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Saturday, March 29 2014
1 Samuel 12: Samuel's Farewell
"So Samuel called unto the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel"
The era of the Judges lasted for over two centuries (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Judges), from the passing of Joshua (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Joshua) to the time of Samuel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Samuel). The people demanded a king, not because Samuel was unacceptable to them, but because his sons, who would have succeeded him, were liberals who did not honor the responsibility 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 given to those who serve Him (see also Exodus 13: Liberation, Not Liberal-ation).
"8:1 And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel. 8:2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba. 8:3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.
Samuel's formal farewell began with a question: Have I ever wronged you? Their answer, for the timeless record, "Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken ought of any man's hand."
"12:1 And Samuel said unto all Israel, Behold, I have hearkened unto your voice in all that ye said unto me, and have made a king over you. 12:2 And now, behold, the king walketh before you: and I am old and grayheaded; and, behold, my sons are with you: and I have walked before you from my childhood unto this day [see 1 Samuel 1: Hannah's Dedication Of Samuel and 1 Samuel 3: The Calling Of Samuel]. 12:3 Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you.
Samuel then reminded them that all who "led" Israel were appointed by the LORD - their King. Their choice of a human king would produce a new political environment for them - a hard lesson that they would experience for centuries afterward. Samuel's farewell ended with a sign: "So Samuel called unto the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel."
"12:5 And he said unto them, The LORD is witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that ye have not found ought in my hand.
Fact Finder: What does "king" actually mean? How did the word "patriotism" originate from the word "king"?
This Day In History, March 29
87 BC: Emperor Wu of Han of China died at age 69.
502: Burgundian King Gundobad proclaimed a new legal code (Lex Burgundionum) at Lyon. It unified the laws of the Gallo-Romans and the Burgundians.
1430: The Ottoman Empire under Murad II captured the Byzantine city of Thessalonica (the city is known in the Bible from two epistles of the apostle Paul; see 1 Thessalonians: Prove All Things, Hold Fast What Is Good and 2 Thessalonians: The Falling Away Of The Son Of Perdition).
1638: The first permanent European settlement in Delaware was established by Swedish Lutherans.
1778: English explorer James Cook landed at Vancouver Island. A year later, Cook was killed (and some reports say eaten) by natives in the islands of Hawaii, which Cook originally named the Sandwich Islands (after the Earl of Sandwich, a supporter of Cook's voyages).
1798: The Helvetic Republic, a government set up by the French directory in Switzerland from the ten cantons, was proclaimed.
1792: King Gustavus III of Sweden died of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin 2 weeks earlier.
1809: In Sweden, Gustavus IV was forced to abdicate after a number of military defeats against Denmark. He was succeeded by Charles XIII.
1848: For the first time in recorded history, Niagara Falls stopped flowing. An ice jam in the Niagara River above the rim of the falls caused the water to stop.
1867: The British North America Act established the Dominion of Canada comprising Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
1871: In London, Queen Victoria opened the Royal Albert Hall in memory of her late husband Prince Albert.
1867: The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.
1936: Adolf Hitler received 99% of the votes in a referendum to ratify Germany's reoccupation of the Rhineland (see Law-Abiding Criminals)
1939: The Spanish Civil War ended in victory for Francisco Franco. Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini had aided Franco.
1941: During the Second World War, British warships sank 5 Italian warships off the Peloponnesus coast in The Mediterranean Sea.
1945: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the last day of the Nazi V-1 "flying bombs" (i.e. rockets) struck on England. After the war, many of the Nazi rocket scientists were welcomed into the U.S., including Wernher von Braun who was the head of Adolf Hitler's liquid-fuel rocket program that was used to bomb Britain (in which thousands of British civilians were killed). The war criminal Wernher von Braun, who later admitted that he had been more than just a scientist (he was a member of both Hitler's political Nazi party and Hitler's war-criminal SS, the "schutzstaffel") worked on the development of NASA rockets (despite the opposition of those who knew the truth about "the NASA Nazi," including many Jews and Jewish holocaust survivors) and U.S. nuclear missiles.
1962: Cuba opened the trial of the "Bay of Pigs" invaders.
1971: U.S. Army Lieutenant William Calley was convicted of premeditated murder and sentenced to life in prison for his ordering the massacre of over 500 Vietnamese civilians (unarmed old men, women and babies) in their village of My Lai in March 1968. Although convicted of the heinous war crimes, Calley was quietly released from custody not long afterward.
1975: President Anwar Sadat of Egypt declared that he would reopen the Suez Canal.
1982: The Canada Act of 1982 received Royal Assent from Queen Elizabeth II, thereby leading to Canada's new Constitution of 1982.
2002: In response to the "Passover Massacre" two days before, Israel launched "Operation Defensive Shield" against Palestinian terrorists in the "West Bank" - the largest since the 1967 Six-Day War (see also Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
2004: The Republic of Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in all workplaces, including restaurants and bars.