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Saturday, February 2 2019
A Bible Journey, 105: Why Baptism?
"Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil"
The English-language word "wash" originated from a medieval (i.e. the "Middle Ages" of Europe from the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century until the Renaissance in the 15th century) Anglo-Saxon word, wascan, that meant to water. "Water" originated from the same word as "wash." In the beginning, as it was used, it was even the same word.
The Biblical application of the actual Hebrew word is also the same - with a greater significance added. Notice in these examples how being physically washed applies also to being spiritually washed.
"17:15 And every soul [see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?] that eateth that which died of itself, or that which was torn with beasts, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger, he shall both wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even: then shall he be clean. 17:16 But if he wash them not, nor bathe his flesh; then he shall bear his iniquity." (Leviticus 17:15-16 KJV)
The physical and spiritual connection in "cleanliness is next to Godliness" (see A Bible Journey, 103: The Cleanliness Of Godliness) was made more evident at the Messiah's Passover: "For He knew who should betray Him; therefore said He, Ye are not all clean."
"13:4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. 13:5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
The laws of washing were the completion of the teaching that began in Leviticus 13 (see A Bible Journey, 104: The Whole Of The Holy Bible).
"15:1 And the LORD [Who was and is Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God] spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying, 15:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When any man hath a running issue out of his flesh, because of his issue he is unclean. 15:3 And this shall be his uncleanness in his issue: whether his flesh run with his issue, or his flesh be stopped from his issue, it is his uncleanness.
This Day In History, February 2
506: Alaric II, king of the Visigoths (a Germanic people), proclaimed the Breviary of Alaric (Breviarium Alaricianum or Lex Romana Visigothorum), a collection of "Roman law" for the Germanic Empire
962: Pope John XII crowned Otto I as the "Holy Roman Emperor" (see Emperors and Popes). When Otto succeeded his father Heinrich (Henry) as German king in 936, the people raised their right hand to show approval and shouted "Sieg und heil" ("victory and salvation") - words revived by Adolf Hitler almost 1,000 years later (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
Later historians would view 962 as the beginning of what would later be officially called the Sacrum Romanum Imperium Nationis Germanica ("The Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation"; see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). The octagonal imperial crown of the "Holy Roman Empire," which was made especially for the coronation of Otto, was the symbol of European unity for centuries afterward. Otto von Habsburg (whose ancestors were some of the "Holy Roman" emperors) called attention to the potential present and future role of that very same crown, which now sits in the Schatzkammer (Royal Treasury) in Vienna, Austria.
1461: The Lancastrians (founded by the son of Henry III, the Earl of Lancaster in 1267) defeated the Yorkists (founded by another son of Henry III, the duke of York) at the second Battle of St. Albans'.
1494: Christopher Columbus began using "Indians" as slaves i.e. native Americans were the first slaves of the "New" World (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy and The First Chinese American War).
1509: The Portuguese, led by Francisco de Almeida, destroyed the Muslim fleet in the Battle of Diu, establishing Portuguese control of Indian waters.
1536: Spanish explorer Pedro de Mendoza founded Buenos Aires.
1556: The world's worst earthquake on record, in China's Shaanxi, Shansi and Henan provinces, killed an estimated 830,000 people.
1626: Charles I, the son and successor of James I (after whom the King James Version of the Bible was named), was crowned king of England.
1653: The Dutch established New Amsterdam as a city. After the British took over the colonies that became known as New England, the city was renamed as New York.
1709: British sailor Alexander Selkirk was rescued after being marooned on a desert island for 5 years. His story was the inspiration of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe.
1808: French forces under Napoleon occupied Rome. Pope Pius VII was arrested and held in custody.
1848: The Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo ended the war between the U.S. and Mexico.
1901: The Funeral of Queen Victoria in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. Queen Victoria's reign of 63 years and 7 months is known historically as the Victorian Era
1916: The U.S. Senate granted independence for the Philippines.
1945: During the Second World War (1939-1945), 1,200 British Royal Air Force planes bombed Wiesbaden and Karlsruhe in Germany.
1972: The British Embassy in Dublin was burned down after a day of anti-British demonstrations.
1983: The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) resumed in Geneva.
1989: Soviet invasion forces completed their withdrawal from Kabul, Afghanistan.
Ironically, when the Russians withdrew from Afghanistan, and the U.S. invaded Afghanistan after the 9-11 terrorist attacks (even though Osama bin Laden was in Pakistan, not Afghanistan - but Pakistan has nuclear weapons to defend itself from invaders; see Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?), the U.S. ended up fighting the same insurgents that it once armed and supplied in their fight against the Russians.
The same people were called "freedom fighters" when they were fighting Russian invaders of their country (some were even invited o the White House as "Heroes") but "terrorists" when they fought the U.S. invaders of their country.