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Tuesday, March 14 2017
The Return To The Holy Ground Of Horeb
"And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. And He said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is Holy Ground"
Moses is world-famous for his having received The Ten Commandments from the LORD (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation) on Mount Horeb, or Mount Sinai (see The Holy Spirit In History and Prophecy: The Sinai Journey). Horeb, from the Hebrew word pronounced khoh-rabe, meaning dry, was the name of a mountain range in the Sinai Peninsula of which Mount Sinai was a specific member.
But the day on which The Ten Commandments were given to Moses in writing (see The Ten Commandments; also When Did The Ten Commandments Begin? and The Ten Commandments In Prophecy) was not the first time that Moses stood upon the "holy ground" of Horeb. Moses' first experience there happened, before the Exodus, when another very famous incident took place - his encounter with the "burning bush" of Mount Sinai.
At that time, the LORD commanded Moses to go back to Egypt for the Exodus, and then to return to the Holy Ground of Horeb. Moses knew exactly where he was going when he led the Israelites out of Egypt (see Arrival At Mount Sinai).
"3:1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. 3:2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3:3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
On that day, Moses had forty years of experience living in the Sinai. While, until then, he thought of it as a time of exile, it was in fact a training and preparation for his service to the LORD (see The Drawing Of Moses).
"7:30 And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush. 7:31 When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the Lord came unto him, 7:32 Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold.
Fact Finder: How many times did the LORD give Moses the written Ten Commandments after the Exodus? What happened to the first set? Why?
This Day In History
This Day In History, March 14
44 BC: On the night before the assassination of Julius Caesar, Casca, Cicero and Cassius declared that Mark Antony should not be killed (see The Cleopatra Connection, The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1369: During the Castilian Civil War, Henry of Trastamare defeated Pedro I of Castile at the battle of Montiel.
1489: Catherine Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus and last of the Lusignan dynasty, sold her kingdom to Venice.
1558: Ferdinand I assumed the position of Holy Roman Emperor without being crowned by the pope (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1590: During the French Religious Wars, Henry IV, with a force of 13,000, defeated the 25,000-strong army of the Duc de Mayenne at the battle of Ivry.
1647: During the Thirty Years War, a Treaty of Neutrality was signed at Ulm between Sweden, France, Bavaria and Cologne.
1757: British admiral John Byng was executed by firing squad for his failed attempt to relieve the island of Minorca when threatened by the French fleet.
1883: Karl Marx, author of The Communist Manifesto along with Frederich Engels, died. Marx and Engels were both wealthy liberals who sought political power for themselves through the support of the workers that they claimed to represent. It was a political experiment that by the late twentieth century had been proven as a dismal failure that actually enslaved the workers that it promised to "liberate."
1891: The submarine Monarch laid telephone cable along the English Channel bed to prepare for the first telephone links to Europe.
1915: During the First World War (1914-1918), the German cruiser Dresden was sunk by the Royal Navy in the Pacific.
1936: Adolf Hitler told a crowd of 300,000 that "Germany's only judge is God and itself" (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1937: Pope Pius XI issued his encyclical Mit brennender Sorge ("with burning anxiety") against Nazi Germany; it charged that Germany had violated their 1933 concordat whereby Roman Catholicism was not to be hindered under the Nazis.
1938: After his anschluss of Austria, Adolf Hitler made his triumphal entry into Vienna, where he had spent his hobo years.
1945: The heaviest explosive of the Second World War, the 22,000-pound (9,980 kilogram) "Grand Slam," was dropped by the RAF's Dambuster Squadron on the Bielefeld railway viaduct in Germany.
1964: Jack Ruby (actual name Jacob Rubenstein; the son of Polish-immigrant Jewish parents, he grew up in Chicago where, as a boy, he ran errands for the gangster Al Capone) was found guilty of the killing of Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of John Kennedy. Ruby reportedly had expected to be regarded as a "hero" for shooting Oswald and not face murder charges.
1965: Israel agreed to West Germany's request to establish diplomatic relations.
1978: An Israeli force of 22,000 invaded south Lebanon, hitting the PLO terrorists based there (see also Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
1995: Norman Thagard became the first U.S. astronaut to ride to space on board a Russian launch vehicle. By 2012, with the termination of the Space Shuttle program and no other launch vehicles in existence or in immediate development, all U.S. astronauts now depend on riding along on Russian space launches.