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Monday, May 23 2011
The Journey To Horeb
Horeb, from the Hebrew word pronounced kho-rawb, meaning dry, or desolate (dry places tend to be desolate) was the name applied to the mountain range, in the Sinai Peninsula, in which Mount Sinai is located (see also Why Did Paul Say That Sinai Was In Arabia?). The Holy Scriptures sometimes use "Horeb" and "Sinai" interchangeably, keeping in mind that the Horeb mountain range is only part of the Sinai Peninsula, and that Mount Sinai is only part of the Horeb mountain range.
"8:9 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone [see also What Did The Ten Commandments Look Like?], which Moses put there at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt." (1 Kings 8:9 KJV)
"When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain"
Moses' first encounter with "the mountain of God, even to Horeb" wasn't when he received the Ten Commandments. Moses was already well-familiar with the mountain before then because of his introduction to the LORD at the time of the famous "burning bush" (something that the Israelites who made the calf idol later experienced for themselves when the LORD flamed them, as stated in Psalm 106:18-20 above). Moses knew however that he would return; along with the instructions for the Exodus, the LORD told Moses "When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain."
"3:1 Now Moses kept the flock [see Palace Prince To Sinai Shepherd] of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. 3:2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3:3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
The Messiah (see Crossing Sinai) then delivered His Ten Commandments to humanity.
"5:1 And Moses [see The Prophets: Moses] called all Israel, and said unto them,
For those who have foolishly fallen for the Satanic lie that "the Law is done away," or that "the Old Testament isn't for Christians," consider what Jesus Christ is going to do, again, to those who rebel against the Law that He delivered, not just to Israel, but to all of humanity, at Horeb ("10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ" 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV):
"4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch [see Moriah: Separating The Wheat From The Chaff and Friends Of Jesus].
Fact Finder: Did the prophet Elijah ever make a journey "unto Horeb the mount of God" (KJV)?
This Day In History, May 23
1498: Girolamo Savonarola, Italian religious and political reformer, was hanged and burned at the stake by the order of Pope Alexander VI.
1533: Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer declared Henry VIII's marriage to Catherine of Aragon void, and his marriage to Anne Boleyn in January legal, a judgment that was condemned by the Vatican.
1568: The Netherlands declared independence from Spain.
1618: The Thirty Years War began when, during a Bohemian revolt against the Hapsburg Emperor, three opponents of the Reformation are thrown through a window. The incident became known as the Defenestration of Prague.
1633: Samuel de Champlain was made the first governor of New France (North America).
1701: Scottish pirate Captain Kidd (William Kidd) was hanged at London's Execution Dock after being convicted of piracy and murder.
1706: The Battle of Ramillies; the British army under John Churchill (of the same family from which future British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was born 2 centuries later), the 1st Duke of Marlborough, defeated a French army under Marshal Villeroi.
1805: In the Cathedral of Milan, French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned King of Italy.
1873: The Canadian North West Mounted Police were established. They formed part of what is known today as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (the "Mounties").
1934: The outlaws "Bonnie and Clyde" (Bonnie Parker, 24 and Clyde Barrow, 25) were killed (shot at least 25 times each) by police in Louisiana. Their crime spree included robberies (gas stations, stores and banks), kidnappings and the murders of numerous people, including police officers.
1939: The U.S. Navy submarine USS Squalus sank off the coast of New Hampshire. 26 sailors were killed; 33 others were rescued.
1945: Heinrich Himmler, the head of the Nazi Gestapo, committed suicide after being captured by Allied forces.
1960: Fugitive Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was captured by Israeli agents in Argentina. He was returned to Israel for trial where he was found guilty and hanged. His body was incinerated and the ashes dumped far out into the Mediterranean Sea.
1967: Prior to the Six Day War, Egypt closed the Straits of Tiran and blockaded Eilat at the northern end of the Gulf of Aqaba.
1983: The first heart-lung transplant in Canada was performed, at University Hospital in London, Ontario.
1991: Israel began "Operation Solomon" - a 2 day airlift of 14,400 Ethiopian Jews out of Addis Ababa.