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Sunday, February 9 2014
Joshua 13: The Frontiers
"Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed"
Joshua's military victories secured the heart of the Promised Land (see Joshua 1: Joshua's Commission and Joshua 11: The Land Rested From War). By the end of Joshua's life, there remained only the frontier areas, from Lebanon in the north (see also Into The Coasts Of Tyre And Sidon) to Gaza in the south (see also Gaza In History And Prophecy).
"13:1 Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed.
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 already overseen the acquisition of what would have been frontier areas, but which became Israelite territory, east of the Jordan River (see the Fact Finder question below).
"13:8 With whom the Reubenites and the Gadites have received their inheritance, which Moses gave them, beyond Jordan eastward, even as Moses the servant of the LORD gave them;
Fact Finder: How did what would have been foreign territory east of the Jordan River become Israelite national territory?
This Day In History, February 9
474: Zeno was crowned as co-Emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
1267: The Synod of Breslau (at the time, a city in German-occupied Poland) ordered Jews to wear special caps in public.
1540: The first recorded horse race meeting in England was held at Roodeye Fields, Chester.
1555: The Bishop of Gloucester, John Hooper, was burned at the stake by English Roman Catholics for his "protestant" beliefs.
1667: The Truce of Andrusovo, a treaty between Poland and Russia that briefly ended their war for control of the Ukraine.
1674: King Charles II of England signed the Treaty of Westminster, bringing the war with the Dutch to a conclusion.
1757: The Treaty of Alinagar; it was the prelude to the British seizure of Bengal.
1788: The Habsburg Empire entered the Russo-Turkish War on the side of Russia (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1801: France and Austria signed the Peace of Luneville.
1807: Much to the astonishment of French Christians and Jews alike, a "Sanhedrin" (see also The Passed Over Pharisees and Why Did The Sadducees Fear The Messiah?) was established at the explicit orders of Napoleon Bonaparte. In return, the 40,000 Jews of France were expected to give up their efforts for a separate state in "Palestine" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).
1849: Giuseppe Mazzini proclaimed Rome a republic.
1917: During the First World War, the infamous Mata Hari (the stage name of a Dutch "exotic dancer"; her real name was Margaretha Zelle) was arrested by the French as a German spy. She was executed by firing squad in October of that year.
1934: The Balkan Entente was signed; a mutual defense agreement among Greece, Turkey, Romania and Yugoslavia to guarantee the signatories territorial integrity and political independence against attack by another Balkan state (i.e. Bulgaria or Albania). It proved ineffective against German influence during the 1930's and Adolf Hitler's arrogant treaty-ignoring aggression (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) leading up to and during the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1942: The French passenger liner Normandie burned and sank at its pier in New York City.
1950: During the "Red Scare" hysteria, Senator Joseph McCarthy accused the U.S. Department of State of being "filled with Communists." McCarthy and his tactics were later discredited and censured. He died of liver failure from alcoholism at age 48.
1959: The Soviet R-7 Semyorka became operational as the first intercontinental ballistic missile.
1966: The National Hockey League (NHL) announced that it was expanding from 6 teams to 12. The original 6 teams (Toronto, Montreal, Detroit, Boston, New York and Chicago) would be joined by the California Seals, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota North Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and the St. Louis Blues.
1978: Canada expelled 13 Soviet "diplomats" after they tried and failed to infiltrate the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
1994: Nelson Mandela became the first black President of South Africa.