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Saturday, November 9 2013
Leviticus 18: Sexual Abominations
"Ye shall therefore keep My Statutes and My Judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you"
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ (see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) gave humanity laws of morality that were based upon physical and psychological health (see the Fact Finder question below). Included were defined crimes of sexual perversion.
Notice in the long list of perversions ("abominations") that no single one of them is declared any more wicked than the rest (see also What Does Wicked Mean?). "For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people."
"18:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 18:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am the LORD your God. 18:3 After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances. 18:4 Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God. 18:5 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.
This Day In History, November 9
694: At the Seventeenth Council of Toledo, Egica, a king of the Visigoths of Hispania, accused Jews of aiding Muslims in his kingdom; he sentenced all Jews to slavery.
1282: Pope Martin IV excommunicated King Peter III of Aragon.
1526: Jews were expelled from Pressburg, Hungary by Maria of Hapsburg.
1799: Napoleon Bonaparte led the coup d'état of 18 Brumaire. It ended the "Directory" government.
1862: General Ulysses Grant (who became U.S. President in 1869) issued an order prohibiting Jews from serving under his command in the U.S. Army.
1883: The Royal Winnipeg Rifles of the Canadian Armed Forces (known then as the "90th Winnipeg Battalion of Rifles") was founded.
1906: Although the U.S. was then 130 years old, Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to make an official trip outside of the country. He visited the U.S. occupied Panama Canal zone.
1913: The Great Lakes Storm of 1913 destroyed 19 ships and killed over 250 people.
1918: At the end of the First World War (listen to our Sermons The Ottoman Empire and The European World Wars; also The Balfour Declaration), Germany's Prince Max von Baden announced the abdication of Kaiser (the German form of Caesar) Wilhelm II (who had fled to the Netherlands and was granted asylum there) and handed his office over to Ebert who thereby became Chancellor. Germany was to be demilitarized and made a republic. Many war veterans were deeply embittered by the defeat and the terms imposed on Germany by The Treaty of Versailles - among them a young gefreiter (lance corporal) by the name of Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1935: Japanese troops invaded Shanghai, China.
1938: Kristallnacht (in German, "Crystal Night") in which Nazi storm troopers attacked Jews and their property throughout Germany. Over 260 synagogues were vandalized, 7,500 Jewish shops were destroyed. Thousands of Jews were seriously injured, 91 were murdered, and another 20,000 were arrested and sent to concentration camps. On the same day, a Swiss theology student, Maurice Bevaud, attempted to assassinate Hitler at a Munich rally. He was caught, and executed by guillotine on May 14 1941.
1952: Chaim Weizmann, the first President of Israel, died at age 57 (see A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism).
1953: King Ibn Saud, a Muslim religious leader who created the kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932, died (see Paul's Geography Lesson).
1965: A large area of the eastern United States and Canada was blacked out in one of the worst power failures in history; it was caused when a switch at a station near Niagara Falls malfunctioned.
1970: Charles DeGaulle, former French General and President, died at age 80.
1972: Anik-1, Canada's first domestic communications satellite, was launched into orbit.
1989: East Germany opened the Berlin Wall.
1990: Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed a non-aggression treaty with Germany, winning praise from German leaders for his role in the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall.
1998: Capital punishment was abolished in the United Kingdom.
2005: The Venus Express mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.