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Tuesday, December 31 2013
Deuteronomy 7: The Canaan Battle Plan
"Thou shalt not be afraid of them: but shalt well remember what the LORD thy God did unto Pharaoh"
"24:1 A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. 24:2 For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. 24:3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? 24:4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. 24:5 He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation." (Psalm 24:1-5 KJV)
The Israelites were liberated in the Exodus by means of military force - after the Pharaoh was repeatedly, and peacefully, asked to "Let my people go" (see Exodus 8: Let My People Go). They weren't the Pharaoh's people; they were the LORD's people, so force was a legitimate resort after diplomacy was refused by the arrogant king.
The land that the Canaanites merely inhabited was deeded to a specific line of descendants of an immigrant from Iraq named Abraham (see The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq). The fact that it was not given to Abraham in his own lifetime (see Camped Out In Canaan), long before any Israelites or Jews even existed (see Genesis 32: The Origin Of Israel and Who Were The First Jews?), is a testimony that the inheritors of the land were given it for a purpose, not for any favoritism to any particular people. Their presence would provide the Messiah for all people, including the Canaanites in due time (see What Does The Bible Really Say About Canaanites?) - and it was the LORD God Himself Who would be born as that Messiah. The LORD God was and is Jesus Christ (see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God).
When the Israelites arrived to take possession of the land that had been deeded to them centuries before they even existed as a nation, they were faced with inhabitants of their land who chose to fight the lawful owners. The war was their choice, just like it had been for the Pharaoh. They quickly learned that the LORD doesn't lose any war with those who resist His Will. Hence the instructions that He gave to the Israelites as they were about to cross the Jordan.
"7:1 When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; 7:2 And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them: 7:3 Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. 7:4 For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly. 7:5 But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire. 7:6 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth." (Deuteronomy 7:1-6 KJV)
The Israelites were greatly outnumbered, but the LORD guaranteed their victory for the sake of the coming salvation of all of humanity in due time (see The Harvest Prophecies).
"7:7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: 7:8 But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; 7:10 And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.
Fact Finder: When the LORD and His people, of all nations, cross over into the spiritual Promised Land, will it be accomplished by means of the LORD leading His army into battle?
This Day In History, December 31
406: Germanic Vandals and Suebians crossed the Rhine River, thereby beginning an invasion of Roman-occupied Gaul (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1229: James I of Aragon ("the Conqueror") entered Medina Mayurqa (Palma, Spain), thereby culminating Rome's reconquest of Majorca.
1384: English religious reformer and Bible translator John Wycliffe died at age 56. Among His teachings were that The Scriptures are the supreme authority in all doctrinal matters, and that Jesus Christ is anyone's only overlord.
1492: Jews were expelled from Sicily.
1600: Queen Elizabeth I granted a charter to the "company of merchants of London trading to the East Indies" - the East India Company.
1687: The first shipload of emigrating Huguenots (French Protestants) left France for South Africa.
1719: English astronomer John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal, died at age 73. The Greenwich Observatory was built for him.
1775: The Battle of Quebec began. British forces repulsed an attack by New England rebel forces under General Richard Montgomery.
1857: Queen Victoria chose Ottawa, Ontario (on the Ottawa River between Ontario and Quebec) as the new capital of Canada. The earlier choice, Kingston, Ontario (located on the north shore of Lake Ontario), was by then regarded as too convenient and vulnerable to attack by the U.S. (a lesson learned and never forgotten during the Wars of 1776 and 1812).
1911: Marie Curie received her second Nobel Prize for her work on radioactive elements.
1923: The chimes of Big Ben in London were broadcast for the first time by the BBC.
1923: The Sahara Desert was crossed by an automobile for the first time.
1930: Brewery heir Aldolphus Busch was kidnapped ("Bush" is an abbreviated form of the German name Busch).
1938: Dr. R.N. Harger's "drunkometer," the first breath test for car drivers, was officially introduced, in Indianapolis.
1968: Russia's TU-144 supersonic airliner made its first flight, several months ahead of the Anglo-French Concorde which it closely resembled.
1971: Austrian Kurt Waldheim took over as United Nations secretary-general, succeeding U Thant.
1973: A three-day work week was introduced in Britain to conserve energy during a miners' strike.
1980: Canadian communications theorist and educator Marshall McLuhan died at age 69. He is most well-known for his statements that electronic media were turning the world into a "global village" in which "the medium is the message." Among his lesser-known statements, referring to the drivel that dominates TV programming, was "TV sucks the brain right out of your skull."
1987: One second was added to that year to compensate for precession of earth's axis.
1991: the Soviet Union was officially dissolved as a political entity.