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Thursday, September 15 2011
Covered Wagons Of The Exodus
The English word way originated from the Old English (Anglo-Saxon) word weg, which despite its spelling was pronounced way. It meant road, or route. It's still commonly used today, such as in highway or freeway. That actual meaning of the word is also used in the Holy Scriptures to describe John the Baptist ("Prepare ye the way of the Lord") and the Messiah ("I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me"):
"3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea [see also What Was Strange About John The Baptist?], 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight." (Matthew 3:1-3 KJV)
True Christianity is about those who actually follow and obey the Messiah in His true Way. False Christianity is about those who vainly do whatever they arrogantly please in His Name - a way of self-righteousness and self-Christianity that "leadeth to destruction."
"7:13 Enter ye in at The Strait Gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
"They brought their offering before the LORD, six covered wagons, and twelve oxen"
A wain, a word based on way, as described above, was the term for a vehicle used for the transportation of people or things. The modern English words weigh and weight also have their origin from the same source. People would weigh their wain to see how much weight they were transporting on the way. A wain later also became known as a wagon, an abbreviation of "way going," or "way gone." The King James Version uses "wagon" to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced awg-aw-law, which meant turning, referring to the wheels of a wagon.
The Israelites used covered wagons for both their exodus into Egypt, to escape a famine in their own homeland, and their exodus out of Egypt, over four centuries later. The Israelites entered Egypt (see The Exodus Into Egypt) by means of the Egyptian wagons that Joseph had sent to them i.e. "take you wagons out of the land of Egypt."
"45:17 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph [see Joseph, Prime Minister Of Egypt], Say unto thy brethren, This do ye; lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan; 45:18 And take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land.
There were only 70 Israelites at the time of the entry into Egypt i.e. "all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten."
"46:5 And Jacob rose up from Beersheba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him. 46:6 And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him: 46:7 His sons, and his sons' sons with him, his daughters, and his sons' daughters, and all his seed brought he with him into Egypt." (Genesis 46:5-7 KJV)
When the Israelites came out of Egypt a little over four centuries later, Egyptian wagons were again used. The wagons were later put to use by the Levites (see The First Christian Church).
"7:1 And it came to pass on the day that Moses [see also The Prophets: Moses] had fully set up the tabernacle, and had anointed it, and sanctified it, and all the instruments thereof, both the altar and all the vessels thereof, and had anointed them, and sanctified them; 7:2 That the princes of Israel, heads of the house of their fathers, who were the princes of the tribes, and were over them that were numbered, offered: 7:3 And they brought their offering before the LORD, six covered wagons, and twelve oxen; a wagon for two of the princes, and for each one an ox: and they brought them before the tabernacle.
Fact Finder: How did some of the Israelites know that they would be delivered out of Egypt?
This Day In History, September 15
76 BC: Alexander Jannaeus (Alexander Yannai), the Hasmonean / Maccabean king of Judaea, died (see Christ's Hanukkah and The Maccabees). The Maccabees led Judah to independence after the original "abomination of desolation" was committed in Jerusalem by the Syrian king Antiochus Epiphanes (see The Seleucids and Abomination of Desolation - Where?). Alexander Jannaeus succeeded his brother Aristobulus in 103 BC. He was an ally of the Sadducees and persecuted their opponents, the Pharisees (see The Origin Of The Essenes, Sadducees And Pharisees).
668: Eastern Roman Emperor Constans II was assassinated at Syracuse, Italy.
1620: A group of 102 English settlers, later known as "pilgrims," including some who had been living in Holland, left Plymouth, England, bound for the New World. The name of their ship was the Mayflower.
1648: The Larger and the Shorter Catechisms, both produced by the Westminster Assembly the previous year, were approved by the British Parliament. These two documents have been in regular use among various Presbyterians, Congregationalists and Baptists from that time.
1776: During the revolution of the New England colonies that had been established by English pioneers over 150 years earlier, British forces under General William Howe captured New York City.
1821: San Salvador, Costa Rica and Guatemala declared themselves independent of Spain.
1830: The first railway fatality occurred when British Member of Parliament William Huskisson was run down by "Stephenson's Rocket."
1835: The HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin aboard, arrived at the Galápagos Islands (listen to our Sermon Darwin's Theory of Evolution).
1916: The first deployment of tanks in battle - 49 British "Big Willies" participated in the Battle of The Somme during World War 1 (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1928: Scottish researcher Alexander Fleming discovered the antibiotic effect of penicillin.
1935: In Germany, the Nazis under the leadership of Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) enacted the Nuremburg Laws, beginning a program of violent religious and racial persecution. All Jews were deprived of their citizenship and the "ghettos" were created. The same day, the Swastika became the national flag of Germany.
1938: British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain flew to Germany to meet Adolf Hitler at Berchtesgaden, the first of two meetings to try and avoid the crisis over the Sudetenland.
1940: At the height of the Battle of Britain, Royal Air Force Hurricanes and Spitfires shot down 185 Nazi planes. The day has since been celebrated as Battle of Britain day.
1945: A hurricane destroyed over 350 military aircraft at a naval air station in Florida.
1959: Nikita Khrushchev became the first Russian head of state to visit the U.S.
1963: During the struggle for civil rights of black people in the U.S., four black children died when their church in Montgomery, Alabama was destroyed by a bomb.
1968: The unmanned Soviet Zond 5 spaceship was launched. It became the first vehicle to fly around the Moon and then return and re-enter the Earth's atmosphere.
1972: Two former White House aides, Howard Hunt and Gordon Liddy, were added to the five men already charged with the break-in at the Watergate building during the Nixon regime.
1982: Despite Israel's protest, Pope John Paul II had a private meeting with Palestinian terrorist leader Yasser Arafat in the Vatican.
2008: Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history to date.