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Thursday, March 30 2017

What Did They Do In The Sinai With Their Egyptian Gold?

"They shall make an Ark ... Thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it ... And thou shalt make a Mercy Seat of pure gold ... And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the Mercy Seat"

When the Israelites came out of Egypt at the time of the Exodus, the LORD (see What Did Jesus Christ Do During The Exodus?) had them receive financial compensation for the time that they were forced into slavery (see the Fact Finder question below to understand that their time of slavery was relatively short). That payment came from the people who had benefited from their slave labor. They didn't simply loot the Egyptians as some mistakenly believe - the LORD's Laws, including those against coveting and theft, have always existed, and always will.

"3:7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;" (Exodus 3:7 KJV)

"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)

Gold

With their rightful payment in hand, the Israelites then had the financial means to build a country, after they completed their Sinai journey. The first stop was at Mount Sinai where the Eternal Law of the LORD was given to the Israelites in writing. It was there, while Moses was up on Mount Sinai with their LORD, that the Israelites misused their wealth - they literally made an idol out of some of it (see also The Mammon Of Past And Present). It was a fool-minded attitude of rebellion that would eventually turn what would have been a 14 month journey from Egypt to the Promised Land into a 40 year wandering death sentence for the adults of the Exodus (see Why A Book Of Deuteronomy In The Bible? and The Israelite Wanderland).

"32:1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.

32:2 And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me. 32:3 And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. 32:4 And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

32:5 And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD. 32:6 And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.

32:7 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves: 32:8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt." (Exodus 32:1-8 KJV)

Later, after their correction, some of the gold was used for the building of the Tabernacle, including the gold-covered Ark of the Covenant that housed the written Ten Commandments (see also The Law Of The Mercy Seat). Ironically, the instructions were given to Moses while the Israelites were down at the foot of the mountain making their golden calf.

"25:10 And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. 25:11 And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about. 25:12 And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings shall be in the one side of it, and two rings in the other side of it. 25:13 And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold. 25:14 And thou shalt put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them. 25:15 The staves shall be in the rings of the ark: they shall not be taken from it. 25:16 And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee.

25:17 And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof. 25:18 And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat." (Exodus 25:10-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: The Israelites grew richly from a small family into a great multitude during their four hundred years in Egypt. How long were they slaves at the end?
See How Long Were They Slaves?


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This Day In History, March 30

598: During their campaign in the Balkans, the Avars lifted their siege at Tomis, a Byzantine (i.e. East Roman Empire) stronghold.

Byzantine Empire

1282: The Sicilians rebelled against King Charles I of Sicily.

1296: Edward I sacked Berwick-upon-Tweed during the war between Scotland and England.

Britain

1406: James I of Scotland was captured and imprisoned by Henry IV of England.

1492: King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella signed a decree to expel all Jews from Spain - with one possible exception. Some historians believe that Christopher Columbus was of Jewish ancestry (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings). Although most well-known for their employment of Columbus (who actually "discovered" only the inhabited islands of the Caribbean - Columbus never set foot in what today calls itself "America"; for a map of the actual voyages of Columbus, see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy), King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella were also the originators of the infamous Spanish Inquisition that imprisoned, tortured (present-day "water boarding" and suspending prisoners of war from their arms tied behind them to cause excruciating pain were invented during the Spanish Inquisition) and executed thousand of people who had set themselves free of the Church of Rome's antichrist doctrines.

Spanish Inquisition

1533: King Henry VIII of England divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon (Catherine was the Spanish-born daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain - the Spanish monarchs for whom Christopher Columbus was an explorer). It was Henry's divorces that led to Britain's eventual break with the Roman Catholic Church.

Ferdinand and Isabella

1806: Joseph Bonaparte (brother of Napoleon Bonaparte) was proclaimed king of Naples.

1814: Sixth Coalition forces entered Paris during the Napoleonic Wars.

1856: The Treaty of Paris was signed to end the Crimean War.

1863: William, Prince of Denmark, was recognized as king of Greece and took the title George I.

1867: A treaty for the purchase of Russian America (known to the natives as "Alaska" - see also The First Chinese American War) from Russia for $7.2 million, approximately two cents an acre, was submitted to the U.S. Senate.

Alaska

1870: Texas was re-admitted to the Union with the Reconstruction after the U.S. Civil War. Texas first rebelled against Mexico to join the U.S. (which had rebelled against England - the creators of their colonies), then rebelled against the United States to join the Confederate States.

Mexico

1917: The Russian provisional government accepted the idea of an independent Poland.

1936: Britain announced a naval construction program of 38 new warships, the largest construction program in 15 years.

1939: The German Heinkel He 100 fighter set a world airspeed record of 745 kilometers per hour (463 mph).

1941: The German Afrika Korps under General Erwin Rommel began its first offensive against British forces in Libya.

1972: During the Vietnam civil war ("north" and "south" Vietnam were a creation of French colonial forces in the 1950s), 120,000 North Vietnamese troops and thousands of Vietcong guerrillas launched a massive 3-wave invasion deep into South Vietnam.

Vietnam

1973: The U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam civil war came to a formal end when the last U.S. prisoner was released and the last soldier left.

1981: U.S. President Ronald Reagan, press secretary James Brady, and secret service agent Timothy McCarthy were shot by John Hinckley in Washington. Despite being shot by John Hinckley, Ronald Reagan broke the "year zero curse" when he became the first U.S. President since 1840, who won a Presidential election in a year ending in a zero, to leave office alive:





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