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Sunday, January 29 2017
The Syrian Refugees
"Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came"
Abraham was born in what is today known as Iraq (see A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram). He left his native land with his father and settled first in Syria, near Haran (see A Biography Of Abraham: From Ur To Canaan).
Later, Abraham and his nephew Lot (the son of Abraham's dead brother) left Syria and lived in the land of Canaan (see The Parting of Abram and Lot).
There was no "Israel" in Abraham's lifetime - Abraham's grandson Jacob had not yet been personally renamed as "Israel," none of Jacob's children, who became the Israelites, were born yet, and they all lived in the countries of other people as alien immigrants. Abraham's son Isaac and Isaac's son Jacob were born in the land of Canaan (see A Biography Of Abraham: Isaac and A Biography Of Jacob: The Second Twin).
"12:5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came." (Genesis 12:5 KJV)
Later, when it was time for Isaac to marry, Abraham sent a representative back to Syria to find a wife for Isaac from among his own Babylonian and Syria people. The result was the marriage of Isaac and the Syrian woman Rebekah (see The Marriage of Isaac and Rebekah).
"24:61 And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way." (Genesis 24:61 KJV)
Isaac and Rebekah had two sons - fraternal twins - Jacob and Esau (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Second Twin). When they got into a deadly confrontation over their inheritance (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Birthright and A Biography Of Jacob: The Blessing), Rebekah sent Jacob away to take refuge in Syria - with her Syrian family there. While in Syria, Jacob married four Syrian women who became the mothers of most of the Israelite tribal patriarchs (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria), including Judah, the patriarch of the Jews - the father of all Jews was born in Syria and spoke the Syrian language as his mother tongue (see the Fact Finder question below).
Jacob worked hard and was blessed by the LORD while he was with relatives in Syria (see A Biography Of Jacob: Speckled And Spotted). They eventually began to resent him, actually reaching the point of violence, so once again Jacob became a refugee - this time with his entire family - all of the Israelites that then existed (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Flight To Canaan).
"31:17 Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels; 31:18 And he carried away all his cattle, and all his goods which he had gotten, the cattle of his getting, which he had gotten in Padanaram, for to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan." (Genesis 31:17-18 KJV)
It was while Jacob was on that journey, as a refugee from Syria to the land of Canaan, that the LORD changed his name to "Israel" (see A Biography Of Jacob: When Jacob Became Israel).
"32:22 And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok. 32:23 And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.
Fact Finder: (a) What was the native language of Jesus Christ? In what language did He pray to God? (b) What did the Messiah say about racist hate toward any Middle Eastern people?
This Day In History
This Day In History, January 29
661: The Rashidun Caliphate ended with the death of Hasan ibn Ali. The territory extended across the Middle East and North Africa, from Afghanistan to Libya, and into the borders of Europe in Turkey (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
904: Pope Sergius III returned from retirement to resume the Papacy from Antipope Christopher (see The Struggle For The Papacy).
1613: Italian scientist Galileo Galiei observed the planet, later to be called "Neptune" (many scientists who reject "religion" nevertheless hypocritically name many discoveries and space exploration programs of the heavens after pagan "gods") without realizing that it was an "undiscovered" planet. A German, Johann Galle, is credited with the planet's discovery in 1846, over 2 centuries after Galileo (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).
1635: The Academie Francaise was founded. It became one of the most famous European literary societies.
1676: Feodor III became Tsar of Russia.
1730: Peter II, Czar of Russia (czar is the Russian form of Caesar, as is the German Kaiser), died of smallpox on the day set for his wedding.
1820: King George III of England died at age 81. It was during his reign (1760-1820) that the revolution of the New England colonies, that were created by English investment and pioneers out of the uninhabited and undeveloped wilderness over the previous two centuries, occurred. Not all of the people of New England were revolutionaries. Those who did not participate in the insurrection, about 1/4 of the New England population (most born in New England), thereafter known as Loyalists, immigrated to England or Canada. Most of the Loyalists were successful businessmen, conservative working men and tradesmen, educators, or members of local Militias who did not desert or mutiny at the start of the rebellion.
1829: Montreal's McGill University was established.
1856: Britain's highest military honor, the Victoria Cross, named after Queen Victoria, was established.
1886: In Germany, Karl Benz received a patent for the first gasoline-powered automobile.
1891: Liliuokalani was proclaimed Queen of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
1916: During the First World War (1914-1918), German Zeppelins began bombing Paris (see also Who Was The First To Fly?).
1916: Military tanks entered battle for first time, by the British, during the First World War.
1922: The political union of Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Honduras ended.
1968: The ice cap of Antarctic was penetrated for the first time. Rock was encountered at a depth of about 2 kilometers.
1991: Iraqi forces attacked the Saudi Arabian town of Kafji.
1996: Venice's opera house, fatefully named La Fenice or "The Phoenix," was destroyed by fire.