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Sunday, November 22 2015

Ezekiel 29: The Reeds Of The Nile

"And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the LORD, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel"

The "Nile" River, as it is known in the English language, is named from the Greek word Neilos, the Latin/Roman version of which is Nilus, both of which may be transliterations of a similar-sounding Hebrew word which means river, or river valley. The ancient Egyptians called the river Ar (or other rendered variations, such as Aur or Iaro) which meant black, in referring to the rich organic sediments that are carried along the river and deposited in the fertile Nile Delta region of "Goshen" before the river ends into the Mediterranean Sea.

Nile River The Nile is the world's longest river. It originates south of the Equator deep in north-central Africa from which it builds and flows for 4,130 miles / 6,645 kilometers through Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan and then Egypt.

It was into the Nile River that the infant Moses was placed in a basket of woven reeds, made waterproof with pitch, by his mother and his sister Miriam - an act of faith in the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) in many ways, including that he would be kept safe from the Nile River crocodiles ("the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers"; see The Dragons Of The Bible). From that voyage in a reed basket, Moses was named from the waters of the Nile (see The Drawing Of Moses).

"2:1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. 2:2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. 2:3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink. 2:4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.

2:5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. 2:6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews' children.

2:7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?

2:8 And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child's mother. 2:9 And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it. 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 2:1-10 KJV)

As the LORD promised, the Israelites had been greatly blessed during their time in Egypt (see I Will There Make Of Thee A Great Nation). They prospered so greatly that later Pharaohs began to fear the foreign multitude in their country (see How Long Were They Slaves?).

Despite the damage and losses suffered by Egypt during the Exodus, Egypt remained a powerful and prosperous country. Centuries later, when the corrupt Kingdom of Judah sought a way to defend themselves from the Babylonians, who were the appointed agents of the LORD's wrath (see Why Did Judah Fall To Babylon?), they established a military alliance with Egypt - which made Egypt a target along with Judah. The analogy of seeking strength from a rod made of a broken reed was used in the LORD's Judgment of Judah, and of Egypt, at that time.

Nile River

"29:1 In the tenth year, in the tenth month, in the twelfth day of the month, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

29:2 Son of man, set thy face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him, and against all Egypt: 29:3 Speak, and say,

Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself. 29:4 But I will put hooks in thy jaws, and I will cause the fish of thy rivers to stick unto thy scales, and I will bring thee up out of the midst of thy rivers, and all the fish of thy rivers shall stick unto thy scales. 29:5 And I will leave thee thrown into the wilderness, thee and all the fish of thy rivers: thou shalt fall upon the open fields; thou shalt not be brought together, nor gathered: I have given thee for meat to the beasts of the field and to the fowls of the heaven.

29:6 And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the LORD, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel. 29:7 When they took hold of thee by thy hand, thou didst break, and rend all their shoulder: and when they leaned upon thee, thou brakest, and madest all their loins to be at a stand.

29:8 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring a sword upon thee, and cut off man and beast out of thee. 29:9 And the land of Egypt shall be desolate and waste; and they shall know that I am the LORD: because he hath said, The river is mine, and I have made it.

29:10 Behold, therefore I am against thee, and against thy rivers, and I will make the land of Egypt utterly waste and desolate, from the tower of Syene even unto the border of Ethiopia. 29:11 No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years. 29:12 And I will make the land of Egypt desolate in the midst of the countries that are desolate, and her cities among the cities that are laid waste shall be desolate forty years: and I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries." (Ezekiel 29:1-12 KJV)

The Egyptians then too experienced an exile of their prominent citizens. Judah would return home after a prescribed seventy years (see What Did Jeremiah's Letter To Babylon Say?), while Egyptians would return home after forty years: "At the end of forty years will I gather the Egyptians from the people whither they were scattered."

"29:13 Yet thus saith the Lord GOD;

At the end of forty years will I gather the Egyptians from the people whither they were scattered: 29:14 And I will bring again the captivity of Egypt, and will cause them to return into the land of Pathros, into the land of their habitation; and they shall be there a base kingdom. 29:15 It shall be the basest of the kingdoms; neither shall it exalt itself any more above the nations: for I will diminish them, that they shall no more rule over the nations. 29:16 And it shall be no more the confidence of the house of Israel, which bringeth their iniquity to remembrance, when they shall look after them: but they shall know that I am the Lord GOD." (Ezekiel 29:13-16 KJV)

So too the kings of Tyre "for the service that he had served against it" (see Tyre's World Trade Center and Tyre's Island In The Sea; also The Pricking Briers).

