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Sunday, December 22 2013
Numbers 34: The Boundaries Of Canaan
"When ye come into the land of Canaan; this is the land that shall fall unto you for an inheritance, even the land of Canaan with the coasts thereof"
When the Israelites crossed the Jordan River to their homeland west of the Jordan River (see also Numbers 32: The Israel Of East Jordan), which was the land of Canaan (see the Fact Finder below), they knew exactly where the boundaries were to be for their nation. Those LORD-commanded borders were also a statement of sovereignty for the neighboring nations (see The Boundary Law).
"34:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
The north, south, east and west federal boundaries were declared before the tribal borders within them.
"34:3 Then your south quarter shall be from the wilderness of Zin along by the coast of Edom, and your south border shall be the outmost coast of the salt sea eastward: 34:4 And your border shall turn from the south to the ascent of Akrabbim, and pass on to Zin: and the going forth thereof shall be from the south to Kadeshbarnea, and shall go on to Hazaraddar, and pass on to Azmon: 34:5 And the border shall fetch a compass from Azmon unto the river of Egypt, and the goings out of it shall be at the sea.
The tribal boundaries would be established thereafter in an orderly and precise manner.
"34:13 And Moses commanded the children of Israel, saying, This is the land which ye shall inherit by lot, which the LORD commanded to give unto the nine tribes, and to the half tribe: 34:14 For the tribe of the children of Reuben according to the house of their fathers, and the tribe of the children of Gad according to the house of their fathers, have received their inheritance; and half the tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance: 34:15 The two tribes and the half tribe have received their inheritance on this side Jordan near Jericho eastward, toward the sunrising.
Fact Finder: (a) Who was Canaan? (b) How was the land of Canaan known to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - before any Israelites existed? (c) What does the Holy Bible actually say about Canaanites?
This Day In History, December 22
640: The Saracens under Amrou conquered Alexandria, having invaded Egypt two years earlier.
880: Luoyang, eastern capital of the Tang Dynasty, was captured by the rebel leader Huang Chao during the reign of Emperor Xizong.
1135: Stephen of Blois was crowned as the king of England.
1216: Pope Honorius III approved the establishment of the Order of Preachers, more commonly known as the Dominicans.
1681: New England colonists revoked a 22 year-old ban on Christmas celebrations; the ban on the pagan-based festival was soon observed again (listen to our Sermon The Ho-Ho Hoax).
1715: James Stuart, the "Old Pretender" and claimant to the British throne, landed at Peterhead from exile in France to start a rebellion.
1769: The Sino-Burmese War (1765-1769) ended.
1790: The Turkish fortress of Izmail was captured by Alexander Suvorov and his Russian armies.
1807: The U.S. Congress passed the Embargo Act. While it banned all U.S. trade with all other countries, it was directed primarily at Britain and France. The Act was repealed a few years later due to the devastating effect that isolationism had on the U.S. economy itself i.e. it "defended" jobs and business that were negatively affected by competition from imports, but it destroyed the many U.S. jobs and businesses that were dependent upon exports.
1851: India's first freight train began service in Roorkee, India.
1885: Ito- Hirobumi, a samurai warrior, became the first Prime Minister of Japan.
1894: Alfred Dreyfus, French artillery officer, was convicted of selling secrets to Germany and sentenced to imprisonment on Devils Island. He was completely exonerated in 1906.
1896: An arbitration tribunal in Paris ruled that the Bering Sea (a vast area of the north Pacific Ocean between the continents of Asia and North America was international waters, not a U.S. possession.
1942: After his Nazi air force consistently lost to the Royal Air Force in air combat over Britain, Adolf Hitler signed an order to develop rockets as a weapon that could be safely launched from Europe onto Britain (beginning the modern age of combat-from-a-desk, "push button" no-courage-required warfare).
1968: The 82-man crew of the U.S. spy ship Pueblo were released after being seized by North Korea. The ship itself remains in North Korea to this day.
1988: A Pan Am 747 airliner was blown up by a terrorist bomb over Lockerbie, Scotland. All 295 people on board, and 11 people on the ground, were killed.
1989: A revolution in Romania overthrew communist leader Nicolea Ceausescu after 23 years as president.
1990: Former "Solidarity" union leader Lech Walesa became Poland's President.