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Saturday, April 27 2019
A Bible Journey, 182: The Jordan River Covenant
"These are the words of the Covenant, which the LORD commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, beside the Covenant which He made with them in Horeb"
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) made a Covenant with the Israelites at Mount Sinai (also known as "Horeb"; see The LORD's Sermon From Mount Sinai and A Bible Journey, 69: The Camp At Mount Sinai). It was given to them as the prophetic basis of their nation.
When the adults of the Exodus generation refused to enter the Promised Land, only a few months later (see A Bible Journey, 154: How The Rebellion Changed History and A Bible Journey, 155: Their Journey Back To Egypt Today), they voided the Promise to themselves - not to their children, and not to those to whom the Covenant was originally made long before "Israel" existed (see the Fact Finder question below).
"29:1 These are the words of the covenant, which the LORD commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, beside the covenant which he made with them in Horeb.
The blessings, for obedience, and the curses, for disobedience, were the same as they had always been. The Israelites were free to choose life, or free to choose death - just as everyone can do today (see Who Can Be Saved? and Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
"29:9 Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do. [see also Deuteronomy 8: Live Long and Prosper] 29:10 Ye stand this day all of you before the LORD your God; your captains of your tribes, your elders, and your officers, with all the men of Israel, 29:11 Your little ones, your wives, and thy stranger that is in thy camp, from the hewer of thy wood unto the drawer of thy water: 29:12 That thou shouldest enter into covenant with the LORD thy God, and into his oath, which the LORD thy God maketh with thee this day: 29:13 That he may establish thee to day for a people unto himself, and that he may be unto thee a God, as he hath said unto thee, and as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. 29:14 Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath; 29:15 But with him that standeth here with us this day before the LORD our God, and also with him that is not here with us this day:
Fact Finder: What was the purpose of the LORD's Covenant with "Israel"? Who and what are "Israel"? When and with whom was that Messianic Covenant promise made - long before "Israel" even existed?
This Day In History, April 27
33 BC: Lucius Marcius Philippus, step-brother to the future emperor Augustus (see The Roman Emperors: Augustus), celebrated a triumph for his victories while serving as governor in one of the provinces of Hispania (the Roman name for the Iberian Peninsula i.e. Spain and Portugal).
629: Shahrbaraz was crowned the king of the Sasanian Empire - the last Persian (Persia is known today as Iran) empire before the invention and rise of Islam.
1296: English forces under Edward I battled a Scottish army under the Earl of Athol at the Battle of Dunbar.
1509: Pope Julius II excommunicated the Italian state of Venice.
1521: Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed at age 41 by natives in the Philippines while on his pioneering round-the-world voyage.
1565: The first Spanish settlement in the Philippines was established.
1773: The English Parliament passed the Tea Act. Its purpose was to save the British East India Company by granting it a monopoly on the North American tea trade (see also For All The Tea In China).
1810: Ludwig van Beethoven composed Fur Elise.
1813: During the War of 1812 (1812-1814), U.S. invasion forces pillaged the capital of Upper Canada during the Battle of York (present day Toronto, Ontario). The malicious U.S. looting and burning of the Parliament Building in Toronto was later repaid by the Royal Marines retribution burning of the White House in Washington, forcing U.S. President James Madison and his regime to flee the city. James Madison started the war with the publicly-stated intention to conquer Canada and subject its people to imperial rule from Washington (ironically, the U.S. very quickly adopted the imperialistic behavior that it claimed to have been founded against).
1865: The Sultanana, a steam-powered riverboat, caught fire and burned after one of its boilers exploded. At least 1,238 of the 2,031 passengers, mostly former Union POWs, were killed.
1840: The foundation stone for new Palace of Westminster in London was laid.
1909: A group known as the "Young Turks" deposed Sultan Abdul Hamid 3 days after a liberation army had taken Constantinople.
1937: The first major aerial bombing of a civilian population took place when German warplanes, supporting General Francisco Franco's fascist forces during the Spanish Civil War, attacked the Basque town of Guernica in northern Spain, killing 1,000 of its 7,000 people (see also Who Was The First To Fly?).
1940: Nazi Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler gave the order to establish a concentration camp at an abandoned army barracks at Oswiecim, Poland. It became the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.
1941: During the Second World War (1939-1945; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), German troops raised the Swastika over the Acropolis in Athens.
1969: French voters, in a referendum on the proposed issues of regional devolution and reform of the upper house of the French Parliament, voted against Charles de Gaulle's further plans for the country; de Gaulle promptly resigned and the de Gaulle era ended.
1974: Over ten thousand protesters marched in Washington, D.C. demanding the impeachment of U.S. President Richard Nixon (see also The Impeachment Of The President).
1975: During the Vietnam civil war, Saigon was encircled by North Vietnamese troops (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).
1978: Afghanistan's armed forces seized power, establishing a government based on Islamic principles. President Daoud was killed and new President Nur Mohammed Taraki proclaimed the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. Invasions by the USSR in 1979 and the USA in 2001 followed.
1987: The U.S. barred Austrian Chancellor Kurt Waldheim diplomatic entry into the U.S. because of his alleged Nazi involvement during the Second World War.
1989: Protesting students took over Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. The protests were later crushed (literally) by Chinese tanks and troops.
2005: The European superjumbo double-deck airliner Airbus A380 made its first flight, in France. It is the world's largest capacity (up to 853 passengers) airliner.