When Jews began resettling their historic homeland in the late 19th century, their first efforts were directed towards reclaiming the mostly semi-arid land, much of which was rendered untillable by deforestation, soil erosion and neglect. Rocky fields were cleared and terraces built in the hilly regions; swampland was drained, and systematic reforestation begun; soil erosion was counteracted, and salty land washed to reduce soil salinity. Since Israel attained its independence in 1948, agricultural production has expanded 16-fold, more than three times the rate of the population growth. More than 40 percent of the country’s vegetables and field crops are now grown in the Arava and Negev Deserts.
Israel is one of only two countries in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees. Its forests are all hand-planted. When the pioneers of the State arrived, they were greeted by barren land. Since 1901, more than 250 million trees have been planted.
Romans 8:19-21 (ESV)
For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
Our Father in heaven,
We wait with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God in the Mississippi Delta.
We bless the Jewish people residing in the Delta. We bless the Jewish businesses that please You that are established in the Delta. We bless the Jewish farmers and civic leaders. We humbly pray that our governmental leaders will be a friend to the nation of Israel.
And we pray that the eyes of our hearts may be flooded with light by the Holy Spirit, so that we will know with confident expectation the riches of Your glorious inheritance and the greatness of Your power in us who believe.
All things in every spiritual realm in the Mississippi Delta are in subjection under Christ’s feet. He is the supreme and authoritative head over all things in the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills and completes all things in all believers. To God be the glory! Amen.