Just the facts

SLEEP (A)

sleep

Sleep is something we all think we know about. After all, it is not only what we all have in common, it’s what we do at least once every day. However, here’re some interesting facts you probably didn’t know about sleep:

1. The record for the longest period without sleep stands at 264.4 hours and was set by a high school student in 1964.

2. We are capable of taking short catnaps with our eyes open and without losing our balance.

3. If it takes you less than 5 minutes to fall asleep at night, you’re sleep-deprived. On average, it takes people between 10 and 15 minutes to fall asleep. If you’re falling asleep faster than that, it means you’re overtired.

4. Doctors didn’t discover REM (rapid eye movement) sleep until the 1950’s and this discovery was a leap forward in sleep science. REM sleep is the period of sleep during which dreaming takes place, characterised by rapid periodic twitching movements of the eye muscles and other physiological changes, such as accelerated respiration and heart rate, increased brain activity, and muscle relaxation.

5. Newborn babies spend 65% of their sleep in REM.

MILK AND HONEY (B)

milk and honey

Again, from nature we see that a clear implication of the presence of abundant wild honey is the existence of bees responsible for cross-pollination and production of fruits and seeds in nectar-producing flowering plants, as well as ample water and fertile soil these plants require—all desirable conditions that people dependent on a land’s fertility for their survival cherish. And the ancients certainly observed that honey was most plentiful in areas where their livestock had the best pasture and produced the most milk. Thus, a “land flowing with milk and honey” was symbolic of a greater good—fertility!

Honey represents sweetness, something pleasing and pleasurable. Milk for its part symbolizes superior quality, richness of taste, and nourishment. Milk and honey together thus represent something both nourishing and pleasant.

Israel’s Promised Land “flowing with “milk and honey” was only indicative of the special place God would prepare for those who would become His children by faith. That’s the place we have now been brought into in Christ as God’s Children. It’s a “good and spacious land,” a place of abundance and productivity! So enjoy the nourishment and sweetness the Lord has brought to you in this delightsome land!

MILK AND HONEY (A)

milk and honey

Did you know that the term “milk and honey” originated in the Bible from God’s description of Canaan? Canaan was the country lying between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River—Israel’s “Promised Land” (Exodus 3:8).

MANNA (A)

manna

“Manna” is a Hebrew word for the edible substance God fed the Israelites with during their forty-year sojourn in the wilderness. The name “manna” was derived from the question “man hu,” in Hebrew, meaning “What is it?” (Exodus 16:14-15,35). 

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