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Sunday, March 17 2019

A Bible Journey, 148: When Moses Was Gathered To His People

"The LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites: afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people"

At the end of their forty years wandering in the Sinai Peninsula (see Hometowns: Campsites Of The Sinai), a journey that could have been accomplished in little over just one year if the Israelites had obeyed the LORD (see A Bible Journey, 131: The Sinai Sentence), 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) gave His faithful servant Moses (see A Bible Journey, 52: Moses - From The River To The Desert and A Bible Journey, 53: The LORD's Flaming Bush) one of his last major tasks.

"31:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 31:2 Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites: afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people." (Numbers 31:1-2 KJV)

The Jabbok River

It was a time of establishing the secure borders of Israel that any sovereign nation must, by definition, have for their country (see also The Boundary Law). The Midianites, as a whole, had demonstrated that they would continue to be a threat, as they had been to Moses (despite his marriage to a Midianite; see the Fact Finder question below) during much of the Sinai journey, so it was Moses who was assigned to deal with them.

Whatever happened to Balaam? (see A Bible Journey, 139: King Balak and The Diviner Balaam and A Bible Journey, 140: The Profit Prophets and A Bible Journey, 141: The Man Whose Eyes Are Open). "Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword."

"31:3 And Moses spake unto the people, saying, Arm some of yourselves unto the war, and let them go against the Midianites, and avenge the LORD of Midian. 31:4 Of every tribe a thousand, throughout all the tribes of Israel, shall ye send to the war. 31:5 So there were delivered out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand of every tribe, twelve thousand armed for war. 31:6 And Moses sent them to the war, a thousand of every tribe, them and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to the war, with the holy instruments, and the trumpets to blow in his hand.

31:7 And they warred against the Midianites, as the LORD commanded Moses; and they slew all the males. 31:8 And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword. 31:9 And the children of Israel took all the women of Midian captives, and their little ones, and took the spoil of all their cattle, and all their flocks, and all their goods. 31:10 And they burnt all their cities wherein they dwelt, and all their goodly castles, with fire. 31:11 And they took all the spoil, and all the prey, both of men and of beasts. 31:12 And they brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil, unto Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and unto the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the camp at the plains of Moab, which are by Jordan near Jericho.

31:13 And Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the congregation, went forth to meet them without the camp. 31:14 And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, with the captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, which came from the battle.

31:15 And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive? 31:16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD. 31:17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. 31:18 But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves." (Numbers 31:3-18 KJV)

When the warriors returned from the battle (see also A Bible Journey, 119: Battle Flags), they were isolated according to the established health rules (see Leviticus 13: Bacteria): "Whosoever hath killed any person, and whosoever hath touched any slain, purify both yourselves and your captives on the third day, and on the seventh day. And purify all your raiment, and all that is made of skins, and all work of goats' hair, and all things made of wood."

The Jordan River

"31:19 And do ye abide without the camp seven days: whosoever hath killed any person, and whosoever hath touched any slain, purify both yourselves and your captives on the third day, and on the seventh day. 31:20 And purify all your raiment, and all that is made of skins, and all work of goats' hair, and all things made of wood.

31:21 And Eleazar the priest said unto the men of war which went to the battle, This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD commanded Moses; 31:22 Only the gold, and the silver, the brass, the iron, the tin, and the lead, 31:23 Every thing that may abide the fire, ye shall make it go through the fire, and it shall be clean: nevertheless it shall be purified with the water of separation: and all that abideth not the fire ye shall make go through the water. 31:24 And ye shall wash your clothes on the seventh day, and ye shall be clean, and afterward ye shall come into the camp." (Numbers 31:19-24 KJV)

According to established rules of conflict, ancient and modern, "the spoils of war" were divided by the victors.

"31:25 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 31:26 Take the sum of the prey that was taken, both of man and of beast, thou, and Eleazar the priest, and the chief fathers of the congregation: 31:27 And divide the prey into two parts; between them that took the war upon them, who went out to battle, and between all the congregation: 31:28 And levy a tribute unto the LORD of the men of war which went out to battle: one soul of five hundred, both of the persons, and of the beeves, and of the asses, and of the sheep: 31:29 Take it of their half, and give it unto Eleazar the priest, for an heave offering of the LORD. 31:30 And of the children of Israel's half, thou shalt take one portion of fifty, of the persons, of the beeves, of the asses, and of the flocks, of all manner of beasts, and give them unto the Levites, which keep the charge of the tabernacle of the LORD. 31:31 And Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the LORD commanded Moses.

