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Excavated ruins at Ur (in modern Iraq) believed to be the birthplace of Abraham

Moses is given credit for authoring the first five books of the Old Testament. These books cover the history of the Hebrew people, spanning from their earliest ancestor Adam, down through their experiences as slaves in Egypt, their exodus from Goshen, and their wanderings during the 40 years before they entered Canaan, the promised land. In actuality, the Hebrews as a people originate with Abraham. God called Abraham who was living in Ur of the Chaldees and told him to leave his home and to go where he (God) would send him. Abraham obeyed, taking his household and leaving his father and relatives behind. God led him from place to place, and during his wanderings Abraham received the promise from God that his posterity would become a great nation, and that through him all families of the earth would be blessed.

Abraham and his wife had no children and the wife was past the age of childbearing, so this was surely hard to believe, but Abraham had faith. He trusted God implicitly. His wife lacked the faith that her husband had. She knew she couldn’t have a child at her age, so she thought, “Well, I’ll just give my servant woman to my husband to have a son, and I’ll take her son for my own, and that way the plan of God can proceed.” This type of polygamous arrangement was common in those times; Abraham agreed; the servant woman did indeed bear a child, a son named Ishmael. The Muslims are descendants of Abraham and this servant woman. If that is shocking to you, look it up. It is a fact that Muslims claim descent from Abraham through Ishmael.

Eventually an entourage from heaven visited Abraham and Sara, and told them God’s promise was about to be fulfilled; they were going to have the son God had promised long ago. Sara, ever the skeptic, laughed at the idea. However, within a year Sara herself bore Isaac. Fast forward, and Isaac has two sons, twins: Esau, the firstborn and Jacob, the usurper.

Though Esau, being first, would normally have inherited at his father’s death the best of his father’s goods and his deathbed blessings, which carried tremendous import for good, Esau obtained neither. This was partly his fault, for in a rash moment he had earlier granted his birthright to his brother Jacob. It was partly Jacob’s doing since shortly before his father’s death, he disguised himself as Esau and tricked his blind and aged father into pronouncing upon him the blessing reserved for the firstborn.

Jacob eventually got it right, and God prospered him. He had twelve sons. One of these was Joseph whose eleven brothers for jealousy sold into slavery and then led their father to believe a wild animal had killed him. Joseph rose from slavery to become prime minister of Egypt, second only to Pharaoh. During a time of famine, when there was no food in the land, Jacob sent some of his sons to Egypt to buy grain. There to their surprise they found Joseph and were reunited with him, who had already forgiven them. Due to the famine, Jacob and his entire household, flocks, goods, and everything relocated to the land of Goshen in Egypt. Because of Joseph’s high position they were treated very well by the Egyptians.

For four hundred years the sons of Jacob lived in Egypt. The favor they had known gradually eroded away as new rulers took their places. Time came when Joseph was forgotten, and the Hebrews began to be hated. They eventually became slaves and were treated very harshly by the Egyptians who apparently believed subjugation was the preventive for insurrection. The Egyptians felt threatened by the Hebrews, for they had multiplied to be a vast horde of individuals.

Moses and the Burning Bush–by Gebhard Fugel

 

The plight of the Hebrews did not go unnoticed by God. He brought up one of their own, Moses, to be their deliverer. Moses had been adopted by the Egyptians as an infant and raised in Pharaoh’s palace.  But he knew who he was, and eventually he took the side of his people. He killed an Egyptian who was abusing a Hebrew, and for that was forced to flee Egypt. He ended up in the land of Midian where he lived until he was eighty years old. He was out on the mountain tending sheep when God appeared to him by fire, in a bush that blazed but was not consumed.  There God commissioned the aging Moses to go down to Egypt and to tell Pharaoh, “Let my people go!”

Moses and his brother Aaron went to Egypt as God directed and petitioned Pharaoh to let the Hebrews go free, but Pharaoh was not of a mind to do so. Over a period of time Moses continued to press Pharaoh for his people’s freedom, but repeatedly Pharaoh stubbornly rejected his pleas. In retaliation God struck the Egyptians with plagues ten times. The afflictions, increasing in intensity from first to tenth,  began when God had Aaron to raise his staff over the Nile River, turning it to blood for a week. The next was a plague of frogs which came up out of the river and overran the country. The women even found them in their bread bowls! Pharaoh was so distressed by the frogs that he begged Moses to send them away and promised to let the Hebrews go. The frogs had no sooner gone than Pharaoh changed his mind, as he was to do in several succeeding instances.

