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Monday, January 21 2013
Joshua: Crossing The Jordan
Joshua was born in Egypt of the Israelite tribe of Ephraim. As such, Joshua could have had a more Egyptian appearance than the Israelites whose progenitors were born in Syria, of entirely Babylonian ancestry (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria). Ephraim and Manasseh's mother, the wife of Joseph (see A Biography Of Jacob: A Coat Of Many Colors) was Egyptian; the ancient Egyptians were black people.
"46:20 And unto Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him." (Genesis 46:20 KJV)
Joshua's age at the time of the Exodus is not stated, other than that he was a young man ("Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man"). There is nothing in the Scriptures that say that Joshua was a stone cutter, as he is portrayed in the classic The Ten Commandments movie produced by Cecil B. DeMille in 1956. Joshua became the closest personal aide to Moses ("Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God") right from the time of the Israelite entry into the Sinai. Joshua accompanied Moses part-way up onto Mount Sinai, and Joshua guarded the Ten Commandments prior to the time of the building of the Tabernacle (Moses' "Tent of Meeting" is also sometimes translated as "Tabernacle").
"24:13 And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God." (Exodus 24:13 KJV)
Joshua was one of the twelve scouts that were sent to "search the land of Canaan" just prior to what should have been the Israelites' entry into the Promised Land - only a little over a year after the Exodus.
"13:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 13:2 Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.
Upon their return, only Joshua, of Ephraim, and Caleb, of Judah, reported what they saw with honesty and courage. The others caused a rebellion of the nation - they refused to enter the Promised Land. The result was that the LORD sentenced the entire adult generation of the Exodus, except for Joshua and Caleb, to die in the wilderness.
"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 [see Deuteronomy: The Law and History Lessons By Moses]. 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." (Numbers 14:28-34 KJV)
Moses himself was not given to enter the Promised Land (although we know that he will be in the Spiritual Promised Land, the Kingdom of God; see The Moses And Elijah Vision). Just before his death (see Where Are Miriam, Aaron And Moses?), Moses formally transferred his responsibility (the LORD has the Power; His servants have only responsibility) to Joshua.
"27:18 And the LORD [see The Kingdom Of The LORD God] said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him; 27:19 And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight. 27:20 And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient. 27:21 And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the LORD: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.
Upon the death of Moses, the LORD gave Joshua the instructions that he would accomplish, as recorded in the Book of Joshua.
"1:1 Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying, 1:2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. 1:3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. 1:4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. 1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
The Chapters Of The Book Of Joshua
Fact Finder: Who was Eleazar, the High Priest when Joshua led Israel?
This Day In History, January 21
763: The Battle of Bakhamra during the Alid Revolt (an uprising by the Hasanid tribe of the Alids against the governing Abbasid Caliphate) between Alids and Abbasids near Kufa ended in an Abbasid victory.
1189: The Third Crusade began with the united military forces of King Henry II of England, King Philip II of France, and the "Holy Roman" Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. Also known as the King's Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1356: King Edward de Balliol vacated his throne to Edward III of England after his authority over Scotland declined in favor of the supporters of King David II.
1525: The Swiss Anabaptist Movement was founded when Felix Manz, Conrad Grebel, George Blaurock, and about a dozen others baptize each other in the home of Manz's mother in Zurich (see Anabaptists).
1542: The Bill of Attainer was passed by Parliament against Queen Katherine Howard.
1549: The first (of four in total) British Acts of Uniformity were passed by Parliament, requiring the Anglican Church to use the Book of Common Prayer (later called the First Prayer Book).
1604: Tsar Ivan IV defeated the False Dimitri, who claimed to be the true tsar ("tsar" is the Russian version of "caesar").
1790: Joseph Guillotine invented a new beheading machine (called the "guillotine" after its inventor) for "painless" executions.
1793: King Louis XVI of France, who ruled from 1774 to 3 years after the revolution of 1789, was executed for treason. He was decapitated with the newly-invented guillotine.
1924: Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin died of a stroke at age 54.
1936: After the death of his father King George V, Edward VIII became king. He resigned the throne later that year to marry Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced US woman. Edward was succeeded by George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II.
1942: German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (the "Desert Fox") mounted a counter attack against British forces in North Africa.
1959: Hollywood movie maker Cecil de Mille died. He is most famous for his film The Ten Commandments.
1965: The Prime Minister of Persia (known today as Iran; see also Ancient Empires - Persia), Hassan Ali Mansur, was assassinated.
1976: The supersonic Concorde airliner made its first commercial flights. Two of the aircraft flew from London to Bahrain and Paris to Rio de Janeiro.
1977: Almost all Vietnam War draft evaders were pardoned by President Jimmy Carter.
1984: Britain's first "test-tube" triplets (two boys and a girl) were born in London.