The wilderness – Zin and Paran

Yesterday we drove from Beersheba to Eilat. The whole region is inhospitable and uninviting. Here is a photo of a section of the Wadi Zin. The wadi is dry now, but when there is rain it will become a river in the desert.

Wadi Zin. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Wadi Zin. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

In Wadi Zin there are some small springs and a cool water pool. We did not take time to hike to the pool, but stopped by a small spring to watch the Ibex. Here is a young Ibex drinking water that reminds me of Psalm 42:1.

As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. (Psalm 42:1)

A young Ibex in Wadi Zin. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

A young Ibex in Wadi Zin. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

When the time came for Moses to die, the Lord told him that he would not be allowed to enter the promised land,

because you broke faith with me in the midst of the people of Israel at the waters of Meribah-kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin, and because you did not treat me as holy in the midst of the people of Israel. (Deuteronomy 32:51)

Today we visited the Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve, located about 20 miles north of Eilat in the Arabah. I made photos of many of the animals in the reserve.

A Somalia Wild Donkey at the Yotvata Hai-Bar Reserve. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

A Somalia Wild Donkey at the Yotvata Hai-Bar Reserve. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Ishmael is described in these terms:

He shall be a wild donkey of a man, his hand against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.” (Genesis 16:12)

Sometimes the LORD used simple facts to illustrate His wisdom. He asked Job,

“Who has let the wild donkey go free? Who has loosed the bonds of the swift donkey, (Job 39:5)

We are located less than a mile from the border with Jordan. In the afternoon we drove down to the Taba border crossing with Egypt. We also saw some of the beautiful coral and colorful fishes in the Red Sea.

The temperature today was 45 degrees celcius. Go figure! (For those of you who are metrically challenged, that is 113 degrees farenheit. It was really hot. We were expecting it to be 105!)

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