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Tuesday, August 7 2018
A Bible Journey, 14: The Pursuit To Dan
"And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan"
Abram (see A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram) and his nephew Lot had parted company because of their great herds of livestock. Lot unwisely chose the beautiful (in appearance, ugly and vile in behavior) area around Sodom (see A Bible Journey, 13: How Lot Became A Sodomite), while Abram settled in the hill country to the west, around Hebron (see A Biography Of Abraham: Mamre in Hebron).
"13:10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. 13:11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.
Abram, who the LORD (i.e. Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) later renamed as Abraham, was a righteous man of peace - "peace," in that he was not malignant toward other people (see The Rise Of The Malignant Beast). Righteousness does however include, not only standing for what is right, but defending it, if necessary, by whatever means necessary. That righteous definition of whole peace was stated by the Messiah:
"11:21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace" (Luke 11:21 KJV)
Abram lived his life as a foreigner in the land of Canaan (see Camped Out In Canaan), subject to the conflicts of the nations in the area.
"14:1 And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations; 14:2 That these made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar. 14:3 All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea. 14:4 Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled." (Genesis 14:1-4 KJV)
One such conflict began with an alliance of kings invading Canaan (see also What Does The Bible Really Say About Canaanites?).
"14:5 And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emims in Shaveh Kiriathaim, 14:6 And the Horites in their mount Seir, unto Elparan, which is by the wilderness. 14:7 And they returned, and came to Enmishpat, which is Kadesh, and smote all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, that dwelt in Hazezontamar." (Genesis 14:5-7 KJV)
The kings of the nations of Canaan ("king" originally meant the patriarch of a kin - a family or tribe - the reason that God is called The Father and why the Kingdom of God will be exactly that) attempted to defend their territory but were overcome. Among them were the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah, who were defeated and had their cities looted. The invaders "took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way." Among the booty was wealthy Lot and his property: "they took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed."
"14:8 And there went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (the same is Zoar;) and they joined battle with them in the vale of Siddim; 14:9 With Chedorlaomer the king of Elam, and with Tidal king of nations, and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings with five.
One of those who escaped, who was likely one of Lot's servants, told Abram of Lot's capture.
"14:13 And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these were confederate with Abram." (Genesis 14:13 KJV)
Abram then responded in a righteous manner: "he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan." Abram seems to have had a good understanding of military tactics; rather than a haphazard attempt to rescue Lot, Abram attacked, with the element of surprise, at night, from multiple directions.
"14:14 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.
Upon his return, Abram was met by two men - one extremely righteous, Melchizedek (see the Fact Finder question below) and one extremely vile, the weak and degenerate king of Sodom.
"14:17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's dale.
The king of Sodom then attempted to make Abram a paid ally, but Abram refused any association with him.
"14:21 And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.
Fact Finder: Who was Melchizedek?
This Day In History, August 7
322 BC: The Battle of Crannon between Macedon and Athens (see also The Greek Empire: Alexander Of Macedonia and The Greek Empire: Alexander's Horns To The Four Winds and The Greek Empire: The Seleucids and The Abomination of Desolation and The Greek Empire: Cleopatra and The Ptolemies Of Egypt).
117: The accession of Hadrian, the 14th Roman emperor, reigned 117-138 (see also The Messiah And The Caesars and The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus).
355: Claudius Silvanus proclaimed himself Roman Emperor against Emperor Constantius II.
461: Roman Emperor Majorian was beheaded after his arrest by the magister militum Ricimer.
626: Avar and Slav forces left the siege of Constantinople.
991: The Danes under Olaf Tryggvason defeated the Saxons at Maldon.
1712: The Treaty of Aargau was signed which ended the Swiss War and guaranteed Protestant superiority over Catholic Cantons.
1718: The English fleet under Admiral George Byng destroyed or captured 15 out of 22 Spanish ships at the Battle of Cape Passaro off Sicily.
1786: Francis Light established the British colony of Penang, Malaysia.
1794: U.S. President George Washington, a former loyal British Army officer in Virginia, invoked Militia Law to suppress a new revolution by U.S. colonists in western Pennsylvania.
1804: Francis II became the first Emperor of Austria.
1858: The Eiger of the Bernese Alps was climbed for the first time.
1863: Cambodia became a French protectorate.
1906: In France, Eugene Lauste received the first patent for a "talking film."
1908: Britain's King Edward VII met with Germany's Kaiser (Kaiser is the German form of Caesar) Wilhelm II to protest the growth of the German navy.
1919: After the First World War, the constitution of the Weimar Republic was adopted in Germany.
1927: The Peace Bridge opened between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York. The last invasion of Canada, by any country, was by the U.S. during the War of 1812 (1812-1814). In starting the war, President James Madison publicly-declared that his objective was to attempt to destroy and annex Canada as a nation and subject its people to dictatorial rule from Washington (i.e. Madison's malignant threat, "surrender or be annihilated").
At the end of the war, after a number of fierce battles (example below), the border remained where it was before Madison declared the war, and Madison's White House, along with much of Washington, was burned to the ground by Royal Marines in retaliation for the U.S. looting and burning of the Parliament Building and library in Toronto, Ontario earlier in the year. The burning of the White House, as direct and specific retaliation for the U.S. burning and vandalism of Toronto months earlier is never stated in U.S. "history" - "them damn foreigners just up and attacked poor little innocent us" is the typical myth. It's not true.
1930: The last confirmed racist lynching in the northern U.S. occurred, in Marion, Indiana. Two black men, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, were murdered by "Christian" white men.
1933: "The Assyrian Incident" - a massacre of Assyrian villagers (315 men, 4 women, 6 children) by Iraqi government forces.
1942: A German submarine sank the British Navy's HMS Eagle, one of the world's first aircraft carriers.
1952: King Hussein of Jordan succeeded to the throne after his father, King Ala, was deposed. He reigned for 47 years, until his death in 1999 (see also Ruth: Building The House Of Israel and Jordan's West Bank Invasion).
1972: The last U.S. military forces withdrew from Vietnam. Soon thereafter, North Vietnam over-ran South Vietnam, ending the Vietnam civil war between north and south, thereby creating a single country free of foreign interference for the first time since colonial France divided Vietnam into North and South in the 1950s.
1979: Several tornadoes struck the city of Woodstock, Ontario, Canada and the surrounding communities in Oxford County.
1981: The Washington Star ceased publication after 128 years.
1990: West German Foreign Minister Hans Dietrich Genscher's Free Democrats (FDP) merged with their liberal East German allies to become the first revived all-Germany political party.
1999: The Chechnya-based Islamic International Brigade invaded the bordering Russian Republic of Dagestan.
2008: Georgia launched an invasion of South Ossetia, thereby starting the 2008 South Ossetia War.