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Saturday, January 25 2014
Deuteronomy 32: The Song Of Moses
"Moses spake in the ears of all the congregation of Israel the words of this song"
The Holy Scriptures were originally written without chapters or verse numbers (they were the invention of Europeans, only a few centuries ago). For whatever reason, the verse that introduces the "song of Moses" in Deuteronomy chapter 32 was left stranded as the last verse of Deuteronomy chapter 31 - which involved other matters (see Deuteronomy 31: Moses To Joshua). It's a prime example of why Biblical "chapters" should not be regarded as isolated from one to another.
"31:30 And Moses spake in the ears of all the congregation of Israel the words of this song, until they were ended." (Deuteronomy 31:30 KJV)
One of the last official acts of Moses before he died was to proclaim a "song" to Israel that was historic and prophetic, a blessing and a warning.
"32:1 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
The song also served as a ceremony to mark the transfer of responsibility from Moses to Joshua, also called Hoshea: "Moses came and spake all the words of this song in the ears of the people, he, and Hoshea."
"32:44 And Moses came and spake all the words of this song in the ears of the people, he, and Hoshea the son of Nun. 32:45 And Moses made an end of speaking all these words to all Israel: 32:46 And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law. 32:47 For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it." (Deuteronomy 32:44-47 KJV)
"32:48 And the LORD spake unto Moses that selfsame day, saying, 32:49 Get thee up into this mountain Abarim, unto mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, that is over against Jericho; and behold the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel for a possession: 32:50 And die in the mount whither thou goest up, and be gathered unto thy people; as Aaron thy brother died in mount Hor, and was gathered unto his people: 32:51 Because ye trespassed against me among the children of Israel at the waters of Meribah-Kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin; because ye sanctified me not in the midst of the children of Israel. 32:52 Yet thou shalt see the land before thee; but thou shalt not go thither unto the land which I give the children of Israel." (Deuteronomy 32:48-52 KJV)
This Day In History, January 25
41: The Roman Senate (see The Politics Of Rome) accepted Claudius (see Claudius) as the new Roman Emperor (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars; also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).
1327: Edward III became king of England after a coup that removed his father Edward II from the throne.
1533: In defiance of the Pope's "authority" over English kings, England's King Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn, his second wife.
1554: When Queen Mary announced her intention to marry the Roman Catholic Philip II of Spain (during his lifetime Philip colonized what later became the southern U.S.A.; the Philippines are named after him), a rebellion was led by Thomas Wyatt (who was later hanged for treason).
1579: The Union of Utrecht (Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Gelderland, Friesland, Groningen and Overyssel) formed the Dutch Republic as an independent nation from Spain.
1755: Moscow University was founded.
1791: A Royal proclamation created Upper and Lower Canada. "Upper" and "Lower" Canada were terms based simply on the flow of the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence River toward the Atlantic Ocean; "Upper Canada" was present-day southern Ontario, "Lower Canada" was southern Quebec.
1802: Napoleon Bonaparte became President of the Italian (Cisalpine) Republic.
1831: In Poland, the Diet (the name for the legislative assembly in some countries) declared independence, thereby removing Tsar Nicholas from the throne.
1846: The Corn Laws were repealed by the British Parliament. They taxed imported "corn" (the English term for grain, particularly oats, wheat and barley; see also The Corn Field Lessons).
1858: German composer Felix Mendelssohn's famous "Wedding March" became a popular choice at weddings after it was played during the marriage ceremony of Queen Victoria's daughter to the crown prince of Prussia.
1878: A Russian boat became the first vessel to sink another with a torpedo after it sunk a Turkish steamer.
1904: A mine explosion in Pennsylvania entombed 200 coal miners.
1918: Russia declared a republic of Soviets (soviet means council in Russian). Hence the origin of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, an empire that lasted 70 years before collapsing due to bankruptcy.
1919: A year after the end of the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the League of Nations (the fore-runner of the United Nations) was founded in Geneva. The United States refused to become a member. The League of Nations was made defunct by the Second World War.
1947: Al Capone, the famous Chicago gangster, died of syphilis at age 48.
1949: The newly-created (modern-day) state of "Israel" (which is actually a restoration of the Kingdom of Judah; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah; also Israel In History and Prophecy: The Return Of Judah, Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism and Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism) held its first general election. Number of seats by party: Labor 57, Center-Right 31, Religious 16.
1949: For her broadcast of Nazi propaganda to U.S. troops in Europe during the Second World War, "Axis Sally" (Mildred Gillars, born Mildred Sisk in Portland, Maine in 1900) was tried as a war criminal in the U.S. She was sentenced to a 10-30 year prison term. Upon her release in 1959, she entered a convent and became a teacher at Catholic schools in Ohio.
1950: During the hysteria of the McCarthy-era communist "witch hunts" in the U.S., Alger Hiss, a State Department official, was convicted of perjury for denying his membership in the communist party.
1959: Church of Rome Pope John XXIII proclaimed the coming Second Vatican Council.
1963: Wilson Kettle died in Canada at age 102. At the time of his death, the Newfoundland man had 582 living descendants - a real-life "Pa Kettle."
1971: A coup made Idi Amin became president of Uganda.
1971: Charles Manson and 3 women followers were found guilty of the murders of actress Sharon Tate (the pregnant wife of film-maker Roman Polanski) and 6 other people, including the Folger coffee company heiress Abigail Folger.
1981: During China's "Cultural Revolution," Jiang Quing (the widow of Chinese communist founder Moa Tse-tung) and other "Gang of Four" members were convicted of "counter-revolutionary" activities.
1990: Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan gave birth to a girl, the first-ever head of government to give birth while still in office. Bhutto was assassinated in 2007.
1996: Billy Bailey became the last person in the U.S. to be executed by hanging. He was the first to be executed by hanging in Delaware in 50 years.