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Friday, October 12 2018
A Bible Journey, 54: The Miraculous Signs Of Moses
"It shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign"
Moses was given to meet the LORD God by means of a miraculous sign, a flaming bush: "Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt" (see A Bible Journey, 53: The LORD's Flaming Bush).
The LORD, Who was and is Jesus Christ (see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God) then gave Moses the means to provide other miraculous signs to the unbelieving people of Israel in Egypt: "Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee."
"4:1 And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.
The LORD then gave Moses the power to demonstrate more signs, and if they still would not believe, a sign that the Pharaoh himself would experience: "the river shall become blood."
"4:6 And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow.
Moses was a very humble and unassuming man. He also pleaded, "I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue." While many have regarded that to mean that Moses had some sort of speech impediment, he certainly didn't have it later. It should be kept in mind that "speech" and "tongue" refer moreover to language (see The Word Of God In The Tongues Of Man), not merely the ability to speak in itself.
Moses was raised, from infancy, in the palace of the Pharaoh where his primary language was Egyptian. Hebrew was not his first language, but for Moses' brother Aaron, it was. Hence, when speaking to the Israelites, "he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth."
"4:10 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.
Moses then informed his father-in-law Jethro, who "said to Moses, Go in peace."
"4:18 And Moses went and returned to Jethro his father in law, and said unto him, Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive.
The incident with the circumcision done by Moses' wife Zipporah (see Moses And Zipporah) on the way to Egypt has been debated for centuries - even of who the "him" was that the LORD was going to kill. Was it Moses, or was it his uncircumcised son?
It should be kept in mind however that Moses was born as an Israelite. Moses was circumcised (he was with his actual Levite parents until three months old), as were all of the native-born Israelites. Despite their four centuries in Egypt, the Israelites never lost the original purpose of circumcision, for them, for that time (see Circumcision), as was about to be made obvious at the soon to occur Passover.
"12:48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD [see Israel In History and Prophecy: Passover], let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof." (Exodus 12:48 KJV)
The LORD commanded Moses to return to Egypt, not his entire family. There was no need for his family to go because Moses was going to return to where they were already living (and as it turned out, they didn't go). It was Moses' firstborn son who was about to be killed, not only because he would not have been permitted to be included in the Passover observance, and therefore survived the death of the firstborn throughout all of Egypt, but because he was already in a state of being cut off from his people. The circumcision saved his life on both counts. Zipporah's act had purpose, if not in Egypt, then throughout his life after the Exodus.
"4:24 And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.
The calling of Aaron was also done directly by the LORD (see also The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood).
"4:27 And the LORD said to Aaron, Go into the wilderness to meet Moses. And he went, and met him in the mount of God, and kissed him.
Fact Finder: Although they were brothers, did Moses and Aaron know each other only after they were both over eighty years old?
This Day In History, October 12
539 BC: The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia captured Babylon - an event that later permitted the return of the people of Judah to Jerusalem (see The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia and The Prophet Daniel: The Hand Writing On The Wall).
1285: 180 Jews were burned to death in Munich, Germany, after refusing to convert to the Church of Rome (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1492: Christopher Columbus made his first landfall in the "New World" (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy). All four of the voyages of Columbus were actually limited to the area of the Caribbean Sea - despite popular myth and propaganda, none landed in North America. Viking explorers arrived in North America about 500 years before Columbus was even born.
1518: After the "Holy Roman Empire" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) began proceedings against him for heresy, 35 year old Martin Luther was summoned to the Diet at Augsburg. In the theological discussions that followed, Luther refused to recant his 95 Theses that he had posted on the door of the Castle Church at Wittenberg. While Luther rejected the corrupt leadership of the Papacy, he, and most "Protestants" ever since, maintained nearly all of Rome's antichrist doctrines (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
1576: Rudolf II, the king of Hungary and Bohemia, succeeded his father Maximillian II as Holy Roman emperor.
1692: Massachusetts Governor William Phips ordered an end to the Salem witch trials that caused numerous innocent people to be executed (see also What Is Sorcery?).
1702: In the War of The Spanish Succession, Admiral Rooke with 30 British ships defeated the Spanish at the Battle of Vigo Bay and seized 11 ships full of treasure.
1810: Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildurghausen. The festivities became an annual event and evolved into the present Oktoberfest festival of beer and bratwurst.
1811: Paraguay declared its independence from Spain and Argentina.
1822: Brazil formally became independent of Portugal.
1899: The Anglo-Boer War began in South Africa.
1918: A forest fire killed 453 people in Minnesota.
1928: The Graf Zeppelin became the first commercial dirigible to cross the Atlantic. The Zeppelin, named after its inventor, Ferdinand von Zeppelin, made more than 500 trans-Atlantic flights until it was retired in favor of the hydrogen-filled Hindenburg.
1933: Alcatraz was opened as a U.S. federal maximum-security prison.
1945: A few months after the Second World War (1939-1945) in Europe ended, the Allied Control Council ordered the dissolution of the Nazi Party of Germany (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1960: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev pounded his desk at the United Nations with his shoe after becoming angry during a debate.
1963: Archaeological research digs began at Masada in Israel.
1964: The Soviet Union launched Voskhod 1 into orbit. It was the first spacecraft to carry a multiple crew.
1970: U.S. President Richard Nixon announced the withdrawal of 40,000 more U.S. troops from the Vietnam civil war (Vietnam was divided into North and South by France; when France was driven out, the U.S. replaced French forces and took the side of South Vietnam).
1973: Spiro Agnew resigned as U.S. Vice-President after being convicted of tax evasion. He was replaced by Gerald Ford (see also The Impeachment Of The President).
1984: 5 people were killed when an Irish Republican Army terrorist bomb exploded at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, England, during the annual Conservative Party Conference. It was an attempt to assassinate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet.
1992: An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter Scale struck Cairo; 552 killed, nearly 10,000 injured. The epicenter was not far from the great pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.