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Saturday, March 9 2019
A Bible Journey, 140: The Profit Prophets
"He took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel."
Balaam was a "prophet for profit" (see also What's The Bible Word For False Prophet?) who was hired by King Balak (the same principle is widespread in the "Christian" world today were "churches" employ people to preach what they're told - or else they are fired) to put a curse on the Israelites who sought only to pass through Moabite territory on the way to their own homeland on the other side of the Jordan (see A Bible Journey, 139: King Balak and The Diviner Balaam).
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) intervened however - giving the false prophet a true prophecy to deliver to his employer.
"23:1 And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams. 23:2 And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on every altar a bullock and a ram.
Balak did not welcome the truth that he was given by Balaam, so he demanded again that Balaam put a curse on the Israelites. Balaam replied, according to the command of the LORD with another parable that was also favorable to the Israelites.
"23:13 And Balak said unto him, Come, I pray thee, with me unto another place, from whence thou mayest see them: thou shalt see but the utmost part of them, and shalt not see them all: and curse me them from thence. 23:14 And he brought him into the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar.
Balak then had Balaam go "unto another place; peradventure it will please God that thou mayest curse me them from thence." The result would be the same.
"23:27 And Balak said unto Balaam, Come, I pray thee, I will bring thee unto another place; peradventure it will please God that thou mayest curse me them from thence. 23:28 And Balak brought Balaam unto the top of Peor, that looketh toward Jeshimon.
Fact Finder: In what way is a Biblical parable like a telescope mirror?
This Day In History
This Day In History, March 9
141 BC: Liu Che, known as Emperor Wu of Han, assumed the throne of the Han Dynasty of China (see also The First Chinese American War).
1074: Pope Gregory VII excommunicated all married Roman Catholic priests (see also How Did Rome Change True Time?).
1276: Augsburg became an Imperial Free City.
1496: Jews were expelled from Carintha, Austria.
1796: Napoleon Bonaparte married Josephine de Beauharnais, widow of a French officer who was executed during the revolution.
1812: Swedish Pomerania was taken by Napoleon.
1831: The French Foreign Legion was founded in Algeria by King Louis Philippe.
1873: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) was established.
1888: Wilhelm I, Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia from 1861, died.
1916: Pancho Villa and 1,500 Mexican cavalry troops raided New Mexico.
1933: State Police ("Gestapo" is the German abbreviation for "the State Police") in Nazi Germany opened the Dachau concentration camp, near Munich (see The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator).
1936: The German press warned that all Jews who voted in the upcoming elections would be arrested (see also The Character Assassins).
1945: The Bombing of Tokyo by the U.S. Army Air Force began; it became one of the most destructive bombing raids in history (prior to the U.S. atomic bombing of Japan later that year; see Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).
1961: The Russian Sputnik 9 carried a dog into orbit. Dozens of dogs were launched into space prior to manned space flight. Most survived, although one in particular, Laika, was deliberately allowed to die to test the effects of a used up oxygen supply.
1968: U.S. General William Westmoreland requested 206,000 more U.S. troops to become involved in the Vietnam civil war (earlier French imperialism in southeast Asia resulted in the ancient nation of Vietnam being divided into North and South Vietnam, a foreign-imposed partition of the Vietnamese people that did not end until the early 1970s after the U.S. had involved itself in the Vietnamese civil conflict for over a decade).
1992: Former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin died at age 78. He and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt were awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1978 for the Camp David Peace Accord.
1995: A Canadian Coast Guard ship fired upon and arrested the fleeing Spanish ship Estai after pursuing it out into international waters off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. The Spanish ship was observed violating Canadian law within Canadian waters; as well, a Canadian Navy submarine later recovered the net that the Spanish ship cut while being pursued and found it to have an illegal small-mesh liner that was "vacuuming the ocean" of fish of all sizes, thereby exterminating future fish stocks.
The seizure of the Spanish ship and its crew led to weeks of political tension and an escalating high-seas warship standoff between Canada and the rising-superpower European Union (which forced Britain to chose between its European Union membership and "the Canadians that have always been there for us during two world wars" - to which the British government chose Canada; as well, during the crisis hundreds of British fishing boats flew Canadian flags while working off the coast of Europe).
1997: A solar eclipse permitted people in China, Mongolia and eastern Siberia to see the Hale-Bopp Comet during the day.
2010: The first homosexual "marriages" in Washington, D.C. were conducted.
2011: The Space Shuttle Discovery made its final landing after 39 flights.