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Wednesday, March 27 2019

A Bible Journey, 158: God's Law To The Children

"The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day"

The people of Israel (see also A Bible Journey, 46: The Family At The Heart Of A Nation) were first given The Ten Commandments about three months after the Exodus (see A Bible Journey, 63: The Exodus Lesson), while they were at Mount Sinai in the desert of the Sinai Peninsula (see also Paul's Geography Lesson). That first-giving of The Ten Commandments is recorded in Exodus chapter 20 (see A Bible Journey, 70: The Christian Ten Commandments).


From Mount Sinai, 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) led the Israelites northward to the Promised Land (see A Bible Journey, 127: Due North To The Land Of Promise). On that direct route from Mount Sinai, they could and should have entered from the south, through the Negev Desert (see A Bible Journey, 130: The Journey Of The Scouts).


The adults of the Exodus refused to enter however, so the LORD turned them around and had them wander endlessly in the wilderness of the Sinai for forty years - until the rebel generation had all died off (see A Bible Journey, 131: The Sinai Sentence). It was the children and grandchildren of the adults of the Exodus who entered the Promised Land, from the east, across the Jordan River - forty years after the Exodus. Most of those who entered the Promised Land had never been to Egypt and were never slaves (see Hometowns: Campsites Of The Sinai).

It was there, in that well-watered area (see the photograph below) that Moses wrote the Book of Deuteronomy - and where he delivered the LORD's Ten Commandments for the second time, which was the first time for the children and grandchildren who were either children, or not even born, when the Ten Commandments were given the first time, at Mount Sinai.

The Jabbok River

That is the reason that The Ten Commandments are stated twice in the Holy Scriptures - Exodus 20 occurred about 3 months after the Exodus, while Deuteronomy 5 occurred about 40 years later, just before the death of Moses (see A Bible Journey, 157: Moses' View From The Cleft).

Notice also the stark statement that the Covenant that the LORD made was revoked for those who broke it, but restored forty years later for those who would fulfill it i.e. "The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day."

"5:1 And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them,

Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them. 5:2 The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. 5:3 The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day. 5:4 The LORD talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire, 5:5 (I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to shew you the word of the LORD: for ye were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into the mount;) saying,

5:6 I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 5:7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me.

5:8 Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: 5:9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, 5:10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.

5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. 5:12 Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee.

5:13 Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: 5:14 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou. 5:15 And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.

5:16 Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

5:17 Thou shalt not kill.

5:18 Neither shalt thou commit adultery.

5:19 Neither shalt thou steal.

5:20 Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour.

5:21 Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour's." (Deuteronomy 5:1-21 KJV)

Although Moses spoke in the present tense, it was delivered as a history lesson to those who were either young children or not yet even born when at Mount Mount Sinai.

"5:22 These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more.

And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.

5:23 And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, (for the mountain did burn with fire,) that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;

5:24 And ye said, Behold, the LORD our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth. 5:25 Now therefore why should we die? for this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any more, then we shall die. 5:26 For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived? 5:27 Go thou near, and hear all that the LORD our God shall say: and speak thou unto us all that the LORD our God shall speak unto thee; and we will hear it, and do it.

5:28 And the LORD heard the voice of your words, when ye spake unto me; and the LORD said unto me, I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken unto thee: they have well said all that they have spoken. 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

5:30 Go say to them, Get you into your tents again.

5:31 But as for thee, stand thou here by me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which thou shalt teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it.

5:32 Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.

5:33 Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess." (Deuteronomy 5:22-33 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why was a second set of Ten Commandments made while the Israelites were still at Mount Sinai?
See A Bible Journey, 84: What Did Moses Do To The Ten Commandments?


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This Day In History

This Day In History, March 27

196 BC: Ptolemy V became king of Egypt (see The Greek Empire: Alexander's Horns To The Four Winds and The Greek Empire: Cleopatra and The Ptolemies Of Egypt).



1512: Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon arrived at what is today called "Florida."


1536: Swiss Protestants in Strassbourg and Constance signed the First Helvetic Confession.

1613: The first English child born in Canada - at Cuper's Cove, Newfoundland.

1625: King James I, the first king to rule both England and Scotland, died. The King James Bible was named after him. He was succeeded by Charles I (to understand the origin of the family title "king," see A Bible Journey, 122: The Salvation Training Manual and Why Is God A King, Not A President?; see also The Origin Of Politics and Republics).

King James

1802: The Treaty of Amiens was signed in France by Britain, France, Spain and the Batavian Republic, achieving a complete peace in Europe for 14 months during the Napoleonic Wars.

1854: The United Kingdom declared war on Russia, beginning the Crimean War.

1886: In an attempt to stop the genocide of the native-American people, the Apache warrior Geronimo surrendered to the U.S. Army during the "Indian Wars" (see also The First Chinese American War).

When the first settlers came to North America, they referred to the native people as "the Americans." It was only over a century later that they began using the term for themselves - while referring to the native Americans as "Indians" (an erroneous term originated by early explorers who mistakenly thought that they had landed in India).


1910: Archaeological digging near the Temple Mount by Captain Montague Parker (he was searching for items from the Second Temple; see also The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today) set off turmoil from both Muslims and Jews (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism).

Many Jews and Christians believe that despite the destruction of The Temple, the Ark Of The Covenant is safely hidden in a secret tunnel somewhere under the Temple Mount (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Temple Of The LORD). In 1995, another archaeologist noted how the massive stones from the Herodian Temple had been hurled down and smashed onto the street far below, exactly as Jesus Christ said would happen (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?).

1915: Mary Mallon, commonly known as "Typhoid Mary," the first healthy carrier of disease ever identified in the U.S., was forced into quarantine where she remained for the rest of her life.

1923: Scottish chemist and physicist Sir James Dewar, who invented the thermos flask and cordite (a smokeless gunpowder), died.

1945: Nazi Germany launched its last V2 rocket, from the Hague in the Netherlands, crashing in Orpington, southeast of London.

A key developer of Hitler's rockets was the Nazi scientist Wernher von Braun. Immediately after the war ended in 1945, rocket-specialist von Braun was hustled out of Germany, where he may have faced a war crimes trial along with the others, and declared to a "reformed Nazi" - although many at NASA, where von Braun worked on U.S. rockets, preferred the term "the NASA Nazi" for him - as did Jews who survived the Holocaust.


Wernher von Braun

1958: Nikita Khrushchev became the leader of the Soviet Union.

1964: The most powerful earthquake on record for North America occurred at Anchorage, Alaska. It measured 8.3 on the Richter Scale.

1968: Yuri Gagarin, 34, Soviet cosmonaut, the first human in space, was killed in a training flight.

The U.S. often sought to overshadow important dates of Russia's pioneer space accomplishments by choosing specific "cover up" dates whenever possible - there are too many for it to have been mere coincidence. Examples: the first U.S. space shuttle launch was deliberately chosen to be on the same date as Russia's putting Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, 20 years earlier and Sally Ride was made the first U.S. woman in space on June 18, 1983 - exactly 20 years to the day after the Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space on June 16-19 1963.

"3:27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it." (Proverbs 3:27 KJV)


1977: The worst aviation accident in history killed 582 people in the Canary Islands when two 747 airliners collided on the runway.

1980: Mount St. Helens in Washington state became active after 123 years of inactivity.

1996: Yigal Amir received a life sentence for assassinating Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in November 1995 (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).




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