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Friday, March 1 2019
A Bible Journey, 132: The Fringes Reminder
"Bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments ... that ye may look upon it, and remember all the Commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring"
When the Israelites refused to enter the Promised Land (see Numbers 13: The Exploration Of The Promised Land and Numbers 14: Why 40 Years In The Sinai?) after the LORD delivered them to the southern border of what is today the country of Israel, the LORD turned them around into a 40-year holding pattern with the sole purpose of waiting until all of the rebellious adults of the Exodus had died off. It was their children and grandchildren that entered the Promised Land, after four decades in the Sinai (see Deuteronomy: The Law and History Lessons By Moses).
During the forty years in the Sinai, the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) continued to bless and defend the Israelites, with His Law and Commandments, for the sake of the generation that would make it home to the Promised Land.
"15:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 15:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land of your habitations, which I give unto you, 15:3 And will make an offering by fire unto the LORD, a burnt offering, or a sacrifice in performing a vow, or in a freewill offering, or in your solemn feasts, to make a sweet savour unto the LORD, of the herd, or of the flock: 15:4 Then shall he that offereth his offering unto the LORD bring a meat offering of a tenth deal of flour mingled with the fourth part of an hin of oil. 15:5 And the fourth part of an hin of wine for a drink offering shalt thou prepare with the burnt offering or sacrifice, for one lamb.
The Law of the LORD was and is True Justice. Innocence is not punished, while guilt never escapes (see Leviticus 7: Laws Of Freedom and Trespass).
"15:22 And if ye have erred, and not observed all these commandments, which the LORD hath spoken unto Moses, 15:23 Even all that the LORD hath commanded you by the hand of Moses, from the day that the LORD commanded Moses, and henceforward among your generations; 15:24 Then it shall be, if ought be committed by ignorance without the knowledge of the congregation, that all the congregation shall offer one young bullock for a burnt offering, for a sweet savour unto the LORD, with his meat offering, and his drink offering, according to the manner, and one kid of the goats for a sin offering. 15:25 And the priest shall make an atonement for all the congregation of the children of Israel, and it shall be forgiven them; for it is ignorance: and they shall bring their offering, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD, and their sin offering before the LORD, for their ignorance: 15:26 And it shall be forgiven all the congregation of the children of Israel, and the stranger that sojourneth among them; seeing all the people were in ignorance.
When one of the rebels chose to defy the Word of the LORD almost immediately after hearing it, he was stoned (see Leviticus 24: Who Was Stoned?).
"15:32 And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day. 15:33 And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation. 15:34 And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him. 15:35 And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp. 15:36 And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the LORD commanded Moses." (Numbers 15:32-36 KJV)
It was at that time that a commanded garment custom was established by the LORD - that He observed Himself when He was born as a man centuries later (see the Fact Finder question). It was a visual, daily-life reminder so that "it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring" - as the rebel generation had done on the border of the land that could have been their home if they had obeyed the LORD's Commands.
"15:37 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 15:38 Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: 15:39 And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: 15:40 That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God. 15:41 I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD your God." (Numbers 15:37-41 KJV)
Fact Finder: Did the Messiah have fringes on His garments, according to the Commandment of the LORD?
This Day In History
This Day In History, March 1
752 BC: Romulus, the legendary and semi-mythical first king of Rome, was victorious over the Caeninenses (see also The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus).
509 BC: Publius Valerius Publicola, Roman consul, won the first triumph of the Roman Republic after his victory over the deposed king Lucius Tarquinius Superbus at the Battle of Silva Arsia (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
293: Roman Emperor Diocletian and Maximian appointed Constantius Chlorus and Galerius as fellow Caesars - beginning of the Tetrarchy or Quattuor Principes Mundi ("The Four Rulers of the World").
1498: Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama arrived at what is today Mozambique, on his voyage to India.
1562: Roman Catholic troops massacred over 1,000 Huguenots as they prayed at Vassy, France, starting the First War of Religion. The 40 years of conflict ended when Henry IV of Navarre seized the French throne and granted the Protestants partial freedom.
1565: The city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was founded.
1632: Samuel de Champlain was appointed the first governor of "New France" (northeastern North America; see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1692: Sarah Osborne, Sarah Good and Tituba were brought to court in Salem Village, Massachusetts, beginning "the Salem witch trials" (see also What Is Sorcery?).
1815: Napoleon landed in France after returning from Elba, where he had been after being forced to abdicate in April 1814. Britain put only a small fraction of its military forces into the relatively minor wars of 1776 and 1812 against the U.S. revolutionary colonies; the bulk of the British army and navy was involved in fighting Napoleon's French Empire throughout Europe and Africa e.g. British Admiral Horatio Nelson's victory over the French fleet at Trafalgar and Wellington's victory at the Battle of Waterloo.
1845: U.S. President John Tyler signed a bill to authorize the annexation of the short-lived Republic of Texas, after its independence from Mexico.
1871: German troops entered Paris during the Franco-Prussian War.
1896: The Battle of Adowa in Ethiopia between the Ethiopian army of King Menelik II and Italian forces. The Italians, outnumbered 80,000 to 20,000 were routed. The decisive Ethiopian victory checked Italy's attempt to build an empire in Africa comparable to that of the French or British.
1917: During the First World War (1914-1918), the "Zimmermann Telegram" was published. The message from the German Foreign Ministry to Mexicans encouraged them to go to war, in alliance with Germany, against the U.S. to recover their lost Mexican territories (see also The Mexican Border Wall).
1932: The infant son of aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh was kidnapped. The child was found dead on May 12.
1941: Bulgaria joined the Axis Powers and allowed German forces to enter the country.
1960: Approximately 20,000 people were killed at the Atlantic seaport city of Agadir, Morocco. The city was destroyed by 2 earthquakes, a tidal wave and fire.
1966: The Soviet Venera III landed on Venus. It was the first spacecraft to land on another planet.
1985: The Pentagon admitted the scientific studies that a nuclear war would block the sun, causing a "nuclear winter" i.e. there would be no "winner" in a nuclear war (see also Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).
1992: Bosnia and Herzegovina declared independence from Yugoslavia.
2003: The International Criminal Court held its first session in The Hague, Netherlands. The Court has remained mostly impotent because most of the greatest war criminals of the modern age escape justice in their militarily-strong nations. Only the weak and the losers of wars face that Court's "justice." True justice is surely coming however; no one "gets away with" anything (see What Happens After The Messiah Returns?).