Beautiful post Doug. Altho we have had a few disagreements, I do agree with you that all the prophecies of scripture are fulfilled in the better land. This land, flowing with milk and honey, is available now, today, if we hear His voice and enter His rest.
Thank you John.
The phrase "the land of milk and honey" implies that there is a connection between the promised land and the Scriptures. The apostle Peter said, "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby." [1 Peter 2:2]
Milk connects land with the word of God. Milk is contrasted with strong meat, in Hebrews. It represents the basic teachings of the gospel, while meat, or solid food, represents more advanced teachings, that require some mental "chewing." Milk is food for infants, who don't yet possess teeth, so cannot chew. It is symbolic of "the first principles of the oracles of God."
For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
Honey is also connected with the word, and especially with prophecy.
And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.
And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.
And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy
again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
Honey is made by bees from the nectar of flowers. It is processed, and converted to honey. Likewise, prophecy has to be processed, or interpreted.
The manna that the Israelites collected and ate in the wilderness tasted like wafers made with honey.
And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.
Jesus identified himself with the true manna, the bread of life.
47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
48 I am that bread of life.
49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
Eating Christ's flesh is a metaphor, a saying that must be interpreted, and the meaning is similar to the symbolic meaning of John eating the book given to him by the angel. I take it to mean understanding and believing the words of Scripture.
The teachings of Jesus contrasted with those of the Pharisees. Referring to them, Jesus said, "Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees." [Matt. 16:6] Later he explained this saying.
How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
Jesus used "leaven" as a symbol representing doctrine.
The scriptures that connect the word of God with milk and honey, also connect the promised land with the word of God.
The connection between the land, and the revelations of God, was implicit in Jacob's dream at Bethel where he saw a ladder reaching to heaven, and angels ascending and descending upon it. [Gen. 28:11-22] In the same dream, God promised to give him the land of Canaan. Angels ascending and descending on the ladder represent revelations from God. The promised land was the site of many revelations of God, over many centuries, and those given elsewhere were often about the promised land.
In the New Testament the angels ascend and descend upon Jesus, [John 1:51] which suggests that the promised land, or at least, Bethel, was a type, which foreshadowed Jesus.