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Sunday, July 14 2013

The Wagons Of Egypt

"Take you wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come"

The English word way originated from the Old English (Anglo-Saxon) word weg, which despite its spelling was pronounced way. It meant road, or route. It's still commonly used today, such as in highway or freeway. That actual meaning of the word is also used in the Holy Scriptures to describe John the Baptist ("Prepare ye the way of the Lord") and the Messiah ("I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me"):

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"3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea [see Ahead Of The Prophet], 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight." (Matthew 3:1-3 KJV)

"14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me [see Friends Of Jesus]." (John 14:6 KJV)

True Christianity is about those who actually follow and obey the Messiah in His true Way. False Christianity is about those who vainly do whatever they arrogantly please in His Name - a way of self-righteousness and self-Christianity that "leadeth to destruction."

"7:13 Enter ye in at The Strait Gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing [see Is Your Church A Cult?], but inwardly they are ravening wolves." (Matthew 7:13-15 KJV)

"They brought their offering before the LORD, six covered wagons, and twelve oxen"

A wain, a word based on way, as described above, was the term for a vehicle used for the transportation of people or things. The modern English words weigh and weight also have their origin from the same source. People would weigh their wain to see how much weight they were transporting on the way. A wain later also became known as a wagon, an abbreviation of "way going," or "way gone." The King James Version uses "wagon" to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced awg-aw-law, which meant turning, referring to the wheels of a wagon.

Israelite Wagons The Israelites used covered wagons for both their exodus into Egypt, to escape a famine in their own homeland, and their exodus out of Egypt, over four centuries later. The Israelites entered Egypt (see The Exodus Into Egypt) by means of the Egyptian wagons that Joseph had sent to them i.e. "take you wagons out of the land of Egypt."

"45:17 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph [see Joseph, Prime Minister Of Egypt], Say unto thy brethren, This do ye; lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan; 45:18 And take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land.

45:19 Now thou art commanded, this do ye; take you wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come. 45:20 Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours.

45:21 And the children of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way. 45:22 To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of raiment. 45:23 And to his father he sent after this manner; ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt, and ten she asses laden with corn and bread and meat for his father by the way. 45:24 So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way.

45:25 And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father, 45:26 And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob's heart fainted, for he believed them not. 45:27 And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived: 45:28 And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die." (Genesis 45:17-28 KJV)

There were only 70 Israelites at the time of the entry into Egypt i.e. "all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten."

The Nile River

"46:5 And Jacob rose up from Beersheba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him. 46:6 And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him: 46:7 His sons, and his sons' sons with him, his daughters, and his sons' daughters, and all his seed brought he with him into Egypt." (Genesis 46:5-7 KJV)

"46:26 All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob's sons' wives, all the souls were threescore and six; 46:27 And the sons of Joseph, which were born him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten." (Genesis 46:26-27 KJV)

When the Israelites came out of Egypt a little over four centuries later, Egyptian wagons were again used. The wagons were later put to use by the Levites (see The First Christian Church).

"7:1 And it came to pass on the day that Moses [see also The Prophets: Moses] had fully set up the tabernacle, and had anointed it, and sanctified it, and all the instruments thereof, both the altar and all the vessels thereof, and had anointed them, and sanctified them; 7:2 That the princes of Israel, heads of the house of their fathers, who were the princes of the tribes, and were over them that were numbered, offered: 7:3 And they brought their offering before the LORD, six covered wagons, and twelve oxen; a wagon for two of the princes, and for each one an ox: and they brought them before the tabernacle.

7:4 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 7:5 Take it of them, that they may be to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; and thou shalt give them unto the Levites, to every man according to his service.

7:6 And Moses took the wagons and the oxen, and gave them unto the Levites. 7:7 Two wagons and four oxen he gave unto the sons of Gershon, according to their service: 7:8 And four wagons and eight oxen he gave unto the sons of Merari, according unto their service, under the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest. 7:9 But unto the sons of Kohath he gave none: because the service of the sanctuary belonging unto them was that they should bear upon their shoulders." (Numbers 7:1-9 KJV)

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This Day In History, July 14

756: During China's An Lushan Rebellion, Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty was forced to flee the capital from An Lushan's forces.

1223: Louis VIII became King of France after the death of his father, Philip II.

1430: Joan of Arc, after being taken prisoner by the Burgundians in May, was handed over to Pierre Cauchon, the bishop of Beauvais.

1769: A Spanish expedition led by Gaspar de Portola established a base in California (named by the Spanish after Califia, a mythical paradise in Spanish literature).

The Bastille 1789: The Bastille, a fortress in Paris used to hold political prisoners, was stormed by a mob, marking the beginning of the French Revolution.

1789: Alexander Mackenzie completed his exploration to the mouth of the great river that he hoped would take him to the Pacific Ocean. It turned out to be the river later named him, the Mackenzie River of Canada. At 1,738 kilometers (1,080 miles) long, it is one of the longest rivers in the world.

1798: After the rebellion of the New England colonies, the Sedition Act was passed by the new government of the U.S. The federal law made it a crime to incite or encourage a revolution against the revolution ("right" when we do it, "wrong" if others do the same).

1865: British climber Edward Whymper led the first team of climbers to reach the summit of the Matterhorn in the Alps at a height of 14,690 feet.

1867: Explosives manufacturer Alfred Nobel first demonstrated his invention, dynamite, at Merstham Quarry in Redhill, Surrey.

1881: U.S. frontier thief and mass murderer "Billy the Kid" was shot and killed by Pat Garrett outside Fort Sumner.

1918: The French troop-carrying liner Djemnah was sunk by a German submarine in the Mediterranean; 442 were lost.

1933: In Germany, the Nazi Party under Adolf Hitler banned all opposition parties (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1950: The Battle of Taejon began during the Korean War.

1958: King Faisal of Iraq was assassinated in a coup by army officers, including one named Saddam Hussein, who established Iraq as a republic. The independent Iraqi republic lasted until 2003 when George W. Bush obliterated the country and inflicted over 1 million casualties on Iraqi men, women and children (plus tens of thousands of documented cases of rape and torture) with his false accusations of "weapons of mass destruction" and a non-existent connection to the 9-11 terrorist attacks - that were actually committed by men from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, based in Afghanistan.

1965: Mariner 4 arrived at Mars and became the first spacecraft to produce near photographs of another planet.

1976: Capital punishment was abolished in Canada.

2000: The "Bastille Day Event" - a massive solar flare caused a geomagnetic storm on Earth.

2002: French President Jacques Chirac escaped an assassination attempt during Bastille Day celebrations.


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