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Sunday, March 10 2019
A Bible Journey, 141: The Man Whose Eyes Are Open
"Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said: He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open"
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) made Balaam (see A Bible Journey, 139: King Balak and The Diviner Balaam), the former prophet-for-hire (see A Bible Journey, 140: The Profit Prophets) into a prophet of the LORD. Balak, the king of Moab had summoned Balaam to curse Israel, but Balaam, despite himself, was instead given to declare the LORD's blessings upon Israel.
"24:1 And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he went not, as at other times, to seek for enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness. 24:2 And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes; and the spirit of God came upon him. 24:3 And he took up his parable, and said,
Israel had only requested peaceful passage through Moab so that the Israelites could come out of the Sinai wilderness and cross the Jordan River into the land that the LORD had promised to the Messianic branch of the descendants of Abraham.
"24:10 And Balak's anger was kindled against Balaam, and he smote his hands together: and Balak said unto Balaam, I called thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast altogether blessed them these three times. 24:11 Therefore now flee thou to thy place: I thought to promote thee unto great honour; but, lo, the LORD hath kept thee back from honour.
Balaam continued on with the words that the LORD had inspired him to speak as "the man whose eyes are open."
"24:15 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said: 24:16 He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open: 24:17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. 24:18 And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly. 24:19 Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city." (Numbers 24:15-19 KJV)
The only curses that Balaam was given to deliver were upon those who chose to oppose the LORD's will in settling the Israelites on the land that the LORD declared for them.
"24:20 And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations; but his latter end shall be that he perish for ever. 24:21 And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, Strong is thy dwellingplace, and thou puttest thy nest in a rock. 24:22 Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted, until Asshur shall carry thee away captive. 24:23 And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this! 24:24 And ships shall come from the coast of Chittim, and shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, and he also shall perish for ever.
Fact Finder: Why did Israel enter the Promised Land from the east, rather than from the south forty years earlier when they first had the opportunity to do so?
This Day In History, March 10
49 B.C. Julius Caesar "crossed the Rubicon," a small river that separated Cisalpine Gaul from Italy. Caesar's crossing violated a law of the Roman Senate (the Lex Cornelia Majestatis) that stated that a general was not permitted to lead a military force out of the province in which it has been assigned. The action triggered a 3-year civil war that ended with Julius Caesar becoming the ruler of the Roman Republic as it was metastasizing into the Roman empire (see The Roman Emperors: Julius Caesar; also The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus).
298: Roman Emperor Maximian concluded his campaign in North Africa against the Berbers and made a triumphal entry into Carthage.
418: Jews were banned from holding public office in the Roman Empire.
1528: Balthasar Hubmaier, a prominent Austrian Anabaptist (see Anabaptists), was burned at the stake as a heretic in Vienna.
1629: King Charles I of England dissolved Parliament, thereby beginning the eleven-year period known as the Personal Rule.
1656: The Virginia Colony extended voting rights to all free (i.e. white) men regardless of their religion.
1831: The French Foreign Legion was established by King Louis-Philippe to support his war in Algeria.
1848: The Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo ended the U.S. war with Mexico (see also The Mexican Border Wall).
1922: Mahatma Gandhi was arrested by the British governors of India; he was justifiably convicted of sedition ("an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority and tending to cause the disruption or overthrow of the government") and sentenced to 6 years in prison.
1927: Prussia (an area of Germany, not to be confused with Russia) lifted its Nazi ban; Adolf Hitler was then allowed to speak in public (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1945: During the Second World War, 300 U.S. B-29 bombers (with conventional bombs; the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki came a few months later, on August 6 and August 9) bombed Japan's capital in what became known in the U.S. as "the Great Tokyo Air Raid." The resulting firestorm killed 100,000 civilians (the atomic bombings of the other two civilian targets killed or horribly burned another 250,000 men, women and children).
1952: The government of Cuba was overthrown by Fulgencio Batista, who ruled as an obedient Mafia and CIA-backed puppet/stooge dictator until 1959 when he was overthrown by the communists led by Fidel Castro. The people of Cuba traded a thug dictator (controlled by the western "democratic" nations) for a communist.
1969: James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to the murder of U.S. civil rights activist Martin Luther King and was sentenced to 99 years in prison.
1973: The governor of Bermuda, Sir Richard Sharples, was assassinated on the grounds of Government House.
1985: Soviet leader Konstantin Chernenko died after only 13 months in office.
1995: The European Union responded belligerently to Canada's seizure of the Spanish fishing ship Estai and its crew in international waters the day before, demanding its release and calling for economic and military retaliatory measures.
Prior to its arrest, the Spanish ship was observed violating Canadian law within Canadian waters. Also, 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 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).