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Monday, May 13 2019
A Bible Journey, 185: The Song That Moses Wrote
"Moses spake in the ears of all the congregation of Israel the words of this song ... As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the LORD alone did lead him"
Songs and singing have been known to angels and humans since their respective beginnings. It was more than magnificent sound alone. It was a form of worship, first by angels for the Creation itself, then by humans toward their Creator (see the Fact Finder question below).
Creation Day 1: Let There Be Light
The Holy Scriptures were written without chapters or verse numbers - they were the invention of Europeans, only a relative few centuries ago (chapters and verse numbers were themselves invented centuries apart - "chapters" beginning around the 13th Century and "verses" from about the 16th Century).
"31:30 And Moses spake in the ears of all the congregation of Israel the words of this song, until they were ended." (Deuteronomy 31:30 KJV)
One of the last declarations of Moses before he slept was to proclaim a "song" to Israel that was historic and prophetic, a blessing and a warning.
"32:1 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
The song also served as a ceremony to mark the transfer of responsibility from Moses to Joshua, also called Hoshea: "Moses came and spake all the words of this song in the ears of the people, he, and Hoshea" (see A Bible Journey, 184: Why Joshua Had To Succeed Moses).
"32:44 And Moses came and spake all the words of this song in the ears of the people, he, and Hoshea the son of Nun. 32:45 And Moses made an end of speaking all these words to all Israel: 32:46 And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law. 32:47 For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it." (Deuteronomy 32:44-47 KJV)
"32:48 And the LORD spake unto Moses that selfsame day, saying, 32:49 Get thee up into this mountain Abarim, unto mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, that is over against Jericho; and behold the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel for a possession: 32:50 And die in the mount whither thou goest up, and be gathered unto thy people; as Aaron thy brother died in mount Hor, and was gathered unto his people: 32:51 Because ye trespassed against me among the children of Israel at the waters of Meribah-Kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin; because ye sanctified me not in the midst of the children of Israel. 32:52 Yet thou shalt see the land before thee; but thou shalt not go thither unto the land which I give the children of Israel." (Deuteronomy 32:48-52 KJV)
Fact Finder: When did humans begin to sing? Do angels sing?
This Day In History, May 13
609: Pope Boniface IV dedicated the pagan Pantheon (which means "all gods"; see How Did Rome Change True Time?) in Rome as a church in honour of the "Blessed Virgin and all martyrs" (see What Does The Bible Really Say About Mary? and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1568: Mary, Queen of Scots was defeated by the English at the Battle of Langside in Glasgow.
1607: Captain John Smith and 103 crew in 3 ships landed in what is today Virginia. The patriotic Englishmen named the location "Jamestown" after King James (the same James from which the King James Version of Bible was named) and established what was the first permanent English settlement in the New World wilderness.
1619: Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, statesman and founding father of the Netherlands, was executed by Prince Maurice of Nassau on a charge of subverting religion.
1648: Margaret Jones of Plymouth was found guilty of witchcraft and was sentenced to be hanged (see also What Is Sorcery?).
1779: The War of the Bavarian Succession ended.
1787: Captain Arthur Phillip sailed from Portsmouth, England with eleven ships of convicts (designated as the "First Fleet") to establish a penal colony in Australia.
1846: The U.S. declared war on Mexico, beginning the "Mexican-American War" (a geographically erroneous term; Mexicans, as well as everyone else in the countries located on the continents of North and South America, are as much "Americans" as people in the United States of America - imagine if, for example, the people of Germany proclaimed themselves to be the Europeans).
1861: Pakistan (which was then a part of British India) opened its first railway line, from Karachi to Kotri.
1861: The Great Comet of 1861 was discovered by John Tebbutt of Windsor, New South Wales, Australia (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).
1888: Slavery was abolished in Brazil.
1912: The Royal Flying Corps was established in England, the predecessor of the Royal Air Force.
1913: The first 4-engine aircraft was flown in Russia; it was built by Igor Sikorsky (see also Who Was The First To Fly?).
1917: Near Fatima, Portugal, three shepherd children claimed that Mary, the mother of Jesus, had appeared to them. Since 1930, the alleged incident has come to be known as Our Lady of Fatima (if the children actually did see something, it was a demon, not Mary - who is dead, in her grave, awaiting her resurrection on the day of Christ's return - see What Happens When You Die? and What Does The Bible Really Say About Mary?).
1940: Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and her daughter Juliana fled the Nazis and sought sanctuary in Britain. Later, in June 1941, Princess Juliana took her children to Canada to escape the bombing, and gave birth to a daughter in Ottawa (the Government of Canada extended diplomatic Embassy status to the hospital room for the moment of the birth, so that the Princess was born in Netherlands territory).
1940: In his first speech as Prime Minister of Britain, Winston Churchill told the House of Commons: "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat." He went on to become one of the greatest leaders that Britain has known.
1958: French troops took control of Algiers.
1965: Israel and West Germany established diplomatic relations.
1981: Pope John Paul II was shot 4 times (2 bystanders were also wounded) by Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca in St. Peter's Square.
1993: Ezer Weizmann was sworn in as Israel's seventh President. His uncle, Chaim Weizmann, was the first President at the time of modern-day Israel's founding in 1948 (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1996: Over 400 people were killed and 30,000 injured from a tornado in Bangladesh.
1998: India detonated two nuclear tests at Pokhran, following the three conducted on May 11. The U.S., despite having done the very same sort of tests hundreds of times, imposed economic sanctions on India (see also Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).