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Tuesday, April 9 2019
A Bible Journey, 171: The Three Great Levite Prophets
"I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put My Words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him"
The people known today as "Jews" ("Jew" is merely an abbreviation of the name of the patriarch Judah) are actually of three tribes - Judah, Benjamin and Levi. Those three tribes became the "Jews" after the political division of the United Kingdom of Israel into two separate kingdoms (see Biblical Eras: The Kingdoms Of North and South - Israel and Judah) - the Kingdom of Judah (Judah, Benjamin and Levi; see Biblical Eras: How Did Judah Become Known As Israel?) and the Kingdom of Israel (the other tribes who became the "Lost Ten Tribes of Israel"; see Biblical Eras: The Lost Ten Tribes Of Israel - Why?).
While not all prophets were Levites, three of the greatest prophets of the LORD were Levites - Moses (see A Bible Journey, 52: Moses - From The River To The Desert and A Bible Journey, 54: The Miraculous Signs Of Moses), Aaron (see A Bible Journey, 120: Why Was The House Of Aaron Made Holy? and A Bible Journey, 134: The Miracle Of Aaron's Rod) and John the Baptist (see The Miraculous Birth Of John The Baptist and The John The Baptist Prophecies).
The tribe of Levi (see A Bible Journey, 121: The Three Branches Of Levi) was set apart 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) for their prophetic Christian service to Him (see also A Bible Journey, 89: Aaron's Vestments).
"18:1 The priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel: they shall eat the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and his inheritance. 18:2 Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the LORD is their inheritance, as he hath said unto them.
The obvious purpose of the command against sorcery (see What Is Sorcery?) is made plain as it is written between the section above, about the Levites of the LORD, and the section just below warning against false prophets. Notice carefully where false prophets get their "inspiration," in contrast to those who serve the LORD.
"18:9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 18:11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 18:12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. 18:13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God." (Deuteronomy 18:9-13 KJV)
The ancient world was as infested with false prophets as the world today. Recognizing them is very easy for those who truly look to worship and obey the LORD (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?), rather than look to idolize themselves (see A Bible Journey, 140: The Profit Prophets).
"18:14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do. 18:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; 18:16 According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.
Fact Finder: What association did Levites have to the Birth of the Messiah? Why?
This Day In History
This Day In History, April 9
193: Septimius Seversus was proclaimed Emperor by the Roman army in Illyricum (see also The Roman Border Walls Paradox and The Roman Republic and The Roman Empire and The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus).
537: Byzantine (East Roman Empire) General Belisarius began his Siege of Rome.
1241: Mongol forces fought the Poles and the Germans at the Battle of Liegnitz.
1413: Henry V was crowned King of England.
1440: Christopher of Bavaria was made King of Denmark.
1483: King Edward IV of England died.
1511: St. John's College of Cambridge, England was founded.
1585: Sir Walter Raleigh's expedition to establish the English colony at Roanoke Colony for the King left England. Raleigh named Virginia in honor of the "Virgin Queen," Elizabeth I of England. Carolina was named from the Latin word for Charles (Carolus), after King Charles I of England.
1626: Francis Bacon, British lawyer, courtier, statesman, philosopher and writer died at age 65.
1682: Explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier de La Salle reached the mouth of the Mississippi River and claimed Louisiana after King Louis XIV of France.
1770: English explorer James Cook sighted Botany Bay, Australia.
1747: Simon Fraser, the 12th baron Lovat Jacobite, became the last man in England to be executed by beheading.
1799: Sir Humphrey Davy discovered the anesthetic properties of nitrous oxide, ("laughing gas").
1869: The Hudson Bay Company ceded its territory to Canada.
1917: During the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), the German-held Vimy Ridge (France) was taken by 4 divisions of Canadian troops after one of the fiercest battles of the war.
1921: The Russian-Polish War ended with the signing of the Riga Treaty.
1945: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologian and anti-Nazi was executed in Flossenburg concentration camp. He was arrested in 1943 for his involvement in a plot to assassinate Hitler.
1948: 245 Arab men, women and children were killed by the Irgun (a "Zionist" paramilitary group; see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace) in a village close to Jerusalem called Deir Yassin. The murders resulted in tens of thousands of Arabs fleeing to the Arab-controlled West Bank, and into Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the Egyptian Gaze Strip. In retaliation, the Arabs murdered 77 Jewish doctors and nurses in a convoy on their way to Mount Scopus.
1969: The supersonic Concorde airliner made its maiden flight, from Bristol to Fairford in England.
1991: The date of Microsoft MS-DOS 5.0
1991: Georgia declared independence from the Soviet Union.
1992: President Manuel Noriega of Panama was convicted of CIA-alleged drug charges in a Miami court. Noriega was captured as a prisoner of war when the U.S. invaded Panama to remove the "disobedient" and "too patriotic to Panama" Panamanian patriot (he was actively proclaiming Panama independence from U.S. colonial rule), however, in violation of established International Law and the Geneva Convention rules of war (both of which the U.S. is a supposed signatory), Noriega was thereafter prosecuted by U.S. domestic law and imprisoned in Florida like a common U.S. criminal.
2005: Britain's Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles, his mistress of many years.