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Tuesday, December 6 2016

The Leather Of The Wilderness

"And he made a covering for the tent of rams' skins dyed red, and a covering of badgers' skins above that"

People have used animal skins, with fur, or further processed into leather, for clothing and shelter for millennia. An example is the Native Americans of what is today Canada and the U.S. (see also The First Chinese American War) with their leather clothing and leather-covered "tipis" and lodges. Historically, identical uses of leather can be found all around the world.


The use of leather for clothing originated with the first two humans when they were expelled from the Garden in Eden. They would thereafter require warm, durable clothing (see The Origin Of Clothing) for the wilderness life that they made for themselves with their revolution against God's Kingdom (see also Why Is God A King, Not A President?).

"3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

3:20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken." (Genesis 3:17-23 KJV)


Leather-covered tents were commanded by the LORD to serve as the Tabernacle in the wilderness (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Tabernacle). Most of the leather (as well as the fine linen, spices and oil) used in the wilderness of Sinai came from Egypt at the time of the Exodus ("12:35 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: 12:36 And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians" Exodus 12:35-36 KJV).

"25:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

25:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering. 25:3 And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass, 25:4 And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair, 25:5 And rams' skins dyed red, and badgers' skins, and shittim wood, 25:6 Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense, 25:7 Onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and in the breastplate. 25:8 And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them." (Exodus 25:1-8 KJV)

So it was that the LORD "lodged" in the wilderness, at the heart of the skin-covered Tabernacle (see Why Was The Messiah Drawn To The Heart Of The Temple? and the Fact Finder question below).

"35:20 And all the congregation of the children of Israel departed from the presence of Moses. 35:21 And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the LORD'S offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all his service, and for the holy garments.

35:22 And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted, and brought bracelets, and earrings, and rings, and tablets, all jewels of gold: and every man that offered offered an offering of gold unto the LORD. 35:23 And every man, with whom was found blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair, and red skins of rams, and badgers' skins, brought them. 35:24 Every one that did offer an offering of silver and brass brought the LORD'S offering: and every man, with whom was found shittim wood for any work of the service, brought it. 35:25 And all the women that were wise hearted did spin with their hands, and brought that which they had spun, both of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine linen. 35:26 And all the women whose heart stirred them up in wisdom spun goats' hair. 35:27 And the rulers brought onyx stones, and stones to be set, for the ephod, and for the breastplate; 35:28 And spice, and oil for the light, and for the anointing oil, and for the sweet incense. 35:29 The children of Israel brought a willing offering unto the LORD, every man and woman, whose heart made them willing to bring for all manner of work, which the LORD had commanded to be made by the hand of Moses." (Exodus 35:20-29 KJV)

Fact Finder: Where is your "tabernacle"?
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This Day In History, December 6

343: "Saint Nicholas" of Turkey died (see Could Santa Claus Have Become The Pope?; listen also to our Sermon The Ho-Ho Hoax).

1240: During the Mongol invasion of Russia, Kiev under Danylo of Halych and Voivode Dmytro fell to the Mongols under Batu Khan (see also Gog and Magog).

1421: Henry VI, the last Lancastrian king of England, was born. He was crowned king at the age of 8 months.

1492: Christopher Columbus "discovered" Hispaniola (it wasn't a discovery for the people who were already living there); the island is now divided between Haiti and the Dominican Republic (for a map of all four of the voyages of Columbus, see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1534: Quito, Ecuador was founded by Spanish explorers.

1768: The first edition of Encyclopedia Britannica (Latin for "British Encyclopaedia") was published. The Britannica is the oldest English-language encyclopedia still being produced.

Encyclopedia Britannica

1792: During the French Revolution, the Girondists decided to put King Louis XVI on trial.

1862: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln ordered the hanging of 39 native Americans for the "Sioux Uprising" in Minnesota. See also The First Chinese American War

Sioux Uprising

1865: The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It banned slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime (e.g. "chain gangs").

1907: A coal mine explosion at Monongah, West Virginia killed 362 workers.

1917: Over 1,600 people were killed, 9,000 injured, and an estimated $35 million damage from an explosion in the harbor at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The Mont Blanc, a French munitions ship, collided with the Belgian relief ship Imo. Sparks from the collision ignited almost 3,000 tons of explosives aboard the French ship.

1917: British troops under General Allenby entered Hebron on their way to taking Jerusalem from the Ottomans during the First World War (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration).

General Allenby

1921: The Anglo-Irish Treaty ended the Anglo-Irish War and gave Ireland dominion status in the British Empire as the Irish Free State, but provided for the separate status for the 6 northern counties (Northern Ireland), thus partitioning the country.

1938: Germany and France signed a "treaty of friendship." Germany invaded France a year later.

1941: Franklin Roosevelt approved funds for the development of a weapon of mass destruction, which later became known as the "atomic bomb."

1973: Gerald Ford was sworn in as U.S. Vice-President following Spiro Agnew's resignation for tax evasion. With the later resignation of Richard Nixon because of the Watergate burglary and obstruction of justice cover-up, Ford became the only man to serve as U.S. President and Vice-President without ever being elected to either office.

1975: A $2.3 billion emergency loan to save New York from bankruptcy was authorized.

1989: The Ecole Polytechnique Massacre, also known as the Montreal Massacre. Marc Lepine murdered 14 female students at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.

2006: NASA announced that photographs taken by the Mars Global Surveyor suggested the presence of liquid water on Mars.


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