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Tuesday, February 25 2014
Judges 5: The Song of Deborah and Barak
"Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying, Praise ye the LORD for the avenging of Israel"
The era of Israel's "Judges" was a two-century repetitive cycle of falling into idolatry, then defeat by the enemies who had corrupted them ("They chose new gods; then was war in the gates," verse 8, below), and then deliverance by leaders 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) provided to them - after they repented.
Deborah was one of the Judges ("they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel"). After the victory that the Israelites achieved in her time (see Judges 4: Deborah), "the land had rest forty years."
"5:1 Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying,
Fact Finder: Did the Israelites also sing of victory at the time of the Exodus?
This Day In History, February 25
138: Roman Emperor Hadrian adopted Antoninus Pius, providing the way to make Antoninus Pius the next emperor (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars; also A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots and A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba).
493: Odoacer surrendered Ravenna after a 3-year siege.
628: Persian Kiung Khosrau II was overthrown by his son Kavadh II.
1308: Edward II was became king of England.
1336: 4,000 defenders of Pilenai (a fortress in Lithuania) committed a mass suicide rather than be captured by the Teutonic Knights.
1525: French king Francis I was defeated and captured by Imperial forces at Pavia.
1570: In the last such decree made (to date) against a reigning British monarch by any pope, Pope Pius V excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I (daughter of Henry VIII who broke away from the Church of Rome and created the Church of England). Pius (his real name was Antonio Ghislieri, born in Bosco, Italy) also absolved her subjects from allegiance to her (the pope in effect gave his "blessing" to anyone in England who would assassinate Queen Elizabeth), an of murder and treason that the majority of them refused to attempt.
1723: Christopher Wren died. The English architect became a prolific designer of buildings after the Great Fire of London in 1666, notably the new St. Paul's Cathedral.
1815: Napoleon left his exile on Elba, intending to return to France.
1831: The Battle of Olszynka Grochowska during the Polish November Uprising against the Russian Empire.
1856: The Paris Peace Conference opened after the Crimean War.
1899: Paul Julius Reuter, German founder of the Reuter's news agency that bears his name, died. It began in 1850 when he set up a European pigeon post service from Aachen to Brussels.
1916: During the First World War (1914-1918), German forces captured Fort Douaumont during the Battle of Verdun.
1932: Austrian-born Adolf Hitler obtained German citizenship, thereby allowing him to run for President (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1945: Turkey declared war on Germany near the end of the Second World War (1939-1945).
1954: Gamal Abdul Nasser, a man dedicated to the destruction of Israel, became leader of Egypt.
1971: The Pickering (a city near Toronto) Nuclear Generating Station, the first commercial nuclear power station in Canada, became operational.
1986: After the assassination of his major political opponent Benigno Aquino, and the uprising that followed, Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos fled into exile in the U.S. (adding to the U.S. collection of ousted dictators during that time, which earlier included the Shah of Iran).
1991: Members of "Warsaw Pact" signed an agreement to dismantle the once powerful communist military alliance.
1994: Baruch Goldstein, a Jewish settler, shot 43 Muslim worshipers at a mosque in Hebron before he was overcome and beaten to death (see also A Biography Of Abraham: Mamre in Hebron and Joshua 14: Caleb's Hebron.