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Tuesday, November 8 2011

The River Of Moses

Egypt is one of the most ancient still-identifiable nations on Earth (everyone else still exists too, but many have lost the awareness of who they really are e.g. the "lost ten tribes" of Israel; see The Gathering of Israel and Judah). Egypt was one of the earliest "superpowers," before it became a part of other empires, ancient (see The Cleopatra Connection and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) or relatively modern (e.g. after centuries of being ruled by the Ottoman Empire of Turkey, Egypt was declared a British Protectorate at the start of the First World War in 1914 and declared independent by the British in 1922; listen to our Sermons The Ottoman Empire and The Balfour Declaration).

Egypt also held a prominent place in Bible History. The Israelites grew, from a mere family of only about seventy people, to a nation of over a million, in Egypt, during the four centuries that they lived, and greatly prospered, in Goshen, in the delta of the Nile River (see Why Did They Go To Goshen?).

The Nile River at Cairo

"1:1 Now these are the names of the children of Israel [see The Origin Of 'Israel'; also 'Raghead' Racism], which came into Egypt; every man and his household came with Jacob. 1:2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi [see Are Levites 'Jews'?], and Judah [see Who Were The First Jews?], 1:3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, 1:4 Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. 1:5 And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls [see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?]: for Joseph [see Was Her Name Zuleikha?] was in Egypt already.

1:6 And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation. 1:7 And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them." (Exodus 1:1-7 KJV)

Because they prospered so well in, and from the resources of, Egypt, a later king of Egypt began to fear them as a powerful foreign presence in his country.

"1:8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. 1:9 And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: 1:10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land." (Exodus 1:8-10 KJV)

The Pharaoh's attempt to control the Israelites began with the removal of the economic and property rights that they were given when they first arrived. Thereafter, the only way that they were permitted to make a living was by means of jobs that involved hard labor.

"1:11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses. 1:12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel. 1:13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: 1:14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in mortar, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour." (Exodus 11:11-14 KJV)

"Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river"

When economic sanctions did not work (no pun intended), the Pharaoh resorted to genocide by abortion. He ordered that newborn male infants were to be killed - in effect, that all male infants were to be aborted.

Moses Out Of The Nile

"1:15 And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah: 1:16 And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live. 1:17 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive. 1:18 And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive?" (Exodus 1:15-18 KJV)

Unlike many "feminist" and "pro-choice" quack doctors of today (male and female), the midwives of that time did not cooperate with the Satanic slaughter. In return, the LORD blessed the midwives and made the Israelites even more fertile (the reason that Moses' parents had a third child - him).

"1:19 And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them.

1:20 Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty. 1:21 And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses." (Exodus 1:19-21 KJV)

Then came the Pharaoh's hideous order. Rather than quietly killing the infants in private, by the midwives, it would thereafter be done publicly, amidst the screams of the children, and their mothers, as the male babies were thrown into the Nile River.

"1:22 And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive." (Exodus 1:22 KJV)

An Israelite couple, of the tribe of Levi, already had two children; a three-year old by the name of Aaron, and an early-teenage daughter named Miriam. Those two children were safe from the Pharaoh's order to throw newborn male infants into the river. But the family just then had another addition, a male. The infant was hidden for three months, but when it was no longer possible to do so, the mother "took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink." Miriam, then perhaps thirteen or fourteen years old, followed the basket along the river.

"2:1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. 2:2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. 2:3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink. 2:4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him." (Exodus 2:1-4 KJV)

The daughter of Pharaoh was the one to discover the basket, and the baby in it. She knew that it was Israelite i.e. "This is one of the Hebrews' children."

"2:5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. 2:6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews' children." (Exodus 2:5-6 KJV)

Quick-thinking Miriam then rushed up and offered a suggestion, "Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?" Moses was then returned to his own mother.

"2:7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee? 2:8 And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child's mother. 2:9 And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it." (Exodus 2:7-9 KJV)

We don't know what name his mother gave to him, but when he was given to the Pharaoh's daughter, the Egyptian princess named him Moses, "Because I drew him out of the water."

"2:10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water." (Exodus 2:10 KJV)

Fact Finder: The Nile in the time of the Exodus was a place of life and death; life for Moses, death for all of the other infants of his age group (i.e. Moses was unique in another way - there were practically no other Israelite male infants of his same age year). At the time of the Exodus, did Moses do God-empowered miracles involving the river from which he was saved? What was the greater significance of that "water and blood"?
See Water And Blood

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This Day In History, November 8

1226: Louis IX succeeded Louis VIII as the French king.

1519: Spanish "conquistador" Hernan Cortes entered Tenochtitlan, where Aztec ruler Moctezuma (also rendered as "Montezuma") welcomed him. Cortes the "conqueror" seized Moctezuma a prisoner and thereafter took over the rule of the Aztec people.

1576: The Netherlands' 17 provinces formed a national federation.

1602: The Bodleian Library at Oxford University was opened to the public.

1619: The Battle of White Mountain, near Prague. Czech Protestants under Frederick "The Winter King" were routed by Ferdinand's (Hapsburg) Catholic imperialists under Johannes Tilly (a Netherlander). The first major battle of The Thirty Years War.

1630: Passenger pigeons darkened the sky over Boston. They were hunted and shot (mostly for "sport") into extinction (for now).

1656: English astronomer Edmond Halley was born. He became the first to accurately predict the date of the return of a comet. The comet, which has returned every 76 years is named after him - Halley's Comet.

1685: The Edict of Potsdam was proclaimed by Frederick William of Brandenburg to give the Huguenots refuge from religious persecution.

1793: The Louvre, the principal art museum of France, opened in Paris.

1895: German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen discovered x-rays.

1917: The Canadian Press was founded by daily newspapers across the country. Before 1917, newspapers exchanged news regionally and received international news from the Associated Press, but they had no established means of sending news east and west across the vast country.

1923: Adolf Hitler's failed "Beer Hall Putsch" in Munich (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1942: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), British, Canadian and U.S. forces landed in North Africa in "Operation Torch."

1944: 25,000 Hungarian Jews were "loaned" to the Nazis for forced labor.

1980: Voyager 1 discovered the 15th moon of Saturn (while many scientists reject the existence of the Creator and the truth of His Holy Bible, they ironically, and hypocritically, very often name scientific "discoveries" and exploration programs after non-existent pagan gods e.g. saturn, neptune, apollo; see also No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible).

1987: 11 people were killed by a terrorist IRA ("Irish Republican Army") bomb at an Ulster Remembrance Day service.

1988: 900 people were killed by an earthquake in China.

2004: During the invasion of Iraq, the siege of Fallujah began.


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