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Saturday, December 21 2013
Numbers 33: The Sinai Journey
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) led the Israelites southward through the Sinai Peninsula to Mount Sinai after the Exodus (see Exodus 12: The First Passover and Exodus 19: Arrival At Mount Sinai). After receiving the Law of the LORD (see Exodus 20: The Ten Commandments, Exodus 22: Freedom By The Law and Exodus 24: The People's Covenant), the LORD then led them northward to the Negev Desert of present-day Israel (see The Negev Of Israel), where and when they could have entered the Promised land only a little over just one year after the Exodus.
The Israelites however refused to enter their homeland (see Numbers 11: Winners and Whiners, Numbers 13: The Exploration Of The Promised Land and Numbers 14: Why 40 Years In The Sinai?), so the LORD turned them around and had them wander in circles in the Sinai wilderness for forty years, until the adult rebels of the Exodus had all died off. It was the children and grandchildren of the Exodus generation who entered the Promised Land under the leadership of Joshua (see Deuteronomy: The Law and History Lessons By Moses and From Moses And Aaron To Joshua and Eleazar).
"33:1 These are the journeys of the children of Israel, which went forth out of the land of Egypt with their armies under the hand of Moses and Aaron. 33:2 And Moses wrote their goings out according to their journeys by the commandment of the LORD: and these are their journeys according to their goings out.
Moses himself did not cross the Jordan, although he died and was buried in what became the territory of Israel east of the Jordan River (see Numbers 32: The Israel Of East Jordan).
"33:50 And the LORD spake unto Moses in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho, saying, 33:51 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye are passed over Jordan into the land of Canaan; 33:52 Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places: 33:53 And ye shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land, and dwell therein: for I have given you the land to possess it. 33:54 And ye shall divide the land by lot for an inheritance among your families: and to the more ye shall give the more inheritance, and to the fewer ye shall give the less inheritance: every man's inheritance shall be in the place where his lot falleth; according to the tribes of your fathers ye shall inherit.
Fact Finder: Why do some people mistakenly believe that Mount Sinai is in Saudi Arabia - a nation that has existed in name only since the 1930s? Where is "Arabia"?
This Day In History, December 21
640: Muslims captured the "Babylon Fortress" in the Nile Delta after a seven-month siege (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1140: Conrad III of Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) besieged Weinsberg.
1872: The HMS Challenger, commanded by Captain George Nares, sailed from Portsmouth, England on the Challenger expedition.
1883: The Royal Canadian Dragoons and the Royal Canadian Regiment, the first permanent force cavalry and infantry regiments of the Canadian Army, were established.
1898: Pierre and Marie Curie discovered radium.
1908: Klara Hitler, mother of Adolf Hitler, died of breast cancer at age 47. It was after his mother's death that Adolf Hitler began his homeless hobo years in Vienna, Austria (Hitler was born in Austria, not Germany) where he developed his warped psychological basis of his supposed "socialist" (NAZI is the abbreviation for his National Socialist party) and anti-Semitic (his resentment toward Jewish shopkeepers, while he was living on the street and in homeless shelters) attitudes (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1910: 2,500,000 plague victims were reported in the An-Hul province of China (see also Leviticus 13: Bacteria).
1946: An earthquake and tidal wave killed hundreds of people in Japan.
1948: Ireland declared itself a republic, rather than a dominion, and withdrew from the British Commonwealth.
1958: Charles de Gaulle was elected the first President of the France's Fifth Republic.
1967: Louis Washkansky, the first human heart transplant patient, died 18 days after the operation by Dr. Christiaan Barnard in Cape Town, South Africa.
1975: Terrorists of the "Arm of the Arab Revolution" led by "Carlos the Jackal" raided the OPEC headquarters in Vienna and held 11 oil ministers and their staff hostage.
1986: 500,000 Chinese students gathered in Shanghai's People's Square calling for democratic reforms, including freedom of the press.
1988: Pan-Am flight 103, a Boeing 747, was blown up by on-board bomb over Lockerbie, Scotland; 259 passengers and crew, and 11 other people on the ground killed.
1991: 11 of the former 15 Soviet republics proclaimed the birth of the Commonwealth of Independent States and the death of the USSR. Of the other 4 former Soviet republics, 3 Baltic states were already independent and Georgia chose not to join the Commonwealth.
1993: President Boris Yeltsin abruptly abolished the former KGB security police, saying the huge force Russian citizens feared for decades was "incapable of being reformed."
1995: Bethlehem was transferred from Israeli to "Palestinian" control (see also Bethlehem In History And Prophecy).