"A Land Flowing With Milk And Honey"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 250

Context: To a Hebrew woman, of the oppressed Hebrews in servitude in Egypt, was born a son destined to deliver his people. Because of a decree that all Hebrew male babies be put to death, the wise mother hid the infant at the place where the daughter of Pharaoh bathed. Pharaoh's daughter found the child, named him Moses, and reared him as her own, securing the child's own mother, unknowingly, as a nurse. Moses grew up as an Egyptian, but his heart was with his own people. Soon his compassion expressed itself in his slaying a cruel Egyptian taskmaster. Forced into selfexile because of this act, he went into the land of the Midianites, married a Midianite woman, and took up abode with his father-in-law, Jethro. When the burden of the Hebrews still in Egypt became unbearable, their cry unto God was heard. Now being the time for the destiny of Moses to be fulfilled, "the angel of the Lord appeared unto him" in a visible manifestation. Speaking from a burning bush, God sanctifies the place of His appearance, identifies Himself, and then pronounces His purpose for the oppressed Hebrews:

And I am come down to deliver them out of the hands of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.

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