As the deer pants [longingly] for the water brooks, So my soul pants [longingly] for You, O God.
Jesus Christ encouraged us to consider the sparrow. This is an example of natural geography being used to illustrate God’s tender care for His creation-especially us!
Ps144:5 Bow down Your heavens, O Lord and come down Touch the mountains….
I chose the Healing at Bethesda.
Physical Geography – John 5:2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes.
Natural Forces – John 5:4 For an angel of the Lord went down at a certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease he was afflicted.
Human Geography – John 5:7 The sick man answered Him, Sir, I have no man, to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall posper.
In Matthew 16:1-3, the Bible states:
The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.
When People in the Bible went to Jerusalem, it is often recorded as “going up” to Jerusalem. The reality is that Jerusalem is on a hilltop but the idea also seems to imply that a person was “up” to worship God seemly as an elevated spiritual position.
“It is like the dew of Hermon Coming down upon the mountains of Zion; For the Lord commanded the blessing there—life forever.” (Psalms 133:3)
God’s blessing of life (now) and forever (eternal) is likened to the morning dew coming from Mount Herman to the valleys below.
The parable of building on solid or sandy ground.
Noah and the Flood
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden
The story of the sower and the seeds
Judges 5:4-6 (Part of the song of Deborah)
O Lord, when you went out from Seir,
When you march from the land of Edom,
The earth shook, the heavens poured,
the clouds poured down water.
The mountain quaked before the Lord, the One of Sinai, before the Lord, the God of Israel….
If we do not know where the battle environment of Barak and Deborah was facing the chariots of Sisera, it would be hard to understand the story…
Why Seir, land of Edom and the One of Sinai are mentioned here? How do they explain the God of Israel?
“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree; they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon” (psalm 92:12). Thus, the inspired author compares the life of a believer to two types of trees.