Thursday, August 11, 2016

The farm house at Zoar Farms
The name, "Zoar" is found in the Bible in the Book of Genesis, 19: 22-23.  In the land of Canaan, it was one of the five Moabite cities near the Jordan River slated for destruction by God, yet is was spared by Lot's plea -- Lot and his daughters fled there and found refuge.  Zoar, in Hebrew, means "insignificance."  And so, this farm, small and insignificant as it is, is a place of refuge.

Zoar was originally called "Bela" (Gen. 14:2,8), and is also mentioned in Isaiah 15:5 and Jeremiah 48:34.  Its ruins are still seen today at the opening of the ravine of Kerak, the Kir-Moab referred to in 2 Kings 3. In the account of the death of Moses, it is mentioned as one of the landmarks which bounded his view from Pisgah, (Gen. 34:3).  To think -- it was one of the final places looked up by Moses -- it probably brought him comfort to gaze upon that place of refuge as an everlasting remembrance of God's mercy.

When one looks upon the sun setting in all of its colorful and spectacular glory reflected upon the rolling hills of the Texas Hill Country, one can't help but contemplate the vast mercy of God and what He has done for mankind since the time that Abraham and Lot walked through the Jordan Valley.  

One of the farm roads leading to the lower pastures

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