City of New Orleans, Arlo Guthrie – Arlo Guthrie (born July 10, 1947, Brooklyn, New York, USA) is an American folk singer-songwriter. Father of Abe Guthrie, Annie Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Cathy Guthrie. Son of folk singer Woody Guthrie, brother of Nora Guthrie and grandfather of Krishna Guthrie.
https://www.discogs.com/artist/153674-Arlo-Guthrie The song was recorded by Arlo Guthrie in 1972, and is about a train, The City Of New Orleans, from Chicago, Illinois, to Memphis, Tennessee, to New Orleans, Louisiana. The distance for the train ride is about 900 miles, and the time for that ride is about nineteen hours. https://www.amtrak.com/city-of-new-orleans-train In this article on the study of Israel, we will see the beginning of its travel through the wilderness, which lasted much more than nineteen hours; the distance is, “beyond me,” but the time for the journey was forty years (Exodus 16:34-36).
Such memorable train routes as, The Orange Blossom Special, The Wabash Special and, of course, The City Of New Orleans, have a certain air of romanticism within their individual histories. The train trips that I have had in my past, have all left me with very pleasant memories. The Orange Blossom Special took me through the middle of beautiful Florida orange groves. “The Wabash Cannon Ball” was a fast express train line  on the Wabash Railroad. This express train traveled throughout the middle and western United States and also, on the Great Rock Island Route in the late 1800s and into the early 1900s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabash_Cannonball The Orange Blossom Special was a deluxe passenger train on the Seaboard Air Line Railroad and connecting railroads between New York City and Miami in the United States. It ran during the winter season only. It covered 1,327 miles (2,136 km) on the Pennsylvania Railroad from New York City to Washington, D.C., the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad from Washington to Richmond, and the Seaboard Air Line Railroad from Richmond via Raleigh, Columbia, and Savannah to Miami. A section also went to Tampa and St. Petersburg. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_Blossom_Special_(train)
Some of my followers may have their own special memories of train trips. As a kid, I can not think of any of my friends that did not want a Lionel Train Set. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_Blossom_Special_(train)
Btw, my favorite train ride ended at Tampa, Florida, on my way to MacDill AFB.
Israel 8 – Exodus 12-13 – Preliminary
Train travel was not an option for the Israelites as they were rushed out of Egypt by God; they walked. It was on God’s timeline to get His chosen people (Deu 14:2) out of Egypt, in the manner that He did: “God hardened Pharaoh’s heart”(Exodus 4:21; 7:3; 9:12; 10:1, 20, 27; 11:10; 14:4, 8, 17). Consider also, “the king hardened his own heart”(Exodus 7:13, 14, 22; 8:15, 19, 32; 9:7, 34, 35; 13:15). Check out the link to the MacArthur comment: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+4%3A21&version=NASB Consider also the sovereign timing of God in John 2:4, “My hour has not yet come.” Additionally, as was stated in my article, “The Catching Up! When,?” it will be upon the decision of God as to the time of the catching up of His saints, prior to the tribulation, https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/09/the-catching-up-when/
Another example of the timing of God, that is shown in the body of this article (Ex 12:41),”At the end of 430 years, to the very day, all the tribal divisions of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.”
The year date of this article is 1447 B.C. (Thompson Chain-Reference Bible, Frank Charles Thompson, 1858-May 3, 1940, D.D., Ph.D.). It must be stated again, that all that is happening in these verses is a record of the sovereign actions of God to remove the Jews from Egypt and to lead them to their promised land. The promised land, which will be the possession of the Israelites, after they complete their soon to begin forty-year wilderness journey, will also be the land of the Jews during the yet to come Kingdom Age, in the time of the millennium. The fulfillment of God’s covenant with Abraham is seen in His leading the Jews to their promised land (Genesis 12:1-3; 15:18-21).
Israel 8 – Ongoing
We will continue with our study of Israel, which is not a study of the text, verse by verse or word by word, but an examination of the sovereign actions of God which He made to effect His purposes for Israel. It is very clear that throughout much of the world, to include many churches, there is a great lack of proper respect for “God’s Chosen People.” But, there is great scriptural truth for the fact that the Jews are, “God’s Chosen People.” It is important for born again believers in Christ to place Israel in its proper place of significance which God has placed that nation, to include its people.
