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Sunday, March 19 2017
The Thorn Wood Of The Exodus Journey
"And they shall make an Ark of shittim wood ... And let them make Me a Sanctuary; that I may dwell among them ... According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the Tabernacle ... shittim wood"
The English-language word "shittim" originated from the Biblical Hebrew word, pronounced shi-teem, which meant sticks of wood - a term used to describe the thorns of the acacia tree ("acacia" itself is derived from the ancient Greek name for the tree, pronounced akakia). As such, depending on the translation, either "shittim" or "acacia" are used. An example from the King James Version and the New International Version:
"25:28 And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, that the table may be borne with them." (Exodus 25:28 King James Version)
The thorns of "shittim" developed primarily in the African variety of the Acacia tree as a natural defense against being eaten by herbivorous animals. Nevertheless, the adult shape of the Acacia is often the result of "pruning" by animals before its thorn defenses and height make it more difficult to access by grazers.
The acacia tree was a natural and obvious choice of a wood source for the Israelites during their 40 year journey from Egypt to the land of Israel (see the Fact Finder question below). The Tabernacle (see The Building Of The Tabernacle and The Glory Of The LORD In His Tabernacle) and the Ark of the Covenant (see The Ark, The Table and The Lampstand and What Did Jesus Christ Write In The Ark Of Moses?) made extensive use of Acacia / Shittim wood.
"25:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
This Day In History, March 19
721 BC: The first lunar eclipse recorded in non-Biblical history; seen in Babylon (see also When Do Eclipses Happen On The Christian Holy Days?).
1452: Frederick III (Hapsburg) was coronated Holy Roman emperor by Pope Nicholas V (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation and Emperors and Popes). He was crowned with the crown of Charlemagne and married to Leonora in the same ceremony.
1563: In France, the Peace of Amboise brought the First War of Religion to an end. The Huguenots were granted a limited amount of religious freedom.
1687: French explorer Robert Cavelier (La Salle) was murdered by his own men while searching for the mouth of the Mississippi River in "New France."
1702: Upon the death of William III of Orange, Anne Stuart, sister of Mary, succeeded to the throne of England, Scotland and Ireland.
1861: The Maori insurrection in New Zealand ended.
1885: Louis Riel declared a Provisional Government in Saskatchewan, beginning the North-West Rebellion.
1930: Arthur James Balfour died at age 82. The British statesman maintained a position of power in the British Conservative party for 50 years, was Prime Minister 1902-1905, Foreign Secretary 1916-1919, was perhaps best known for his First World War statement (the Balfour Declaration) which expressed official British approval of "Zionism" (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1931: Gambling was legalized in Nevada, paving the way for it to become a major industry in the state.
1932: Australia's Sydney Harbor Bridge was officially opened.
1943: Chicago gangster Frank Nitti (a close associate of Al Capone), committed suicide at the Chicago Central Railyard.
1945: At the end of the Second World War (1939-1945), as Allied forces were invading Germany, Adolf Hitler issued his "Nero Decree" that ordered the destruction of all industries, military installations, shops, transportation facilities and communications facilities in Germany. Most of his defeated army refused to carry out the order of the "Leader" (see Why Does Satan Love Liars? and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion; also Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).
1969: The 385 meter / 1,263 foot TV-mast at Emley Moor, United Kingdom, collapsed due to a rare ice build-up.
1982: An Argentine scrap metal dealer landed on South Georgia and planted an Argentinian flag. The situation escalated and eventually led to the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina.
1987: U.S. "Televangelist" Jim Bakker resigned as head of the PTL Club due to sex scandal; control of the "ministry" was delegated to Jerry Falwell.
1989: The Egyptian Flag was raised on Taba, Egypt proclaiming the end of the Israeli occupation after the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and the peace negotiations in 1979.
2002: Zimbabwe was suspended from membership in the Commonwealth amidst charges of human rights abuses and electoral fraud.
2003: George W. Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq to supposedly seize Iraq's nonexistent "weapons of mass destruction" and in proclaimed retaliation for Iraq's nonexistent connection to the 9-11 terrorist attacks (all of the 9-11 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan - none were from Iraq). Over one million non-combatant Iraqi men, women and children were killed or maimed, and Iraq was reduced to rubble, as a result of Bush's proven-false accusations.