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Summary: Why  did  God  make wilderness  places  anyway?  God also knew that the wilderness is  an  ideal place  to  test  his  people and to help  them  learn  faith  and endurance.

Midbar, arabah and eremos—Biblical wilderness

midbar has the meaning of “speak” or “word.”  God speaks to us in the wilderness.  God also humbles and proves us in the wilderness (Deut. 8:2).  The wilderness period can last days, or years, depending on how quickly we learn its lessons.

wilderness” is eremos (or eremia), an isolated place.

Why  did  God  make wilderness  places  anyway?  God also knew that the wilderness is  an  ideal place  to  test  his  people and to help  them  learn  faith  and endurance.

“Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.”

??Isaiah? ?43:19? ?

Deuteronomy 1:2, that it should have taken only eleven days to go from Horeb to Kadesh Barnea, which was on the  border  of  the Promised  Land.  Yet, it took the children of Israel forty  years to  make the journey.  They got stuck in the  wilderness because of unbelief and because God had a few things to teach  them.

The wilderness figures at critical junctures in the life of Jesus.

Jesus is baptized by John and then is driven by the Spirit into the wilderness for forty days.

The Devil is there, but so is the Spirit. “A great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed” (Mark 1.35). This records a search for solitude, for self-discovery, for divine presence

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Strength

Isa:40:29 “He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.”

Psalm 18:1-2

I love you, Lord, my strength.”

“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;

My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

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What  can  the  desert do for us?  It can  make  us  rugged, tough, and strong in faith.  It can cause us to develop perseverance and  to  acquire  maturity

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