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Sunday, April 8 2012
Christ's Crossing Of The Sea
The vital key to understanding the Word of God (see What Does Word of God Mean To You?) is that the "Word of God," also known as "the LORD God," was born as Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah).
"1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made [see The First Act Of Faith]. 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." (John 1:1-5 KJV)
God sent "the LORD God" with the task of "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence."
"1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness [see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners], and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church [see The Rock Of The Church]: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence." (Colossians 1:11-18 KJV)
It is "the LORD God" Who is the Head of His Church.
"3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 3:11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him [see Faithful Doers Of The Word]." (Ephesians 3:9-12 KJV)
It was "the LORD God" Who delivered the Israelites of the Exodus:
"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 [see Appearances Of The LORD God]." (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV)
"That Rock was Christ"
Jesus Christ, "the LORD God," established the Passover (see Nisan 14: The Sacrifice Of The Lamb Of God). He delivered the obedient, no matter who they were ("12:38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them" Exodus 12:38 KJV), and He put to death the rebellious, no matter who they were ("10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents" 1 Corinthians 10:7-9 KJV).
"12:29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt [see also Why Did They Go To Goshen?], from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. 12:30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead [see also Ipuwer's Exodus].
The Israelites had been rendered into docile slaves. While many may have had the "spirit" to fight, they did not then have the weapons, training and experience that would have made them lethal against an established military. It was for that reason that the LORD God, Jesus Christ, did their fighting for them, for a while, "Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt" (see also Legions Of Men And Angels).
"13:17 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt: 13:18 But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea [see also Paul's Geography Lesson]: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.
As he had repeatedly done before, the Pharaoh changed his mind and ordered his armored cavalry ("six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt") to pursue the Israelites.
"14:5 And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us? 14:6 And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him: 14:7 And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them. 14:8 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand. 14:9 But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon." (Exodus 14:5-9 KJV)
The Israelites weren't yet ready to fight for themselves. They panicked when they saw a massive military force approaching. Moses passed word along through the nation, in effect saying, don't worry, the LORD has them all in His sights ("Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD").
"14:10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. 14:11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? 14:12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.
The LORD, Jesus Christ, had been leading the Israelites. He then moved to the rear of the Israelite column ("for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ"), "between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel."
"14:19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them: 14:20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night." (Exodus 14:19-20 KJV)
With Jesus Christ holding off the Pharaoh's army, "Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided." Notice very carefully that, unlike the popular, but incorrectly portrayed idea, the "parting of the sea" was done by "a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided." The water was pushed back, not split. The Hebrew word that is translated as "wall" on each side actually means barrier - in this case, as also stated in the Scriptures, a barrier of water on each side of a bedrock uplift (they didn't, and couldn't have, marched a column of a million people through sea-bottom mud).
"14:21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. 14:22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
The LORD then permitted the Pharaoh's army to advance - so that He could annihilate them.
"14:26 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen. 14:27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 14:28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.
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This Day In History, April 8
217: Caracalla (Marcus Aurelius Antonius), the 23rd Roman emperor, a man noted for his brutality (even for Roman emperors), was assassinated at age 29 as he launched a second campaign against the Parthians.
1093: Winchester Cathedral was dedicated by Walkelin.
1513: Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon landed in Florida and claimed it for Spain.
1525: Albert von Brandenburg, leader of the Teutonic Order, became Duke of Prussia. He made Prussia a Protestant state.
1546: The Council of Trent adopted Jerome's Latin Vulgate as the official Bible of the Roman Catholic Church. It includes the 15 apocryphal books which are not accepted by most Protestants.
1808: "The American Fur Company" was incorporated in New York State by John Jacob Astor. It dominated the fur trade of the central and western U.S. during the first third of the 19th century (see also Who Invented Fur Coats?).
1820: Thomas Douglas Selkirk died at age 48. The Scottish-born philanthropist and colonizer established settlements in Canada's Prince Edward Island and near Lake St. Clair in Upper Canada ("Upper Canada" was a term based on the flow of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River toward the Atlantic Ocean; Lake St. Clair is in southern Ontario).
1838: The Great Western sailed from Bristol, England, on its first voyage. It was the first to make regular Atlantic crossings.
1904: The Entente Cordiale was signed by Britain and France. It settled disputes over Newfoundland, West Africa, Egypt and Morocco.
1908: Herbert Henry Asquith became Prime Minister of England.
1938: Italy invaded Albania. King Zog fled to Greece.
1942: U.S. and Filipino forces surrendered to Japanese invasion forces in the Philippines.
1946: The League of Nations began its final session in Geneva after being replaced by the United Nations.
1962: The "Bay of Pigs" invaders were sentenced to 30 years in prison in Cuba.
1973: Spanish painter Pablo Picasso died at age 92.
1977: Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel admitted that he had violated the country's currency laws. He later resigned.
1986: Jennifer Guinness of the well-known brewing family was kidnapped in Ireland and held for a 2 million Pound ransom.
1992: Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat survived a plane crash in the Sahara Desert. The plane's 3 crew members were killed.