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Monday, May 20 2019
A Bible Journey, 192: The First Passover In The Promised Land Of Abraham
"The children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho"
Abraham (see the biography series beginning with A Biography Of Abraham: From Ur To Canaan) was born in Babylon - which was known as Eden before humanity became confused ("Babylon" means confusion; see the Fact Finder question below). It was there that 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) commanded him to begin his journey.
"12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." (Genesis 12:1-3 KJV)
Although Abraham obeyed the LORD and moved to the place that he was commanded to go, he never "arrived" in his physical lifetime.
"11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God." (Hebrews 11:8-10 KJV)
The LORD told Abraham that the promise made to him would begin to be fulfilled with a Messianic line of Abraham's children. Abraham knew that their Exodus, to the Promised Land of Abraham, would surely happen. That would be accomplished in time of Joshua.
"15:13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 15:14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance." (Genesis 15:13-14 KJV)
When the crossing of the Jordan River accomplished (see A Bible Journey, 190: The River Cross), the Canaanite nations (see What Does The Bible Really Say About Canaanites?) began to panic - not because of what the Israelites did, but because of what the LORD had done for them.
"5:1 And it came to pass, when all the kings of the Amorites, which were on the side of Jordan westward, and all the kings of the Canaanites, which were by the sea, heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of Jordan from before the children of Israel, until we were passed over, that their heart melted, neither was there spirit in them any more, because of the children of Israel." (Joshua 5;1 KJV)
The Israelites' arrival in the land promised to Abraham (who was not an Israelite or Jew - none existed yet in the time of Abraham; see A Bible Journey, 29: Israel's Syria Origin) was forty years later than had been originally planned (see A Bible Journey, 154: How The Rebellion Changed History).
"5:2 At that time the LORD said unto Joshua, Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time. 5:3 And Joshua made him sharp knives, and circumcised the children of Israel at the hill of the foreskins.
The Israelites had left Egypt at the time of Passover (see The Goshen Passover; also The Passover Moon At Midnight). Forty years later, the Israelites entered the Promised Land at the time of Passover (see A Bible Journey, 191: The Jordan Passover). That Passover marked the end of the free manna.
"5:10 And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho. 5:11 And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day. 5:12 And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year." (Joshua 5:10-12 KJV)
Joshua knew that Israel had a war to fight. Among the Israelite army were warriors of the LORD who couldn't be wounded or killed.
"5:13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?
Fact Finder: What does "Babylon" mean? Why is "Babylon" now everywhere? How and when will "Babylon" be cured?
This Day In History
This Day In History, May 20
325: The First Council of Nicea was held by the Roman Empire's Church (see Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs and Biblical Eras: The Roman Empire And The Church Of Rome).
363: The Roman emperor Julian had given Jews permission to begin construction of another Temple; he even provided funds and building materials. The day before construction was to begin, a powerful earthquake struck Jerusalem and destroyed the preparations site (it wasn't yet time for the last Temple to be rebuilt - see A History Of Jerusalem: Abomination Of Desolation and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad; also The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today).
526: An earthquake killed about 300,000 people in Antioch, Syria.
Syria became the northern "hinge" of the travel route between Babylon and Canaan (see also A Bible Journey, 29: Israel's Syria Origin).
1217: The Second Battle of Lincoln was fought near Lincoln, England. It resulted in the defeat of Prince Louis of France by William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke.
1303: The Treaty of Paris restored Gascony to the British in the Hundred Years War.
1347: In Rome, Cola di Rienza took the title of Tribune and assumed dictatorial powers in his drive to revive the city as the capital of Italy.
1497: Italian explorer Zuan Chabotto (popularly known in English as John Cabot) set sail on his ship Matthew from Bristol, England looking for a route to the west. Like other Italian explorers, including Christopher Columbus, Cabot was commissioned by another country - in Cabot's case, under a commission from Henry VII of England.
1498: Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrived at Calicut, India, after sailing from Europe.
1506: Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer, died in poverty at age 55. The four voyages of Columbus were actually all limited to the islands area of the Caribbean Sea, but at the time of his death, he still incorrectly believed that he had sailed to the coast of Asia (the reason that the native people of the continents of North and South America were erroneously called "Indians").
Continental America was actually discovered by Vikings, over 500 years before Columbus was even born, with their landings on what is today the east coast of Canada.
1536: King Henry VIII, 45, married Jane Seymour, 27.
1609: William Shakespeare's sonnets were first published, in London.
1674: John Sobieski became the first king of Poland.
1690: England passed the Act of Grace, forgiving followers of James II.
1798: Admiral Alexander Ball saved Lord Nelson's flagship from running ashore after being dismasted in a storm.
1802: Napoleon Bonaparte reinstated slavery in the French colonies, revoking its abolition during the French Revolution.
1813: The Battle of Bautzen during the Napoleonic Wars (while Britain was fighting the U.S. during the War of 1812, most of the British military was in Europe fighting Napoleon). French troops under Napoleon defeated a Russo-Prussian army in east Germany.
1874: Levi Strauss began marketing "blue jeans" with copper rivets. 120 years later, millions of them are still being sold.
1920: Montreal, Quebec radio station XWA broadcasted the first regularly-scheduled radio programming in North America.
1927: Britain signed the Treaty of Jeddah with King Ibn Saud, granting independence to Saudi Arabia (see A Bible Journey, 164: The Exodus Into Arabia where all of "Arabia" is located).
1932: Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland, Canada to begin the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot. She landed in Ireland the next day.
1939: Transatlantic airmail service began.
1941: First large-scale military paratrooper drop in history - Germans into Crete.
1956: The first hydrogen bomb to be dropped from the air was detonated by the U.S. over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific (see also Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).
1980: A referendum by the people of Quebec rejected separation from Canada.
1983: The first published medical reports of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS.
1989: The Chinese government declared martial law during pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the stage for the Tiananmen Square massacre.
2002: The independence of East Timor was recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and 3 years of provisional United Nations administration.