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Saturday, March 7 2015

Psalm 105: The Exodus Prophecies

"He said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years"

Abraham was born in the fertile region of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. While it came to be known as "Babylon" after humanity's rebellion against the LORD with their "tower of Babel" (see The Tower Of Babel), the region had earlier been known as Eden - the place within which the LORD had planted the Garden of Eden - that was actually the Garden in Eden (see The Garden In Eden; also The Only Child Of The Garden).

"2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed." (Genesis 2:8 KJV)

The LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God) commanded Abram (the LORD later changed his name to Abraham; see A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram) to leave his homeland in the fertile place that he lived and take up residence in the land of Canaan.

"12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." (Genesis 12:1-3 KJV)

The Fertile Crescent

Abraham lived the rest of his life with the awareness that the promises that the LORD made to him were to be fulfilled in the future (see also The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq). While the land of Canaan was a good, prosperous land, it was much smaller and not as naturally fertile as the land that he left behind. Isaac too, lived his entire life awaiting for the promise to be fulfilled in the future (see A Biography Of Abraham: Isaac).

"11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God." (Hebrews 11:8-10 KJV)

While most people are familiar with how the Israelites (Jacob and his family; see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria) went to Egypt to escape a famine in the land of Canaan, both Abraham and Isaac separately experienced severe famines that forced them to seek refuge in Egypt. Abraham went and returned, while the LORD diverted Isaac from Egypt to Gaza - which was supplied by nearby Goshen in Egypt anyway. Abraham and Isaac both experienced famines in the land of Canaan that they survived by the prosperity of the Nile delta region of Egypt.

Egypt

"12:10 And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land." (Genesis 12:10 KJV)

"26:1 And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. 26:2 And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: 26:3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; 26:4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; 26:5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws." (Genesis 26:1-5 KJV)

Abraham was also given a prophecy about how his descendants would resort to Egypt for their survival - where they would remain "four hundred years" and become a powerful multitude by means of their living off the prosperity of Egypt. Abraham knew about the Exodus before any Israelites even existed (the Israelites were the children and grandchildren of Abraham's grandson Jacob - who was only about 15 years old when Abraham died; see A Biography Of Jacob: When Jacob Became Israel).

Notice also that the Israelites entered Egypt under the very best of circumstances. Joseph, Jacob's own son, had become the Prime Minister of Egypt, second in authority only to the Pharaoh (see Joseph's Revelation) - who settled his family in a rich area of Goshen (see Jacob's Israel In The Land Of Goshen). According to the Holy Scriptures, the Israelites freely prospered for most of their 400 years in Egypt. The Israelites were not slaves for 400 years (see the Fact Finder question below), so just who was being "afflicted" in "they shall afflict them four hundred years" should be carefully contemplated.

"15:13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 15:14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance." (Genesis 15:13-14 KJV)

Jacob also experienced a great famine in the land of Canaan that caused him to seek help from Egypt - exactly as his grandfather Abraham and father Isaac had done. The Exodus prophecy that was given to Abraham would be fulfilled by Jacob's descendants 400 years later. Jacob was aware that he would not return to the land of Canaan in his physical lifetime (see Jacob's Mummy), or the lifetime of the 70 Israelites that existed at the time that they entered Egypt (see The First Census Of Israel).

"46:1 And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac.

46:2 And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob.

And he said, Here am I.

46:3 And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation: 46:4 I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.

46:5 And Jacob rose up from Beersheba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him. 46:6 And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him: 46:7 His sons, and his sons' sons with him, his daughters, and his sons' daughters, and all his seed brought he with him into Egypt." (Genesis 46:1-7 KJV)

"46:26 All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob's sons' wives, all the souls were threescore and six; 46:27 And the sons of Joseph, which were born him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten." (Genesis 46:26-27 KJV)

The Psalms are rich in documented history and prophecy. At the time of the writing of the Psalms, the growth of the Israelites from a family of 70 people to a powerful multitude of foreigners in Egypt (see the Fact Finder question below) was a major element of their national history - and yet another proof that the LORD fulfills His prophetic promises.

