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Friday, October 9 2015
Jeremiah 43: The Flight To Tahpanhes
"So they came into the land of Egypt: for they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: thus came they even to Tahpanhes"
When the Kingdom of Judah fell to Babylon (see The Sinking Of His Majesty's Vessel, Judah), a remnant of the survivors came to the prophet Jeremiah and pleaded for a way for them to escape the LORD's wrath upon them. After forty years of ignoring and abusing Jeremiah, they proclaimed their repentance to the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) .
"42:1 Then all the captains of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least even unto the greatest, came near, 42:2 And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the LORD thy God, even for all this remnant; (for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:) 42:3 That the LORD thy God may shew us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing that we may do." (Jeremiah 42:1-3 KJV)
The LORD responded with a means and opportunity for those people to escape the wrath that they had brought upon themselves - by staying where they were and obeying what the LORD commanded them to do.
"42:7 And it came to pass after ten days, that the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah. 42:8 Then called he Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces which were with him, and all the people from the least even to the greatest, 42:9 And said unto them, Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, unto whom ye sent me to present your supplication before him; 42:10 If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you. 42:11 Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith the LORD: for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand. 42:12 And I will shew mercies unto you, that he may have mercy upon you, and cause you to return to your own land.
Rather than staying where they were and obeying what the LORD commanded them to do, they immediately fell back into their rebellion by doing the exact opposite - they disobeyed what the LORD commanded them to do and left where the LORD had commanded them to stay. They fled to Tahpanhes in Egypt, along with others, including Jeremiah, who they forced to go along with them. There, they discovered, once again, that "safe" is wherever one obeys the LORD and that no where is safe from His wrath upon those who defy Him.
"43:1 And it came to pass, that when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking unto all the people all the words of the LORD their God, for which the LORD their God had sent him to them, even all these words, 43:2 Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely: the LORD our God hath not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there: 43:3 But Baruch the son of Neriah setteth thee on against us, for to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they might put us to death, and carry us away captives into Babylon.
Fact Finder: The Israelites had many sojourns in Egypt throughout their history. What did the Messiah do there?
This Day In History, October 9
768: Carloman I and his older brother Charlemagne were crowned Kings of The Franks - a Germanic (ancestors of the present day German, Dutch and Flemish people) tribe that controlled much of Europe. The present-day German name for France is Frankreich, meaning empire of the Franks, while the present-day name "France" itself is derived from the Latin term Francia - which was merely a translation of the Germanic term. Germany became the Roman Empire; it was Charles V, the Emperor of the "Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation," who condemned Martin Luther as a heretic and an outlaw (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1000: The approximate date that Norse explorer Leif Ericson discovered "Vineland," located somewhere along the east coast of North America around modern-day Newfoundland. Ericson's arrival happened about 500 years before another European, Christopher Columbus, "discovered America" - in his case merely the islands of the Caribbean Sea, not anywhere in continental North America (see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1238: James I of Aragon conquered Valencia and founded the Kingdom of Valencia.
1264: The Kingdom of Castile conquered the city of Jerez. The city had been under Muslim occupation since 711.
1470: Henry VI of England was restored to the throne.
1514: The marriage of Louis XII of France and Mary Tudor.
1635: Roger Williams was banished from the Massachusetts colony for advocating religious freedom through the separation of church and state (it didn't take long for the people of the "New World" to begin behaving like the people of the "Old World" who were supposedly persecuting them). He founded Providence, Rhode Island a year later (for the actual Biblical meaning of "pilgrims," see The Pilgrims).
1701: The Collegiate School of Connecticut was founded by the English pioneers in New England. In 1718, it was renamed Yale College after British East India Governor Elihu Yale.
1776: Spanish missionaries established a colony in California that they named San Francisco.
1799: The British frigate HMS Lutine sank off the Dutch coast. The ship's bell was later salvaged and mounted in the insurance underwriter's room of Lloyd's of London. From then to now the bell is tolled on receipt of important news such as a ship sinking.
1820: A proclamation rejoining Cape Breton to Nova Scotia was issued. Cape Breton became part of the colony of Nova Scotia in 1763 but it remained largely undeveloped until 1784 when it became a separate colony for Loyalist refugees from the New England colonial rebellion. Successive waves of Scottish immigrants and the return of the Acadians were followed by the reuniting of the two colonies.
1854: During the Crimean War, the siege of Sebastopol begins.
1870: Rome was incorporated into Italy by royal decree.
1890: Clement Ader of France made the first heavier-than-air machine flight, 13 years before the Wright brothers. Ader used a steam engine with his first-in-the-world flight, while the Wright brothers had a gasoline engine for their first-in-the-U.S. flight.
1934: Alexander I, king of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes 1921-1929, and Yugoslavia 1929-1934 after he changed the name of the country to Yugoslavia, was assassinated by a Croatian terrorist in Marseilles along with French foreign minister Louis Barthou, while negotiating an alliance.
1967: Ernesto ("Che") Guevara, Argentine-born doctor, leftist revolutionary, was executed by Bolivian troops after his capture the day before while he was attempting to start a revolution there.
1983: 17 South Korean officials, 4 of them cabinet ministers including foreign minister Lee Bum-Suk, were assassinated in a bomb blast while visiting Rangoon, Burma. Three officials of the North Korean military, who slipped into the country before the bombing were later charged with the murders.
1989: An official Soviet Union TASS news agency report stated that a UFO landed in Voronezh, Russia.
1992: A 13 kilogram fragment of a meteorite that entered the Earth's atmosphere struck and destroyed an unoccupied 1980 Chevrolet Malibu that was parked in a driveway in Peekskill, New York.
2006: North Korea reportedly tested its first nuclear bomb.