The Jews were not abandoned by God (Elohim, Exodus 13:18) after He led them out of Egypt. Neither was God absent from the Presence of Israel on any day of their 40 years of wilderness experience. Neither is God absent from the Presence of Jews, or Israel, at any time in today’s world.
Nehemiah 9:19-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
19 You, in Your great compassion, Did not forsake them in the wilderness; The pillar of cloud did not leave them by day,To guide them on their way, Nor the pillar of fire by night, to light for them the way in which they were to go. 20 “You gave Your good Spirit to instruct them, Your manna You did not withhold from their mouth, And You gave them water for their thirst. 21 “Indeed, forty years You provided for them in the wilderness and they were not in want; Their clothes did not wear out, nor did their feet swell.
The biblical text of this article comes from The International Standard Version.
International Standard Bible Version Information
Notes are based on my studies of the men and women whom are listed as sources of information in my Equipping Blog.
Exodus 12:37-42 International Standard Version (ISV) The Exodus Begins
37 About 600,000 Israeli men traveled from Rameses to Succoth on foot, not counting children. 38 A mixed multitude also went up with them, along with a very large number of livestock, including sheep and cattle. 39 They baked the dough that they brought out of Egypt into thin cakes of unleavened bread. It had not been leavened because they were driven out of Egypt and could not wait, nor had they prepared provisions for themselves. 40 Now the time that the Israelis lived in Egypt was 430 years. 41 At the end of 430 years, to the very day, all the tribal divisions of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt. 42 That was for the Lord a night of vigil to bring them out of the land of Egypt. This same night belongs to the Lord, and is to be a vigil for all the Israelis from generation to generation.
Note. Verses 40-41 “four hundred and thirty years.” Abraham had been told that his descendants would be aliens mistreated in a foreign land for 400 years, using a figure rounded to hundreds (Gen. 15:13).
Exodus 12:43-51 International Standard Version (ISV) Instructions for the Passover
43 The Lord told Moses and Aaron, “These are the regulations for the Passover: No foreigner is to eat it, 44 though any slave purchased with money may eat it after you have circumcised him. 45 But no temporary resident or a hired servant is to eat it. 46 It is to be eaten in one house, and you are not to take any of the meat outside the house, nor are you to break any of its bones. 47 The whole congregation of Israel is to observe it. 48 If an alien who resides with you wants to observe the Passover to the Lord, every male in his household must be circumcised, and then he may come near to observe it. He is to be like a native of the land, but no uncircumcised person is to eat it. 49 A single law exists for the native and the alien who resides among you.” 50 All the Israelis did this. They did exactly as the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron. 51 And on that very day, the Lord brought the Israelis out of the land of Egypt by their tribal divisions.
Note. Verse 46 “nor are you to break any of its bones.”
1 Cor 5:7. The death of Christ fulfilled the feast of Passover. Christ is the Christian’s Passover lamb.
1 Corinthians 5:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“7 Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.”
John 19:36. The crucified Christ had no bones broken.
John 19:36 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“36 For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture, ‘Not a bone of Him shall be broken.’”
Exodus 13:1-2 International Standard Version (ISV) Consecration of the Firstborn
1 The Lord spoke to Moses, 2 “Consecrate to me every firstborn male. Whatever is the first to open the womb among the Israelis, both of humans and of animals, belongs to me.”
Exodus 13:3-10 International Standard Version (ISV) The Festival of Unleavened Bread
3 Then Moses told the people, “Remember this day on which you came out of Egypt, from the house of bondage, because the Lord brought you out from this place with a strong show of force. Moreover, nothing leavened is to be eaten. 4 Today, in the month of Abib, you are going out. 5 When the Lord brings you to the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, which he swore to your ancestors to give you—a land flowing with milk and honey—you are to observe this ritual in this month. 6 You are to eat unleavened bread for seven days, and on the seventh day there is to be a festival to the Lord. 7 Unleavened bread is to be eaten for seven days, and nothing leavened is to be seen among you, nor is leaven to be seen among you throughout your territory. 8 And you are to tell your child on that day, ‘This is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ 9 It is to be a sign for you on your hand and a reminder on your forehead, so that you may speak about the instruction of the Lord; for the Lord brought you out of Egypt with a strong show of force. 10 You are to keep this ordinance at its appointed time from year to year.”
