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Thursday, December 26 2013
Deuteronomy 2: The Israelite Wanderland
When the Israelites refused to enter their Promised Land (see Deuteronomy 1: Why A Book Of Deuteronomy In The Bible?), the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) turned them back into the Sinai wilderness of Arabia (see Paul's Geography Lesson) where they would remain for forty years - until the entire adult rebel generation of the Exodus had died. Up to that time, their presence in the Sinai was a journey to a destination; after their refusal, it became an aimless wanderland.
"2:1 Then we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea, as the LORD spake unto me: and we compassed mount Seir many days.
The only blessing over those forty years ("For the LORD thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand") was for the sake of the children and grandchildren of the rebels. They would be maintained and care-for until their opportunity came to enter the Promised Land - while their rebel parents and grandparents were perishing in the Sinai.
"2:7 For the LORD thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the LORD thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.
Over that long time, the other nations in and around the Sinai began to mistakenly assume that the Israelites were invading and taking over their homelands - something that the LORD specifically commanded the Israelites not to do (see also The Boundary Law) while they were slowly making their way to their own homeland.
"2:24 Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon: behold, I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land: begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle. 2:25 This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon the nations that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear report of thee, and shall tremble, and be in anguish because of thee.
Fact Finder: What was meant by Abraham's descendants receiving homelands from the Nile River (in Egypt) to the Euphrates River (in Iraq)?
This Day In History, December 26
1135: The coronation of French-born Stephen of Blois as king of England. Stephen's reign was consumed by the Anarchy, a war within England and Normandy from 1135 to 1153, characterized by a breakdown in law and order.
1492: Christopher Columbus established the first Spanish settlement in the New World - in the Caribbean (for a map of all 4 of the voyages of Christopher Columbus, see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1620: Plymouth Colony was established by the England's Mayflower colonists (see also The Pilgrims).
1790: During the French Revolution, Louis XVI of France granted his assent to the Civil Constitution of the Clergy.
1805: Austria and France signed the Treaty of Pressburg (also known as the fourth Peace of Pressburg).
1806: Napoleon's army was stopped by Russian forces at the Battle of Pultusk.
1825: Liberal rebels in Russia revolted against Czar Nicholas I.
1846: While snowbound and starving in the Sierra Nevadas, members of the Donner Party resorted to cannibalism.
1852: The sailing ship Marco Polo, built in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, was declared the fastest ship in the world. The ship had sailed from Liverpool, England, to Melbourne, Australia, and back in 140 days. The trip usually took 240 days.
1862: The largest mass-hanging in U.S. history took place when 38 Santee Sioux were executed in Minnesota for attempting to defend their homeland from white settlers.
1870: The 12.8 kilometer (8.5 miles) Frejus Rail Tunnel through the European Alps was completed.
1898: Radium was discovered by Pierre and Marie Curie in their laboratory in France.
1932: An estimated 75,000 people were killed by a severe earthquake in China.
1943: British naval forces sank the German battleship Scharnhorst.
1962: 8 East Berliners escaped to West Berlin by crashing through border gates in an armor-plated bus.
1972: Former U.S. President Harry Truman died at age 88. Truman was (to date) the only man to order the use of nuclear weapons on another country - the bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 in which hundreds of thousands of people were vaporized or severely burned.
1975: The Russian Tupolev-144 became the world's first supersonic aircraft to go into regular service, carrying mail from Moscow.
1979: The Soviet Union sent an additional 5,000 troops into the Afghanistan conflict.
1991: Jack Ruby's gun, that was used to murder Lee Harvey Oswald, sold for $220,000.00 in auction. Ruby's actual name was Jacob Rubenstein, a son of Polish-immigrant Jewish parents. He grew up in Chicago where, as a boy, he ran errands for the gangster Al Capone.
1991: The Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union formally dissolved the Soviet Union.
1998: Iraq announced that it would defend its airspace against U.S. and British warplanes that flew in their declared "northern and southern no-fly zones." Iraq's attempt to defend itself from foreign warplanes in its skies was declared an act of aggression against the U.S. and Britain and used as a further pretext to bomb and invade Iraq.