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Sunday, December 4 2016
Joshua's Forty Day Wait
"Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God ... Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights"
When the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour) delivered The Ten Commandments to the Israelites, Aaron, Aaron's two sons, and seventy of the elders of Israel were commanded to accompany Moses just far enough up Mount Sinai to see where he went. They had no excuse to ever say (which they later did anyway), "We wot not what is become of him."
"24:1 And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off. 24:2 And Moses alone shall come near the LORD: but they shall not come nigh; neither shall the people go up with him." (Exodus 24:1-2 KJV)
Moses continued on from them, accompanied farther up Mount Sinai by Joshua (see also Joshua's Commission). When they reached a certain point, Joshua was ordered to stop and remain there while awaiting Moses' return. It would be a forty day wait because "Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights."
"24:13 And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God. 24:14 And he said unto the elders, Tarry ye here for us, until we come again unto you: and, behold, Aaron and Hur are with you: if any man have any matters to do, let him come unto them.
"32:1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
The first to tell Moses that the Israelite nation had become corrupt fools was the LORD. Moses was too far up the mountain to hear or see it.
"32:7 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves: 32:8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt." (Exodus 32:7-8 KJV)
Joshua, who had faithfully waited for forty days for Moses' return, was able to at least hear the sound of the anarchy below (echoes over the mountain rocks may also have amplified it). Joshua didn't know what was happening, while Moses did know because the LORD had told him. The result was the loss of the first set of The Ten Commandments. Although Moses smashed them, it was the people, not Moses, who broke The Law.
"32:15 And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written. 32:16 And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.
Fact Finder: When did the LORD give Moses a replacement set of The Ten Commandments? What did the tables of stone actually look like?
This Day In History, December 4
771: Charlemagne became the sole emperor of the Franks after the death of his brother Carloman (listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1110: During the First Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), the Crusaders sacked Sidon (see also Into The Coasts Of Tyre And Sidon). Notice in the map below that Germany was then officially identified as the "Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1259: King Henry III of England and King Louis IX of France agreed to the Treaty of Paris whereby Henry renounced his claims to French-controlled territory on continental Europe (including Normandy) in exchange for Louis withdrawing his support for English rebels. France has had a very long history of inciting and supporting rebellions and revolutions against England, including that of the New England colonies in the 1700s in which France supported the insurgency while at the same time hypocritically tolerating no such independence in its own nearby colonies in what is today Louisiana and eastern Canada.
1563: The Council of Trent ended after 18 years.
1674: French Jesuit missionary Jacques Marquette constructed the first building of a mission in the wilderness area of Lake Michigan. Today the place is known as Chicago.
1791: The Observer, of Britain, the oldest Sunday newspaper in the world, was first published.
1809: The International Bible Society was founded. It has since distributed the Bible to over 150 countries in the world.
1829: Britain abolished the practice of "suttee" in India, in which the widow burned herself to death on her husband's funeral pyre.
1914: At the beginning of the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the German Navy formed the first military seaplane force. It began operations from Zeebrugge, Belgium.
1918: The Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was proclaimed. It became known as Yugoslavia.
1952: The Great Smog of London began when vast amounts of coal smoke emitted from homes and factories, along with gasoline and diesel vehicle exhaust, combined with a unique cold fog from the Atlantic. The "smog" (the original and first use of the word smog - smoke and fog) killed thousands of people over that winter.
1981: Ronald Reagan officially (i.e. publicly admitted) authorized the CIA to conduct spy operations in the U.S. itself (millions of naive people were apparently oblivious to the reality that the CIA was already doing so, just as it had been right from the moment that it was created).
1991: Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) ceased operation due to bankruptcy.