Four years ago, Egypt was at the top of our list of dream vacations. Scheduling conflicts, however, left Egypt on our wish list as we chose another destination. We still hope to visit Egypt one day.

I especially would like to see the Valley of the Kings, a series of tombs tunneled in the rugged and harsh mountainside. Having held their secrets for more than 3,000 years, the tombs' discovery in 1881 revealed a wealth of knowledge about Egypt's earlier dynasties.

While in captivity in Egypt, ancient Israel kept hope alive partly because of a tomb in Canaan (Genesis 50:24-25). Scripture tells us of two covenant transactions Abraham made while living in the land. Securing water for his livestock, Abraham dug a well and gave Abimelech seven ambs "to show [his] agreement" that the well belonged to Abraham (21:30). The second occurred when Abraham bought land for a burial plot after his wife Sarah's death. In the agreement, a plot of land at Machpelah became Abraham's possession (23:17-18).

A stranger in the land, Abraham was able to water his flocks and bury his dead as God had promised. Having been told of the captivity of later generations (Genesis 15:13), Abraham possessed by faith what would eventually belong in reality to his descendants. Centuries later, Joshua would lead Israel back to the Promised Land according to what God had spoken: "Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you" (Joshua 1:3).

Beginning with a well and a tomb in Canaan, the promises of God have become manifest in Christ. No visible well is required because the life He provides causes us to "never be thirsty again" (John 4:14-15), and a tomb becomes a promise because "anyone who believes in [Him] will live, even after dying" (John 11:25). , Regina Franklin, Our Daily Journey

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