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Sunday, February 5 2017
Why Weren't The Descendants Of Moses In The Lost Ten Tribes?
"Now concerning Moses the man of God, his sons were named of the tribe of Levi"
Moses (see The Drawing Of Moses and The Sign Of The Flaming Bush) and his brother Aaron (see Aaron's Almond Rod) were of the Israelite tribe of Levi. If anyone had asked them during their lifetimes if they were Jews (see the Fact Finder question below to understand how and when the term was expanded), they would have said no, that their tribal patriarch wasn't Judah ("Jew" is an abbreviation of Judah in the same way that "Joe" is an abbreviation of Joseph), but rather that they were Levites.
"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." (Exodus 2:1-3 KJV) "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 2:10 KJV)
When Moses fled into the wilderness of Sinai, he married Zipporah (see Moses And Zipporah), a Midianite woman, a daughter of Jethro (see The Priest of Midian), with whom he had two sons, Gershom and Eliezer. During their lifetimes, Gershom and Eliezer could have claimed citizenship with Israelites or the Midianites - which they did, with their mother, back and forth, for some time.
"18:1 When Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses' father in law, heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his people, and that the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt; 18:2 Then Jethro, Moses' father in law, took Zipporah, Moses' wife, after he had sent her back, 18:3 And her two sons; of which the name of the one was Gershom; for he said, I have been an alien in a strange land: 18:4 And the name of the other was Eliezer; for the God of my father, said he, was mine help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh:
After the death of Moses, the political leadership of Israel went to Joshua (see Joshua's Commission), of the tribe of Ephraim (which, by the way, was half African in its origin; see The Adoption Of Ephraim and Manasseh) - followed by the era of the Judges (see The Rise Of The Judges), and then the Israelite Monarchy (see King Saul of Israel and The Rise Of David) - no Levites because they were designated as the national priesthood after the Exodus (see When Were The Levites Set Apart?).
So what happened to Gershom and Eliezer? And their descendants, all of whom were descendants of Moses?
When the Levites were established as the Israelite priesthood after the Exodus, their responsibilities of service were divided according to the 3 major clans who descended from the 3 sons of the patriarch Levi - Gershon, Kohath and Merari (see The Levite Clans). Don't mistake the clan patriarch Gershon with Moses' son Gershom because Moses was a Levite of the clan of Kohath. As such, the line of Moses was incorporated into the Kohath branch of the Levites. And so they have remained: "The sons of Kohath ... The sons of Moses were, Gershom, and Eliezer."
"23:12 The sons of Kohath; Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, four.
This Day In History, February 5
62: "The 62 Earthquake" occurred in Pompeii, Italy. The city was completely destroyed in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
1428: King Alfonso V ordered Sicily's Jews to attend "Christian" (i.e. Church of Rome) sermons so that they would become "converted" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1555: The Diet (from the Latin word dieta meaning a day; the word diary has the same origin) of The Holy Roman Empire opened at Augsburg. Proclaimed by Charles V, it dealt with numerous religious matters. Among the decisions reached: that no member of the empire would go to war with another on religious grounds, and both Roman Catholicism and Lutheranism were to be allowed (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1556: Henry II of France and Philip of Spain signed the truce of Vaucelles.
1631: Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, arrived from England in the English-created colony of Boston (prior to the coming of the English, the site of Boston was nothing more than swamp and wilderness).
1679: The Treaty of Nijmegen was signed by Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I and King Louis XIV of France.
1810: The Siege of Cadiz began during the Peninsular War between France and the allied powers of Spain, the United Kingdom and Portugal for control of the Iberian Peninsula.
1811: After King George III became incapacitated by old age and illness, the Prince of Wales became Prince Regent of England, later to be George IV.
1818: Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte ascended to the thrones of Sweden and Norway.
1841: The union of Upper and Lower Canada became effective. "Upper" and "Lower" Canada were terms based simply on the flow of the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence River toward the Atlantic Ocean; "Upper Canada" was present-day southern Ontario, "Lower Canada" was southern Quebec.
1881: Thomas Carlyle, English author and historian, died at age 85.
1909: Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland announced the creation of Bakelite, the world's first synthetic plastic.
1924: The Royal Greenwich Observatory began broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal.
1941: Andrew Barton Paterson, Australian poet, died. He is widely credited as the author of Waltzing Matilda.
1954: The most northerly group of islands in Canada was named the Queen Elizabeth Islands. William Baffin was credited with the 1616 discovery of the islands.
1958: A hydrogen bomb was lost by the US Air Force off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, It was never recovered.
1973: Construction began on the CN Tower in Toronto. It became the highest tower in the world at the time of its construction and was declared to be one of the "Seven Wonders of The Modern World."
1983: Klaus Barbie, wanted Nazi war criminal, was imprisoned in Lyons, France, after extradition from Bolivia.
1997: Switzerland's three largest banks, facing international pressure, announced that they had created a 100 million Swiss franc Holocaust memorial fund as a gesture of good will toward their critics.
1997: Fire swept through the library of Pulkovo Observatory, Russia's most famous astronomical institution. The fire and the water used to fight it destroyed or damaged nearly 5,000 rare old books. Arson was the suspected cause - Russian "Conservatives" were believed to be responsible because they wanted the observatory's extensive grounds, near St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad), made available for hotel construction.