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Monday, October 15 2018
A Bible Journey, 57: Waters Of Blood
"All the waters that were in the river were turned to blood"
The birth of Moses happened at the time of the Pharaoh's genocidal ("relating to or involving the deliberate killing of a large group of people of a particular nation or ethnic group") decree to cast all of the Hebrew male infants into the Nile River (see A Bible Journey, 52: Moses - From The River To The Desert).
The waters of the river at that time would have been bloodied - not because of the drowning of the babies, but because of the large Nile crocodiles that infested the river. Perhaps the Pharaoh deliberately chose that "natural disposal" manner of murder which would not leave dead bodies in the river or along its banks. There also would have been no evidence of the Pharaoh's crime of mass murder.
The Pharaoh was a very ignorant man. "Ignorant" actually means to ignore what is made known. Much was made known to the Pharaoh - that he chose to ignore.
"7:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet. 7:2 Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of his land. 7:3 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt. 7:4 But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. 7:5 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them.
The first miracle by Moses and Aaron was imitated by the Satan-empowered sorcerers (see the Fact Finder question below), for a short time, before they admitted that frauds and Satan was powerless against the LORD:
"8:18 And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast. 8:19 Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said." (Exodus 8:18-19 KJV).
"7:8 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 7:9 When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent.
Then came the famous waters to blood.
"7:14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh's heart is hardened, he refuseth to let the people go. 7:15 Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goeth out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river's brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand. 7:16 And thou shalt say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear. 7:17 Thus saith the LORD, In this thou shalt know that I am the LORD: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood. 7:18 And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall lothe to drink of the water of the river.
The sorcerers were able to partially mimic the miracle, but all that they accomplished was to foolishly add to the damage that was being inflicted upon themselves. Moses and Aaron obviously left some fresh water for the people (or the sorcerers wouldn't have any for their "miracle"), but the sorcerers polluted it themselves, with the result that "all the Egyptians digged round about the river for water to drink; for they could not drink of the water of the river."
"7:20 And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood.
Fact Finder: How did the Pharaoh's magicians do their "magic"?
This Day In History
This Day In History, October 15
1066: Edgar the Aetheling was proclaimed King of England. He was the last legitimate male member of the royal line of Cerdic of Wessex.
1080: Heinrich (in English, Henry) VI of Germany was defeated by Rudolf of Rheinfelden at the Elster River; Rudolf was killed in the battle (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1211: Latin Emperor Henry of Flanders defeated the Nicaean emperor Theodore I Lascaris at the Battle of the Rhyndacus.
1529: Ottoman (Turkish) forces lifted their siege of Vienna, Austria. The military struggles through that time determined whether Europe would be Roman Catholic or Islamic (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1582: The Gregorian calendar began in Italy and Spain. 10 days were skipped to correct the accumulated seasonal error of the Julian calendar - October 5 was followed by October 15, although the days of the week were not affected.
1764: Edward Gibbon observed a group of Church of Rome monks singing in the ruined Temple of Jupiter in Rome. The scene inspired him to begin work on his famous The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1783: In France, the Montgolfier brothers' hot air balloon achieved the first human ascent, by Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier (see also Who Was The First To Fly?).
1815: After his defeat and capture by the British at the Battle of Waterloo the previous June, Napoleon Bonaparte arrived under guard at the island of St. Helena where he was held in exile until he died in 1821.
1839: Britain's Queen Victoria proposed marriage to her first cousin, Albert. The marriage between Victoria and Albert was promoted by their uncle Leopold I, king of the Belgians.
1894: Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish officer in the French army, was arrested for treason, tried, found guilty and sentenced to life in prison on Devil's Island. He was proven innocent in 1930, 36 years after his conviction. The "Dreyfus Affair" became one of the most famous stories of French history.
1917: Mata Hari (actual name Margaretha Zelle), 41, a Dutch spy for Germany during the First World War (1914-1918), was executed by a French firing squad at the Vincennes Barracks outside Paris (see also The Art Of War and Fake News - News, Or Noose?).
1945: Vichy French Premier Pierre Laval was executed by firing squad for his wartime collaboration with the Germans during the Second World War (1939-1945; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars).
1946: Hermann Goering, 53, high-ranking Nazi official under Adolf Hitler, committed suicide in his prison cell 2 hours before his scheduled hanging for war crimes (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator).
1962: The "Cuban Missile Crisis" day 2 of 15. U.S. President Kennedy was first shown U-2 spy-plane photographs of Soviet missile sites in Cuba taken the day before. Kennedy and his advisors (some of whom, including Theodore Sorensen, wrote books years later in which they admitted it) knew that Soviet ballistic missiles in Cuba were of no more threat to the U.S. than those 5,000 miles away (or from the numerous Soviet nuclear submarines right off the U.S. coast in sight of land), however after the Bay of Pigs failure, he believed that another embarrassment from Cuba would have been politically disastrous to his approval rating as president. He therefore took the world to the brink of nuclear war to defend his re-election (see also Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).
1964: Nikita Khrushchev was ousted as First Secretary of the Soviet Union Communist Party. He was replaced by Leonid Brezhnev, and Alexi Kosygin as Prime Minister.
1970: Anwar Sadat became president of Egypt, succeeding Gamel Abdel Nasser.
1971: Iran (known until the 1920s as Persia) celebrated 2500 years as a nation. It was Persia that defeated the Babylonian Empire (see The Prophet Daniel: The Hand Writing On The Wall) and freed the people of Judah from their Babylonian captivity (see The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia).
1990: Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev won the Nobel Peace Prize for his removal of the Berlin Wall and the "Iron Curtain" in Europe.
2013: A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the Philippines.