Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom
Not only is it an idiom, but it describes actual places (see photo) known as Taberah, and as Kibroth Hattaavah.
We find both of them described in scripture, in the Book of Numbers, chapter 11 (parts):
Now the people complained about their hardships ...
The rabble with them began to crave other food,
(God told Moses to) ... “Tell the people:
All that day and night and all the next day
Therefore the place was named Kibroth Hattaavah,
Taberah means: Burning
Kibroth Hattaavah means: Graves of craving
As I read the story about these particular instances of contemptuous whining, it reminded me of some things I've learned, and that I keep learning ...
- When looking BACK (to the land of Taberah) with longing- as if what I've given up of the world's ways was or is desirous today - how burnt & singed is my heart. Those days were not, and are not worth repeating.
- When looking AROUND (to the land of Kibroth Hattaavah) - as if searching out & craving the things of the world that might somehow make my present condition more satisfying (or pleasurable) - how miserable is my soul.
Come to think of it, it's like going from the frying pan into God's own loving arms. No idiom, but definitely a desirable destination!