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Wednesday, October 3 2018
A Bible Journey, 45: I Am Your Brother Joseph
"And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence"
Joseph (in Hebrew pronounced yoo-seff) was reunited with his brothers in a manner that no one wanted or expected, but at last justice was served for all (see also A Bible Journey, 44: Joseph's Silver Cup Of Justice).
"45:1 Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren. 45:2 And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.
Joseph's identifying of himself was also a revealing of how all that had happened was for and by the LORD's purpose: "Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life."
Joseph understood that for him not to forgive his brothers would also be a rejection of the Will of the LORD that had made it all happen.
"45:4 And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you.
When the king of Egypt (the term "Pharaoh" was originally used for the king's palace, but eventually came to mean the king himself) heard of it, he commanded Joseph to relocate his family to Egypt where "I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land" - the rich, well-watered region of the Nile Delta known as "Goshen."
It was a Pharaoh's invitation that brought the Israelites to Egypt. They even traveled on Egyptian wagons that were provided by the Pharaoh.
"45:16 And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, Joseph's brethren are come: and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants.
The brothers then made their journey back to the land of Canaan, "and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh" (in English, "wagon" is an abbreviated term for a "way going" vehicle).
"45:21 And the children of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way. 45:22 To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of raiment. 45:23 And to his father he sent after this manner; ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt, and ten she asses laden with corn and bread and meat for his father by the way. 45:24 So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way." (Genesis 45:21-34 KJV)
The shock almost killed elderly Jacob ("Jacob's heart fainted"), but "the spirit of Jacob their father revived." "And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die." The Israelites were about to begin their 400 years in Egypt.
"45:25 And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father, 45:26 And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob's heart fainted, for he believed them not. 45:27 And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived: 45:28 And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die." (Genesis 45:25-28 KJV)
Fact Finder: The Israelites used Egyptian wagons to enter Egypt. Did they also use Egyptian wagons for the Exodus? Even after the Exodus, were Egyptian wagons used by the Levites (see also The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood) to transport the holy Tabernacle and its furnishings through the Sinai of Arabia (see Paul's Geography Lesson)?
This Day In History, October 3
52 BC: During the Gallic Wars, a series of military campaigns by the Roman proconsul (see The Politics Of Rome) Julius Caesar (see The Roman Emperors: Julius Caesar) against several Gallic tribes in what is today France and Belgium, the Battle of Alesia ended when Vercingetorix, leader of the Gauls, surrendered to the Romans under Julius Caesar.
42 BC: The First Battle of Philippi. Mark Antony (see also The Cleopatra Connection) and Octavian won a decisive battle over Julius Caesar's assassins, Brutus and Cassius. Octavian later became Caesar Augustus, the first Roman Emperor, who declared the famous census that resulted in the prophecy of the Messiah being born in Bethlehem being fulfilled (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars; also Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?).
1656: Miles Standish died. As an English military officer, Standish was hired by the "Pilgrims" to be a military advisor (he served as the commander of the Pilgrim Militia at Plymouth) for defending their colony in New England (for the actual Biblical meaning of "pilgrim," see The Pilgrims). He was made famous by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem The Courtship of Miles Standish.
1691: The Treaty of Limerick was signed, ending the Irish Rebellion against British rule.
1739: Russia signed a treaty with the Turks (i.e. the Ottoman Empire; listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire), ending a three-year conflict between the two countries.
1838: Black Hawk died at age 71. He was the "Indian" (an erroneous term applied to the native people of North and South America by European explorers who thought that they had landed in India) leader of the Sauk and Fox tribes in Illinois; the Black Hawk War of 1832 is named after him (see also The First Chinese American War).
1863: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November to be the U.S. version of Thanksgiving Day. The observance of Thanksgiving itself originated long before it began to be observed in the colonies of continental North America (see Thanksgiving).
1866: Italy and Austria signed the Treaty of Vienna, ending the Seven Weeks War.
1906: At the Berlin Radio Conference in Germany, SOS was established as the international distress signal, replacing the call sign CDQ.
1914: At the start of the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), the first brigades of Canadian volunteers sailed from Gaspe, Quebec. The more than 31,000 men, 144 artillery guns and 7,000 horses, escorted by 10 British battleships, arrived in Britain 11 days later. They formed the First Canadian Division, the largest fully-equipped military convoy to cross the Atlantic up to that date.
1929: King Alexander I changed the name of his Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes to Yugoslavia.
1940: In response to Germany's first-ever use of "paratroopers" (i.e. parachute troopers) in war (i.e. Germany's invasion of Denmark with their Fallschirmjager, in English parachute infantry - but contemptuously known to the people that they invaded as the green devils), the U.S. Army began to establish "airborne" troops.
1932: Iraq became an independent nation upon the ending of the British UN mandate there (a military coup in the 1960s brought in the regime that later was ruled by Saddam Hussein - who at first was an obedient puppet of the CIA, as was the neighboring Shah of Iran). After the fall of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), Britain administered the vast area of the Middle East from Egypt to Iraq that had been under Ottoman control for centuries. Thereafter, while under British military protection, those Arab nations became free and independent (listen to our Sermons The Ottoman Empire), as well as did the land of Israel (listen to our Sermon The Balfour Declaration).
1941: During the Second World War, Adolf Hitler declared that "Russia is defeated and will never rise again" (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion). The German march toward Moscow was subsequently thwarted by the Russian winter.
1942: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the first successful launch of a German V-2 rocket was completed, from a Nazi launch facility at Peenemunde, Germany. The V-2 rocket became the first man-made object to reach space. After the war, many of Hitler's Nazi rocket scientists, including Wernher von Braun, were welcomed into the U.S. where they worked on U.S. military and NASA rockets (some remember Wernher von Braun as "the NASA Nazi").
1952: Britain detonated its first atomic bomb. The test was done at the Monte Bello Islands off the northwest coast of Australia.
1963: A military coup in Honduras overthrew President Ramon Villeda Morales.
1981: A hunger strike at the Maze prison in Belfast ended after 7 months and 10 deaths.
1990: The official political re-unification of East and West Germany after 45 years of Cold War Division (see Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!).
1995: O. J. Simpson was acquitted of his murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
2009: The Presidents of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkey signed the Nakhchivan Agreement on the Establishment of Turkic Council.