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Tuesday, April 2 2013
Haran To Hebron
The area known as the "fertile crescent" ran from the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers of Babylon (known today as Iraq), through Syria, down through the land of Canaan and into the Nile valley of Egypt. It was a natural development, agricultural and travel route that avoided the vast desert areas of Arabia (see also Paul's Geography Lesson).
Abraham was born in what is today Iraq. His family migrated along the "fertile crescent," stopping first in Haran, in what is today Syria (see also The Syrian Tongue Of Jesus). Abraham's father Terah died and is buried in Haran.
"11:27 Now these are the generations of Terah:
The LORD then commanded Abraham to move on from Haran to the land of Canaan. Abraham did not however lose contact with those of the family that remained in Haran; Abraham later sent for a wife for his son Isaac there (see Who Chose Rebekah?). Years after that, Abraham's grandson Jacob, who the LORD renamed as Israel (see Where Jacob Became Israel), found four wives there. During the twenty years that Jacob lived in Haran, nearly all (except Benjamin, the youngest, who was born near Bethlehem; see The Rachel Prophecies) of the Israelite patriarchs, including Judah, were born in Syria of Syrian/Iraqi mothers (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria).
"12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
While still following the route of the "fertile crescent," Abraham journeyed down through the entire length of what became the land of Israel, right into the Nile Delta area of Egypt. He then returned to the land of Canaan with large flocks and herds - so great in number than Abraham and his nephew parted company in order to have sufficient grazing for both of them. Lot chose the area around Sodom, a beautiful well-watered area that was filled with ugly, desolate behavior. Not long after that, Abraham settled in Hebron, today in the south of Judea in Israel, where he lived the remainder of his life, and where he today is entombed.
"13:1 And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south. 13:2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
It was from Hebron that Abraham witnessed Jesus Christ incinerate Sodom (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God to understand that "the LORD God" was born as Jesus Christ).
"19:23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. 19:24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 19:25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
Fact Finder: Why was Lot's wife reluctant to leave Sodom? Why did she "look back"?
This Day In History, April 2
742: Charlemagne, king of the Franks, was born. King from 768, with his brother, he ruled most of Europe and was crowned emperor in 800 (see Emperors and Popes).
1118: Baldwin I died at age 60. As king of the crusader state of Jerusalem (1100-1118), he expanded the kingdom and secured its territory, formulating an administrative apparatus that was to serve for 200 years as the basis for Frankish rule in Syria and "Palestine" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1513: Florida was discovered and claimed for Spain by Ponce de Leon.
1524: At age 40, Swiss reformer Ulrich Zwingli (a former Roman Catholic priest) publicly married the widow Anna Meyer. Their marriage lasted until his death at the Battle of Kappel in 1531.
1550: Jews were expelled from Genoa Italy.
1801: During the Napoleonic Wars, the Danish fleet was heavily damaged by the British under Admiral Nelson at the Battle of Copenhagen.
1912: The Titanic went out on its first sea trials under its own power.
1917: The U.S. declared war on Germany in the First World War - 2 years and 8 months after the war in Europe began (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1932: Aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh paid over $50,000.00 ransom for his kidnapped son, who was later found dead.
1975: Toronto's CN Tower was topped off at a height of 1,815 feet, making it the tallest free-standing structure in the world at the time.
1982: Argentina seized the Falkland Islands and overthrew the British administration. Britain responded with a naval task force which recovered the islands.
1990: Saddam Hussein threatened to "incinerate half of Israel" with advanced chemical weapons if it joined a war against Iraq (the result of the later invasion Iraq proved that Saddam had no "weapons of mass destruction").
2002: Israeli military forces surrounded the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem after armed Palestinians had retreated there.
2005: Karol Jozef Wojtyla / Pope John Paul II, died at age 84.