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Saturday, March 23 2019
A Bible Journey, 154: How The Rebellion Changed History
"Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it ... Notwithstanding ye would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God ... Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers"
The "children" of Israel (see A Bible Journey, 46: The Family At The Heart Of A Nation) could have entered the Promised Land of their forefather Abraham (see Abraham's Exodus) in only about fourteen months after the Exodus, but they refused to enter due to a spirit of rebellion and cowardice (see A Bible Journey, 133: The Spirit Of Rebellion).
For that defiant refusal, 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) declared a death sentence of forty years of aimless wandering in the wilderness of the Sinai Peninsula - always traveling, but never getting anywhere that mattered.
If the Israelites had entered their homeland when the LORD first gave them the opportunity to do so, consider the profound difference that it would have made to the subsequent events of Bible history.
The account of the Book of Deuteronomy begins near the end of Moses' life, near the end of the forty years wandering, "in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spake unto the children of Israel."
"1:1 These be the words which Moses spake unto all Israel on this side Jordan in the wilderness, in the plain over against the Red sea, between Paran, and Tophel, and Laban, and Hazeroth, and Dizahab. 1:2 (There are eleven days' journey from Horeb by the way of mount Seir unto Kadeshbarnea.)
The Book of Deuteronomy is a reiteration of the Law that the LORD gave to Moses to deliver to the people of Israel. It was a repetition for Moses, but a first time hearing, as responsible adults, for the Israelites who were about to cross into the Promised Land.
"1:9 And I spake unto you at that time, saying, I am not able to bear you myself alone: 1:10 The LORD your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude. 1:11 (The LORD God of your fathers make you a thousand times so many more as ye are, and bless you, as he hath promised you!) 1:12 How can I myself alone bear your cumbrance, and your burden, and your strife? 1:13 Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you.
Moses delivered the history lesson of the Book of Deuteronomy - focusing on the rebellious event that caused the wilderness wandering.
"1:19 And when we departed from Horeb, we went through all that great and terrible wilderness, which ye saw by the way of the mountain of the Amorites, as the LORD our God commanded us; and we came to Kadeshbarnea. 1:20 And I said unto you, Ye are come unto the mountain of the Amorites, which the LORD our God doth give unto us. 1:21 Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.
Moses spoke to them in the present tense, although the people that he was actually speaking to were all dead. It was a stark emphasis to the children and grandchildren that they were then in the same "place" as their parents and grandparents were when they chose to rebel and fail. The difference is that those of that later generation did not fail.
"1:26 Notwithstanding ye would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God: 1:27 And ye murmured in your tents, and said, Because the LORD hated us, he hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us. 1:28 Whither shall we go up? our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there.
Fact Finder: Why were there also two copies of the Ten Commandments made?
This Day In History, March 23
1400: The Tran Dynasty of Vietnam was deposed after 175 years of rule. The ancient one-people, single-nation of Vietnam has a recorded history that extends to the third century BC. It was only from the middle of the 20th century that foreigners divided Vietnam into their colonies of north and south.
1534: Pope Clement declared that the marriage of King Henry VIII of England and Catherine of Aragon (the Spanish-born daughter of the Roman Catholic monarchs King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain - the employers of Christopher Columbus and the founders of the Spanish Inquisition, including the torture of non-Catholics with "waterboarding"; see the location of Aragon in the map below) was still in effect. The marriage was ended in Britain the year before, and Henry had then married Anne Boleyn. To accommodate his repeated marriages and divorces, Henry eventually created the Church of England with himself as the head.
1540: The Waltham Abbey was surrendered to King Henry VIII of England. It was the last Church of Rome religious community to be shut during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
1568: The Peace of Longjumeau was signed, ending the second phase of the French Wars of Religion.
1657: France and England formed an alliance against Spain.
1801: Russian Czar Paul I was assassinated.
1808: Napoleon Bonaparte's brother Joseph took the throne of Spain.
1821: The Battle and fall of the city of Kalamata during the Greek War of Independence.
1849: After the Austrians had been victorious at Novara, Charles Albert of Sardinia abdicated in favor of Victor Emmanuel II.
1877: John Doyle Lee, a Mormon fanatic, was executed by firing squad for masterminding the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre in which 127 Arkansas Methodists bound for California were killed by Mormon settlers and Paiute Indians.
1879: The Battle of Topater, the first battle of the War of the Pacific between Chile and the allied forces of Bolivia and Peru.
1918: During the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), the immense German artillery gun, "Big Bertha," shelled Paris from a distance of 120 kilometers / 75 miles.
1919: Italian Conservative dictator Benito Mussolini founded his Fascist Party (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).
1925: Tennessee banned the teaching of evolution in public schools in the state. Teacher John Scopes ignored the ban and was later tried in what became known as "The Scopes Monkey Trial" (see Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists).
1933: The German Reichstag (Parliament) passed an "enabling law" that gave Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party the sweeping dictatorial powers (e.g. to make murder "legal" for Hitler to commit) they had been seeking (see The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion; also Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).
1956: Pakistan became the first official Islamic republic in the world.
1966: Archbishop of Canterbury Arthur Michael Ramsey met Pope Paul VI at the Vatican in Rome - the first meeting between the heads of the two churches in 400 years.
1983: Dr. Barney Clark, a retired dentist, died 112 days after being the first human to receive a mechanical heart.
2001: The Russian space station Mir was brought down out of orbit after 15 years. It burned up in re-entry and crashed into the Pacific Ocean. When it was launched in 1986, Mir was the world's first space station, later copied the U.S. Skylab (in orbit 1973 to 1979) and the International Space Station, a joint effort by Russia, the European Space Agency and NASA (in orbit 1998 to the present).