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Saturday, January 11 2014
Deuteronomy 18: Priests and Prophets
The tribe of Levi (see Are Levites 'Jews'?) was set apart by the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) for their Christian service (see The Levites Of Christ). The greatest prophet of all time, second only to the Messiah, was also a Levite (see The Ministries Of The Two Greatest Prophets and The Mothers Of The Two Greatest Prophets).
"18:1 The priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel: they shall eat the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and his inheritance [see Numbers 18: The Inheritance Of The Levites}. 18:2 Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the LORD is their inheritance, as he hath said unto them.
It's no coincidence that a command against sorcery (see What Is Sorcery?) was written between the section above, about the Levites of the LORD, and the section just below warning against false prophets. Notice carefully where false prophets get their "inspiration," in contrast to those who serve the LORD.
"18:9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 18:11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 18:12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. 18:13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God." (Deuteronomy 18:9-13 KJV)
The ancient world was as infested with false prophets as the world today. Recognizing them is very easy for those who truly look to worship and obey the LORD (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?), rather than look to idolize themselves.
"18:14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do. 18:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; 18:16 According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.
Fact Finder: (a) What's the actual Biblical word for "false prophet"? Why? (b) How is the test to determine if someone is a false prophet actually a dual test?
This Day In History, January 11
630: Muhammad led his conquering army of 10,000 to Mecca (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1055: Theodora was crowned Empress of the Byzantine Empire. She was the last of the Macedonian dynasty.
1672: Isaac Newton became a member of the Royal Society.
1690: Louis Frontenac, the governor of New France, launched an attack against British settlements in New York, New Hampshire, and Maine.
1693: Sicily's Mt. Etna erupted.
1775: Yemelyan Pugachov, Cossack rebel, was executed by tsarist Russia.
1775: Francis Salvador became the first (known) Jew elected to office in North America.
1787: Titania and Oberon, moons of Uranus, were discovered by William Herschel.
1814: Joachim Murat, king of Naples, ended his association with Napoleon and entered into an alliance with the Austrians.
1815: Sir John A. Macdonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada, was born.
1839: Over 700 people were killed by an earthquake in Martinique.
1901: Russia and Britain agreed on a partition of China.
1922: A 14 year old Canadian boy, Leonard Thompson, became the first person to have his diabetes successfully treated with insulin. The discovery of insulin was made by Dr. Frederick Banting and Dr. Charles Best, medical researchers in Toronto.
1923: French and Belgian troops occupied the Ruhr to collect reparations.
1943: The U.S. and Britain relinquished territorial rights in China.
1943: The Soviet Red Army encircled the German invasion forces at Stalingrad.
1964: The U.S. Surgeon General reported that cigarettes are harmful to health.
1972: East Pakistan renamed itself as Bangladesh.
1973: The trial of the Watergate burglars began in Washington.
1989: 140 nations agreed to ban chemical weapons.
2001: Lucien Bouchard resigned as Premier of Quebec after his repeated failure to separate the Province away from Canada.
2003: Illinois Governor George Ryan commuted the death sentences of 167 prisoners on Illinois' death row based on the Jon Burge scandal.