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Tuesday, November 13 2018
A Bible Journey, 73: Life In The Civilized Land
"And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and He shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee"
"Civilization" is generally defined as "The act of civilizing, or state of being civilized; the state of being refined in manners from the rudeness of savage life, and improved in arts and learning" (The Consolidated Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary).
The Law of the LORD God (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) is about civilization - living in peace, honesty and truth (see also Fake News - News, Or Noose? and The Character Assassins and Guns Versus Butter).
Many examples of how to live according to the Ten Commandments (see A Bible Journey, 70: The Christian Ten Commandments) were included with the Ten Commandments (see A Bible Journey, 71: A Just Weight And Balance and A Bible Journey, 72: The Perfect Law Of Liberty). They weren't other or more laws - they were lessons in how to live by the Law (as you read the verses below, note which of the Ten Commandments is being applied by the illustration).
"23:1 Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.
The land itself was provided with a Sabbath rest (as modern science has just now "discovered," it makes the land more productive), after years of productive work (see The Seven Sabbaths Of Years To The Jubilee; see also The History Of Coffee and For All The Tea In China).
"23:10 And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof: 23:11 But the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie still; that the poor of thy people may eat: and what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy oliveyard." (Exodus 23:10-11 KJV)
The Fourth Commandment (see Exodus 20:8-11) is actually a two part Commandment: "Six days thou shalt do thy work" and then "on the seventh day thou shalt rest" (see The Fourth Commandment Is About Every Day).
"23:12 Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest: that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed." (Exodus 23:12 KJV)
Idolatry is outlawed because it isn't just a waste of time - it's a waste of life. Anything, or anyone, can be idolized (see also Biblical Eras: Solomon's Idolatry and The Division Of Israel).
"23:13 And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth." (Exodus 23;13 KJV)
The annual Holy Days, which were annual Sabbaths, were given by the LORD God, Who was and is Jesus Christ, for their Christian prophetic significance (see The Day Of Atonement: Deliverance Of The Passover Blood and the Fact Finder question below).
"23:14 Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.
True worship of the LORD is not to be compromised e.g. replacing the true Sabbath with the dead-end Babylonian / Roman "Sun Day" (see Why Observe The True Sabbath?).
"23:18 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread; neither shall the fat of my sacrifice remain until the morning.
When people follow the LORD, He leads the Way, defending His people from any who choose to make themselves enemies of the LORD. But if any of His people turn from Him and become Satanic rebels, "He will not pardon your transgressions" (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
"23:20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. 23:21 Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him. 23:22 But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries. 23:23 For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off. 23:24 Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images. 23:25 And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. 23:26 There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil.
Fact Finder: (a) What is the Christian purpose of Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread? (b) What is the Christian purpose of "the feast of harvest, the firstfruits" - known as Pentecost? (c) What is the Christian purpose of "the feast of ingathering," also known as the Feast of Tabernacles?
This Day In History
This Day In History, November 13
1002: English king Ethelred II launched a purge of Danish settlers, known today as the St. Brice's Day massacre.
1093: Malcolm III of Scotland, son of King Duncan, died during his fifth attempt to invade England.
1160: King Louis VII of France married Adele of Champagne.
1460: Portuguese explorer Henry the Navigator died at age 66.
1474: During the Swiss-Burgundian Wars, Swiss forces defeated the army of Charles the Bold at Hericourt.
1642: The Battle of Turnham Green during First English Civil War. Royalist forces withdraw from the Parliamentarian army.
1715: The Battle of Sheriffmuir in Scotland.
1833: One of the greatest Leonid meteor storms dazzled people in eastern North America from midnight to dawn (see also When Space Rocks Collide With Earth).
1835: Texas officially proclaimed independence from Mexico, and called itself the Lone Star Republic, until its admission to the U.S. Union 10 years later, in 1845 (before quitting the Union too at the time of the U.S. Civil War a few years later). A vast area of the U.S. today used to be Mexico (see also The Mexican Border Wall).
1843: Mount Rainier in Washington State erupted.
1851: A telegraph link was established between London and Paris.
1907: The first helicopter to achieve free flight carrying a man. Designed by French engineer Paul Cornu, it flew at Lisieux, France.
Another French engineer, Clement Ader, was the first to fly fixed-wing aircraft. Ader flew his aircraft long before the Wright brothers (they did not make their flight at Kitty Hawk until 1903, 13 years after Ader; see Who Was The First To Fly?). The Wright brothers were the first to fly in the U.S. - they were not the first to fly in the world. The word "aviation" itself originated from the name of Ader's aircraft, the Avion.
1942: During the Second World War (1939-1945; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), the British aircraft carrier Ark Royal was hit by a German torpedo off Gibraltar and sank the following day. The Ark Royal was one of many aircraft carriers sunk during the war i.e. Japan lost over 20 aircraft carriers (including those that were involved in the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941), while the U.S. lost over 12 (including the Hornet, Langley, Lexington, Princeton, Wasp and Yorktown).
1945: Charles de Gaulle became the President of the French provisional government at the end of the Second World War.
1970: Hafez al-Assad seized power in Syria in a bloodless military coup.
1970: The Bhola cyclone (tropical cyclones are known in some parts of the world as a "cyclone" and a "hurricane" in other parts of the world; see The Origin Of Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoonss) struck the highly-populated Ganges Delta region of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), killing an estimated 500,000 people in one night. The Bhola cyclone is regarded as the 20th century's worst natural disaster.
1985: In Colombia, the Neva del Ruiz volcano erupted; an estimated 25,000 people died.
1994: Swedes voted by 52.2 percent in a referendum to join the European Union.
1998: U.S. President Bill Clinton agreed to pay Paula Jones $850,000.00 to drop her sexual harassment lawsuit against him. A New York businessman had earlier paid the woman another $1,000,000.00 (see also The Impeachment Of The President).
1998: Michel Trudeau, 23, son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, drowned during a ski trip in British Columbia after being swept into a lake by an avalanche. The body was never recovered.
2001: During the "War on Terrorism," U.S. President George W. Bush signed an executive order allowing secret military tribunals, "enhanced interrogation techniques" (e.g. water boarding) and life imprisonment without charge or trial of "all them foreigners that's out to get us." Many historians and political/military analysts believe that the policy actually created vastly more "terrorists" and enemies than would have otherwise existed if the long-established laws of war had been maintained. The policy also set a new unintended standard for how U.S. prisoners of war may be treated (see also Fake News - News, Or Noose? and The Art Of War).