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Monday, January 11 2016
Amos 2: Israel's Neighborhood Roots
"I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have despised the Law of the LORD, and have not kept His Commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after the which their fathers have walked"
The Book of Amos opens (see What Did The Prophet Of The LORD From Tekoa Say?) with a stark warning, not only to Israel and Judah, but also to the nations around Israel and Judah - including Syria, Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan, Arabia - who witnessed, the easy way, or experienced, the hard way, the LORD's power and righteousness. They were included in the wrath because they were included in the promise of salvation.
The Kingdom of Israel was created by the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) as an object-lesson prophecy of the coming Kingdom of God - in which people of all nations will become natural-born citizens (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?) - if they repent and truly obey the LORD's Law (see Who Can Be Saved?).
As an integral basis of that prophecy, Israel was itself created from all of the nations of the "world," including:
So it was then that the LORD's rebuke to Israel and Judah, when they became corrupt, included the nations around them when they became hostile to the prophecy of salvation that was and is as much about them, and people of all other nations, as it is about Israelites.
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This Day In History, January 11
630: Muhammad led his conquering army of 10,000 to Mecca (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1055: Theodora was crowned Empress of the Byzantine Empire. She was the last of the Macedonian dynasty.
1672: Isaac Newton became a member of the Royal Society.
1690: Louis Frontenac, the governor of New France, launched an attack against British settlements in New York, New Hampshire, and Maine.
1693: Sicily's Mt. Etna erupted.
1775: Yemelyan Pugachov, Cossack rebel, was executed by tsarist Russia.
1775: Francis Salvador became the first (known) Jew elected to office in North America.
1787: Titania and Oberon, moons of Uranus, were discovered by William Herschel.
1814: Joachim Murat, king of Naples, ended his association with Napoleon and entered into an alliance with the Austrians.
1815: Sir John A. Macdonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada, was born.
1839: Over 700 people were killed by an earthquake in Martinique.
1901: Russia and Britain agreed on a partition of China.
1922: A 14 year old Canadian boy, Leonard Thompson, became the first person to have his diabetes successfully treated with insulin. The discovery of insulin was made by Dr. Frederick Banting and Dr. Charles Best, medical researchers in Toronto.
1923: French and Belgian troops occupied the Ruhr to collect reparations.
1943: The U.S. and Britain relinquished territorial rights in China.
1943: The Soviet Red Army encircled the German invasion forces at Stalingrad.
1964: The U.S. Surgeon General reported that cigarettes are harmful to health.
1972: East Pakistan renamed itself as Bangladesh.
1973: The trial of the Watergate burglars began in Washington. The attempted cover up of their criminal activity eventually caused the resignation of Richard Nixon and the imprisonment of a number of high officials in the Nixon regime, including Attorney General (the highest law-enforcement position in the country) John Mitchell (the self-declared "law and order" defender) who was convicted of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury and sentenced to two and a half to eight years in prison.
1989: 140 nations agreed to ban chemical weapons.
2001: Lucien Bouchard resigned as Premier of Quebec after his repeated failure to separate the Province away from Canada.
2003: Illinois Governor George Ryan commuted the death sentences of 167 prisoners on Illinois' death row based on the Jon Burge scandal.