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Wednesday, December 6 2017

Hometowns: Ramah

"And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah ... Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD ... his return was to Ramah; for there was his house; and there he judged Israel"

Ramah was a town located west of Jericho, about 8 kilometers / 5 miles directly north of Jerusalem (see the map below). After the Israelites entered their physical Promised Land in the time of Joshua, Ramah was among a number of cities that were located in the allotted territory of Benjamin (see The Land Of Benjamin and Saul Of Benjamin and Samuel The Seer).

The town later (after the time of Samuel) however was also stated to be in Judea after the tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi became the Kingdom of Judah (see Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings and Rehoboam's House of Judah and Benjamin), apart from the "lost ten tribes" (see Biblical Eras: The Kingdoms Of North and South - Israel and Judah).

"18:21 Now the cities of the tribe of the children of Benjamin according to their families were Jericho, and Bethhoglah, and the valley of Keziz, 18:22 And Betharabah, and Zemaraim, and Bethel, 18:23 And Avim, and Parah, and Ophrah, 18:24 And Chepharhaammonai, and Ophni, and Gaba; twelve cities with their villages: 18:25 Gibeon, and Ramah, and Beeroth, 18:26 And Mizpeh, and Chephirah, and Mozah, 18:27 And Rekem, and Irpeel, and Taralah, 18:28 And Zelah, Eleph, and Jebusi, which is Jerusalem, Gibeath, and Kirjath; fourteen cities with their villages. This is the inheritance of the children of Benjamin according to their families." (Joshua 18:21-28 KJV)

Ramah

Ramah was the hometown of Samuel - a pivotal figure between the time of Moses, Joshua and the Judges, and just before the establishment of the Israelite monarchy. The LORD sent Samuel to anoint both of Israel's first two kings, Saul, and then David (see Biblical Eras: The First Kings and The Civil War). In preparation for that task, Samuel was chosen by the LORD as a prophet in the time of Eli. He is therefore regarded as the last of the Judges before the establishment of the Israelite monarchy.

Samuel's birth was itself the result of a prayer by his mother Hannah (see Hannah's Dedication Of Samuel).

"1:17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.

1:18 And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.

1:19 And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her. 1:20 Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD." (1 Samuel 1:17-20 KJV)

Ramah

After his time with Eli (see The Prophecy Of The House Of Eli) at the Tabernacle in Shiloh (the Ark and the Tabernacle parted forever during that time; see The Capture Of The Ark and The Return Of The Ark and The Ark In The Houses Of Abinadab And Obededom), went home to Ramah from which he served as a highly respected prophet and judge of Israel ("he went from year to year in circuit to Bethel, and Gilgal, and Mizpeh, and judged Israel in all those places. And his return was to Ramah; for there was his house; and there he judged Israel; and there he built an altar unto the LORD"). He was one of only a very few prophets of the LORD who the kings of Israel respected and feared.

"3:19 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground. 3:20 And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the LORD. 3:21 And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh: for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD." (1 Samuel 3:19-21 KJV)

7:15 And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life. 7:16 And he went from year to year in circuit to Bethel, and Gilgal, and Mizpeh, and judged Israel in all those places. 7:17 And his return was to Ramah; for there was his house; and there he judged Israel; and there he built an altar unto the LORD." (1 Samuel 7:15-17 KJV)

Fact Finder: The LORD had sent Samuel to anoint Saul as king, and then, when Saul proved himself to be a rebellious fool, the LORD sent Samuel to anoint David as Saul's replacement. The civil war followed. Why didn't David kill Saul in battle, despite having had repeated opportunities to do so?
See Why Didn't David Kill Saul?


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This Day In History, December 6

343: "Saint Nicholas" of Turkey died (see Could Santa Claus Have Become The Pope?; listen also to our Sermon The Ho-Ho Hoax).

1240: During the Mongol invasion of Russia, Kiev under Danylo of Halych and Voivode Dmytro fell to the Mongols under Batu Khan (see also Gog and Magog).

Gog and Magog

1421: Henry VI, the last Lancastrian king of England, was born. He was crowned king at the age of 8 months.

1492: Christopher Columbus "discovered" Hispaniola (it wasn't a discovery for the people who were already living there). The island is now divided between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

All of the voyages of Columbus were within the Caribbean Sea area (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy). Although many today revere it as though it was true, none of the voyages of Columbus ever landed on continental North America - it was actually discovered by Vikings, over 500 years before Columbus was even born, with their landings on what is today the east coast of Canada (see the map of the Viking voyages below).

Voyages of Christopher Columbus

Vikings

1534: Quito, Ecuador was founded by Spanish explorers.

1768: The first edition of Encyclopedia Britannica (Latin for "British Encyclopaedia") was published. The Britannica is the oldest English-language encyclopedia still being produced.

Encyclopedia Britannica

1792: During the French Revolution, the Girondists decided to put King Louis XVI on trial.

1862: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln ordered the hanging of 39 native Americans for the "Sioux Uprising" in Minnesota. See also The First Chinese American War

Sioux Uprising

1865: The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It banned slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime (e.g. "chain gangs").

1907: A coal mine explosion at Monongah, West Virginia killed 362 workers.

1917: Over 1,600 people were killed, 9,000 injured, and an estimated $35 million damage from an explosion in the harbor at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The Mont Blanc, a French munitions ship, collided with the Belgian relief ship Imo. Sparks from the collision ignited almost 3,000 tons of explosives aboard the French ship.

1917: British troops under General Allenby entered Hebron on their way to taking Jerusalem from the Ottomans during the First World War (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration).

General Allenby

1921: The Anglo-Irish Treaty ended the Anglo-Irish War and gave Ireland dominion status in the British Empire as the Irish Free State, but provided for the separate status for the 6 northern counties (Northern Ireland), thus partitioning the country.

1938: Germany and France signed a "treaty of friendship." Germany invaded France a year later.

1941: Franklin Roosevelt approved funds for the development of a weapon of mass destruction, which later became known as the "atomic bomb." The U.S. is the only country that has ever "nuked" another country - while it could yet get away with it, because it was then the only country with nuclear weapons (see Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).

Hiroshima

1973: Gerald Ford was sworn in as U.S. Vice-President following Spiro Agnew's resignation for tax evasion. With the later resignation of Richard Nixon because of the Watergate burglary and obstruction of justice cover-up, Ford became the only man to serve as U.S. President and Vice-President without ever being elected to either office.

1975: A $2.3 billion emergency loan to save New York from bankruptcy was authorized.

1989: The Ecole Polytechnique Massacre, also known as the Montreal Massacre. Marc Lepine murdered 14 female students at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.

2006: NASA announced that photographs taken by the Mars Global Surveyor suggested the presence of liquid water on Mars.





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