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Thursday, October 11 2018

A Bible Journey, 53: The LORD's Flaming Bush

"The angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush"

The geographic Sinai Peninsula is a vast (about 60,000 square kilometers / 23,000 square miles) triangular-shaped peninsula that in the time of Moses was outside of the boundaries of Egypt (hence the reason that Moses fled there). The Sinai is the western part of Arabia (see the Fact Finder question below) that serves, because of its dry and hostile climate and terrain, as the natural boundary between Africa and Asia.

Sinai

Moses settled with a Midianite family after he fled from Egypt (see A Bible Journey, 52: Moses - From The River To The Desert). He then lived the life of a bedouin shepherd, until one day the LORD appeared to him at Mount Sinai "in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush."

"3:1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.

3:2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3:3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt." (Exodus 3:1-3 KJV)

Burning Bush

The LORD used the famous "burning bush" to draw Moses to their first meeting.

"3:4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses.

And he said, Here am I.

3:5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

3:6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.

And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God." (Exodus 3:4-6 KJV)

Four centuries earlier, the LORD had commanded Jacob / Israel to take his family to sojourn in Egypt (see A Bible Journey, 51: The Fulfillment Of The Great Nation Prophecy). The LORD's decision to have the Israelites go to Egypt, where they would remain for those four centuries before being liberated from a situation that was far different than their entry was made long before that, as proclaimed to Abraham before Jacob was born (see The Exodus Prophecy).

"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; 3:8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 3:9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. 3:10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt." (Exodus 3:7-10 KJV)

Sinai Shepherds

Despite his upbringing in the richness of the Pharaoh's palace (see The Israelites Of The Pharaoh's Palace), Moses was and remained a naturally humble man. He asked, "Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?" The answer was Moses' mandate: "I will be with thee."

"3:11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?

3:12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.

3:13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?

3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

3:15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations." (Exodus 3:11-15 KJV)

The LORD (see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God) then gave Moses his instructions, and a prophecy that the Pharaoh wasn't going to be cooperative, until the full measure of the LORD's wrath that the Pharaoh brought upon himself had been delivered: "I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand."

"3:16 Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt: 3:17 And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.

3:18 And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God. 3:19 And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand. 3:20 And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go.

3:21 And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty: 3:22 But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians." (Exodus 3:16-22 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why did the apostle Paul say that Mount Sinai is in Arabia?
See Paul's Geography Lesson


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This Day In History, October 11

1138: Aleppo, Syria was devastated by a massive earthquake.

1521: Britain's King Henry VIII was given the title "Defender of The Faith" by Pope Leo X. Just over 12 years later, physically-adulterous Henry broke away from the spiritually-adulterous Church of Rome that refused to condone the king's successive marriages. Henry then established the Church of England with the reigning monarch (himself) designated as head of the (i.e. his) church.

Henry VIII

Catherine and Anne

1531: During Switzerland's second civil war, Roman Catholic forces defeated Protestant forces at Kappel. Huldrych Zwingli was killed in battle.

1614: Adriaen Block and 12 Amsterdam merchants petitioned the States-General of the Netherlands for exclusive trading rights in the New Netherland colony (an area along the east coast of North America that later became New England).

1649: The Sack of Wexford. English forces under Oliver Cromwell attacked Wexford, killing over 2,000 Irish Confederates.

1727: George II and Caroline of Ansbach were crowned King and Queen of Great Britain.

1737: An earthquake killed 300,000 in Calcutta India.

1797: The Battle of Camperdown between Britain's Royal Navy and Royal Netherlands Navy during the French Revolutionary Wars. It resulted in a decisive British victory.

1811: The first steam-powered ferry went into service.

1862: The Confederate Congress passed a law that permitted anyone who owned 20 or more slaves to be exempt from military service in the U.S. Civil War. The law was widely seen as producing "a rich man's war and a poor man's fight."

Washington

1869: The Red River Rebellion was sparked when Louis Riel and 16 Metis stopped a survey party from entering land at The Red River Colony. The rebellion followed Canada's annexation of Rupert's Land, the immense area drained by the rivers flowing into Hudson's Bay i.e. parts of what is today known as Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana and South Dakota.

1911: A Chinese revolution overthrew the Chinese monarchy.

1915: During the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), a British hospital nurse, Edith Cavell, was executed in Belgium by German troops for her allegedly assisting the escape of allied prisoners. Her killing resulted in widespread international outrage.

1954: During the First Indochina War, the Viet Minh took control of North Vietnam.

Vietnam

1962: Pope John XXIII opened the Second Vatican Council in Rome with a theme of "Christian unity" i.e. everyone returning to the Church of Rome. It was the largest Roman Catholic council ever held, and was attended by delegates from a number of Protestant denominations.

1972: A race riot broke out on the U.S. aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk off the coast of Vietnam. Over 200 sailors were involved, 60 were injured. The incident was not made public until the New York Times newspaper reported it.

1976: The so-called "Gang of Four," Chairman Mao Tse-tung's widow and three associates are arrested in Peking, setting in motion an extended period of turmoil in the Chinese Communist Party.

1982: The Mary Rose, a Tudor carrack that sank on July 19, 1545, was salvaged from the sea bed of the Solent, off Portsmouth, England.

1986: During the "Cold War," U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev met in Iceland to discuss nuclear arms reductions in Europe (see Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang? and Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).





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