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Tuesday, September 17 2013
Exodus 7: The Waters Turned To Blood
"All the waters that were in the river were turned to blood"
The return of Moses and Aaron to the Pharaoh was not going to be a simple demand like the first time (see Exodus 5: Bricks Without Straw). With each refusal by the obstinate Pharaoh, the LORD's response would escalate with greater wrath. The Pharaoh may have thought that two men in their eighties ("Moses was fourscore years old, and Aaron fourscore and three years old, when they spake unto Pharaoh"; see also The Meeting Of Moses And Aaron) were not to be taken seriously, but the Eternal (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God), Who sent Moses and Aaron, is infinitely older, wiser and more powerful.
"7:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet. 7:2 Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of his land. 7:3 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt. 7:4 But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. 7:5 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them.
The first miracle by Moses and Aaron was imitated by the Satan-empowered sorcerers (see What Is Sorcery?; see also Paul's Encounters With Witches and Sorcerers) - for a short time before they admitted that Satan was powerless against the LORD: "8:18 And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast. 8:19 Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said." (Exodus 8:18-19 KJV).
"7:8 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 7:9 When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent.
Then came the famous waters to blood.
"7:14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh's heart is hardened, he refuseth to let the people go. 7:15 Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goeth out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river's brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand. 7:16 And thou shalt say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear. 7:17 Thus saith the LORD, In this thou shalt know that I am the LORD: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood. 7:18 And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall lothe to drink of the water of the river.
The sorcerers were able to partially mimic the miracle, but all that they accomplished was to foolishly add to the damage that was being inflicted upon themselves. Moses and Aaron obviously left some fresh water for the people (or the sorcerers wouldn't have any for their "miracle"), but the sorcerers polluted it themselves, with the result that "all the Egyptians digged round about the river for water to drink; for they could not drink of the water of the river."
"7:20 And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood.
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This Day In History, September 17
480 BC: The Battle of Thermopylae between the Spartans and the Achaemenid Empire (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).
1176: The Battle of Myriokephalon between the Byzantine Empire and the Seljuk Turks in Phrygia (see also Phrygia).
1394: All Jews in France were ordered out of the country by French King Charles VI.
1577: The Peace of Bergerac was signed between Henry III of France and the Huguenots (members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France during the 16th and 17th centuries).
1656: Massachusetts enacted laws against Quakers. While many of the settlers and "pilgrims" had left Europe to escape religious persecution, it didn't take long in their "New World" before they themselves began doing exactly what their oppressors had been doing to them back in the "old country" (see also The Pilgrims to understand the actual Biblical meaning of "pilgrim").
1849: U.S. abolitionist Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery.
1894: The Battle of Yalu River, the largest naval battle of the First Sino-Japanese (China-Japan) War.
1908: The "Wright Flyer," piloted by Orville Wright, with U.S. Army Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as a passenger, crashed, killing Selfridge, who thereby became the first U.S. airplane fatality.
1916: During the First World War, Manfred von Richthofen ("The Red Baron") made his first air combat kill near Cambrai, France. He went on to shoot down 80 (79 British, 1 Belgian) enemy aircraft before he was shot down and killed by a Canadian fighter pilot, Captain Roy Brown (of Carleton Place, Ontario), over northern France in 1918.
1939: Soviet forces invaded Poland from the east while German forces were invading from the west; the Polish government and military command fled to exile in Romania.
1940: Adolf Hitler decided to "postpone" his invasion of Britain after his Luftwaffe met unexpectedly potent resistance from British fighter pilots in the "Battle of Britain" air war. Hitler was one of this world's most successful "politicians" of all time - the Satanic heathen knew how to mislead and manipulate a nation into committing horrendous evil by abusing the principles of its "patriotism" that made it all seem so "right" (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion). There is another "Hitler" coming, a great deceiver who will be the end-time "beast" - see Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!.
1948: United Nations representative Count Folke Bernadotte was assassinated in Jerusalem. The Swedish soldier and diplomat headed the Swedish Red Cross during World War Two and is credited with saving 20,000 Jewish inmates of concentration camps. As a UN mediator in Palestine, at the time of the creation of the present-day state of Israel that year, Bernadotte was murdered by Jewish terrorists who ignored all that Bernadotte had done for the people of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah and Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration).
1956: Television was first broadcast in Australia.
1978: The Camp David Peace Accord was signed between Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt.
1980: The independent trade union Solidarity was established after strikes at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland.
1980: Former Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza Debayle was assassinated in Asuncion, Paraguay.
1993: The last "Cold War" Russian troops left Poland.
2001: The New York Stock Exchange reopened after the September 11 attacks, the longest trading disruption since the Great Depression.