"29:17 And it came to pass in the seven and twentieth year, in the first month, in the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

29:18 Son of man, Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon caused his army to serve a great service against Tyrus: every head was made bald, and every shoulder was peeled: yet had he no wages, nor his army, for Tyrus, for the service that he had served against it:

29:19 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will give the land of Egypt unto Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall take her multitude, and take her spoil, and take her prey; and it shall be the wages for his army. 29:20 I have given him the land of Egypt for his labour wherewith he served against it, because they wrought for me, saith the Lord GOD.

29:21 In that day will I cause the horn of the house of Israel to bud forth, and I will give thee the opening of the mouth in the midst of them; and they shall know that I am the LORD." (Ezekiel 29:17-21 KJV)

Fact Finder: How and when did the people of Egypt originate?
See Children Of Ham - The Origin Of Egypt And Iraq and The Egypt Connection

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This Day In History, November 22

498: Upon the death of Pope Anastasius II, Symmachus was elected Pope in the Lateran Palace, while Laurentius was elected Pope in Santa Maria Maggiore (see The Struggle For The Papacy).

845: Nominoe, the first King of all Brittany, defeated the Frankish king Charles the Bald at the Battle of Ballon, near Redon.

John F. Kennedy 1220: Frederick II was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Honorius III at St. Peter's in Rome (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation and Emperors and Popes). Frederick pledged to defend the Catholic Church and launch the next "Crusade" for the Church of Rome (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1497: Vasco Da Gama of Portugal became the first navigator to sail around the Cape of Good Hope in his search for a sea route to India.

1718: Edward Teach, the English pirate known as "Blackbeard," was killed off the east coast of North America.

1757: Austrian forces defeated the Prussians at Breslau during the Seven Years War.

1830: The Belgian Congress voted to establish the country into a monarchy.

1837: Scottish-born Canadian journalist and politician (he was the first Mayor of the city that is known today as Toronto) William Lyon Mackenzie called for a revolution against the United Kingdom in his essay "To the People of Upper Canada." Mackenzie fled to the U.S. after the people of Canada rejected his rebellion.

1860: Prior to the U.S. Civil War, a secessionist meeting was held in Abbeville, South Carolina, causing some to refer to the city as "The Birthplace and Deathbed of the Confederacy" (Jefferson Davis held one of his last cabinet meetings there on May 2 1865).

1869: In Dumbarton, Scotland, the clipper Cutty Sark was launched. It was one of the last clippers ever built, and the only one still surviving today.

1878: In Afghanistan, the British under Sir Samuel Browne bombed and captured the Ali Masjid fortress, thus beginning the Second Afghan War.

1906: The International Radio Telecommunications Commission adopted "SOS" as a new distress call.

1942: The Soviet army completed the encirclement of the German Sixth Army at Stalingrad during the Second World War (listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).

1943: Lebanon became independent after 23 years of French rule.

1963: U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated at age 46. The shots were allegedly fired in Dallas from the Texas School Book Depository by a former U.S. Marine, Lee Harvey Oswald, 24, who himself was shot and killed 2 days later while denying the charge and claiming "I'm just a patsy."

1967: United Nations Resolution 242 was passed by the Security Council. It intended to provide Israel with secure frontiers, while at the same time requiring it to return "conquered" territories, and stated a need for a just solution for the Palestinian refugees (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Balfour Declaration).

1975: Juan Carlos was sworn in as king of Spain, the first Spanish monarch since Alfonso XIII went into exile in 1931. General Francisco Franco, who had ruled Spain since 1939, died 2 days earlier.

1990: Margaret Thatcher announced her resignation as British Prime Minister after 11 years in office.

1991: The UN Security Council chose Egyptian Deputy Prime Minister Boutros Boutros Ghali to be UN Secretary General, succeeding Javier Perez de Cuellar.

2005: Angela Merkel became the first female Chancellor of Germany.


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