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What does "Elim" mean?

 

This unusual word has a very interesting background.  It was the name of an oasis mentioned in the Bible, located on the escape route of the Israelites from Egypt.

 

You can imagine what this oasis meant to weary people after days of slogging through the soft, clinging desert sand with the sun beating down relentlessly on their backs.

 

Exodus 15:27 says that at Elim there were 70 palm trees clustered round twelve wells, and, after the dust and heat and thirst of the desert, the shade of the stately palms and the cool sparkle of those refreshing springs must have seemed like heaven on earth. 

 

It was this idea of finding shelter and refreshment that inspired the name ‘Elim’. 

 

For many people life is like a desert.  They just exist in a monotonous round of working, eating, sleeping.  For them – perhaps for you – even the pleasures of life are no more than a kind of mirage – ultimately meaningless and unsatisfying.

 

The emptiness of life without real purpose can be transformed into the richness of a life that is meaningful because it is shared with Jesus Christ. 

 

You can know this reality in your life!  Drop in and see us at Elim – we’ll be glad to tell you all about it and share it with you.