GOD had promised Israel, "a land flowing with milk and honey" (Exodus 3:8; 13:5; Joshua 5:6; Jeremiah 11:5). The numerous references to honey or honeycomb in GOD's Word, are proof that Israel abounded with the product of the bees. Without doubt, the Jews took care of bees in order to produce honey.31
However, many of the Scriptural citations indicate that wild honey was very common. The favorite haunts of the bees were in the cavities of trees, where Jonathan discovered and ate some of the honey (I Samuel 14:25-27); in the holes of the rock, where it was often extracted (Psalm 81:16); and sometimes the dried carcasses of animals, as when Samson ate honey from the carcass of the lion he had slain (Judges 14:8,9).
The poetical books of the Hebrew Bible abound with comparisons to honey.
- The judgments of GOD's Word are compared to it (Psalm 19:10).
-Pleasant words are likened unto it (Proverbs 16:24),
Knowledge and wisdom to the soul (Proverbs 24:13,14).
And the bride and bridegroom of Solomon's Song speak of honey (Song of Solomon 4:11; 5:1).
In New Testament times John the Baptist lived on locusts and wild honey from the wilderness (Matthew 3:4). And when JESUS wanted to prove to the disciples that His resurrection body was a real body, He asked for food and was given a piece of broiled fish with some honeycomb (Luke 24:41-43).
Dr. Thomson relates how "in the clefts of a precipice overhanging Wady el Kurn swarms of bees made their home." A man was let down over the rock by ropes, and being protected from assault from the bees, he was able to extract a large quantity of honey.
Such an incident is reminiscent of the expression of Moses in his farewell song: "'He made him to suck honey out of the rock" (Deuteronomy 32:13).
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