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Sunday, April 21 2019

A Bible Journey, 176: When The LORD Walks In The Camp

"For the LORD thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee"

The English-language word "squalor" originated from a Latin word, squalidus, that meant foul, or filthy. A state of squalor can happen in two ways.

The first is the result of severe poverty that people can experience through no fault of their own. If they are unable to work because there is no work, then they may be forced to live in places that are severely run down and not cleanly maintained (although the two do not necessarily go together e.g. someone might be forced in wear worn-out clothes, but they can still be washed clean). War also forces millions of people to survive in squalor. As such, otherwise righteous people could find themselves innocently living in squalor despite their making every possible effort to obey the first part of the Fourth Commandment (see the Fact Finder question below).

Squalor can also happen however by neglect of sanitation - not doing cleaning and maintenance when it is possible to do so. It can also happen as an intentional filthy attitude of deliberately making a mess and blissfully living in it - the proverbial "pig pen."

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) gave humanity His Laws to live by - not meaning merely to behave by, but to live by, as a strong, healthy civilization.

The Law of the LORD provided health rules that medical science did not "discover" and accept until thousands of years later (see A Bible Journey, 101: Why Shouldn't Unclean Food Be Eaten? and A Bible Journey, 103: The Cleanliness Of Godliness).

The Camp

"23:9 When the host goeth forth against thine enemies, then keep thee from every wicked thing. 23:10 If there be among you any man, that is not clean by reason of uncleanness that chanceth him by night, then shall he go abroad out of the camp, he shall not come within the camp: 23:11 But it shall be, when evening cometh on, he shall wash himself with water: and when the sun is down, he shall come into the camp again.

23:12 Thou shalt have a place also without the camp, whither thou shalt go forth abroad: 23:13 And thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon; and it shall be, when thou wilt ease thyself abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee: 23:14 For the LORD thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee." (Deuteronomy 23:9-14 KJV)

The Law of the LORD is about responsibility of behavior that sooner or later, one way or another, affects everyone else (see A Bible Journey, 175: Works Of The Flesh).

"23:15 Thou shalt not deliver unto his master the servant which is escaped from his master unto thee: 23:16 He shall dwell with thee, even among you, in that place which he shall choose in one of thy gates, where it liketh him best: thou shalt not oppress him.

23:17 There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel. 23:18 Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

23:19 Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury: 23:20 Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury; but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand to in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

23:21 When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee. 23:22 But if thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in thee. 23:23 That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform; even a freewill offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the LORD thy God, which thou hast promised with thy mouth.

23:24 When thou comest into thy neighbour's vineyard, then thou mayest eat grapes thy fill at thine own pleasure; but thou shalt not put any in thy vessel. 23:25 When thou comest into the standing corn of thy neighbour, then thou mayest pluck the ears with thine hand; but thou shalt not move a sickle unto thy neighbour's standing corn." (Deuteronomy 23:15-25 KJV)

Fact Finder: How can people obey the LORD's Command to observe the Sabbath Day, but still be in violation of the Fourth Commandment?
See The Fourth Commandment Is About Every Day


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This Day In History

This Day In History, April 21

753 BC: According to the historian Varro, Romulus and Remus founded the city of Rome on this date. While the legend says that they were raised by a "female wolf," the term at the time was also used for a human harlot (see The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus; see also The Roman Republic and The Roman Empire).

Romulus and Remus

Roman People

43 BC: Marcus Antonius was defeated by Octavian (the sculpture below is that of Octavian as he actually appeared) near Modena, Italy. Octavian later became the first Roman Emperor with the name Caesar Augustus - who is recorded in the Holy Bible for declaring the census that resulted in the Messiah being born in Bethlehem (see The Roman Emperors: Augustus and A Biography Of Jesus Christ: How Long In Bethlehem?).


No Room At The Inn

1075: Alexander II, (Anselm of Lucca), pope 1061-1073, died. Although elected pope, the German court (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) nominated another man and Alexander was not recognized by the empire until 1064 (see Emperors and Popes).

1509: King Henry VII of England died. His accession to the throne in 1485 ended the Wars of the Roses between the houses of Lancaster and York.

1526: Mongol Emperor Babur annihilated the Indian army of Ibrahim Lodi.

1689: William III and Mary II were crowned joint king and queen of England, Scotland and Ireland.

1782: The city of Rattanakosin, now known as Bangkok, was founded on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke.

1809: Napoleon's army fought the Austrians at the Battle of Landshut in Germany (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).

1828: Noah Webster published the first U.S. dictionary. Popular myth and propaganda notwithstanding, the actual first English-language dictionary was published in England around 1600, over 200 years before Webster.

1836: Rebel forces under Sam Houston defeated the Mexican army under Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto, which led to the Texas secession from Mexico. A vast amount of territory was seized by the U.S. from Mexico during the wars of the 1800s (see also The Mexican Border Wall).

1898: Two months after the sinking of the battleship Maine, the U.S. began a naval blockade of Cuba. It almost immediately captured a Spanish merchant vessel, the Buenaventura. The beginning of the Spanish-US War.

1914: The Ypiranga incident. A German arms shipment to Mexico was intercepted by the U.S. Navy near Veracruz.

1918: Manfred von Richthofen, Germany's top fighter ace in the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars, was killed in action at age 26. Known as the "Red Baron," he shot down 80 (79 British, 1 Belgian) enemy aircraft. The Red Baron was shot down by a Canadian fighter pilot, Captain Roy Brown, over northern France.

Brown and the Red Baron
1926: Queen Elizabeth II was born in London.

1934: The so-called "Surgeon's Photograph," one of the most famous supposed photographs of the Loch Ness Monster, was published in the Daily Mail. In 1999, the picture was revealed to be a hoax - a toy submarine outfitted with a sea-serpent head.

1965: Sir Edward Appleton died at age 73. The British physicist was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1947 for his discovery of the Appleton Layer (which the scientific community named after him) of the ionosphere, which is a dependable reflector of radio waves.

1989: Tens of thousands of students and workers poured into Peking's Tiananmen Square in defiance of official warnings against anti-government protests.

1992: The first discoveries of extrasolar planets were announced by astronomers Alexander Wolszczan and Dale Frail (see also Creation Day 2: The Heaven Above, The Waters Below and Creation Day 4: The CalendarCreation Day 7: The Week And The Christian Sabbath).

1997: The cremated ashes of LSD user-loser Timothy Leary (who, hypocritically, was a psychologist who witnessed the horrendous damage that LSD did to people's minds; see also Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly?) and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry were launched into space in the world's first "space funeral."




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