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Thursday, January 17 2013

Exodus: The Way Home

The English word "Exodus" originated from a compound Greek word, pronounced (the Greek alphabet is very different from the English alphabet - although the English word "alphabet" is derived from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, alpha and beta) ex, meaning to go out, and hodos, meaning a way, or means. Ironically, the original word could be used to mean either the way out, or out of the way - which is also appropriate for the Israelite Exodus. They were given, amidst a spectacular display of miraculous Messianic power, a way out of their worldly troubles, but soon thereafter rebelled and made themselves out of the way to their destination. A journey that was intended to have taken only a little over a year (out of Egypt, down to Mount Sinai for the Constitution of the new nation, then up to the Promised Land through the Negev) instead became a forty-year wandering (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Sinai Journey). The children of the Exodus entered the Promised Land (see From Moses And Aaron To Joshua and Eleazar).

The Sinai Peninsula

"14:26 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 14:27 How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.

14:28 Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: 14:29 Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me, 14:30 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. 14:31 But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised. 14:32 But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness.

14:33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness. 14:34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise. 14:35 I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die [see A Journey Without A Destination]." (Numbers 14:26-35 KJV)

The Hebrew name for the Book, pronounced she-mot, means names. Exodus begins with the names of the Israelites who sought refuge in Egypt four centuries earlier.

"1:1 Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt [see A Biography Of Jacob: Israel In Egypt]; every man and his household came with Jacob. 1:2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, 1:3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, 1:5 And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt already." (Exodus 1:1-5 KJV)

The Israelites had entered Egypt under the best of circumstances; one of their own, Joseph (see A Biography Of Jacob: A Coat Of Many Colors), had become Prime Minister of Egypt, second in authority only to the Pharaoh. Over the next four centuries, the Israelites prospered and grew into such a powerful multitude that the later Pharaohs regarded them as a security threat to Egypt. Hence the oppression that was inflicted upon them, and the LORD's deliverance of them from it.

"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.

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.

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 morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour." (Exodus 1:6-14 KJV)

The Chapters Of The Book Of Exodus

Chapter 1: The Pharaoh's Fear Of The Israelite Multitude

The River Of Moses

Chapter 2: The Birth Of Moses; Moses Exiled To The Sinai

The Israelites Of The Pharaoh's Palace

Moses And Zipporah

Chapter 3: The Burning Bush

Moses Of Midian

Chapter 4: Moses Returns To Egypt

The Meeting Of Moses And Aaron

Chapter 5: Bricks Without Straw

Bricks Without Straw

Chapter 6: "I AM The LORD"

Did Abraham, Isaac and Jacob Know 'The LORD'?

The Kingdom Of The LORD God

Chapter 7: The Pharaoh's Magicians

The Fruitful Rod Of Aaron

The Defeat Of Pharaoh's Magicians

Chapter 8: The Plagues Upon The Pharaoh's Kingdom

Plagues Of The Pharaohs: Past and Future

Chapter 9: Plagues Of Livestock and Hail

Ipuwer's Exodus

Chapter 10: The Plague Of Locusts

Locusts In History And Prophecy

Chapter 11: The Plague Of The Firstborn

The Firstborn Of Passover

Chapter 12: The Exodus

Israel In History and Prophecy: Passover

Israel In History and Prophecy: The Exodus

Chapter 13: Out Of Egypt

Paul's Geography Lesson

Chapter 14: Crossing The Sea

The Walls Of Water

The Night Crossing

Why Through The Sea?

Chapter 15: A Song Of Deliverance

Songs Of Christian Deliverance

Chapter 16: Manna and Quail

Manna and Quail

Chapter 17: Water From The Rock

Massah And Meribah

Chapter 18: Jethro

Jethro's Wisdom

Chapter 19: Arrival At Mount Sinai

Israel In History and Prophecy: The Sinai Journey

Chapter 20: The Ten Commandments

Israel In History and Prophecy: Law Of The LORD

Christ Died For Repentant Sinners

Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion?

Chapter 21: Personal Rights

The Love Law

Chapter 22: Property Rights

Property Rights Under God's Law

Chapter 23: The Christian Weekly Sabbath and Holy Days

When Is The LORD's Day?

Weekly Sabbath Sermons

Holy Day Calendar with Sermons and Studies

Chapter 24: The Covenant With Israel

What Did The Elders Of Israel Do?

