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Sunday, October 4 2015
Jeremiah 39: The LORD's Rescue Of The Ethiopian
"I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in Me, saith the LORD"
Ancient Ethiopia was located south of Egypt, extending through the junctions of the Nile River, including, and beyond, what is today Sudan (the map at Ethiopia). "Ethiopia" is the English-language pronunciation of the Greek word that was used for the Hebrew word Cush, with both used interchangeably through The Bible. Ethiopia was populated primarily by Ham's son Cush (see The First Nations Of The New World).
Ethiopians were involved throughout Bible history. Moses married an Ethiopian, which did not meet with the approval of his siblings Aaron and Miriam (12:1 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman" Numbers 12:1; see The Jealousy Of Miriam and Aaron), while it did with the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour).
In the New Testament era, Ethiopians were among the earliest converts to Christianity. Philip was directed by the LORD to the famous meeting and baptism of the Ethiopian (see the Fact Finder question below).
In the time of Jeremiah, as the Kingdom of Judah was completing its self destruction (see The Sinking Of His Majesty's Vessel, Judah), Ebedmelech the Ethiopian saved the life of Jeremiah (see Jeremiah In The Dungeon).
"38:7 Now when Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, one of the eunuchs which was in the king's house, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the dungeon; the king then sitting in the gate of Benjamin; 38:8 Ebedmelech went forth out of the king's house, and spake to the king, saying,
Ebedmelech's rescue of Jeremiah was not forgotten. As the city fell to the slaughter, the LORD rescued the man who had rescued Jeremiah: "I will deliver thee in that day, saith the LORD: and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid. For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the LORD."
"39:1 In the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army against Jerusalem, and they besieged it.
Fact Finder: What happened when the LORD directed Philip to meet with the man from Ethiopia?
This Day In History, October 4
23: Rebel forces captured the Chinese capital Chang'an during a peasant rebellion. They decapitated the emperor, Wang Mang, two days later.
610: Heraclius became Byzantine Emperor at Constantinople after overthrowing Emperor Phocas. Constantinople was named after Roman Emperor Constantine, the creator of the Church of Rome and many of its doctrines, including "Sunday" worship (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Why Observe The True Sabbath?).
1209: King Otto IV of Germany was crowned Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1511: The formation of the "Holy League" of Ferdinand II of Aragon, the Papal States and the Republic of Venice against France.
1535 The first complete English-language Bible was produced by printer Miles Coverdale.
1582: The Gregorian calendar was ordered into use by Pope Gregory XIII. That year, to correct the season error accumulated by the Julian calendar (named after Julius Caesar), October 4 was to be followed by October 15. The order of the days of the week were not affected, but October 5 to 14 "did not happen" that year. Roman Catholic countries accepted the change, but Britain and its North American colonies did not accept the new Gregorian calendar for another 2 centuries, and Russia did not accept it until 1917. Today, the Gregorian calendar is used over most of the world (see Pope Gregory's Calendar).
1636: The Swedish Army defeated the armies of Saxony and the Holy Roman Empire at the Battle of Wittstock.
1795: Napoleon Bonaparte rose to national prominence with his famous "Whiff of Grapeshot" - using cannon loaded with grapeshot ("a cluster of small projectiles fired together from a cannon to produce a hail of shot") to put down counter-revolutionary rioters at the French Legislature.
1824: Mexico adopted a new constitution and became a federal republic.
1830: Belgium became an independent nation apart from the Netherlands.
1853: After Russia refused to withdraw from the Danubian principalities, Turkey (i.e. the Ottoman Empire; listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) declared war, thus starting the Crimean War; Russia against Turkey, England, France, and Sardinia. The war lasted 3 years.
1874: To stop further genocide of his people on the vast plains that they had freely lived on for many centuries before the white Europeans ("the white devils" as many native Americans came to call them) came, Kiowa chief Santana (the English pronunciation of a Kiowa word that means White Bear), known as "the Orator of the Plains," agreed to a military surrender in Darlington, Texas. In blatant violation of the surrender agreement, Santana was then sent to a penitentiary at Huntsville where he was imprisoned with common criminals and forced to work in road crews - thereafter spending his days, in chains, looking out to the open prairie that once was his homeland; he committed suicide in the prison 4 years later.
1883: The famous Orient Express train went into service.
1914: The first German Zeppelin raids on London (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1918: Boris III took over as Czar of Bulgaria after Ferdinand abdicated.
1920: The first successful airplane flight across Canada was made by Robert Leckie and 4 others. Total flying time was 45 hours and 20 minutes to cover the 3,410 miles (5,490 kilometers).
1930: A revolution began in Brazil which lasted into November, when Getulio Vargas became president.
1940: Hitler of Germany (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) and Mussolini of Italy, and their foreign ministers, held a summit meeting in an armored train at the Brenner Pass.
1952: The first cardiac pacemaker was implanted.
1957: The official roll-out ceremony of the first supersonic CF-105 at the Avro Canada plant in Malton, Ontario. The Canadian designed and built fighter aircraft was the fastest fighter in the world at the time.
1957: The Russian Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite, was launched, beginning the "space race."
1958: The first trans-Atlantic passenger jetliner service was begun by British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) with flights between London and New York.
1963: Hurricane Flora killed 6,000 people in Cuba and Haiti.
1965: Pope Paul VI became the first pope to visit the U.S. and address the United Nations.
1993: President Boris Yeltsin stopped a hardline Communist rebellion. After a 10 hour tank assault on the Russian parliament building, he fired Vice-President Alexander Rutskoi, and jailed other opposition leaders.