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Saturday, March 30 2019
A Bible Journey, 161: The Prosperity Of The Land Of Promise
"Therefore thou shalt keep the Commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in His ways, and to fear Him. For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills; A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey; A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it"
The English-language word "prosper" originated from a compound Latin word, pro, meaning for, or toward, and spes, that means hope. "Prosper" literally means toward hope.
The English-language word "promise" originated from a compound Latin word, the same pro, meaning for, or toward, and mittere, which means to send (the words "mission" and "missionary" originated from that word). "Promise" literally means to send something or someone toward something or someone.
The Biblical Hebrew words that are translated as "prosper" and "promise" have identical meanings - and for good reason. They literally define what "promised" land and the reason and purpose of the "prosperity" that will be found there by those to whom the promise is made valid (see the Fact Finder question below to understand what "grace" actually means in the Word of God.
The Eternal Law of 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) turns losers into winners - or, for those such as Satan who fell away into misery and destruction, turns winners into losers.
The Book of Deuteronomy records a stark lesson for those who entered the Promised Land (see A Bible Journey, 158: God's Law To The Children). They had spent their lives up to that time watching their rebel parents and grandparents die off in the wilderness of the Sinai (see A Bible Journey, 155: Their Journey Back To Egypt Today) because they refused to enter the Promised Land when the LORD delivered them right to the very threshold of it (see A Bible Journey, 154: How The Rebellion Changed History).
"8:1 All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers. 8:2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. 8:3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. 8:4 Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years. 8:5 Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee." (Deuteronomy 8:1-5 KJV)
The generation that entered the Promised Land was of a very different character than the one that left Egypt in the Exodus. The only life that they knew (either as adults, or at all, having been born in the Sinai) was that in the Sinai, after the Exodus (see Hometowns: Campsites Of The Sinai). That reality was not however any excuse or justification for what their parents and grandparents refused to do for themselves - and their children, who later made it on their own.
"8:6 Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him. 8:7 For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills; 8:8 A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey; 8:9 A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass." (Deuteronomy 8:6-9
The later generation was nevertheless given the same commands and warnings as their elders had received. The rest was up to them.
"8:10 When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee. 8:11 Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: 8:12 Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; 8:13 And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; 8:14 Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; 8:15 Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; 8:16 Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end; 8:17 And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. 8:18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
Fact Finder: What does "grace" mean? To whom is it given? Why?
This Day In History, March 30
598: During their campaign in the Balkans, the Avars (an alliance of tribes of Eurasian nomads of unknown origin) lifted their siege at Tomis, a Byzantine (i.e. East Roman Empire) stronghold.
1282: The Sicilians rebelled against King Charles I of Sicily.
1296: Edward I sacked Berwick-upon-Tweed during the war between Scotland and England.
1406: James I of Scotland was captured and imprisoned by Henry IV of England.
1492: King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella signed a decree to expel all Jews from Spain - with one possible exception. Some historians believe that Christopher Columbus was of Jewish ancestry (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).
Although most well-known for their employment of Columbus (who actually "discovered" only the inhabited islands of the Caribbean - Columbus never set foot in what today calls itself "America"; for a map of the actual voyages of Columbus, see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy), King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella were also the originators of the infamous Spanish Inquisition that imprisoned, tortured (present-day "water boarding" and suspending prisoners of war from their arms tied behind them to cause excruciating pain were invented during the Spanish Inquisition) and executed thousand of people who had set themselves free of the Church of Rome's antichrist doctrines.
1533: King Henry VIII of England divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon (Catherine was the Spanish-born daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain - the Spanish monarchs for whom Christopher Columbus was an explorer). It was Henry's divorces that led to Britain's eventual break with the Roman Catholic Church.
1806: Joseph Bonaparte (brother of Napoleon Bonaparte) was proclaimed king of Naples.
1814: Sixth Coalition forces entered Paris during the Napoleonic Wars.
1856: The Treaty of Paris was signed to end the Crimean War.
1863: William, Prince of Denmark, was recognized as king of Greece and took the title George I.
1867: A treaty for the purchase of Russian America (known to the natives as "Alaska" - see also The First Chinese American War) from Russia for $7.2 million, approximately two cents an acre, was submitted to the U.S. Senate.
1870: Texas was re-admitted to the Union with the Reconstruction after the U.S. Civil War. Texas first rebelled against Mexico to join the U.S. (which had rebelled against England - the creators of their colonies), then rebelled against the United States to join the Confederate States.
1917: The Russian provisional government accepted the idea of an independent Poland.
1936: Britain announced a naval construction program of 38 new warships, the largest construction program in 15 years.
1939: The German Heinkel He 100 fighter set a world airspeed record of 745 kilometers per hour (463 mph).
1941: The German Afrika Korps under General Erwin Rommel began its first offensive against British forces in Libya.
1972: During the Vietnam civil war ("north" and "south" Vietnam were a creation of French colonial forces in the 1950s), 120,000 North Vietnamese troops and thousands of Vietcong guerrillas launched a massive 3-wave invasion deep into South Vietnam.
1973: The U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam civil war came to a formal end when the last U.S. prisoner was released and the last soldier left.
1981: U.S. President Ronald Reagan, press secretary James Brady, and secret service agent Timothy McCarthy were shot by John Hinckley in Washington. Despite being shot by John Hinckley, Ronald Reagan broke the "year zero curse" when he became the first U.S. President since 1840, who won a Presidential election in a year ending in a zero, to leave office alive: