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Thursday, January 16 2014

Deuteronomy 23: Purity Of The Camp

"For the LORD thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee"

The Israelites entered Egypt as a family of about 70 refugees from a famine (see Genesis 46: The First Census Of Israel). There, over the next 400 years, they prospered and grew into a multitude (see Exodus 1: I Will There Make Of Thee A Great Nation) - that actually included two of the Israelite patriarchs born by an Egyptian mother (see Genesis 48: The Adoption Of Ephraim and Manasseh). The Israelites grew and prospered so much from Egypt that a later King of Egypt came to justifiably regard them as a security threat (see Exodus 2: The Drawing Of Moses). When Israel left Egypt, it was as a nation (see Numbers 1: The First Sinai Census) whose "country" consisted of a mobile encampment, that was composed of tribal provinces (see Numbers 2: Israel's Battle Formation), just as the land of Israel was later established (see Numbers 34: The Boundaries Of Canaan).

The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) gave Israel His Laws from which to live by - not meaning merely to behave by, but to live by, as a strong, healthy civilization. As we've covered in previous studies, the Holy Scriptures provide many examples of how the Law of the LORD was to be applied (see Deuteronomy 21: Applications Of The Law and Deuteronomy 22: Freedom - Or Free Ride?).

The Camp

"23:1 He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD.

23:2 A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD.

23:3 An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD for ever: 23:4 Because they met you not with bread and with water in the way, when ye came forth out of Egypt; and because they hired against thee Balaam the son of Beor of Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse thee. 23:5 Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee. 23:6 Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy days for ever.

23:7 Thou shalt not abhor an Edomite; for he is thy brother: thou shalt not abhor an Egyptian; because thou wast a stranger in his land. 23:8 The children that are begotten of them shall enter into the congregation of the LORD in their third generation." (Deuteronomy 23:1-8 KJV)

The Law of the LORD provided health rules that medical science did not "discover" and accept until thousands of years later (see Leviticus 11: What Makes Creatures Clean or Unclean?, Leviticus 13: Bacteria, Leviticus 15: Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness and Leviticus 18: Sexual Abominations).

"23:9 When the host goeth forth against thine enemies, then keep thee from every wicked thing. 23:10 If there be among you any man, that is not clean by reason of uncleanness that chanceth him by night, then shall he go abroad out of the camp, he shall not come within the camp: 23:11 But it shall be, when evening cometh on, he shall wash himself with water: and when the sun is down, he shall come into the camp again.

23:12 Thou shalt have a place also without the camp, whither thou shalt go forth abroad: 23:13 And thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon; and it shall be, when thou wilt ease thyself abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee: 23:14 For the LORD thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee." (Deuteronomy 23:9-14 KJV)

The Law of the LORD is about responsibility (see Deuteronomy 22: Freedom - Or Free Ride?).

"23:15 Thou shalt not deliver unto his master the servant which is escaped from his master unto thee: 23:16 He shall dwell with thee, even among you, in that place which he shall choose in one of thy gates, where it liketh him best: thou shalt not oppress him.

23:17 There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel. 23:18 Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

23:19 Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury: 23:20 Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury; but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand to in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

23:21 When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee. 23:22 But if thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in thee. 23:23 That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform; even a freewill offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the LORD thy God, which thou hast promised with thy mouth.

23:24 When thou comest into thy neighbour's vineyard, then thou mayest eat grapes thy fill at thine own pleasure; but thou shalt not put any in thy vessel. 23:25 When thou comest into the standing corn of thy neighbour, then thou mayest pluck the ears with thine hand; but thou shalt not move a sickle unto thy neighbour's standing corn." (Deuteronomy 23:15-25 KJV)

Fact Finder: Did Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel live their lives in tents? Why?
See Camped Out In Canaan


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This Day In History, January 16

27 BC: With his defeat of the remnant of the Greek Empire (see The Cleopatra Connection), Octavian ("Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus"), thereafter known as Caesar Augustus, became the first Roman emperor (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). Augustus was emperor at the time of the birth of Jesus Christ (Luke 2:1-7; see also Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?).

550: The Ostrogoths (a Germanic people) under King Totila conquered Rome after a prolonged siege. Germany itself eventually became the Roman Empire of end-time prophecy (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1120: The Council of Nablus established the laws of "the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

Edward Gibbon 1412: The Medici family was appointed the official banker of the Papacy.

1547: Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible) became the first Russian Czar ("Czar" is the Russian version of "Caesar").

1556: Charles I of Spain was succeeded by his son, Philip II.

1572: Thomas Howard, the 4th Duke of Norfolk, was tried for treason for his involvement in the Ridolfi plot to restore Catholicism in England.

1581: The English Parliament outlawed Roman Catholicism after repeated attempts at invasion, government overthrow and assassination of English kings by the Papacy after Henry VIII (reigned 1509-1547) declared independence from Rome.

1604: At the Hampton Court Conference in England, John Rainolds presented to King James I the motion "that there might be a new translation of the Bible." Approved the next day, Rainolds' motion led to the 1611 publication of the "Authorized" King James Version of the Bible.

1642: French settlers were given land in Acadia (what is today eastern Canada). Years later, when the British took possession of the area, many of the Acadians left for the French colonies in Louisiana, where "Acadian" came to be pronounced as "Cajun."

1756: The Treaty of Westminster was signed by King George II of England and Frederick of Prussia, providing Hanover's neutrality during the Anglo-French wars.

1780: The British under Admiral George Rodney defeated a Spanish squadron at Cape St. Vincent, thus relieving Gibraltar.

1794: Edward Gibbon, author of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, died (see The Politics Of Rome and Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire).

1809: The British army under Sir John Moore defeated a superior French force at the battle of Corunna; Moore was killed in the battle.

1920: "Prohibition" in the U.S. began, outlawing the sale or manufacture of alcohol. It became the biggest money-maker for organized crime for many years (later replaced by narcotics).

1945: Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) returned to his Berlin bunker (the "Fuhrerbunker" - the "leader" then led his country from a hole in the ground) where he would remain for the few remaining months of his life. This date is also regarded as the end of the failed German Ardennes offensive, known as the Battle of The Bulge.

1950: Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg recognized Israel de jure.

1956: The Egyptian government made Islam the state religion.

1969: The Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 completed the first-ever docking of manned spacecraft in orbit, and the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another.

1979: The Shah of Iran was forced into exile by Ayatollah Khomeini. Iran thereby went from being ruled by a fascist (i.e. an unelected dictator) CIA-controlled king to a Muslim-controlled "democratic" state.

1982: Britain re-established full diplomatic relations with the Vatican i.e. the Church of Rome ("18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her" Revelation 18:3 KJV).

1991: The (first) Iraq war ("Operation Desert Storm") began with the massive bombing of targets in Iraq and occupied Kuwait.

2003: The Space Shuttle Columbia was launched on its final mission; it disintegrated 16 days later while attempting re-entry.


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