31:32 And the booty, being the rest of the prey which the men of war had caught, was six hundred thousand and seventy thousand and five thousand sheep, 31:33 And threescore and twelve thousand beeves, 31:34 And threescore and one thousand asses, 31:35 And thirty and two thousand persons in all, of women that had not known man by lying with him. 31:36 And the half, which was the portion of them that went out to war, was in number three hundred thousand and seven and thirty thousand and five hundred sheep: 31:37 And the LORD'S tribute of the sheep was six hundred and threescore and fifteen. 31:38 And the beeves were thirty and six thousand; of which the LORD'S tribute was threescore and twelve. 31:39 And the asses were thirty thousand and five hundred; of which the LORD'S tribute was threescore and one. 31:40 And the persons were sixteen thousand; of which the LORD'S tribute was thirty and two persons.

31:41 And Moses gave the tribute, which was the LORD'S heave offering, unto Eleazar the priest, as the LORD commanded Moses.

31:42 And of the children of Israel's half, which Moses divided from the men that warred, 31:43 (Now the half that pertained unto the congregation was three hundred thousand and thirty thousand and seven thousand and five hundred sheep, 31:44 And thirty and six thousand beeves, 31:45 And thirty thousand asses and five hundred, 31:46 And sixteen thousand persons;) 31:47 Even of the children of Israel's half, Moses took one portion of fifty, both of man and of beast, and gave them unto the Levites, which kept the charge of the tabernacle of the LORD; as the LORD commanded Moses.

31:48 And the officers which were over thousands of the host, the captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds, came near unto Moses: 31:49 And they said unto Moses, Thy servants have taken the sum of the men of war which are under our charge, and there lacketh not one man of us. 31:50 We have therefore brought an oblation for the LORD, what every man hath gotten, of jewels of gold, chains, and bracelets, rings, earrings, and tablets, to make an atonement for our souls before the LORD.

31:51 And Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold of them, even all wrought jewels. 31:52 And all the gold of the offering that they offered up to the LORD, of the captains of thousands, and of the captains of hundreds, was sixteen thousand seven hundred and fifty shekels. 31:53 (For the men of war had taken spoil, every man for himself.) 31:54 And Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold of the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and brought it into the tabernacle of the congregation, for a memorial for the children of Israel before the LORD." (Numbers 31:25-54 KJV)

Fact Finder: Did Moses have a family connection to the Midianites?
See Moses Of Midian and Moses And Zipporah; also A Bible Journey, 68: What Did Jethro Tell Moses To Do?


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This Day In History, March 17

45 BC: Julius Caesar (see The Roman Emperors: Julius Caesar) defeated the Pompeians at the battle of Munda in Spain. The Pompeians, led by two sons of Pompey the Great (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars), lost over 30,000 men.

It was one of a number of battles of Caesar's civil war (that began when he led his troops, from their assigned sector, across the Rubicon River in defiance of the Roman Senate) that turned the Roman Republic into the malignant Roman Empire (see The Roman Republic and The Roman Empire; see also The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus).

Julius Caesar

Idol

180: Marcus Aurelius died, thereby leaving Commodus as the sole emperor of the Roman Empire (see Romans: In The Heart Of The Beast).

455: By means of the support of the Roman Senate (see The Politics Of Rome), Petronius Maximus became emperor of the Western Roman Empire.

Roman Empire

461: The traditional date of the death of St. Patrick, the "patron saint" of Ireland.

624: Led by Muhammad, the Muslims of Medina defeated the Quraysh of Mecca in the Battle of Badr (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

1337: Edward III created the Duchy of Cornwall for his eldest son, Edward, who was later made Prince of Wales.

1805: The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as President, was proclaimed to be the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King.

1808: The Revolt of Aranjuez; it forced the abdication of Charles IV of Spain.

1861: Victor Emmanuel was proclaimed the first king of Italy, uniting most of Italy under the House of Savoy.

1914: At the start of the First World War (1914-1918), Russia increased the number of active duty military personnel from 460,000 to 1,700,000 (see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars and Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).

Russian Troops

1942: Nazis began deporting Jews to the Belsen concentration camp (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1948: The "Brussels Treaty" was signed by Britain, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. They agreed to take whatever action necessary in the event of a renewal of German aggression, and to come to the defence of each other if attacked by any aggressor in Europe i.e. the Soviet Union. It was a shadow of NATO which came a year later.

1957: An airplane crash in Cebu, Philippines killed Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay and 24 others.

1959: The Dalai Lama fled from Tibet to India.

1969: Golda Meir (born Golda Mabovich in Kiev, Ukraine, Russian Empire) became the first female Prime Minister of Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).

Golda Meir

1992: In South Africa, a referendum was held to end apartheid.

1992: A suicide car bomb attack on the Israeli Embassy attack in Buenos Aires, Argentina killed 29 people and injured 242.

2011: During the Libyan civil war, the United Nations Security Council proclaimed United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, authorizing UN military intervention to protect civilians in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (see also Libya In History And Prophecy).


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