Israel In History and Prophecy: The New Covenant

Chapter 25: Instructions For The Ark and The Atonement Cover

Christ's Mercy Seat

Chapter 26: Instructions For The Tabernacle

Israel In History and Prophecy: The Tabernacle

Chapter 27: Oil For The Lamp

The Menorah: Lighting The Way

Chapter 28: The Priestly Garments

The High Priest's Ephod

Linen In History And Prophecy

'Raghead' Racism

Chapter 29: Consecration Of The Priests

The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood

The Blood Of Bulls And Goats

How Did The Messiah's Levite Priesthood Change?

Chapter 30: Anointing


Chapter 31: The Sabbath A Sign Between The LORD And His True People

Why Observe The True Sabbath?

Chapter 32: The Golden Calf

The Mount Sinai Riot

Chapter 33: The Tent Of Meeting

The Trysting Tent

Chapter 34: The Second Set Of Stone Tablets

The Stones Of Mount Sinai

Chapter 35: The Skins and Coverings Of The Tabernacle

Where Is Your Tabernacle?

Chapter 36: The Veils Of The Tabernacle

Why Was It Torn?

The Veil of Moses

Chapter 37: The Table and The Lampstand

The Menorah: Lighting The Way

Bread of the Presence

Chapter 38: Washing In The Courtyard Before The Law

The Origin of Baptism


Chapter 39: The Tabernacle Completed

The Church In The Wilderness

Chapter 40: The High Priest

Day of Atonement: The Messiah's Deliverance

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This Day In History, January 17

38 BC: Octavian (who became the first emperor of the Roman empire; see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) divorced Scribonia and married Livia Drusilla, thereby ending the political peace between the Second Triumvirate (see The Politics Of Rome) and Pompey.

395: Upon the death of Emperor Theodosius I, the Roman Roman Empire was no longer ruled by a single leader. As a political and military entity, it thereafter began to be moved northward, where it became officially known as "The Holy Roman Empire of The German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire and Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!).

683: The Battle of al-Harrah. A Syrian army supporting the Umayyad caliph Yazid I defeated the rebel forces of Medina.

1377: Pope Gregory XI restored the papacy to Rome from Avignon, France, where it had resided for 72 years. It had been moved there by French Pope Clement V in 1305, to escape the political turmoil in Italy at the time (see The Struggle For The Papacy).

1562: The Edict of St. Germain took effect by which the Huguenots (French Protestants) were recognized in France. On the same day, the Duke of Guise and the Cardinal of Lorraine formed a union to block the edict.

1595: Henry IV of France declared war on Spain.

1601: The Treaty of Lyons was signed between France, Spain and Savoy under which Henry IV gained Bresse, Bugey, Gex and Valromey.

1773: The Resolution, under England's Captain James Cook, became the first ship to enter Antarctic waters.

1775: 9 women in Kalisk, Poland were burnt as witches, accused of causing bad harvests.

1811: The Battle of Calderon Bridge during the Mexican War of Independence; a force of 6,000 Spanish troops defeated a Mexican revolutionist force of 100,000.

1852: The United Kingdom recognized the independence of the Boer colonies of the Transvaal.

1912: Robert Scott's expedition reached the South Pole, a month after Roald Amundsen of Norway.

1939: The Nazi government in Germany prohibited Jews from working as dentists, veterinarians and chemists (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1945: The Soviet Red Army liberated and occupied Warsaw, Poland, from German forces.

1957: Canada's last aircraft carrier (Canada had 3 aircraft carriers during the Second World War to Cold War era), HMCS Bonaventure, was commissioned. The ship was ordered scrapped in 1969 by the Liberal regime of Pierre Trudeau.

1961: U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower delivered a national televised farewell address, warning of the self-destructive influence of the "military-industrial complex" (arms manufacturers making billions in profits by getting war-lusting politicians elected).

1966: A U.S. B-52 bomber collided in mid-air with a refueling tanker over Spain. 8 people were killed, and the bomber released its H-bomb into the Atlantic.

1977: Double-murderer Gary Gilmore became the first person to be executed in the U.S. since the reintroduction of the death penalty. He chose a firing squad.

1995: More than 6,000 people were killed after a strong earthquake struck central Japan. Measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale, the earthquake, centered around the port of Kobe, was the biggest quake to hit Japan in half a century.

1998: Matt Drudge broke the story of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair on his website The Drudge Report.



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