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Saturday, February 8 2014
Joshua 12: The Kings Of Canaan
"These are the kings of the country which Joshua and the children of Israel smote on this side Jordan on the west"
Most ancient cities (as well as those only a few centuries old in the continents of North and South America) originated from family encampments (i.e. "national"; nation means nativity, a family of birth) that developed sovereign (local "sole reign," in contrast to "far reign" i.e. "foreign") boundaries (see Genesis 10: The First Nations Of The New World).
The origin of the word "king" (in both English and Hebrew) meant the father of a kin - a patriarch; so hence the unadulterated meaning of the word patriotism. Early cities had "kings" of "nations." All of the terms, as well as the people from which the terms were based, are related.
Israel itself is the prime Biblical example, from a family to a multitude (see Genesis 46: The First Census Of Israel, Exodus 1: I Will There Make Of Thee A Great Nation and Numbers 1: The First Sinai Census).
When the Israelites captured the land 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 promised to Abraham centuries before (see Genesis 17: From Abram To Abraham, Camped Out In Canaan and the Abraham biography series beginning with A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram), they did so by defeating those kings that refused to join the meaning and purpose of "Israel" (see Deuteronomy 20: Articles Of War).
"Israel" was created, by the LORD (see Genesis 32: The Origin Of Israel), as a national prophecy of the coming Kingdom of God in which people of all nations may be born as children of God (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16? and The Church: Mission Accomplished). "Israel" originated by and from the nations that existed before them, first by being created from those "foreign" people (i.e. Abraham was an Iraqi; all of the Israelite tribal patriarchs, including Judah, were born in Syria of Iraqi-Syrian mothers; see The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq, A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria; also Genesis 38: The First Jews) and then from the time of the Exodus when a "mixed multitude" accompanied them (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Exodus), then in the Sinai (Moses married and had children with a foreign woman; see Moses And Zipporah) and then into the land of Canaan itself (e.g. Rahab, the Canaanite woman of Jericho; see Joshua 2: Rahab Of Jericho and What Does The Bible Really Say About Canaanites?).
The conquest began by Moses east of the Jordan River ("Them did Moses the servant of the LORD and the children of Israel smite: and Moses the servant of the LORD gave it for a possession unto the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh," verse 6, below; see Numbers 32: The Israel Of East Jordan) and was completed by Joshua west of the Jordan River ("And these are the kings of the country which Joshua and the children of Israel smote on this side Jordan on the west," verse 7, below).
"12:1 Now these are the kings of the land, which the children of Israel smote, and possessed their land on the other side Jordan toward the rising of the sun, from the river Arnon unto mount Hermon, and all the plain on the east: 12:2 Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt in Heshbon, and ruled from Aroer, which is upon the bank of the river Arnon, and from the middle of the river, and from half Gilead, even unto the river Jabbok, which is the border of the children of Ammon; 12:3 And from the plain to the sea of Chinneroth on the east, and unto the sea of the plain, even the salt sea on the east, the way to Bethjeshimoth; and from the south, under Ashdothpisgah:
Fact Finder: The city of Jerusalem was not taken by the Israelites during the time of Joshua (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Joshua), nor during the next two to three centuries after Joshua during the time of the Judges and Samuel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Judges and Israel In History and Prophecy: Samuel). Did Jerusalem only become an Israelite city after Israel's civil war between Saul and David? What Canaanite nation held Jerusalem for all those centuries until the LORD commanded King David to take it?
This Day In History, February 8
1204: Byzantine Emperor Alexius IV Angelus was strangled by his successor, Alexius V.
1238: The Mongols burned the Russian city of Vladimir.
1250: Church of Rome "Crusaders" fought Ayyubid forces at the Battle of Al Mansurah (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1587: After 19 years in prison, Mary Queen of Scots, 45, was beheaded in Fotheringhay Castle for her part in an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I and return England to Roman Catholicism (it nevertheless remained, as all "Protestants" do, under the spell of nearly all of the anti-Biblical doctrines of the Church of Rome; see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
1725: Peter the Great of Russia died. He was succeeded by Catherine I.
1726: Russia's Supreme Privy Council was established.
1807: Napoleon's forces under Pierre Agureau attacked the Russians at Eylau.
1856: Agostino Bassi, Italian pioneer bacteriologist, died. He preceded Louis Pasteur by 10 years in discovering that many diseases are caused by micro-organisms.
1863: Prussia (a territory in Germany) allied with Russia to suppress a revolution in Poland.
1879: Sir Sandford Fleming first proposed the use of Universal Standard Time at a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute.
1904: The Russo-Japanese War began when the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the Russian fleet at Port Arthur in northeast China.
1910: The Boy Scouts of America (i.e. in the U.S.) was incorporated by William D. Boyce. The Scout Movement was created by Lt. Gen. Robert Baden-Powell of the British Army in 1908. Scouts Canada was founded in 1908, immediately after it began in Britain.
1924: The gas chamber was used for the first time as a form of execution in the U.S. when a man convicted of murder was put to death in Nevada.
1942: Japan invaded Singapore during the Second World War.
1946: The first section of the Revised Standard Version (RSV) of the Holy Bible was published.
1952: Queen Elizabeth II became Queen of the United Kingdom after her father, King George VI, died.
1960: Queen Elizabeth II issued an Order-in-Council stating that she and her family would henceforth be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will have the name "Mountbatten-Windsor."
1969: A meteorite weighing over 1 ton struck the earth in Chihuahua, Mexico.
1993: The newly separated Czech and Slovak republics began using separate currencies for the first time.
2010: A freak storm in the Hindukush mountains of Afghanistan created at more than three dozen avalanches.