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Friday, February 15 2019
A Bible Journey, 118: The Reckoning Of Israel In The Sinai
"As the LORD commanded Moses, so he numbered them in the wilderness of Sinai"
The English-language word "reckoning" originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word, recenion, that meant to count, or to order.
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) delivered the Israelites from Egypt in what is known as the "Exodus" (see A Bible Journey, 63: The Exodus Lesson). The LORD then formally delivered His laws to "Israel" as a prophecy in itself of delivering His Law to all of humanity in due time (see and A Bible Journey, 15: The Exodus Prophecies).
Ancient Israel had however a practical matter of existing and defending itself so that centuries later it would exist to deliver the Messiah to all of humanity. As such, a military census was ordered in preparation for their entry into the promised land.
"1:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying, 1:2 Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their polls; 1:3 From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them by their armies." (Numbers 1:1-3 KJV)
Moses (see A Bible Journey, 52: Moses - From The River To The Desert) supervised the reckoning that was rendered by a trustworthy representative of each tribe (see also A Bible Journey, 117: True Value), men who "were the renowned of the congregation, princes of the tribes of their fathers, heads of thousands in Israel."
"1:4 And with you there shall be a man of every tribe; every one head of the house of his fathers. 1:5 And these are the names of the men that shall stand with you: of the tribe of Reuben; Elizur the son of Shedeur. 1:6 Of Simeon; Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai. 1:7 Of Judah; Nahshon the son of Amminadab. 1:8 Of Issachar; Nethaneel the son of Zuar. 1:9 Of Zebulun; Eliab the son of Helon. 1:10 Of the children of Joseph: of Ephraim; Elishama the son of Ammihud: of Manasseh; Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur. 1:11 Of Benjamin; Abidan the son of Gideoni. 1:12 Of Dan; Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai. 1:13 Of Asher; Pagiel the son of Ocran. 1:14 Of Gad; Eliasaph the son of Deuel. 1:15 Of Naphtali; Ahira the son of Enan.
The counting was then completed. The numbers at that time were vastly greater than the first census of the Israelites that had been done when Jacob and his family entered Egypt over four centuries earlier (see A Bible Journey, 46: The Family At The Heart Of A Nation).
"1:20 And the children of Reuben, Israel's eldest son, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, by their polls, every male from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war; 1:21 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Reuben, were forty and six thousand and five hundred.
The Levites, although just as much a tribe of Israel, were assigned to the service of the LORD (see Why Were The Levites The Last To Receive Their Inheritance?). As such, their inheritance was within, but nevertheless apart from, the other tribes.
"1:47 But the Levites after the tribe of their fathers were not numbered among them. 1:48 For the LORD had spoken unto Moses, saying, 1:49 Only thou shalt not number the tribe of Levi, neither take the sum of them among the children of Israel: 1:50 But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that belong to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle. 1:51 And when the tabernacle setteth forward, the Levites shall take it down: and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death. 1:52 And the children of Israel shall pitch their tents, every man by his own camp, and every man by his own standard, throughout their hosts. 1:53 But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of testimony, that there be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of testimony.
Fact Finder: Why were most of the Israelites who crossed the Jordan River in the time of Joshua born in the Sinai, not in Egypt?
This Day In History, February 15
590: Khosrau II was crowned king of Persia (Persia is known today as Iran; see The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia and A History Of Jerusalem: Ezra And Nehemiah). Khosrau was the last King of Persia before Persia / Iran became Muslim (the Muslim Conquest of Persia is also known to historians as the Arab Conquest of Iran), while at the same time his kingdom was under threat from the Byzantine (East Roman Empire) Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1763: The Treaty of Hubertusburg was signed. It ended the conflict between Austria and Prussia (not to be confused with Russia - Prussia is in Germany) in the Seven Years' War.