Egypt

"105:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. 105:2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. 105:3 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. 105:4 Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.

105:5 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; 105:6 O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen. 105:7 He is the LORD our God: his judgments are in all the earth.

105:8 He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations. 105:9 Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; 105:10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant: 105:11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:

105:12 When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it. 105:13 When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people; 105:14 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes; 105:15 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

105:16 Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread. 105:17 He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant: 105:18 Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron: 105:19 Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him. 105:20 The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free. 105:21 He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance: 105:22 To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom.

105:23 Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham. 105:24 And he increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies. 105:25 He turned their heart to hate his people, to deal subtilly with his servants. 105:26 He sent Moses his servant; and Aaron whom he had chosen.

105:27 They shewed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham. 105:28 He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they rebelled not against his word. 105:29 He turned their waters into blood, and slew their fish. 105:30 Their land brought forth frogs in abundance, in the chambers of their kings. 105:31 He spake, and there came divers sorts of flies, and lice in all their coasts. 105:32 He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land. 105:33 He smote their vines also and their fig trees; and brake the trees of their coasts. 105:34 He spake, and the locusts came, and caterpillers, and that without number, 105:35 And did eat up all the herbs in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground. 105:36 He smote also all the firstborn in their land, the chief of all their strength.

105:37 He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes. 105:38 Egypt was glad when they departed: for the fear of them fell upon them. 105:39 He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night. 105:40 The people asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven. 105:41 He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river.

105:42 For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant. 105:43 And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness: 105:44 And gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labour of the people; 105:45 That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws.

Praise ye the LORD." (Psalm 105:1-45 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why did the Pharaoh at the time of the Exodus make the Israelites slaves?
See How Long Were They Slaves?; also Stubble and Chaff


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This Day In History, March 7

322 BC: The Greek philosopher Aristotle died. He was a teacher of Alexander the Great (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids and The Prophet Daniel: The Ram and The He Goat).

161: Emperor Antoninus Pius died and was succeeded by his adopted sons Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus.

Constantine with Sol Invictus 321: The inventor of today's "Sunday": Emperor Constantine I decreed that the Babylonian/Roman Dies Solis Invicti ("Sun day") was to be the official day of rest of the Roman Empire (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Why Observe The True Sabbath?; also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

1080: Pope Gregory VII deposed King Henry IV of Germany in a dispute over the selection of bishops (see Emperors and Popes and The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1793: France declared war on Spain.

1799: Napoleon Bonaparte captured Jaffa in "Palestine" (see also Where Is Palestine? and The Joppa Lessons Of Jonah And Peter).

1814: Napoleon, with 37,000 troops, defeated 90,000 Prussians the Battle of Craonne in France.

1821: The Austrians with a force of 80,000, trying to restore Ferdinand IV to the throne of Naples, heavily defeated a force of 12,000 Neapolitans under Pepe at the Battle of Rieti.

1876: Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone.

1906: Finland became the first democratic country to give women the right to vote.

1912: Roald Amundsen announced the discovery of the South Pole.

1912: French aviator Henri Seimet flew non-stop from London to Paris in 3 hours.

1918: The Bolsheviks renamed themselves as the Russian Communist Party.

1926: The first transatlantic telephone call, London to New York.

1935: The Saar was incorporated into Germany.

1936: Nazi Germany violated the Treaty of Versailles by reoccupying the Rhineland (on borders of Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and France). Under the treaty, the region was to remain under control of the allied nations for 5 to 15 years after the end of WW1, with Germany forbidden to militarize the area, but the last allied troops, the French, withdrew in 1930 (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1942: The British evacuated Rangoon, after completing all essential demolition. The Japanese entered the city the next day.

1965: Police in Selma, Alabama used clubs and whips against 600 civil rights demonstrators.

1979: Voyager 1 arrived at Jupiter.

1986: Divers located the mostly-intact crew cabin of the Challenger space shuttle on the ocean floor.

1989: Iran broke off diplomatic relations with Britain over Salman Rushdie's novel "Satanic Verses."

2007: The British House of Commons voted to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, fully elected.





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