Tuesday, September 09, 2014

No more twitter

I am too long winded for twitter. I will be deleting my account soon.

This is my Great-Great-Great-grandma.

I guarantee this woman did not eat fast food (picture was taken in the 1890's). In fact, all her food would have been organic and made from scratch. She did not spend her time watching TV or surfing the net either. Her floors were swept, not vacuumed, she walked nearly everywhere she went, washed all her clothes by hand, etc.

If weight is the result of laziness and fast food, why is she a large (though I understand short:-)) woman? Could it be that some of us are just made to have more to love? That it is natural and healthy for some of us to be a size 20 just as it is natural and healthy for some to be a size 3?

Almost 900 doctors sign Dublin Declaration, affirm abortion is not maternal health 




Today's and Yesterdays work

Chapter 5
1 And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, “Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, ‘Let My people go, that they may hold a feast unto Me in the wilderness.’ “
2 And Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.”
What the King James Bible renders “LORD” is the word Yehovah which means “The Existing One;” In other words, “The I AM.”
Pharaoh was not familiar with this particular God. If he was Neferhotep I of the 13th dynasty, he was brought up the son of a priest. He would have known about all the gods of the Egyptians. This was not one of them.
3 And they said, “The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days' journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God; lest He fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.”
4 And the king of Egypt said unto them, “Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? Get you unto your burdens.”
Pharaoh felt no threat from the God of a bunch of slaves. He probably thought that if their God was powerful enough to cause him harm, they wouldn’t be slaves in the first place.
5 And Pharaoh said, “Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens.”
“Ahhh, you all just want a vacation.”
6 And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying,
7 “Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves.
He is punishing Israel for asking for a vacation.
8 “And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’
His logic is that if they were working hard enough they wouldn’t have time to dream up such ideas as vacations and other gods than the ones he worshipped.
9 “Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labor therein; and let them not regard vain words.”
10 And the taskmasters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spake to the people, saying, “Thus saith Pharaoh, I will not give you straw.
11 “Go ye, get you straw where ye can find it: yet not ought of your work shall be diminished.”
Israel was being used to make bricks.
Archeologists have discovered a town in the Egyptian delta named Kahun that was inhabited by sematic slaves. This town was by the great building projects of the 12th dynasty, including the last of the great pyramids (which was built of bricks, not stone). Scarabs found in the town tell us it was occupied until sometime in the reign of Neferhotep I, when it was abandonded suddenly (lots of furniture and tools left behind as if the people didn’t have time to pack.) There are boxes with baby boy bones in them under the floorboards of most of these houses, sometimes several skeletons, all about 1-3 months old.
12 So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw.
In most of the world throughout history bricks were made with just mud and then baked to make them stronger. However, in a country- like Egypt- with no trees, this would have been too costly to fuel.
Instead, archeologists tell us the Egyptians made bricks with a mixture of straw and mud. The straw gave substance for the mud to hold to, but more importantly, the acid produced by the decaying straw “baked” the bricks, making them much stronger with much less fuel than baking them in a kiln.
13 And the taskmasters hasted them, saying, “Fulfill your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw.”
The Israelites had a certain quota they had to fulfill[1] which was not lessened even though they were no longer provided with the materials they needed to make bricks with.
14 And the officers of the children of Israel, which Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten, and demanded, “Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and to day, as heretofore?”
15 Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, “Wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants?
16 “There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us, ‘Make brick:’ and, behold, thy servants are beaten; but the fault is in thine own people.”
17 But he said, “Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, ‘Let us go and do sacrifice to the LORD.’
18 “Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks.”
19 And the officers of the children of Israel did see that they were in evil case, after it was said, “Ye shall not minish ought from your bricks of your daily task.”
20 And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood in the way, as they came forth from Pharaoh:
21 And they said unto them, “The LORD look upon you, and judge; because ye have made our savor (scent) to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us.”
 The Israelites were upset. They wanted Moses to deliver them from slavery, not make more work and a cause for beating! Yet God knew their slavery was not harsh enough yet to keep them from returning when things get hard in the wilderness, so He is making sure it gets uncomfortable enough they won’t want to come back.
22 And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, “LORD, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? Why is it that thou hast sent me?
23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast Thou delivered thy people at all.”
Moses is confused. He evidently expected God to cause Pharaoh to just release them, even though God told him that wouldn’t happen that way. Sometimes we all get impatient for God to act even when He has told us His timing was different.