Note. Verses 2–10 This passage is a further explanation that tied the departure of the Jews from Egypt to God’s promise of Israel’s entrance into, and residence in, a new home land. In their new land, there would be an annual seven-day feast observance of the Jews’ departure from their slavery in Egypt. Verses 8 and 16 explain the opportunity, that was not to be overlooked, of parents teaching their children of the significance of God’s faithfulness in freeing the Jews from their Egyptian bondage.
Exodus 13:11-16 International Standard Version (ISV) The Redemption of the Firstborn
11 “When the Lord brings you to the land of the Canaanite and gives it to you, just as he promised you and your ancestors, 12 you are to dedicate to the Lord everything that first opens the womb. All the firstborn males of your livestock belong to the Lord. 13 You are to redeem every firstborn donkey with a lamb, and if you don’t redeem it, you are to break its neck. You are to redeem every firstborn among your sons. 14 Then when your child asks you in the future, ‘What is this?’, you are to say to him, ‘The Lord brought us out of Egypt, from the house of bondage with a strong show of force. 15 And when Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the Lord killed every firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of humans to the firstborn of animals. Therefore, I sacrifice to the Lord every male that first opens the womb, but I redeem every firstborn of my sons. 16 It is to be a sign on your hand and an emblem on your forehead, because the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a strong show of force.’”
Note. Verse 12 “Dedicate,” (set apart), helps to explain the meaning of consecrate in verse 2. The idea is “to treat as distinct,” as well as to “identify as being special.” The word, “males,” relates to all firstborn.
Exodus 13:17-22 International Standard Version (ISV) God Guides the People in the Desert
17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them along the road through the land of the Philistines, even though it was nearer, because God had said, “If the people face war, they may change their minds and return to Egypt.” 18 So God led the people the roundabout way of the desert toward the Reed Sea. The Israelis went up from the land of Egypt in military formation. 19 Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, because Joseph had made the Israelis take this solemn oath: “God will certainly take notice of you, and then you must carry my bones up with you from here.” 20 They left Succoth and camped in Etham at the edge of the desert. 21 The Lord went in front of them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so they could travel both day and night. 22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.
Note: Verse 17 See the comments from the MacArthur study note:
Note. Verse 21 Consider a pillar of cloud, and a pillar of fire. They would be the means by which God would lead the Jewish people. The cloud by day and fire by night (Ex 14:24) relate to the Angel of God (Ex 14:19; 23:20–23) or the Angel of God’s presence (Isa 63:8, 9). In Ex 3:2, it was the pillar from which the Lord also spoke to Moses.
(Ex 3:2, “The angel,” (mal·’ach, Hebrew), 4397: a messenger, malak: a messenger, Phonetic Spelling: (mal-awk’); “of the LORD,”(Yah·weh, Hebrew), 3068: the proper name of the God of Israel, Yhvh: the proper name of the God of Israel, Phonetic Spelling: (yeh-ho-vaw’).
Israel 8 – Supportive
At 12:36 in the video, we pick up from where our prior article on Israel ends,”Israel 7 – Exodus 5-12.”
Ron Wyatt – The Red Sea Crossing
Published on Jan 1, 2013
This is the incredible story of Ron Wyatt and how he actually proved the stories of the Bible were correct! In this video, Ron proves everything about The Red Sea Crossing and even found the wheels of the chariots under the water right where God told him to look. He also proved the Bible’s information about Noah’s Ark, the Ark of the Covenant, Mount Sinai and Sodom and Gommorah.
He also found the blood of Jesus Christ that was on the Ark of the Covenant! This information should have been front page news all over the world but has been suppressed by those wishing to deny Jesus.
When Israeli scientists tested the blood for Ron they had never seen anything like it! First the blood was still alive and they could analyze the chromosomes which would have been impossible if this was normal blood. Secondly when they analyzed the blood, they found that it had 23 chromosomes from the mother as was normal but only ONE chromosome from the father! About 90% of the scientists did not believe in God or Jesus Christ before they analyzed this blood. Ron Wyatt reported that every single scientist involved converted to Christianity afterwards!
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