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Wednesday, March 13 2019
A Bible Journey, 144: The Succession Of Joshua
"And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay thine hand upon him; ... And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient"
The English-language word "succession" originated from a Latin word, successum, that meant to continue on in place of another i.e. a continuance. By definition, "succession" is conservative because it conserves what exists. The word "success" is merely an abbreviation of that conservative principle.
Although it sounds very similar to succession, "succussion" (with a letter u rather than a letter e) is from a different Latin word, succussio, that means to shake, as in to shake something apart. Succussion is not conservative because it breaks apart, rather than conserves, what exists. "Succession" is conservative, while "succussion" is liberal.
Joshua's leadership of Israel was a succession of Moses, not a succussion from Moses. It was, in effect, an inheritance according to the principles of civil law declared by 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).
The "successful" appeals of Zelophehad's daughters provided two important precedents in law, ancient and modern. The LORD's inheritance legislation as stated in the Scriptures below has been used as the basis for many property laws, as well as succession rules of sovereign kings and queens ("king" was originally a family title, not a political one; the "king" was the father of a kin, a family - to rebel against the king was a literal violation of the Fifth Commandment: "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which The Lord thy God giveth thee" Exodus 20:12 KJV; see also A Bible Journey, 122: The Salvation Training Manual).
"27:1 Then came the daughters of Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph: and these are the names of his daughters; Mahlah, Noah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah. 27:2 And they stood before Moses, and before Eleazar the priest, and before the princes and all the congregation, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying, 27:3 Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not in the company of them that gathered themselves together against the LORD in the company of Korah; but died in his own sin, and had no sons. 27:4 Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he hath no son? Give unto us therefore a possession among the brethren of our father.
Moses had been a great servant of the LORD for the entire forty years that the Israelites had, contrary to the original plan, remained in the Sinai wilderness (see A Bible Journey, 131: The Sinai Sentence). Moses would have led the Israelites into the Promised Land if they had not refused to enter at their first opportunity, only about fourteen months after the Exodus.
But leadership stress had taken its toll on Moses. He would not enter the Promised Land during his physical lifetime (see A Bible Journey, 137: What Did Moses and Aaron Lose At Meribah?) - although there is no doubt that he will enter the fulfillment of the "Promised Land" on the day of Christ's return. The LORD therefore elected Joshua to continue on for Moses.
"27:12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel. 27:13 And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered. 27:14 For ye rebelled against my commandment in the desert of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify me at the water before their eyes: that is the water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.
Fact Finder: What did Esau lose to Jacob? How did Esau lose them?
This Day In History
This Day In History, March 13
607: The 12th recorded passage of Halley's Comet (as it was later named after a man; see The Christian Universe).
624: The Battle of Badr. Known as "the turning point of Islam," it was a major victory for Muhammad's army of "Islam" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South).
1519: Spanish Conquistador ("conqueror") Hernando Cortez landed in Mexico.
1569: During the Third French Religious War, the Huguenots under Prince de Conde were defeated by the Catholics at the Battle of Jarnac.
1639: Harvard College (known today as Harvard University) was named for the English clergyman John Harvard, a lifetime loyal servant and pioneer of England's colonies in North America.
1656: Dutch colonial authorities denied Jews the right to build a synagogue in New Amsterdam, later renamed by the British as New York City. Now with 2 million Jews, New York is today one of the largest Jewish-populated cities on earth, second only to Tel Aviv in Israel.
1759: Halley's Comet made its 27th recorded perihelion (the point in the orbit of a planet or comet where it is nearest to the sun). It was the comet's first return since it was predicted by English astronomer Edmund Halley to do so. Halley died January 14 1742 - 17 years before.
1781: The planet "Uranus" (the pagan name that humans have given to it) was discovered by German-born English astronomer Sir William Herschel.
1809: Sweden's King Gustavus IV was overthrown in a coup d'etat and was replaced by his uncle Charles XIII.
1813: Sweden joined the Grand Alliance against Napoleon and his allies.
1865: During the U.S. Civil War, the Confederate Congress under President Jefferson Davis signed a bill allowing slaves to join the Confederate army in exchange for freedom - a bizarre collusion in which the former slaves would then be fighting to keep other slaves in slavery.
1868: The U.S. Senate began the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson (see also The Impeachment Of The President).
1881: Russian Czar Alexander II was assassinated when a bomb was thrown at him near his palace.
1900: The British under Frederick Roberts captured Bloemfontein in the South African Boer War. The Boers (a Dutch word meaning farmer) were white descendants of Dutch settlers in South Africa; their Dutch-related language is known as Afrikaans.
1908: The first automobile in Jerusalem (see also A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1930: Clyde Tombaugh announced the discovery of the planet "Pluto" (the pagan name that humans have given to it).
1935: 3,000 year-old archives were discovered in Jerusalem. They matched the Biblical record.
1938: Austrian Chancellor Seyss-Inquart introduced a law re-unifying Austria with the German Reich (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1964: Catherine (Kitty) Genovese, 40, was murdered in Queens, New York, with dozens of neighbors watching. The attack lasted nearly 30 minutes, but no one helped or called police because, as some told authorities later, they "didn't want to get involved" (the origin of the popular term at that time).
1989: A tremendous magnetic storm produced by solar flares tripped the circuit breakers at the James Bay generating station, and was soon followed by a complete collapse of the power system in Quebec. Power failures also occurred in Ontario, British Columbia, Sweden, and in states throughout the U.S. The solar flares also disrupted radio communications, marine and navigational signals worldwide for many days, sometimes causing freak conditions e.g. California Highway Patrol communications overpowered local transmissions in Minnesota, and automatic garage doors in a California suburb began to open and close on their own.
1990: The Soviet parliament voted to end the political monopoly of the Communist Party after 72 years.
1992: Pravda, founded in 1912 by Lenin, the official newspaper of the Soviet Communist Party, ceased publication because of lack of funds.
1996: The Dunblane massacre. In Dunblane, Scotland, 16 Primary School children and 1 teacher were murdered by a gunman, Thomas Watt Hamilton, who then committed suicide.
1997: A deranged Jordanian soldier shot and killed 7 Israeli girls on a school trip to an area called "The Island of Peace" on the border with Jordan (see also Jordan's West Bank Invasion).
2008: Gold prices reached $1,000 per ounce for the first time.
2013: The Church of Rome's Pope Benedict XVI was succeeded by Pope Francis.