World News: KETURA, Israel — The plump, golden-brown dates hanging in a bunch simply above the sandy soil have been lastly prepared to select.
They had been slowly ripening within the desert warmth for months. But the younger tree on which they grew had a far more historical historical past — sprouting from a 2,000-year-old seed retrieved from an archaeological website within the Judean wilderness.
“They are beautiful!” exclaimed Dr. Sarah Sallon with the elation of a new mom, as every date, its pores and skin barely wrinkled, was plucked gently off its stem at a sunbaked kibbutz in southern Israel.
They have been tasty, too, with a recent taste that gave no trace of their two-millenium incubation interval. The honey-blonde, semi-dry flesh had a fibrous, chewy texture and a delicate sweetness. Read More …
Opinion: Excerpt: Ezekiel The Man and the Message, Dr. Jimmy DeYoung:
“Thirty-Five times in chapter 36 Ezekiel is told to write to the land, to deal with the land. So, he is dealing with the land of Israel
Ezekiel 36:6 “Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say unto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, Thus saith the Lord God”.
Ezekiel 36:8 “But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come.“
Ezekiel 36:10 “And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded.”
So is it a surprise that ancient seeds would bring forth fruit?
Not at all, since God said, “I will bring you back to the land, it is going to be better than when your fore-fathers had the land.”
Thanks to more Israeli modern ingenuity called drip irrigation, the dry brown deserts of Israel have miles and miles of date palms that supply 50% of the world’s medjool dates, fulfilling Isaiah 35:10.
“The desert and parched land will be glad, the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus”