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Thursday, January 30 2014
Joshua 3: The Crossing Of The Jordan
"Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the LORD will do wonders among you"
Although they were already in acquired Israelite territory east of the Jordan River (see the Fact Finder question below), the claiming of the land of Canaan (see also What Does The Bible Really Say About Canaanites?) was the fulfillment of the Promise that the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) had made to Abraham before the Israelites even existed (see The Exodus Prophecy; see also The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq and Camped Out In Canaan).
Joshua was given to complete the task that the LORD had given Moses to begin (see also Deuteronomy 3: What Did Moses Pray For At The Jordan River? and Joshua 1: Joshua's Commission).
"3:1 And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed from Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over. 3:2 And it came to pass after three days, that the officers went through the host; 3:3 And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it. 3:4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore.
The LORD made Joshua the Prime Minister of Israel, just as Moses had been under the LORD. The nation of Israel was not a republic, born from a rebellion against a King, as numerous man-made nations have done as they came into existence and then eventually either collapsed into another revolution, or just faded away over the thousands of years of human history. It was nation that came out of man's ways, in which "every man is right in his own eyes," to follow the Way and the Law of the LORD, the King of the Kingdom of God.
The High Priesthood (see Leviticus 8: The Prophecy Of The Blood Upon The Anointed One) at that time was the responsibility of Eleazar, the son of Aaron (see From Moses And Aaron To Joshua and Eleazar).
"3:7 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee. 3:8 And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan." (Joshua 3:7-8 KJV)
The Israelite crossing of the Jordan River was without military opposition from the Canaanites, but with a miracle from the LORD. The waters of the Jordan were parted, just as dry ground had been provided at the time of the Exodus: "As soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap."
"3:9 And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God. 3:10 And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites. 3:11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth passeth over before you into Jordan. 3:12 Now therefore take you twelve men out of the tribes of Israel, out of every tribe a man. 3:13 And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap.
Fact Finder: How did Israel acquire national territory east of the Jordan River?
This Day In History, January 30
1018: The Peace of Bautzen was signed between Holy Roman Emperor Henry II (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) and the Piast ruler of Poland Boleslaw I Chrobry. It ended a series of wars between Germany and Poland.
1606: English Roman-Catholics Everard Digby, Thomas Winter, John Grant and Thomas Bates were executed for their part in the "Gunpowder Plot" to blow up the British Houses of Parliament and King James I (after whom the King James Bible was named). The goal of the treasonists was to return Britain under the rule of the papacy.
1648: The Eighty Years War between the Netherlands and Spain came to an end with the signing of the Treaty of Munster and Osnabruck.
1649: King Charles I (the son and successor of King James I, after whom the King James Bible was named) of England was beheaded for treason, primarily due to his involvement with Roman Catholicism.
1800: The official U.S. population: 5,308,483 people, of which 1,002,037 were black people held as slaves.
1820: The first known sighting of Antarctica (by Europeans) occurred when William Smith, a sealer, and Edward Bransfield of the Royal Navy sailed through what is now called Bransfield Strait and saw the Antarctic Peninsula to the south.
1835: Andrew Jackson survived the first-ever known assassination attempt on a U.S. President (4 were assassinated: Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, Kennedy; 11 others survived gunshot wounds or other assassination attempts).
1902: Britain and Japan signed a treaty providing for the independence of China and Korea.
1911: The Canadian Naval Service became the Royal Canadian Navy. By the time of the Second World War, Canada had the fifth-largest navy in the world, extending through the "Cold War" era of the 1950s and 1960s when Canada had 3 aircraft carriers.
1933: Newly-elected Adolf Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor (Prime Minister) of Germany by German President Paul von Hindenburg. After Germany's "9-11" a month later, (the burning of the Reichstag, the German Parliament Building, by a "terrorist" - a mentally-retarded man from the Netherlands, Marinus van der Lubbe, who many historians believe was either completely innocent, or a patsy of the Nazis; he was executed in 1934, but posthumously pardoned in 2008), Hitler later assumed both offices for himself as "der Fuhrer" ("the leader") in order to "protect" his people (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1937: 13 anti-Communists were sentenced to death for participating in a plot, allegedly led by Leon Trotsky, to overthrow the Soviet regime and assassinate its leaders.
1943: During the Second World War, the British Air Force carried out the first daylight bombing raid on Berlin.
1948: Mohandas Gandhi, 79, was assassinated at a prayer meeting by Pandit Nathuram Godse, a Hindu fanatic who objected to Gandhi's tolerance for Muslims.
1964: A coup overthrew the government of South Vietnam. It was the second military takeover of the government in 3 months.
1965: The funeral of Sir Winston Churchill was held in London, one of the largest in British history. His defiance of Adolf Hitler during the darkest days of the Second World War was exemplified in his famous speech after the "Miracle of Dunkirk" (which it was): "We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills, we shall never surrender."
1968: The Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people whose single country had been partitioned in 1954, by the French at the end of the First Indochina War, into North and South Vietnam) "Tet Offensive" began - nearly 70,000 North Vietnamese troops launched a surprise attack against South Vietnam.
1973: G. Gordon Liddy and James McCord (Whitehouse associates of Richard Nixon) were convicted of burglary, wire-tapping and attempted bugging of the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate building in Washington.
1991: The Hudson's Bay Company announced that it was getting out of the fur business, the trade on which the company was founded in 1670 (see also Who Invented Fur Coats?).