Lice, flies, pestilence, boils, hail, locusts, all were endured by the Egyptians while their Hebrew neighbors in Goshen were not affected. After the ninth plague, which consisted of three days of intense darkness in Egypt Pharaoh told Moses that if the Hebrews left behind their cattle, they could go. Moses refused to negotiate. It was now that God purposed to deal with the Egyptians with a heavy hand. The tenth and final plague would be the death of the firstborn of both people and cattle. This time the Hebrews had to do something to prevent the Lord from killing the firstborn in their households. An unblemished lamb was to be killed and its blood applied to the doorpost and lintel of each house, its flesh roasted and eaten and its bones and any uneaten portions burned in the fire. The blood on the doorposts was the sign for the Lord to pass over that house so the firstborn within would be spared. Here is the origin of the Jewish Passover.

The night of the tenth plague a great wailing was heard in Egypt as the firstborn in every Egyptian family had died. It has been suggested that perhaps some of the Egyptians escaped the tenth and final plague by following the instructions God had given the Hebrews. They certainly had seen the hand of God move nine times already and had noticed the Hebrews had not suffered from the plagues. Just a thought, someone else’s, that I am repeating.

During the night of the Lord’s pass over Pharaoh sent for Moses and told him to take his people and “Go!” This time he meant it, for the Egyptians now feared for their lives. Before the Hebrews departed the Egyptians gave them valuable articles of silver, gold, and clothing.

Route of the Exodus

The route of the exodus of the Hebrew people from Egypt has been a controversial subject in the past because the route suggested by many scholars just did not match up with the Biblical narrative. Today, more than ever before, we are finding that the Biblical narrative, not just in the case of the exodus, but in every case, is accurate, and it is our perception that needs to be adjusted. We need just a bit more information, a little archaeological discovery, and the pieces of the puzzle fall into place. For an accurate description of the route the Hebrews took to the Red Sea crossing check out the fairly recent discoveries of Ron Wyatt. The evidence uncovered by Mr. Wyatt is astonishing and proves the Biblical narrative beyond doubt. Here is a map from the website: arkdiscovery.com where you can get additional information. This is Part One of what I expect will be a two part article.

 

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Nowadays we are hearing about “fake” news, and some of the fakers are expecting rational people to believe their nonsense. If we didn’t have reliable sources of real, true information we might believe it, but we are not left without resources.

Lots of folks might not know that the Holy Spirit will lead a believer into the truth. I know this because I have experienced it. Once I was a sucker for whatever lie was perpetrated upon me. I believed it all. No wonder I was confused. I had no anchor, no base, no starting point. St. Paul said to Timothy I know whom I have believed (2 Tim. 1:12).  When I began to know Jesus I began to develop an ability to separate fact from fiction. Not that I have arrived. Of myself I know nothing, but what the Holy Spirit shows me I know.

There is a lie of enormous proportions being foisted upon people the world over now. This is not anything new either, but the lie is gaining adherents and strength at this time. This untruth is not blatant or people would recognize it. Rather, it is very subtle, a barely recognizable undertone. It is a maxim that tells us that we are not able to make sense of what we see around us, that we are not educated enough to comprehend what is being said to us in our own language. We are being told that we are stupid, and we need to let someone else do our thinking for us. So we focus our attention on the screen, push the button, and voila, in living color our truth streams in, and all we have to do is lap it up! (And if we have a modern Samsung TV our truth streams out, even if we think we are hiding it!) God help us!

Like the wolf in sheep’s clothing, the lie is disguised, painted over so it looks good, or at least reasonable. Why is it then, that we have this silly internal aversion to something so harmless? Better pay attention to the bleeping of that little radar. It is trying to tell you something. What?

I was doing some research on the Ten Commandments recently. These commandments were originally written by God himself on tablets of stone that Moses his servant carried down the mountain to the Hebrew people. In the Bible there is later recorded concerning the same people (the Hebrews, now called Israel) In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.  (Judges 21:25) There was a system of Judges in place that had been instituted by Moses; but there was widespread idol worship at the same time. Today, as in the days of the Israelite judges, many of us choose to disregard the parts of the law we do not like and to do what is right in our own eyes. We have mixed the profane with the sacred, and it looks almost the same, it sounds almost the same, but there is death in it. If we are listening we can hear that little radar bleeping. Bleep! bleep! something’s not right.

