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Thursday, August 2 2018
A Bible Journey, 9: Be Fruitful And Replenish The Earth
"And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the Earth"
Humans were created as vegetarians. By chance or not, the greatest human lifespans, for centuries, was the normal lifetime before humans became meat eaters (see A Bible Journey, 5: When Humans Lived For Centuries). Animals too were created as vegetarians.
"1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed [see also Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly?]; to you it shall be for meat [see When Meat Was A Vegetable]. 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so." (Genesis 1:29-30 KJV)
After the Flood (see A Bible Journey, 8: The Landing On Ararat), the LORD declared that "clean" birds and animals were also permissible for the human diet (see What Makes Creatures Clean or Unclean? to understand that the LORD's dietary laws are about everyone's health, not any religion).
"9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. 9:2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. 9:3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things." (Genesis 9:1-3 KJV)
The allowance of meat-eating, along with not eating "unclean" creatures, included a command that blood was not to be consumed. Notice the connection between that command and the LORD's declaration that murderers are to be executed.
"9:4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
As the LORD commanded to the first humans ("1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth" Genesis 1:28 KJV), so too Noah and his descendants were commanded "be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein."
"9:7 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein." (Genesis 9:7 KJV)
The covenant with the "seed" of Noah was a fore-picture of the righteous line that would progress through Abraham - to whom the LORD made a further "seed" covenant of the same purpose (see The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq). The rainbow in the clouds ("the bow shall be in the cloud") sign also was prophecy of clouds, not just rainbows (see Behold, He Cometh With Clouds). Unfortunately, for many today, the rainbow has become a sign of the type of behavior that caused the Flood - a modern-day defiant mockery of the Word of God.
"9:8 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, 9:9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; 9:10 And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. 9:11 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.
The infamous incident of Noah and "what his younger son had done unto him" is widely misunderstood (racists have even used it as their excuse). First, according to the Scriptures, Japheth was Noah's youngest son, not Ham.
"9:18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. 9:19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread." (Genesis 9:18-19 KJV)
Ham, who was Noah's second-born son, not Noah's youngest son (Shem was Noah's firstborn son, Japheth was Noah's youngest son) "saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without."
"9:20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: 9:21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. 9:22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. 9:23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness." (Genesis 9:20-23 KJV)
Canaan was Ham's youngest son: "10:6 And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan." (Genesis 10:6 KJV). The curse was put upon Canaan, "his [i.e. Ham's] younger son."
"9:24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
Noah's family was of the last generations of humanity before the LORD reduced human longevity at the time of the Flood ("6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years." Genesis 6:3 KJV; see also What Makes Physical Life Possible?)
"9:28 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years. 9:29 And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died." (Genesis 9:28-29 KJV)
Fact Finder: What are the three ancestral lines of humanity today that originated from Noah's family?
This Day In History, August 2
338 BC: The Macedonian army under Philip II (the father of Alexander the Great; seeThe Greek Empire: Alexander Of Macedonia) defeated forces of Athens and Thebes in the Battle of Chaeronea, thereby establishing Macedonian hegemony ("the political and military domination of one country over its allies" i.e. an emperor) in Greece and the Aegean (see also The Greek Empire: Cleopatra and The Ptolemies Of Egypt and The Greek Empire: The Seleucids and The Abomination of Desolation and The Greek Empire: Alexander's Horns To The Four Winds and The Greek Empire: Alexander's March To India).
216 BC: The Battle of Cannae during the Second Punic War; Carthaginian forces led by Hannibal defeated a numerically-superior Roman army under command of consuls Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Gaius Terentius Varro.
47 BC: Julius Caesar defeated Pharnaces at Zela in Syria and declared his famous "veni, vidi, vici" i.e. "I came, I saw, I conquered" (see The Roman Emperors: Julius Caesar).
The ancient Roman republic is generally regarded to have begun around 500 BC, replacing the monarchy that existed by the conquering founders. The government was superficially democratic, term-limited, and based upon a principle that no individual or area of government could rule absolutely (a term that some have come to call "checks and balances").
