
Crafts: Except for woodworking, all crafting materials are available for your artistic skills. Wood is still rather expensive, but is available.
Pissott Fabric Shop
Culture: Art museums, opera, symphony, ballet; all types of music, dance and plays are presented year round.
Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
Jerusalem Bus #30
Transportation:Car imports have increased greatly since the early days. Because of an increase in the economy many families have not just one car but two. The bus system is still the favorite mode and is quite affordable and reliable.

We do not want to sound overly materialistic. But we do realize that one of the 'Giants' is the thought of leaving all our comforts behind.  All that we enjoy and that is familiar to us. It is not a truth any more. Granted, there are adjustments. There always will be a bit of making do and doing without. But that will be true no matter where one lives. The Land is quite plentiful and is more than able to meet the needs of it's Olim. It is the opinion of The 2 Spies, if we can't get it here, then we probably don't really 'need' it.

1 comment:

  1. December 14th 2010 (23):

    "So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite." [Ex 3:8]

    "Then they took some of the fruit of the land in their hands and brought it down to us; and they brought us back a report and said, 'It is a good land which the LORD our God is about to give us.'" [Deut 1:25]

    As we look at Ps 66:12 (in the NIV) and amplify the meaning of the Hebrew we find a wonderful pen-picture of this, 'good land.'

    "You caused men to ride over our heads [when we were prostrate]; we went through fire and through water, but You brought us out into a [broad], moist place [of abundance and refreshment into the open air]."

    Is not this a lovely image of Rehoboth (Gen 26:22) where His children would finally flourish? Furthermore Ps 118:5 substantiates this truth through the powerful picture of the shofar:

    "In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and He answered me by setting me free."

    As His children cried out to the LORD in Egypt (ie through the narrow place eg the mouthpiece of the shofar); He answered them through the widening horn of the instrument in the wide places, ie the Promised Land, where they might flourish.

    Hallelu Yah!

    Steve Perry (UK) <><


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