Georgia Guidestones, Wikipedia

While certain people were in process of dumping the unappealing parts of the ten commandments, others were writing their own. It was inevitable we would eventually get a modern set of ten commandments. You can see them down in the state of Georgia, carved in granite, and in eight languages. The monument is called the Georgia Guidestones. The first “guide” says: “Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.” Well, that sounds reasonable, until one realizes that roughly 90 percent of the earth’s population would have to die to reduce the population to 500,000,000. The next one reads: “Guide reproduction wisely–improving fitness and diversity.” At first reading that one sounds good also, except if you leave out the word diversity,you come up with Hitler’s plan. Item 3: “Unite humanity with a living new language.” Did we not have that one time before, at the tower of Babel? The last “Guide” ends with the words “leave room for nature–leave room for nature.”  Atop the monument is a capstone bearing the inscription “Let these be guidestones for an age of reason.”  The Georgia Guidestones are impressive, but they are stone, and nothing more. They compare to many other monuments including those created by the people in the Old Testatment, images carved by man from the stock of a tree and overlaid with gold, to whom their creators gave obeisance.

In my looking I found another man created monument, in Dartmoor, in the United Kingdom. High up on a place called the Mount of Buckland are two large stones, inscribed with the ten commandments that Moses recorded, plus the eleventh commandment spoken by Jesus and recorded in the New Testament . Be sure to click on the photo for a larger view. If you enlarge it to maximum size you (with good eyes) will be able to read the inscriptions.

Mt. Buckland Ten Commandments Stones
Dartmoor, by Nilfanion, Wikimedia Commons

These stones were carved in the 20th century by W.A. Clement, who was commissioned by William Whitely. Mr. Whitely had the stones carved as a personal victory celebration when Parliament rejected the adoption of the proposed new Book of Common Prayer in 1926. Whitely, a Protestant, had been against the proposal, which at the time was seen as “popish.”

Clement added at the bottom one of Mr. Whitely’s favorite quotations, “But there’s a power,  which man can wield when mortal aid is vain. That eye, that arm, that love to reach, the listening ear to gain. That power is prayer.”

He also added at the bottom of one of the slabs the third stanza of the well known hymn “Oh God, Our Help in Ages Past,” That verse reads, “Before the hills in order stood, or earth received her frame, from everlasting Thou art God, through endless years the same.”  You can read more about the Dartmoor stones at the web site entitled Ten Commandments Stones – Legendary Dartmoor.

The Georgia Guidestones and the Dartmoor Ten Commandments Stones present contrasting world views. There is a powerful undercurrent, undertow might be a better description, in force now, seeking to take control of the minds of the people of this planet. This is not new; the ruling classes since the dawn of history have had this as their objective. Today it is becoming easier for them to implement their plan of world domination by a few families. The Bible gives us a glimpse of this group and their leaders in various prophecies in the Old and New Testaments. It is this group and other like minded people who are behind not only the Guidestones, but numerous other God defying displays, including that of the demonic Kali, the Indian goddess of death, whose image was projected in light on the Empire State Building in 2015. Rivaling Kali, is a 26 foot statue of Anubis the Egyptian god of the underworld. This statue was placed on a barge and sailed right past the Statue of Liberty in 2010 on his way to the Denver airport where he took up permanent residence. Talk about an illegal immigrant! Anubis found a welcome at Denver. Wonder why?

Christians today are often considered a sub-race, people who are not quite with it, folks whose elevator doesn’t go all the way up. There are Christians, and there are those who think they are, and those who hope they are. A Christian has had a heart encounter with Christ that changed him. If you are still sinning and living like you used to, you need to do it again, and mean it this time. We are a “peculiar” people, as the Bible says. But we are not stupid. Because of the leadership of the Holy Spirit we can have more insight naturally than a lot of sinners who are trying to be wise. But we do have to work at it.

We can no longer believe everything we are told. We have to open our eyes. The Bible warns us. The prophet Hosea said My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.  (Hosea 4:6) Ask God to show you the truth. He will not fail you. Much of what you hear on television is as least partially false. Nowadays it’s not just the factory worker who is told what to do. The big media companies, including newspapers, are all owned by somebody you don’t know. Do you just automatically trust someone you don’t know?

One of the duties of the Levites who served in the temple was to teach the people. Here is the scripture: they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and the profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean. In a dispute they shall take their stand to judge; they shall judge it according to my ordinances. They shall also keep my laws and my statutes.  (Eziekiel 44: 23-24)

You are able to determine what is really good for you in the long run, and what is not. You can have that kind of wisdom. Indeed you must have it. The future is not going to be a joy ride. Pray.

 

 

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