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Sunday, February 24 2019
A Bible Journey, 127: Due North To The Land Of Promise
"The children of Israel took their journeys out of the wilderness of Sinai; and the cloud rested in the wilderness of Paran"
When the Israelite multitude left Egypt (see Exodus 1: I Will There Make Of Thee A Great Nation) at the Passover (see Exodus 12: The First Passover), they entered the Sinai Peninsula and journeyed south to Mount Sinai (see also Paul's Geography Lesson). After receiving the Law of the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God), which established "Israel" as a national prophecy of the yet-future Kingdom of God (see Leviticus 23: The True Christian Holy Days), the Israelites were ready to finish the journey with a northward trek into the Promised Land.
The people of Israel had been given an efficient communication system (see Exodus 18: Jethro's Advice) which was then further advanced with the sound of trumpets, "that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps."
"10:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
"10:11 And it came to pass on the twentieth day of the second month, in the second year, that the cloud was taken up from off the tabernacle of the testimony. 10:12 And the children of Israel took their journeys out of the wilderness of Sinai; and the cloud rested in the wilderness of Paran. 10:13 And they first took their journey according to the commandment of the LORD by the hand of Moses.
Jethro (also recorded as Raguel, Reuel and Hobab) the Midianite, the man who had taken Moses in when he fled from Egypt (see Exodus 2: The Drawing Of Moses and Exodus 3: The Sign Of The Flaming Bush) and who was then the grandfather of Moses' children (see Moses And Zipporah), declared that he would remain in his own homeland. Moses urged him to remain with the people of Israel (see Exodus 18: Jethro's Advice).
"10:29 And Moses said unto Hobab, the son of Raguel the Midianite, Moses' father in law, We are journeying unto the place of which the LORD said, I will give it you: come thou with us, and we will do thee good: for the LORD hath spoken good concerning Israel.
So it was then that the Israelite nation (which means people) moved northward to the place that was promised to be their country (which means a sovereign territory).
"10:33 And they departed from the mount of the LORD three days' journey: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them in the three days' journey, to search out a resting place for them. 10:34 And the cloud of the LORD was upon them by day, when they went out of the camp.
Fact Finder: Did Abraham's son Ishmael make the wilderness of Paran his homeland?
This Day In History, February 24
786: Pepin the Short of Gaul died. His kingdom was divided between his sons Charles (Charlemagne) and Carloman.
1387: King Charles III of Naples and Hungary was assassinated at Buda.
1389: King Albert of Sweden was defeated and captured by the Danes at the Battle of Falkoeping. The outcome left Margaret of Denmark effective ruler of both Sweden and Denmark.
1473: Albert III Achilles proclaimed the Dispositio Achilles (Disposition of Achilles) which was to preserve a united Brandenburg.
1496: Henry VII of England ended a commercial dispute with Flanders.
1500: Holy Roman Emperor Charles V was born. It was the emperor Charles who officially pronounced Martin Luther a heretic, not the pope (the Emperors claimed to be the "vicar of Christ" because Christ is a King; the popes claimed to be the "vicar of Christ" because Christ is our High Priest - see Emperors and Popes).
1530: The first imperial coronation by a pope - Charles V crowned by Clement V (again, see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1582: Pope Gregory XIII issued a Papal Bull proclaiming the Gregorian calendar (named after him; see Pope Gregory's Calendar), replacing the Julian calendar (named after Julius Caesar). The Gregorian calendar is used throughout the world today.
1821: Mexico became independent from Spain. Over the next century, much of Mexico's territory was lost to the U.S. by armed conquest (the present-day Mexican border with the U.S. was once hundreds of miles farther north into what is today California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas).
1826: The Treaty of Yandabo; ended the First Anglo-Burmese War.
1848: After a revolution in Paris, Louis Philippe of France abdicated in favor of his grandson, the Comte de Paris. The move failed and the Second Republic was proclaimed 2 days later.
1868: Andrew Johnson became the first U.S. President to have impeachment proceedings brought against him (see also The Impeachment Of The President).
1887: Paris, France, and Brussels, Belgium, became the first two national capital cities with telephone communications between them.
1920: A small political extremist group in Germany outlined its program to create a Third German Reich. Its spokesman, Adolf Hitler, said that it would change its name to the National Socialist German Workers' Party (abbreviated as the "Nazi" Party; see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It?).
1942: During the Second World War (1939-1945; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), 767 Jewish refugees (428 men, 269 women, 70 children) drowned in the sinking of the Struma, 5 miles off the coast of Istanbul, Turkey. After they were refused entry in "Palestine" and the Ottomans would not allow them into Turkey, Turkish authorities had the unseaworthy ship towed out to sea, where it soon floundered and sank (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate and A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism).
1945: Prime Minister Ahmed Maher Pasha of Egypt was shot dead in Parliament just after reading a declaration of war on Germany and Japan.
1986: Tommy Douglas died at age 81. The Canadian politician, former Saskatchewan premier and federal party leader, was known as the "father of medicare" for introducing North America's first government health plan.
1989: Iranian Muslim leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offered a $3 million bounty for the murder of author Salman Rushdie.
1991: After 5 weeks of massive U.S. air bombardment of Iraq and Kuwait, U.S., British and allied ground forces began the ground war in the Kuwait "Gulf War."
2007: Japan launched its fourth spy satellite.
2008: Fidel Castro retired due to ill health after nearly fifty years as the President of Cuba, beginning with the revolution that overthrew the Mafia (the Cuba scenes in The Godfather movies are based on historical truth) and CIA backed dictator regime of Fulgencio Batista in 1959 (see also Why Are Politicians Called Left Or Right? and When Do Liberals Become Conservatives?).