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Thursday, January 2 2014
Deuteronomy 9: How Did Moses Save The Chosen People?
"Let Me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under heaven: and I will make of thee a nation mightier and greater than they"
The nation of "Israel" was chosen for a Messianic purpose. The Messiah could have come from any nation, but the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) created a nation, for His purpose alone. Israel would not have ever otherwise existed if the LORD had not created it from a man named Jacob (see Genesis 32: The Origin Of Israel and Exodus 1: I Will There Make Of Thee A Great Nation). Jacob was only one, not the only one, of the grandsons of righteous Abraham, the man from Iraq (see The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq).
"32:27 And he said unto him, What is thy name?
Over time, the Israelites began to misunderstand why they were the "chosen people." Many began to arrogantly presume that they were somehow superior to other nations - even though they never rose above the morality or character of the nations around them. They nevertheless assumed that the LORD was blessing and defending them for their sake, while totally ignoring that the only reason that they were anything special is because the Messiah of all of humanity would be born of them - as their prophets constantly reminded them throughout their entire history, including by Jacob himself (see A Biography Of Jacob: Blessings And Prophecies).
The Messiah could have been born of any other nation that the LORD created for that purpose. Israel itself wasn't even vital to the coming of the Messiah after it was created. If not for Moses, the LORD would have replaced Israel as the Messianic nation when the refused to obey Him.
"9:1 Hear, O Israel: Thou art to pass over Jordan this day, to go in to possess nations greater and mightier than thyself, cities great and fenced up to heaven, 9:2 A people great and tall, the children of the Anakims, whom thou knowest, and of whom thou hast heard say, Who can stand before the children of Anak! 9:3 Understand therefore this day, that the LORD thy God is he which goeth over before thee; as a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy face: so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as the LORD hath said unto thee.
If not for the pleading of Moses, the Israelites, as the "chosen people," would have been revoked when they turned their backs on the LORD and made a golden calf at Mount Sinai. The LORD would have created a new nation, from Moses: "Let me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under heaven: and I will make of thee a nation mightier and greater than they."
"9:7 Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the LORD thy God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against the LORD. 9:8 Also in Horeb ye provoked the LORD to wrath, so that the LORD was angry with you to have destroyed you. 9:9 When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant which the LORD made with you, then I abode in the mount forty days and forty nights, I neither did eat bread nor drink water: 9:10 And the LORD delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger of God; and on them was written according to all the words, which the LORD spake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly.
It was a principle that the Messiah, and before Him, John the Baptist, later reiterated yet again, after the Israelite people at that time lost sight of the reason and purpose of the "chosen people": "3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 3:10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire." (Matthew 3:9-10 KJV).
Moses issued the same warning, first to the generation that didn't make it home, and then to the generation that did make it to the Promised Land (see Deuteronomy 1: Why A Book Of Deuteronomy In The Bible?).
"9:15 So I turned and came down from the mount, and the mount burned with fire: and the two tables of the covenant were in my two hands. 9:16 And I looked, and, behold, ye had sinned against the LORD your God, and had made you a molten calf: ye had turned aside quickly out of the way which the LORD had commanded you. 9:17 And I took the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and brake them before your eyes.
Fact Finder: Why did the LORD have Abraham move from his native Iraq to the land of Canaan?
This Day In History, January 2
69: The Roman Lower Rhine army (see also Legions Of Men And Angels) proclaimed its commander, Vitellius, as the 8th Roman emperor (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and The Politics Of Rome).
366: A large force of Alamanni (an alliance of ancient tribes of Germanic people) crossed the frozen Rhine River and invaded the Roman Empire. The Germanic nations eventually not only defeated the Roman Empire, but became "Rome" in the prophecy of the Middle Ages and yet-future (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
757: Aethelbald, king of the Mercians from 716, died. By 736 he was signing himself as "king of Britain."
1492: Spain recaptured the southern city of Granada from the Moors (an Arab and Berber people from North Africa who converted to Islam and conquered Spain in the 8th century), consolidating the monarchy under Ferdinand of Aragon. The same year, King Ferdinand and his wife Queen Isabella ordered the expulsion of all Jews from Spain, while sending Christopher Columbus, an explorer in their employ, off on his first voyage to the "new world" (Columbus actually only discovered the islands of the Caribbean Sea during his four voyages; see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy). Ferdinand and Isabella were also responsible for the horrendous "Spanish Inquisition" in which many people all across Europe were tortured and killed for not allowing themselves to be subjected to the Church of Rome.
1757: Clive of India recaptured Calcutta after it had been seized by the Nawab of Bengal who used the infamous "Black Hole of Calcutta" to imprison British captives.
1839: Pioneering photographer Louis Daguerre of France took the first photograph of the moon.
1892: Sir George Airy died at age 91. The British scientist was the seventh Astronomer Royal. He reorganized the Royal Greenwich Observatory, installing new apparatus and rescued thousands of observations from loss. The Airy Disk, the central spot of light in the diffraction pattern of a point light source, is named after him.
1905: During the Russian-Japanese War, the Russians surrendered to the Japanese after the Battle of Port Arthur.
1936: In Berlin, Nazi officials claimed that their treatment of Jews was not any of the League of Nations business (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1937: Britain and Italy signed the Mediterranean Peace Pact. They were at war less than 2 years later.
1942: During the Second World War, in the Philippines, Japanese forces captured the capital Manila, along with the nearby air base.
1944: The first use of helicopters in actual combat, by the British Atlantic patrol.
1959: The first human lunar space mission was begun by the Soviet Union with its launch of the unmanned Luna I. It passed within 4,600 miles of the moon before moving on to a solar orbit.
1971: A team of Israeli scholars announced the discovery in Jerusalem of a 2,000 year-old skeleton of a crucified male. Found in a cave-tomb, it was the first direct physical evidence of the Roman method of execution.
1988: The Canada-U.S. Free Trade agreement was signed by President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
1995: The most distant galaxy discovered to that time was found by scientists using the Keck telescope in Hawaii. It was estimated to be 15 billion light years away i.e. the light image seen in the telescope was 15 billion years old (see Your Very Own Time Machine; also Parabolic Prophecies).
2007: Teddy Kollek died at age 95. He was the mayor of Jerusalem 1965-1993.