He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields…
The ordinary view of the lot of Israel in the wilderness is that it was one of hardship and of unbroken tribulation. In contesting this view we do not maintain that their lot was one of unmixed happiness. Such is not the state of mankind under any conditions.
1. A large part of their happiness came from the sense of the grandeur of the movement of the Divine providence of which they were the immediate subjects.
2. Another source of their joy came from their liberated condition.
3. Another was the sensible evidence of God's goodness.
4. Another was from the new phases of natural scenery by which they were constantly saluted.
5. Another was from the abundance and richness of their temporal supplies.
6. Another was their faith in the promises of the covenant.
7. Their social and domestic enjoyments. They had homes; and they knew their children had glorious prospects.Conclusion —
1. God wants us all to be happy, and always happy. Take stock of your joys.
2. Some of the greatest promises of God's Word are for the Jew.
(B. F. Rawlins, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;