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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)

"106:18 And a fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked. 106:19 They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image. 106:20 Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass." (Psalm 106:18-20 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."

Horeb

"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.

3:4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses.

And he said, Here am I.

3:5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. 3:6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

3:7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; 3:8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites [see The Exodus Prophecy and Milk and Honey]. 3:9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. 3:10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.

3:11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?

3:12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.

3:13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?

3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you [see Did Abraham, Isaac and Jacob Know 'The LORD'?].

3:15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations." (Exodus 3:1-15 KJV)

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,

Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them. 5:2 The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. 5:3 The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day. 5:4 The LORD talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire, 5:5 I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to show you the word of the LORD: for ye were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into the mount; saying,

5:6 I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 5:7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me.

5:8 Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: 5:9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, 5:10 And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.

5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

5:12 Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee [see Why Observe The True Sabbath?]. 5:13 Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: 5:14 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou. 5:15 And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.

5:16 Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

5:17 Thou shalt not kill.

5:18 Neither shalt thou commit adultery [see Lethal Lust].

5:19 Neither shalt thou steal.

5:20 Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour.

5:21 Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour's.

5:22 These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me." (Deuteronomy 5:1-22 KJV)

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].

4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 4:3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.

4:4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments [see The Mount Sinai Prophecy].

4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." (Malachi 4:1-6 KJV)

Fact Finder: Did the prophet Elijah ever make a journey "unto Horeb the mount of God" (KJV)?
1 Kings 19:8; see also Elijah's Journey To Mount Sinai


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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.





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