Chapter 6
1 Then the LORD said unto Moses, “Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.”
God promises that not only will Pharoah LET them go, he will MAKE them go.
2 And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, “I am the LORD:
3 “And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.
4 “And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.
5 “And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered My covenant.
6 “Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:
7 “ ‘And I will take you to Me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
8 “ ‘And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.’ “
God is reassuring them that He exists, knows what is going on, and is in control. His promises WILL come true.
9 And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.
They didn’t believe him because things were so bad they couldn’t picture them ever getting any better.
10 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
11 “Go in, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, that he let the children of Israel go out of his land.”
12 And Moses spake before the LORD, saying, “Behold, the children of Israel have not hearkened unto me; how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips?”
“If those who are supposed to worship You don’t believe me how can someone who doesn’t even believe in You? I still don’t talk so good.” Evidently Moses thought the Israelites lack of belief was due to his inelegance of speech, but it wasn’t. They just chose to not believe.
13 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, and gave them a charge unto the children of Israel, and unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.
Now we are going to get a list of who all was meant by “Israel.”
14 These be the heads of their fathers' houses: The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel; Hanoch, and Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi: these be the families of Reuben.
Each son of Jacob headed a tribe (with Joseph’s two boys leading one each, also.) Each of their boys headed a clan. The tribe of Reuben had four clans.
15 And the sons of Simeon; Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin, and Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman: these are the families of Simeon.
The tribe of Simeon had six clans.
16 And these are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari: and the years of the life of Levi were an hundred thirty and seven years.
Levi had three clans. The Bible further breaks them down;
17 The sons of Gershon; Libni, and Shimi, according to their families.
18 And the sons of Kohath; Amram, and Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel: and the years of the life of Kohath were an hundred thirty and three years.
19 And the sons of Merari; Mahali and Mushi: these are the families of Levi according to their generations.
20 And Amram took him Jochebed his father's sister to wife; and she bare him Aaron and Moses: and the years of the life of Amram were an hundred and thirty and seven years.
Amram, Moses dad, was Jacob’s great-grandson. Now, my great-grandfather was born only a hundred years ago, but then, his dad didn’t live to be 133. With these much greater lifespans, plus the fact that Moses was eighty, it is easy to believe Israel has been in Egypt for two-hundred years.
God told Abraham 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;” Some older translations and the Jewish scriptures interpret this scripture as “…and they shall afflict them UNTIL four hundred years.” Meaning four hundred years from the time God was speaking, not from the time Jacob went down into Egypt. They would inherit their land in 400 years.
Accounting for the time from the prophecy (1939BC) until Jacob’s birth (1878BC) and the famine that drove him to Egypt (1757BC), there was 182 years before Israel even arrived in Egypt. Add another two hundred years of sojourn there, and you get your four hundred years to fulfill the prophecy. This would be about 2513AM (1533BC).
21 And the sons of Izhar; Korah, and Nepheg, and Zichri.
Izhar and Uzziel were Amram’s brothers.
22 And the sons of Uzziel; Mishael, and Elzaphan, and Zithri.
23 And Aaron took him Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab, sister of Naashon, to wife; and she bare him Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
Aaron’s wife was the Great-great-grandaughter of Judah. Her brother was a leader of the tribe of Judah (1 Chronicles 2:9).
In modern Judism the linege is figured throughthe mother. If your mom is a Jew, than you are too. This is apparently not true here in ancient times. Aaron’s wife was from the tribe of Judah but their children were called “Levites” after their dad’s tribe.
24 And the sons of Korah; Assir, and Elkanah, and Abiasaph: these are the families of the Korhites.
Korah was Izhar’s son, Levi’s great-grandson.
25 And Eleazar Aaron's son took him one of the daughters of Putiel to wife; and she bare him Phinehas: these are the heads of the fathers of the Levites according to their families.
26 These are that Aaron and Moses, to whom the LORD said, “Bring out the children of Israel from the land of Egypt according to their armies.”
27 These are they which spake to Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring out the children of Israel from Egypt: these are that Moses and Aaron.
I wonder if these last few verses were written sometime after the first chapter of Exodus? It sounds like it.
28 And it came to pass on the day when the LORD spake unto Moses in the land of Egypt,
29 That the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, “I am the LORD: speak thou unto Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say unto thee.”
30 And Moses said before the LORD, “Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips, and how shall Pharaoh hearken unto me?”

[1] Archeologists have found records in Egypt keeping a tally of bricks required and produced by slaves during various times throughout history.

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