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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Egypt Today), they voided the Promise to themselves - not to their children, and not to those to whom the Covenant was originally made long before "Israel" existed (see the Fact Finder question below).

Israel From Space
It was forty years later that the LORD renewed the Covenant with "Israel" of then - the children and grandchildren of the Exodus generation (see Hometowns: Campsites Of The Sinai and A Bible Journey, 158: God's Law To The Children and A Bible Journey, 159: Who Knows The Way To The Land Of Milk And Honey?), when they arrived in Moab, on the eastern side of the Jordan River (see A Bible Journey, 149: The Eastside Israelites).

"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.

29:2 And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them,

Ye have seen all that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and unto all his servants, and unto all his land; 29:3 The great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those great miracles: 29:4 Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day. 29:5 And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot. 29:6 Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink: that ye might know that I am the LORD your God.

29:7 And when ye came unto this place, Sihon the king of Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, came out against us unto battle, and we smote them: 29:8 And we took their land, and gave it for an inheritance unto the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to the half tribe of Manasseh." (Deuteronomy 29:1-8 KJV)

The Jabbok River

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:

29:16 (For ye know how we have dwelt in the land of Egypt; and how we came through the nations which ye passed by; 29:17 And ye have seen their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them:) 29:18 Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood;

29:19 And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst: 29:20 The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven. 29:21 And the LORD shall separate him unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this book of the law:

29:22 So that the generation to come of your children that shall rise up after you, and the stranger that shall come from a far land, shall say, when they see the plagues of that land, and the sicknesses which the LORD hath laid upon it; 29:23 And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the LORD overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath: 29:24 Even all nations shall say, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus unto this land? what meaneth the heat of this great anger?

29:25 Then men shall say, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them forth out of the land of Egypt: 29:26 For they went and served other gods, and worshipped them, gods whom they knew not, and whom he had not given unto them: 29:27 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against this land, to bring upon it all the curses that are written in this book: 29:28 And the LORD rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.

29:29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law." (Deuteronomy 29:9-29 KJV)

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?
See The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq


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This Day In History

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.

1950: Britain officially recognized the state of Israel (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

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.
Many other Nazis were welcomed into the U.S. immediately after the war however, including Wernher von Braun who was the head of Adolf Hitler's liquid-fuel rocket program that was used to bomb Britain (in which thousands of British civilians were killed). Wernher von Braun, who later admitted that he had been more than just a scientist (he was a member of both Hitler's political Nazi party and Hitler's war-criminal SS, the "schutzstaffel") worked on the development of NASA rockets (despite the opposition of those who knew the truth about "the NASA Nazi," including many Jews and Jewish holocaust survivors) and U.S. nuclear missiles.


Wernher von Braun

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.

Airbus A380




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