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Friday, February 20 2015
Psalm 90: The Baptism Psalms Of Moses
"And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ"
Moses had a number of major life experiences that involved water. The first was his birth and subsequent saving out of the water (see The Drawing Of Moses). Even the name that was given to him by the Pharaoh's daughter was about water (see also The Israelites Of The Pharaoh's Palace and Moses Of Midian).
"2:10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water." (Exodus 2:10 KJV)
Moses was not permitted to enter the Promised Land because of the incident at the waters of Meribah (Moses will however be in the Kingdom of God, the ultimate Promised Land; see The Moses And Elijah Vision).
"32:48 And the LORD spake unto Moses that selfsame day, saying, 32:49 Get thee up into this mountain Abarim, unto mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, that is over against Jericho; and behold the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel for a possession: 32:50 And die in the mount whither thou goest up, and be gathered unto thy people; as Aaron thy brother died in mount Hor, and was gathered unto his people: 32:51 Because ye trespassed against me among the children of Israel at the waters of Meribah-Kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin; because ye sanctified me not in the midst of the children of Israel. 32:52 Yet thou shalt see the land before thee; but thou shalt not go thither unto the land which I give the children of Israel." (Deuteronomy 32:48-52 KJV)
Moses' experience with the parting of the waters at the time of the Exodus is the most well-known to most people. When the Israelites completed their miraculous crossing of the sea, Moses celebrated with a song (i.e. a psalm) of prayerful thanks to the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God).
"15:1 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying,
As a true follower of the true LORD (see By Him Were All Things Created), Moses was a Christian - a baptized Christian.
"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
While most of the Psalms were written by King David (e.g. see David's Prayer and David's View From The Cross) or Asaph (e.g. see The Songs Of Asaph), Moses was the composer of one of them. It is a Psalm of a humble, repentant follower of the LORD who taught timeless Christian principles.
Notice also that Moses wrote of "For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night" (verse 4 below) many centuries before the apostle Peter wrote the same Truth in an epistle i.e. "3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." (2 Peter 3:8 KJV)
"90:1 A Prayer of Moses the man of God.
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This Day In History, February 20
1339: The Battle of Parabiago between the Milanese army and the St. George's (San Giorgio) Mercenaries of Lodrisio Visconti.
1547: Edward VI was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey.
1579: Sir Nicholas Bacon died at age 70. He was a high official in the government of Queen Elizabeth I (reigned 1558-1603) and the father of the philosopher Francis Bacon.
1685: Rene-Robert Cavelier established Fort St. Louis (St. Louis was named after French King Louis IX), thereby establishing the "New France" claim to Texas.
1653: During the first English-Dutch War, the Dutch fleet under Van Tromp fought the British at the Battle of Portland.
1707: Aurangzeb died at age 89. He was the last of the great Mughal emperors of India (1658-1707). Under him the Mughal empire reached its greatest extent, although his policies helped lead to its end.
1790: Holy Roman emperor Joseph II died at age 49 (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1811: Austria declared itself bankrupt.
1831: Polish revolutionaries defeated the Russians at the Battle of Growchow.
1862: William Lincoln, age 11, son of President Abraham Lincoln, died at the White House.
1895: Frederick Douglas, escaped slave and U.S. antislavery leader, died at age 78.
1920: At the end of the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), when Britain inherited the Middle East nations that had been under the Ottoman Empire for centuries (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate and listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire), Britain recognized the government of Trans-Jordan (listen to our Sermon The Balfour Declaration).
1938: British Foreign Minister Anthony Eden resigned in protest because of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's appeasement of Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1943: During the Second World War, U.S. movie studio executives agreed to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies and integrate nationalistic and political propaganda in "entertainment" films (a practice that has never stopped).
1947: Louis Mountbatten was appointed the last British Viceroy of India.
1959: "Black Friday" for the Canadian aviation industry of the 1950s. Prime Minister John Diefenbaker ended the CF-105 Arrow project. Built in Toronto by Avro Canada, the delta-winged interceptor Arrow was one of the fastest, most advanced fighters in human history (Mach 2 at altitude of 50,000 feet). Fighter aircraft designed and built over 50 years later (including the McDonnell-Douglas F-15 and F-18, both of which are slower and have a lower maximum operational height than the Arrow) are still inferior to the Arrow in some performance characteristics. When the Arrow was canceled, many of the Canadian Arrow engineers found work at NASA where elements of Arrow design and technology were used in the U.S. Space Shuttle.
1962: John Glenn became the second U.S. astronaut in space (after Alan Shepherd in May 1961) and the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the earth. Although almost totally ignored and unreported by the U.S. news media (leaving many of the U.S. population with a very limited and distorted view of history and present-day reality), Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was actually the first man in space, in April 1961.
1965: Charles Woolley died at age 80. The British archaeologist spent over 40 years in the field; he excavated Ur of the Chaldees (birthplace of Abraham; see The Journey From Ur Of The Chaldees) and discovered the ancient Sumerian civilization.
1984: Harris Shoerats, the oldest man in Britain, died at age 111.
1986: The Soviet space station Mir was launched into Earth orbit.
1990: Soviet Parliamentary leaders proposed a draft law which would allow the republics the right to break away from the Soviet Union.
2005: Spain became the first European nation to hold a referendum on ratification of the Constitution of the European Union.