Isaiah 35:1-2 The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose; It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, even with joy and singing.
When we think of the wilderness and the wasteland blossoming, it brings a vision of what is happening in the Negev Desert today.
Isaiah 35:6 For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert.
More and more, Israelis are growing food in the Negev desert.
Since its founding in 1948, Israel has had a thirst to grow crops in the desert. It wasn’t just a technological challenge, but a matter of survival. Today, Israel offers some of the world’s hottest technologies in desalination, water reclamation and crop irrigation.
At About.com we read:
An Israeli farmer tends to a unique outdoor fish pond at a kibbutz in Israel’s southern Negev Desert. They use water pumped from an ancient aquifer 600 meters below ground level for the fish pond and then recycle the water for agricultural production.
The prophet Isaiah foretold of a time when:
A highway shall be there, and a road, And it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for others. Whoever walks the road, although a fool, shall not go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast go up on it; It shall not be found there. But the redeemed shall walk there, and the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Isaiah 35:8-10
Praise God that Jesus Christ cleared a path for you and for me! He has made a way for us!
While it seems to me that in chapters 33-35 the prophet Isaiah is probably describing the millennium when Christ will reign on earth and all who are here will experience peach and prosperity, the farming in the Negev is a pleasant reminder of the foreknowledge of God and the love of the Savior.