Tuesday, May 14 2019
A Bible Journey, 186: Moses' Prophetic Blessing To The Children Of Israel
"This is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death"
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 Moses the opportunity to bid his farewell to the "children" of Israel (see the Fact Finder question below) with a song (see A Bible Journey, 185: The Song That Moses Wrote) and a prophetic blessing.
The "children" of the family had five mothers.
The Mothers Of The Patriarchs: Leah
The Mothers Of The Patriarchs: Rachel
The Mothers Of The Patriarchs: Bilhah
The Mothers Of The Patriarchs: Zilpah
The Mothers Of The Patriarchs: Asenath
The song was unique from the time of Moses, while the tribal blessings were ancient - they were known to Jacob / Israel before the tribes of Israel even existed (again, see the Fact Finder question below).
"33:1 And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God [see also Exodus 2: The Drawing Of Moses and Exodus 3: The Sign Of The Flaming Bush] blessed the children of Israel before his death.
33:2 And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them.
33:3 Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words.
33:4 Moses commanded us a law, even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob.
33:5 And he was king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people and the tribes of Israel were gathered together.
33:6 Let Reuben live, and not die; and let not his men be few [see Numbers 26: Israel's Jordan Census and Numbers 32: The Israel Of East Jordan].
33:7 And this is the blessing of Judah: and he said, Hear, LORD, the voice of Judah, and bring him unto his people: let his hands be sufficient for him; and be thou an help to him from his enemies [see Genesis 38: The First Jews and Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah].
33:8 And of Levi he said, Let thy Thummim and thy Urim be with thy holy one, whom thou didst prove at Massah, and with whom thou didst strive at the waters of Meribah;
33:9 Who said unto his father and to his mother, I have not seen him; neither did he acknowledge his brethren, nor knew his own children: for they have observed thy word, and kept thy covenant.
33:10 They shall teach Jacob thy judgments, and Israel thy law: they shall put incense before thee, and whole burnt sacrifice upon thine altar [see Leviticus 8: The Prophecy Of The Blood Upon The Anointed One, Numbers 3: When Were The Levites Set Apart? and Numbers 18: The Inheritance Of The Levites].
33:11 Bless, LORD, his substance, and accept the work of his hands: smite through the loins of them that rise against him, and of them that hate him, that they rise not again.
33:12 And of Benjamin he said, The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety by him; and the LORD shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders [see Genesis 43: The Benjamin Connection and The Rachel Prophecies].
33:13 And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the LORD be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath,
33:14 And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious things put forth by the moon,
33:15 And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills,
33:16 And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush: let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren.
33:17 His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh [see Genesis 42: Joseph's Sheaves and Stars Dreams Fulfilled and Genesis 48: The Adoption Of Ephraim and Manasseh].
33:18 And of Zebulun he said, Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy going out; and, Issachar, in thy tents.
33:19 They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness: for they shall suck of the abundance of the seas, and of treasures hid in the sand [see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria].
33:20 And of Gad he said, Blessed be he that enlargeth Gad: he dwelleth as a lion, and teareth the arm with the crown of the head.
33:21 And he provided the first part for himself, because there, in a portion of the lawgiver, was he seated; and he came with the heads of the people, he executed the justice of the LORD, and his judgments with Israel.
33:22 And of Dan he said, Dan is a lion's whelp: he shall leap from Bashan.
33:23 And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with favour, and full with the blessing of the LORD: possess thou the west and the south.
33:24 And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil.
33:25 Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be.
33:26 There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky.
33:27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.
33:28 Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew.
33:29 Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places." (Deuteronomy 33:1-29 KJV)
Fact Finder: (a) Who were the "children of Israel"? (b) Did Jacob / Israel state the same blessings and prophecies to each of the tribes - while they were yet only his sons?
(a) See A Bible Journey, 46: The Family At The Heart Of A Nation
(b) See Genesis 49: Jacob's Prophecy To Israel
This Day In History
This Day In History, May 14
1264: King Henry III was captured by his brother-in-law Simon deMontfort at the Battle of Lewes in France.
1483: The Coronation of Charles VIII of France (Charles l'Affable).
1509: The Battle of Agnadello in northern Italy. French forces defeated the Venetians.
1607: Jamestown (named after England's King James, after whom the King James Version of the Bible is also named), Virginia was settled by patriotic royal English colonists.
1610: King Henri IV (Henri de Navarre) of France was assassinated by a fanatical monk, Francois Ravillac.
1643: Louis XIV became king of France at age 4 after the death of his father, Louis XIII.
1796: English physician Edward Jenner performed the first vaccination against smallpox, on an 8 year old child.
1811: Paraguay declared independence from both Spain and Argentina.
1897: Guglielmo Marconi made the first communication by wireless telegraph (radio).
1936: British field marshal Edmund Allenby died at age 75. He was the last great leader of British cavalry, and directed the "Palestine" campaign during the First World War, after which the land of Israel (and most of the Middle East) was liberated from centuries of rule by the Ottoman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
Israel was able to become an independent nation in 1948 because Britain successfully fought to free the land of Israel from over 400 years of occupation and rule by the Muslim Ottoman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate). The photograph shows the British Military Cemetery in Jerusalem in which the over 2,200 British troops, who died in that liberation of the land promised to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in 1917, are buried.
1948: At 8 a.m. the British administration, that brought about the prophesied return of the people of Judah to the land of Judah, lowered the Union Jack in Jerusalem and completed their withdrawal from "Palestine" (see also Where Is Palestine?). By mid-afternoon, full scale fighting had erupted throughout the country as surrounding Muslim nations attacked. At 4:00 p.m., a broadcast was made of the National Council for The Jewish State proclaiming the State of Israel. David Ben Gurion read out The Scroll of Independence in the Tel Aviv Museum: "By virtue of our national and intrinsic right, and on the strength of the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, we hereby declare the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine, which shall be known as the State of Israel" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
Note: the present-day nation of "Israel" is actually the re-establishment of the southern kingdom of Judah, not all of Israel i.e. while all Jews are Israelites, not all Israelites are Jews (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah and When Will The United Kingdom Be Restored?).
1955: The Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Albania signed the "Eastern European Mutual Assistance Treaty" ("The Warsaw Pact"). It collapsed along with communism a little over 30 years later.
1961: A bus carrying civil rights "Freedom Riders" was bombed and burned in Alabama.
1973: The Skylab space station was launched.
1994: The "West Bank" town of Jericho saw its first full day of "Palestinian" self-rule (see Where Is Palestine? and Jordan's West Bank Invasion).