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Wednesday, February X 2019
A Bible Journey, 151: When Ye Come Into The Land Of Canaan
"When ye come into the land of Canaan; this is the land that shall fall unto you for an inheritance, even the land of Canaan with the coasts thereof"
When the people of Israel crossed the Jordan River into their homeland west of the Jordan River (see A Bible Journey, 149: The Eastside Israelites and the map below), which was "the land of Canaan" because the Canaanites occupied it (see the Fact Finder below), they knew exactly where the boundaries were to be established.
Those LORD-commanded borders were also a statement of sovereignty for the neighboring nations (see The Boundary Law). Sovereign borders should apply to both sides (unlike most empires throughout history where one nation declared its borders to be "sacred" while wantonly violating the borders of many other nations; see also The Roman Border Walls Paradox).
"34:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
The north, south, east and west federal boundaries were 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) before the tribal borders within them.
"34:3 Then your south quarter shall be from the wilderness of Zin along by the coast of Edom, and your south border shall be the outmost coast of the salt sea eastward: 34:4 And your border shall turn from the south to the ascent of Akrabbim, and pass on to Zin: and the going forth thereof shall be from the south to Kadeshbarnea, and shall go on to Hazaraddar, and pass on to Azmon: 34:5 And the border shall fetch a compass from Azmon unto the river of Egypt, and the goings out of it shall be at the sea.
The tribal boundaries (in effect the provinces within the United Kingdom of Israel) would be established thereafter in the same precise manner.
"34:13 And Moses commanded the children of Israel, saying, This is the land which ye shall inherit by lot, which the LORD commanded to give unto the nine tribes, and to the half tribe: 34:14 For the tribe of the children of Reuben according to the house of their fathers, and the tribe of the children of Gad according to the house of their fathers, have received their inheritance; and half the tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance: 34:15 The two tribes and the half tribe have received their inheritance on this side Jordan near Jericho eastward, toward the sunrising.
Fact Finder: (a) Who was the man known as Canaan? (b) How was the "land of Canaan" known to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - before any Israelites existed? (c) What does the Holy Bible actually say about Canaanites?
This Day In History, March 20
141: The 6th recorded perihelion (the point in the orbit of a comet or planet when it is closest to the sun; from the Greek word meaning near the sun) passage of what was later named Halley's Comet (named after English astronomer Edmond Halley, 1656-1742) (see also The Christian Universe and The Maker Of Mystic Mountain).
235: Maximinus Thrax was proclaimed Emperor of Rome. He was the first foreigner (he was born in the Balkans of northern Greece) to hold the Roman throne, and the first Roman Emperor to have never been in Rome (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1413: King Henry IV of England died. He was succeeded by Henry V.
1568: Albert (German, Albrecht) died at age 78. The Protestant German ruler was known chiefly for ending the Teutonic knights government of East Prussia (as advised by Martin Luther) and founding a hereditary dukedom in its place. For that, he was placed under the ban of the empire by Emperor Charles V (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1602: The Dutch East India Company was established. It became one of the world's most powerful companies over its 96-year history.
1616: Sir Walter Raleigh was freed from the Tower of London after 13 years of imprisonment for plotting-for-profit (a 160,000 pound bribe from the government of Spain) a "regime change" against King James I (after whom the King James Version of the Bible is named). After further subversive activity, Raleigh was executed in 1618.
1727: Sir Isaac Newton died at age 84. The English mathematician and physicist was best-known for developing calculus and for his studies of the Creator's laws of physics that governed motion.
1792: The French Legislative Assembly approved the use of the guillotine for executions.
1815: Napoleon Bonaparte entered Paris after his return from Elba, beginning his "Hundred Days" reign before his defeat at Waterloo in Belgium.
1852: Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, was first published in book form.
1916: In Switzerland, German-born Albert Einstein published his now-famous general theory of relativity.
1918: During the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), the U.S. took over Dutch merchant vessels lying in U.S. waters (the U.S. did not enter the war itself until 1917, more than half-way through the war).
1922: The converted navy coal carrier USS Jupiter was re-commissioned as the USS Langley to become the first U.S. aircraft carrier. Japan launched the first purposely-built aircraft carrier, the Hosyo, that same year. During the Second World War (1939-1945), the U.S. and Japan lost numerous aircraft carriers in battle. Japan lost over 20 aircraft carriers (including those that were involved in the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941), while the U.S. lost over 12 (including the Hornet, Langley, Lexington, Princeton, Wasp and Yorktown).
1948: The Soviet Union, in response to the signing of the "Brussels Treaty" 3 days earlier, withdrew from the Allied Control Council, ending all formal four-power control of Germany (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1956: Tunisia became independent from France.
1965: President Lyndon Johnson ordered 4,000 troops in to protect the Selma-Montgomery civil rights marchers.
1974: An attempt was made to kidnap Britain's Princess Anne in The Mall, London.
1985: Canadian paraplegic athlete and humanitarian Rick Hansen began his circumnavigation of the Earth in a wheelchair for spinal cord injury medical research.
1990: Former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos's widow, Imelda Marcos, went on trial for bribery, embezzlement, and racketeering.
1996: The British government announced that mad cow disease could probably be transmitted to humans.
2003: The U.S. began the bombing and invasion of Iraq with the stated purpose of seizing Iraq's "weapons of mass destruction." After a million people of Iraq were killed or maimed, no such weapons were ever found to actually exist.