LEGACY ─ a word bandied about in many circles today. Each of us will leave a legacy of some sort, whether for good or for ill. Your legacy can be developed as a group, as an individual, or both. We like to think primarily of our legacy as wealth being passed from generation to generation, but there are also some who, many times unknowingly, are passing on a legacy of poverty, fear and strife, which could be attributed to generational curses in our family lines.
When Israel, through the exodus from Egypt, passed from the desert into the Promised Land, they were given a choice of a legacy within the blessings or the curses that were to be pronounced from Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Ebal:
“Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known.
“Now it shall be, when the Lord your God has brought you into the land which you go to possess, that you shall put the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal… For you will cross over the Jordan and go in to possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you, and you will possess it and dwell in it. And you shall be careful to observe all the statutes and judgments which I set before you today.”—Deuteronomy 11:26-32
We are all given choices—choices that will determine what legacy we leave behind.
A LAND FLOWING WITH MILK AND HONEY
“But the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven, a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.”—Deuteronomy 11:11-12
God’s promise to the people was to give them “a land flowing with milk and honey.” His eyes would always be on the land for good if the people would obey His commandments. They would create a legacy in the land through their obedience to Yahweh.
In Jewish culture, trees especially have a rich history and significance. The Hebrew people entering the Promised Land would bring the love and legacy of growing trees and planting the land. If you plant a vegetable garden each year, or enjoy having living plants in your home, then you know the joy and fulfillment it brings to see your plants grow and thrive. This too is a legacy of working in and with the earth.
Unfortunately, there are those of us who have neither the skill nor inclination to grow plants. Some might say that if you are in this category, you are lacking a “green thumb.” But, you do not need to be a gardener or a farmer in order to appreciate a well-tended garden or orchard. You don’t need a “green thumb” to appreciate a garden. In fact, our God is a gardener, and His plantings are for joy and gladness.
“For the Lord will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of melody.”—Isaiah 51:3
Whether or not we have a talent for working with the soil, we all enjoy seeing plants grow and thrive in places we never thought possible. We rejoice when we can share the legacy of prophecy unfolding for the land of Israel through My Olive Tree—to make the desert blossom and rejoice; to create livelihood and job opportunities for the people of the nation.
THE WALL OF HONOR
For those who have contributed to one or more of the many projects at My Olive Tree, there is a link you can visit to see your name on the Wall of Honor.
At the My Olive Tree Wall of Honor, you will be able to view your name, or the name of your tributee, among others who have made the choice to support Israel.
“The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose;
it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, even with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the excellence of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the excellency of our God”—Isaiah 35:1-2
When you consider a sponsorship with My Olive Tree, you are taking part in biblical history and leaving your legacy in the land of Israel—not only to the land, but to the people as well. You are acting on biblical prophecy. United as the One New Man, you are participating in the restoration of Israel, and helping to prepare the way for the Lord’s return.
THE PROPHECY OF ISAIAH—FOREIGNERS WILL RESTORE ISRAEL
“The sons of foreigners shall build up your walls, and their kings shall minister to you; for in My wrath I struck you, but in My favor I have had mercy on you. Therefore your gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day or night, that men may bring to you the wealth of the Gentiles, and their kings in procession. For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish, and those nations shall be utterly ruined.”—Isaiah 60:10-12
What a blessing it for us to be involved in the restoration of Israel. Search out the Wall of Honor and see for yourself just how many people have played a role in restoring the Holy Land.
Imagine, if you will, all who join together to help fulfill this prophecy, and if your name is not among those there, please consider joining with My Olive Tree to leave your legacy in the land. We realize that not all are able to contribute all at once, so My Olive Tree has provided payment plans to accommodate your budget. Or, perhaps, you could join with some others to sponsor as a group, a tree, a vine, or one of the King’s Valley seven species plantings.
Join with My Olive Tree today and share in this wonderful blessing of Legacy in the nation of Israel.