Many of the Roman institutions and architecture from the time of Julius Caesar are found in national capitals today - in a deliberate effort to copy them. One of them from Julius Caesar is the U.S. "Statue of Liberty." While most are aware that it was a gift from the Roman-Catholic people and government of France, very few are aware that the Statue of Liberty was a deliberate, as stated by its builders, reproduction of the ancient Roman goddess Libertas, idol-worshipping Rome's "goddess of freedom." A 2,000 year-old Roman coin from 42 BC, when Julius Caesar ruled the Roman republic, is shown below - including the idol's name, the Latin Libertas, in English meaning "Lady Liberty" right on the coin. As stated by its builders, the face and the crown are identical to the Statue of Liberty.
1100: King William II of England, son of William the Conqueror, was killed by an arrow while hunting in the New Forest.
1492: Jews (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) were expelled from Spain by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella (King Henry VIII of England became their son-in-law when he married their daughter, Catherine of Aragon; Henry's divorce from her triggered the split of England from the Church of Rome).
Ironically, another Jew (through at least one of his parents) was just then making his first voyage of discovery to the New World, in the employ of that same king and queen. His name was Christopher Columbus ("Christopher Columbus" is the English-language rendering of his name which was Cristoforo Colombo in Italian, Cristobal Colon in Spanish and Cristovao Colombo in Portuguese).
1552: The Treaty of Passau revoked the Augsburg Interim of 1548 and gave religious freedom to Lutherans in Germany.
1589: During France's religious war, King Henry III of France was assassinated at St. Cloud by a monk who stabbed the king.
1610: While searching for a Northwest Passage, English explorer Henry Hudson sailed into the Canadian bay that is today named after him - Hudson Bay. Due to the vast size of the bay, Hudson at first thought that he had reached the Pacific Ocean.
1718: The Quadruple Alliance was formed by Britain, the Netherlands, France and the Holy Roman Empire against Spain.
1802: Napoleon was proclaimed "Consul for Life" by the French Senate after a plebiscite from the French people (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1832: Troops under General Henry Atkinson massacred Sauk Indian men, women and children who were followers of Black Hawk at the Bad Axe River in Wisconsin. To prevent further slaughter, Black Hawk himself surrendered 3 weeks later, bringing the Black Hawk War to an end (see also The First Chinese American War).
1897: During the Anglo-Afghan wars (of that time), the Siege of Malakand ended when a relief column was able to reach the British garrison in the Malakand states, adjacent to India's North West Frontier Province.
1914: Germany invaded Luxembourg. German emperor Wilhelm II then delivered a 12-hour ultimatum to King Albert I of Belgium: German troops must be given free passage through Belgium on their way to invade France. King Albert refused, citing the 1839 Treaty of London where Britain, Austria, Prussia, France and Russia agreed that Belgium should form an independent and permanently neutral state. The next day, Germany declared war on France and invaded Belgium (see The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars).
1917: Royal Navy officer E.H. Dunning became the first pilot to land on the deck of a moving ship. He landed a Sopwith Pup on the HMS Furious (see also Who Was The First To Fly? and The Rockets' Red Glare).
1922: A typhoon struck Shantou, China; over 50,000 people were killed (see The Origin Of Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons).
1934: Adolf Hitler declared himself Fuehrer ("Leader," according to the present world's idea of what "leading" means) of Germany upon the death of President Hindenberg (see The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator).
1939: Albert Einstein (see also Einstein's Holy Spirit Formula) and Leo Szilard wrote a letter to U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, urging him to begin development of atomic weapons before Germany (Nazi Germany was already doing research work).
1964: The Gulf of Tonkin incident. North Vietnamese gunboats allegedly fired on the U.S. destroyers Maddox and Turner Joy off the coast of Vietnam. Later eyewitness accounts claim that the incident never really happened, that the Vietnamese ships were merely in close proximity in Vietnamese territorial waters (which gave the Vietnamese ships every right to be there), but was either exaggerated or provoked by Lyndon Johnson as a pretext to escalate U.S. involvement in the Vietnam civil war (Vietnam had been divided into north and south by colonial France in the 1950s).
1968: An earthquake struck Casiguran, Aurora, Philippines, killing more than 270 people.
1989: Trade restrictions between Britain and Argentina were lifted for the first time since the 1982 Falklands war.
1990: Iraq invaded Kuwait, leading to the "Gulf War" (not to be confused with the later invasion of Iraq by George W. Bush in his hunt for non-existent "weapons of mass destruction").