Monday, December 10 2012
The Israelites Of The Pharaoh's Palace
"Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou"
By the time of the Exodus, the Israelites had been in Egypt for a little over four centuries. When they entered Egypt, as a family of only about seventy people (the children and grandchildren of Jacob; see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria and A Biography Of Jacob: When Jacob Became Israel), it was under most-favorable conditions. One of Israel's own sons, Joseph (see A Biography Of Jacob: A Coat Of Many Colors), was the Prime Minister of Egypt, second only to the king in authority: "Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou" (the term "Pharaoh" originally referred to the king's "house," or palace, but later came to be used for the king of Egypt himself). Joseph's sons, Ephraim and Manasseh (see also Jacob's Blessing Of Ephraim And Manasseh), were born and lived their lives in the Pharaoh's royal palace.
"41:38 And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is? 41:39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath showed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: 41:40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou. 41:41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. 41:42 And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen [see also Linen In History And Prophecy], and put a gold chain about his neck; 41:43 And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.
The LORD (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God) blessed Jacob with a promise of prosperity in Egypt.
"46:1 And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac.
So it was then that the Israelites entered Egypt with royal privilege.
"47:11 And Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land [see Why Did They Go To Goshen?], in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded. 47:12 And Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father's household, with bread, according to their families." (Genesis 47:11-12 KJV)
"And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses"
Hundreds of years after the time of Joseph, Moses also lived, from infancy to adulthood, in the luxury of the Pharaoh's palace, as the adopted son of the Pharaoh's daughter. Through those years, the Pharaoh would have been "Grandpa" to the adopted prince Moses. By that time however, the king of Egypt had come to fear the Israelites in general because over the four centuries that they had lived in Egypt, they grew from a family of seventy people to a great multitude (at the time of the Exodus, there were over 600,000 military-age Israelite males i.e. Numbers 1:46 KJV).
"1:1 Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt; every man and his household came with Jacob. 1:2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, 1:3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, 1:4 Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher [see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria]. 1:5 And all the souls [see also What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?] that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt already.
Moses had come to be adopted by the Pharaoh's daughter as result of the genocide that her father had declared upon the Israelites.
"2:1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi [see also The Meeting Of Moses And Aaron]. 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.
Moses' life of palace luxury ended one day when he discovered that he had principles of righteousness - and was willing to defend those principles. This why he did what he did:
"11:24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. 11:28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them." (Hebrews 11:24-28 KJV)
The result was that Moses went from a palace prince to a Sinai shepherd.
"2:11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren. 2:12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. 2:13 And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?
Fact Finder: Moses And Zipporah had a very long marriage. They were married when Moses first arrived in the Sinai as a young man, they were married when Moses returned to Egypt for the Exodus at age eighty, and they remained married through most or all of the forty years that the Israelites remained in the Sinai. Who were the children and grandchildren of Moses And Zipporah?
This Day In History, December 10
1520: Martin Luther publicly burned Pope Leo X's papal edict, Exsurge Domine, that ordered him to recant his "protestant heresies." The accusation against Luther was fundamentally incorrect; Luther rebelled against the immoral behavior of the papacy at the time, but he maintained nearly all of the Church of Rome's pagan doctrines, as do the "protestant" churches to this day (e.g. see Why Observe The True Sabbath?). That's why the LORD refers to the "protestant" churches as "harlots" too i.e. "17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." (Revelation 17:4-5 KJV). The Church of Rome is the "mother" of all of those harlots, while Luther was the "father" of many of them.
1665: The Royal Netherlands Marine Corps was founded by Michiel de Ruyter.
1684: Isaac Newton's derivation of Kepler's laws from his theory of gravity, detailed in the paper De motu corporum in gyrum, was read to the Royal Society by Edmund Halley.
1799: France adopted the metre as its official unit of length.
1845: The first pneumatic (inflated with air) tires were patented by British civil engineer Robert Thompson.
1848: Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, nephew of emperor Napoleon, was elected president of France's Second Republic. It was to be short lived - in 1851 Bonaparte staged a coup to restore "the empire."
1865: German-born Leopold I, the first king of the Belgians and a highly influential force in European diplomacy, died. He was known as the "uncle of Europe" - among his many international royal relatives was his niece Queen Victoria of Britain.
1868: The world's first traffic lights, built near London's Parliament Square, began operation.
1896: Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel died. He made much of his fortune from his invention of dynamite and the manufacture of armaments of war in his factories. Ironically (or hypocritically), the "Nobel Peace Prize" is named after him.
1898: The U.S. and Spain signed a treaty to end their war in the Caribbean and the Pacific.
1901: The first transatlantic wireless signal was received at St. John's Newfoundland. Guglielmo Marconi flew a box kite trailing copper wire to a telephone picked up clicking sounds transmitted from 2,000 miles / 3,200 kilometers away in Cornwall, England. Today, the hill from which the kite was flown is called Signal Hill.
1913: The "Mona Lisa" painting was recovered in Florence after having been stolen from the Louvre two years earlier.
1915: The first all-metal plane flew for the first time. Built by German Hugo Junkers, it was known as the "Tin Donkey."
1936: King Edward VIII of Britain abdicated to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson.
1941: Japanese shore-based bombers sank the British battleship Prince of Wales and battle cruiser Repulse.
1982: 119 countries, but not Britain or the U.S., signed the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
1988: A severe earthquake in Armenia killed an estimated 100,000 people.