1764: St. Louis was founded as a French trading post in New France - which extended from what is today eastern Canada in the north to Louisiana in the south (Louisiana was named after Louis XIV, King of France from 1643 to 1715). St. Louis was named after French King Louis IX. Although many regard the loo-ee pronunciation to be slang, it's actually much closer to the original French-accent name than the later English loo-iss. "Missouri" was named after a tribe of Sioux people, the Missouris, who lived in the region (see also The First Chinese American War).
1898: The Spanish-U.S. War began after the U.S. battleship Maine blew up in Havana harbor. There was no sign of attack upon the ship; many believe that the ship's own 5 tons of gunpowder stores were accidentally detonated (as happened to other such warships where gunpowder was stored in bulk).
1922: The Permanent Court of International Justice, at The Hague in the Netherlands, held its first session. Established to address "crimes against humanity," the court has remained ineffective for war crimes committed by war-mongering nations because many of the greatest war criminals have refuge in their militarily-powerful nations that refuse to deliver them to "foreign" justice - while they themselves have subjected other nations to their "foreign" courts and tribunals during their rampage of invasions. There will however be no escape, for anyone, from God's Justice in due time - all are going to answer to the LORD for all of the evil that they have done, including those who have done their evil in God's Name (see So, You Think You Got Away With It?).
1928: Herbert Asquith died at age 76. Mr. Asquith served as the Prime Minister of Britain from 1908 to 1916, and as such was the leader of Britain during the first 2 years of the First World War (see also A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1940: During the Second World War (which began in September 1939 when Germany invaded Poland; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) ordered that all British merchant ships would be considered warships.
1942: After having their supplies of ammunition and food cut off, British and allied forces surrendered to the Japanese in Singapore - the single most catastrophic (but temporary) defeat in British military history; over 130,000 British, Canadian, Australian, and Indian troops were taken prisoner.
1944: U.S. warplanes bombed the Abbey of Monte Cassino in an effort to neutralize it as a German observation post in central Italy.
1950: Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse-tung signed a Russian-Chinese mutual defense treaty in Moscow.
1954: Canada and the U.S. began construction of the Distant Early Warning Line ("the DEW Line"), a network of radar stations in the Arctic of Canada and Alaska to detect incoming Russian nuclear bombers. The system soon became obsolete upon the invention, just a few years later, of intercontinental ballistic missiles, as well as short-range nuclear missiles that can be fired from submarines a few miles off the east and west coasts of the entire continent of North America).
1965: Canada adopted the "Maple Leaf" as its new national flag (the Maple Leaf had already been a national symbol of Canada long before that time).
1971: Britain converted to decimal currency from pounds, shillings and pence.
1989: The Soviet Union ended its invasion of Afghanistan after over 9 years of occupation. The invasion was condemned and protested by the U.S., until the U.S. invaded Afghanistan itself a few years later.
1990: Britain and Argentina restored full diplomatic ties, affirming reconciliation after their 1982 war for the Falkland Islands.
2003: An estimated 30 million people, in 600 cities all around the world, protested (the largest peace demonstration in history) the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the war that followed. A few years later, it was proven that the protestors were correct, and that George W. Bush's justification for the war was totally false - no "weapons of mass destruction" were ever found in Iraq, and Iraq had nothing at all to do with the 9-11 terrorist attacks that were committed by men from Saudi Arabia (Osama bin-Laden was a Saudi-Arabian) and Pakistan. Amazingly, Saudi Arabia (oil) and Pakistan (nuclear-armed), from which the 9-11 terrorists originated, were not invaded but were instead proclaimed as "allies in the war against terror," while Iraq and Afghanistan were invaded and devastated. Perhaps the greatest irony of all is that, while there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein was a murderer of his own people, captured documents prove that Saddam Hussein not only did not aid the al-Qaeda terrorist group, he actually regarded them as a threat to Iraq.
2013: A meteor entered the Earth's atmosphere and exploded over Russia, injuring 1,500 people when a shock wave blew out windows and damaged buildings (see also When Space Rocks Collide With Earth).