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Tuesday, March 5 2019
A Bible Journey, 136: The Ruddy Heifer
"Bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke"
The English-language word "red" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced aw-dome, which means red or ruddy. It is derived from a root word, pronounced aw-dawm, which means to show blood (in a manner ranging from bleeding to blushing). The name "Adam" originated from the that root word (see also Adam and Adamah).
The English word "heifer" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced paw-rawh, which means a young female cow.
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) commanded that a "red heifer" was to be used for a specific ceremonial sacrifice (see also The Blood Of Bulls And Goats).
"19:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 19:2 This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD hath commanded, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke: 19:3 And ye shall give her unto Eleazar the priest, that he may bring her forth without the camp, and one shall slay her before his face: 19:4 And Eleazar the priest shall take of her blood with his finger, and sprinkle of her blood directly before the tabernacle of the congregation seven times: 19:5 And one shall burn the heifer in his sight; her skin, and her flesh, and her blood, with her dung, shall he burn: 19:6 And the priest shall take cedar wood, and hyssop, and scarlet, and cast it into the midst of the burning of the heifer. 19:7 Then the priest shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp, and the priest shall be unclean until the even. 19:8 And he that burneth her shall wash his clothes in water, and bathe his flesh in water, and shall be unclean until the even." (Numbers 19:1-8 KJV)
The ashes of the heifer were then used "for the congregation of the children of Israel for a water of separation: it is a purification for sin."
"19:9 And a man that is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and lay them up without the camp in a clean place, and it shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for a water of separation: it is a purification for sin. 19:10 And he that gathereth the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: and it shall be unto the children of Israel, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among them, for a statute for ever.
Fact Finder: What was the ultimate meaning of burnt offerings?
This Day In History, March 5
363: Roman Emperor Julian left Antioch with a force of 90,000 to attack the Persian Sassanid Empire (see also How Hadassah Of Benjamin Became The Queen Of Persia and Israel In History and Prophecy: Roman Judea).
1179: The Third Lateran Council opened under Alexander III. The 300 bishops enacted measures against the Waldenses and Albigensians. Lateran III also required that popes were to be elected by two-thirds vote from the assembled cardinals (see also The Struggle For The Papacy and The Little Big Horn).
1279: Forces of the Livonian Order (a branch of the Germanic the Teutonic Order) were defeated by the Grand Duchy of Lithuania at the Battle of Aizkraukle (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1496: King Henry VII of England issued letters patent to the Italian explorer Zuan Chabotto (known in English as John Cabot) and his sons, authorizing them to explore "unknown lands." They became the first to reach northeastern North America (Newfoundland) since the Vikings nearly five centuries before them.
1616: Nicolaus Copernicus's book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (that correctly proposed that the Earth orbited the Sun) was banned by the Roman Catholic Church (see also The Maker Of Mystic Mountain and What Are The Hunter and The Seven Sisters Doing In Heaven?).
1778: Thomas Arne, English composer of Rule, Britannia, died.
1790: Flora Macdonald, Scottish Jacobite heroine, died. In 1746 she helped "Bonnie Prince Charlie," the Stuart claimant to the British throne, escape from the Hebridean island of Benbecula.
1824: The British, concerned of a Burmese invasion of Bengal, launched the First Anglo-Burmese War. It lasted nearly 2 years.
1912: Italian forces became the first to use airships for military purposes, using them for reconnaissance behind Turkish lines (see also The Rockets' Red Glare).
1918: The Soviets moved the capital of Russia from Petrograd to Moscow.
1926: Clement Ader, French self-taught engineer, inventor, and pioneer of flight died at age 85 (see Who Was The First To Fly?). In 1890 he flew his steam-engine powered aircraft, while the Wright brothers did not fly their gasoline-engine powered aircraft at Kitty Hawk until 1903, 13 years later. 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.
1933: U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt ordered a 4 day "bank holiday" in order to stop large amounts of money from being withdrawn from the banks during a financial panic.
1933: Election returns in Germany gave the Nazis and their allies 52% of the seats in the Reichstag (see What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It? and The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator; also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1936: The Supermarine Spitfire fighter plane went on display for the first time in England. Over 20,000 of the aircraft were manufactured for the Royal Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War (1939-1945).
1946: In a speech at Fulton, Missouri, Winston Churchill uttered his now-famous: "From Stettin in the Baltic, to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the continent."
1953: Soviet leader Joseph Stalin died.
1974: During the Yom Kippur War, Israeli forces withdrew from the west bank of the Suez Canal (see also Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
1979: Voyager 1 made its closest approach to Jupiter. Voyager 2 followed 4 months later.
1982: The Soviet probe Venera 14 landed on Venus.
1999: Paul Okalik was elected the first Premier of Nunavut.
2013: President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela died of cancer at age 59.