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Sunday, July 7 2013
The Shepherds Of Egypt
The Israelites, at that time only the family of Jacob (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria and A Biography Of Jacob: When Jacob Became Israel), entered Egypt as refugees from a drought in the land of Canaan (see Camped Out In Canaan). As shepherds, they would not have been received favorably, "for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians," however one of Jacob's sons, Joseph (see A Biography Of Jacob: A Coat Of Many Colors), was the Prime Minister of Egypt, second in authority only to the Pharaoh.
"46:29 And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while.
So it was the Israelites and their flocks were permitted to settle in the rich, well-watered area of the Nile Delta, known as Goshen, where Jacob/Israel lived for the remainder of his life (see also Jacob's Mummy).
"47:5 And Pharaoh spake unto Joseph, saying, Thy father and thy brethren are come unto thee: 47:6 The land of Egypt is before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell: and if thou knowest any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle.
Four centuries later, the Israelites had prospered so much from the resources of Egypt that the Pharaoh at that time feared them as a security threat to his country.
"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.
The Pharaoh attempted to limit the growing Israelite population threat, eventually resorting to infanticide. Hence Moses being placed in a basket in the Nile River where he was found, and then raised by, a royal princess - the Pharaoh's daughter.
"2:1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. 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.
When Moses had grown to a man, he acted like one. Moses defended someone who was being assaulted, which resulted in Moses having to flee into the Sinai. Moses remained there for many years, while marrying a Midianite woman and having two sons with her. What did Moses do for a living during his years in the Sinai? He became a shepherd, just as the Israelites had been when they entered Egypt four centuries before his time.
"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?
It was while tending the flocks that Moses had the famous experience with the burning bush, with the LORD's command to shepherd His people in the Exodus ("the LORD God" was Jesus Christ; see The Kingdom Of The LORD God).
"3:1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. 3:2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3:3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
Fact Finder: Despite their being brothers, when did Moses and Aaron know each other? Did they meet as children, or as old men?
This Day In History, July 7
1307: King Edward I of England died on his way north to subdue a rebellion in Scotland; he was succeeded by Edward II.
1534: The first recorded encounter of Europeans and native people of the Gulf of St. Lawrence area occurred, in what is today the Canadian Province of New Brunswick.
1543: France invaded Luxembourg.
1575: The Raid of the Redeswire; the last major battle between England and Scotland.
1668: Isaac Newton received his MA from Trinity College, Cambridge.
1798: Napoleon Bonaparte's army began its march towards Cairo, Egypt, from Alexandria.
1807: The first of the Treaties of Tilsit was signed, during which France, under Napoleon Bonaparte, and Russia, under Czar Alexander, became allies and divided Europe between them.
1846: During the Mexican-American war (a geographically-inaccurate term, since all people of the continents of North and South America, from the northern tip of Canada to the southern tip of Argentina, are "Americans"), the U.S. annexed California from Mexico. By the end of the war in 1848, Mexico lost the territories of what is today California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, plus parts of Colorado and New Mexico. As well, Texas broke away from Mexico and later joined the U.S.
1865: Lewis Paine, David Herold, George Atzerodt and Mary Surratt were executed by public hanging in Washington's Old Penitentiary. They had been convicted of "treasonable conspiracy" in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
1898: U.S. President William McKinley declared the Newlands Resolution to annex Hawaii as a territory of the U.S.
1928: The Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri introduced a new product to the market - pre-sliced bread.
1930: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, English author and creator of "Sherlock Holmes," died.
1937: Following the establishment of a commission to investigate the mandate in Palestine, the Peel Report was published in Britain (listen to our Sermons The Balfour Declaration and The Ottoman Empire).
1937: Japan invaded China.
1959: The planet Venus (the pagan name that scientists have given to the planet) occulted (blocked from view) the star Regulus. The event is used to calculate the diameter of Venus.
1967: Civil war began in Biafra.
1978: The Solomon Islands were granted independence from Britain.
1980: Sharia was instituted in Iran.
2005: Terrorist explosions in London's transport system killed 56 people (including the four suicide bombers) and injured over 700.