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Tuesday, November 5 2013
Leviticus 14: The Lesson Of Man-Made Chapters
The Holy Scriptures were originally written without chapters and verse numbers as we know them today. They were added much later, primarily by printers and publishers in Europe - "chapters" beginning around the 13th Century and "verses" from about the 16th Century.
The photograph below shows a section of one of the Dead Sea Scrolls - no "chapters" or "verses."
"14:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 14:2 This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought unto the priest: 14:3 And the priest shall go forth out of the camp; and the priest shall look, and, behold, if the plague of leprosy be healed in the leper; 14:4 Then shall the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds alive and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop: 14:5 And the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water: 14:6 As for the living bird, he shall take it, and the cedar wood, and the scarlet, and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water: 14:7 And he shall sprinkle upon him that is to be cleansed from the leprosy seven times, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose into the open field.
The further instructions regarding infection of property, that began in the previous "chapter," were also completed here.
"14:33 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 14:34 When ye be come into the land of Canaan, which I give to you for a possession, and I put the plague of leprosy in a house of the land of your possession; 14:35 And he that owneth the house shall come and tell the priest, saying, It seemeth to me there is as it were a plague in the house: 14:36 Then the priest shall command that they empty the house, before the priest go into it to see the plague, that all that is in the house be not made unclean: and afterward the priest shall go in to see the house: 14:37 And he shall look on the plague, and, behold, if the plague be in the walls of the house with hollow strakes, greenish or reddish, which in sight are lower than the wall; 14:38 Then the priest shall go out of the house to the door of the house, and shut up the house seven days: 14:39 And the priest shall come again the seventh day, and shall look: and, behold, if the plague be spread in the walls of the house; 14:40 Then the priest shall command that they take away the stones in which the plague is, and they shall cast them into an unclean place without the city: 14:41 And he shall cause the house to be scraped within round about, and they shall pour out the dust that they scrape off without the city into an unclean place: 14:42 And they shall take other stones, and put them in the place of those stones; and he shall take other morter, and shall plaister the house.
Fact Finder: What was the actual teaching of the famous "John 3:16" verse?
This Day In History, November 5
1138: Ly Anh Tong became the emperor of Vietnam.
1219: Damietta was captured by the "Crusaders" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1414: The Council of Constance (ecumenical council) opened.
1492: While on his voyages to claim the "New World" for Spain, Christopher Columbus "discovered" corn (i.e. maize) from the natives of Cuba (all of the voyages of Columbus were in the Caribbean Sea area, none to North America; see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1530: The St. Felix's Flood destroyed the city of Reimerswaal in the Netherlands.
1556: Akhbar the Great routed the Hindus under Hemu by turning their elephants against them at the Battle of Panipat in the Hundu Revolt.
1605: Guy Fawkes was arrested for the "Gunpowder Plot" - English Roman Catholics failed in a plan to blow up the British House of Parliament and kill King James I (from whom the King James Version of the Bible is named).
1757: During The Seven Years War, Prussian forces under Frederick II defeated French forces at Rosbach.
1831: Nat Turner, a U.S. slave working to free his people, was sentenced to death in Virginia.
1854: During the Crimean War, British and French forces defeated the Russian forces at Inkerman.
1911: Italy announced the annexation of Libya, Tripolitania and Cyrenaica.
1914: At the start of the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), France and Britain declared war on the Ottoman Empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) that then had control of the territory that is today Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah). At the end of the war 4 years later, control of the land of Israel went to the British, who in turn administered it until 1948 when the modern state of Israel was born. The British liberation of "Palestine" enabled the modern state of Israel to be born, something that did not and could not have happened during centuries of occupation by the Ottomans - see The Balfour Declaration.
1917: Three years after the beginning of the First World War (1914-1918), U.S. troops under General Pershing entered the war against Germany.
1928: Mount Etna in Sicily erupted and devastated a large area including the village of Mascali which was completely buried.
1950: During the Korean War, British and Australian forces of the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade successfully halted the advancing Chinese 117th Division during the Battle of Pakchon.
1956: The 8th and last day of the Sinai War. At a cost of 180 men killed and 4 captured, 20 planes and 2,000 old vehicles, Israel in a 100-hour campaign occupied the entire Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip, had destroyed 3 divisions, killed 2,000 of the enemy, and took nearly 6,000 prisoners. Israel also captured a huge amount of military equipment, valued at over $50 million (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1965: Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith declared a state of emergency in preparation for his declaration of independence from Britain.
1990: Meir Kahane, a U.S.-born rabbi who advocated expelling all Arabs from Israel, was assassinated in New York.
2006: Saddam Hussein, the conquered President of Iraq, and his co-defendants Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Hamed al-Bandar were sentenced to death in the al-Dujail trial for the role in the massacre of the 148 Shi'as in 1982.
2007: China's first lunar satellite, Chang'e 1, entered orbit around the Moon.
2009: U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 people and wounded 30 at Fort Hood, Texas. It was the largest mass shooting at a US military installation.