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Wednesday, December 25 2013
Deuteronomy 1: Why A Book Of Deuteronomy In The Bible?
The Israelites could have entered their Promised Land in little over just one year after the Exodus (see Numbers 13: The Exploration Of The Promised Land), but they refused to enter - to which the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) declared unto them, as a death sentence, to forty years of aimless wandering in the wilderness of the Sinai Peninsula (see Numbers 14: Why 40 Years In The Sinai?).
If the Israelites had entered their homeland when the LORD first gave them the opportunity to do so, consider the profound difference that it would have made to the subsequent events of Bible history. Here are just a few:
The Book of Deuteronomy begins near the end of Moses' life, near the end of the forty years wandering, "in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spake unto the children of Israel."
"1:1 These be the words which Moses spake unto all Israel on this side Jordan in the wilderness, in the plain over against the Red sea, between Paran, and Tophel, and Laban, and Hazeroth, and Dizahab. 1:2 (There are eleven days' journey from Horeb by the way of mount Seir unto Kadeshbarnea.)
The Book of Deuteronomy is a reiteration of the Law that the LORD gave to Moses to deliver to the people of Israel. It was a repetition for Moses, but a first time hearing, as responsible adults, for the Israelites who were about to cross into the Promised Land.
"1:9 And I spake unto you at that time, saying, I am not able to bear you myself alone: 1:10 The LORD your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude. 1:11 (The LORD God of your fathers make you a thousand times so many more as ye are, and bless you, as he hath promised you!) 1:12 How can I myself alone bear your cumbrance, and your burden, and your strife? 1:13 Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you.
Moses delivered the history lesson of the Book of Deuteronomy - focusing on the rebellious event that caused the wilderness wandering.
"1:19 And when we departed from Horeb, we went through all that great and terrible wilderness, which ye saw by the way of the mountain of the Amorites, as the LORD our God commanded us; and we came to Kadeshbarnea. 1:20 And I said unto you, Ye are come unto the mountain of the Amorites, which the LORD our God doth give unto us. 1:21 Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.
Moses spoke to them in the present tense, although the people that he was actually speaking to were all dead. It was a stark emphasis to the children and grandchildren that they were then in the same "place" as their parents and grandparents were when they chose to rebel and fail (see Numbers 11: Winners and Whiners). The difference is that those of that later generation did not fail.
"1:26 Notwithstanding ye would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God: 1:27 And ye murmured in your tents, and said, Because the LORD hated us, he hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us. 1:28 Whither shall we go up? our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there.
Fact Finder: Who succeeded Moses and Aaron?
This Day In History, December 25
274: Roman Emperor Aurelian (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) declared the pagan Sol Invictus ("the invincible sun," from which the heathen "Sunday" originated; see Why Observe The True Sabbath?) to be the state religion of the Roman Empire and the "Church" that it created for itself (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
336: The first documented observance of "Christmas" in Rome, observed at the time of their sun god (Sol Invictus) festival (see Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate? and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
496: Clovis and 3,000 of his warriors were baptized into the Church of Rome. Clovis is considered to be the founder of the Frankish kingdom (see the map below), the first Church of Rome king of the Franks, and the only orthodox "Christian" ruler in the west.
597: England adopted the Julian calendar.
795: Adrian I, pope 772-795, died. His relationship with Charlemagne "symbolized the medieval idea of union of church and state in a united Christendom." He was elected with the support of the Frankish party at Rome (see Emperors and Popes).
800: Pope Leo III crowned Charles, King of the Franks (subsequently called Karl der Grosse / Charles the Great, or Charlemagne) "Emperor of the Romans." Some consider this date to be the beginning of "The Holy Roman Empire" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). The iconography of the Middle Ages shows the Emperor, not the Pope, as "Peter's representative." The emperor was often portrayed as standing alone as "God's earthly vicar" (listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1100: Baldwin of Boulogne, one of the leaders of the Church of Rome's first "Crusade" was crowned the first King of Jerusalem (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1635: French explorer Samuel de Champlain died at age 68. He was the chief founder of "New France" in North America (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1651: The General Court of Boston levied a five shilling fine on anyone found "observing any such day as Christmas" (see Could Santa Claus Have Become The Pope?).
1926: Hirohito became emperor of Japan.
1941: With France under German occupation at the start of the Second World War, many "Free French" forces retreated to the tiny French islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon off the Canadian east coast (St. Pierre and Miquelon are to this day owned by France).
1950: Scottish nationalists stole the Stone of Scone (the "Coronation Stone" or "Stone of Destiny") from the British coronation throne in Westminster Abbey. Weighing 485 pounds / 220 kilograms, it was recovered 4 months later.
1977: Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel met with Egyptian President Sadat in Egypt.
1989: Romanian dictator Nicolea Ceausescu and his wife Elena were executed by a rebel firing squad during the overthrow of the communist government.
1991: Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev resigned amidst the political death of the "Soviet Union." The USSR lasted for 70 years; it collapsed due to national bankruptcy.