Let My People Go – The Ipuwer Papyris

Egyptian PlunderDuring the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord as you have requested. 32 Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And also bless me.” 33 The Egyptians urged the people to hurry and leave the country. “For otherwise,” they said, “we will all die!” 34 So the people took their dough before the yeast was added, and carried it on their shoulders in kneading troughs wrapped in clothing. 35 The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. 36 The Lord had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians.   Exodus 12:31-36

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Sakkara – Built like a fortress with only one way in

Let’s take a quick trip back to Joseph and the great famine he saved Egypt from. Egypt was not yet the great country it would become. Thanks to Joseph’s management, courtesy of God, people from the entire region came to Egypt to buy grain. Business was booming! Egypt didn’t just survive the famine; they made out like bandits! When money ran out, people gave over their land to the Egyptian government, which increased their wealth exponentially.

 

This is what turned Egypt from being an also-ran country to the regional superpower! There were even more building projects as well as a military buildup; a standing army, spears, metal-works, bows and arrows, and even the “tank” of their day – the chariot.

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1-2 horses and 1-2 soldiers; driver and archer

 

Egypt had become the USA of the ancient Middle East. Then they got hit with these plagues. The land was completely ravaged of crops by way of the hail and then locust swarms consuming what was left. People likely died from the Nile turned to blood, boils, frog carcasses, and especially mosquitos! Think about it for a moment; mosquitos are the deadliest creature of the entire animal kingdom spreading more death by disease than anything else in nature.

Finally, the first born of every Egyptian citizen and their entire livestock died overnight, absolutely devastating the population and especially the government! Rule of law would have fallen by the wayside as panic ensued!

If something like that happened to the USA, you’d expect someone might notice and write about it!

In The Exodus Case, Dr. Lennart Moller correctly notes that the first order of business for the country was survival. There was no CNN, and people were too busy staying alive to keep diary entries.

Still…

A man named Ipuwer wrote a poem lamenting the destruction of his country – Egypt. It is called The Admonitions of Ipuwer, part of a larger and incomplete literary work. From Wikipedia:

Ipuwer – a name typical of the period 1850-1450 BCE – complains that the world has been turned upside-down: a woman who had not a single box now has furniture, a girl who looked at her face in the water now owns a mirror, while the once-rich man is now in rags. He demands that the Lord of All (a title which can be applied both to the king and to the creator sun-god) should destroy his enemies and remember his religious duties. This is followed by a violent description of disorder: there is no longer any respect for the law and even the king’s burial inside the pyramid has been desecrated. The story continues with the description of better days until it abruptly ends due to the missing final part of the papyrus.

The Ipuwer Papyrus, as it is now known, was discovered in the early 1800’s and taken to the Leiden Museum of Holland. A.H. Gardener was able to translate in 1909.

 

Following is a table comparing the description Ipuwer wrote to the events related in Exodus. As you read through the comparisons, ask yourself the following:

Exodus CaseHow many coincidences does it take to make a connection? What are the odds that there should be so many parallels? As Dr. Moller asks in summary of his entire book, if this was presented in evidence for a court trial, what verdict would you give in The Exodus Case?

IPUWER PAPYRUS – LEIDEN 344 TORAH – EXODUS
2:5-6 Plague is throughout the land. Blood is everywhere.

2:10 The river is blood.

2:10 Men shrink from tasting – human beings, and thirst after water

3:10-13 That is our water! That is our happiness! What shall we do in respect thereof? All is ruin.

7:20 …all the waters of the river were turned to blood.

7:21 …there was blood thoughout all the land of Egypt …and the river stank.

7:24 And all the Egyptians dug around the river for water to drink; for they could not drink of the water of the river.

2:10 Forsooth, gates, columns and walls are consumed by fire.

10:3-6 Lower Egypt weeps… The entire palace is without its revenues. To it belong [by right] wheat and barley, geese and fish

6:3 Forsooth, grain has perished on every side.

5:12 Forsooth, that has perished which was yesterday seen. The land is left over to its weariness like the cutting of flax.

9:23-24 …and the fire ran along the ground… there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous.

9:25 …and the hail smote every herb of the field, and broke every tree of the field.

9:31-32 …and the flax and the barley was smitten; for the barley was in season, and flax was ripe.

But the wheat and the rye were not smitten; for they were not grown up.

10:15 …there remained no green things in the trees, or in the herbs of the fields, through all the land of Egypt.

5:5 All animals, their hearts weep. Cattle moan…

9:2-3 Behold, cattle are left to stray, and there is none to gather them together.

9:3 …the hand of the Lord is upon thy cattle which is in the field… and there shall be a very grievous sickness.

9:19 …gather thy cattle, and all that thou hast in the field…

9:21 And he that did not fear the word of the Lord left his servants and cattle in the field.

9:11 The land is without light 10:22 And there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt.
4:3 (5:6) Forsooth, the children of princes are dashed against the walls.

6:12 Forsooth, the children of princes are cast out in the streets.

6:3 The prison is ruined.

2:13 He who places his brother in the ground is everywhere.

3:14 It is groaning throughout the land, mingled with lamentations

12:29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive that was in the prison.

12:30 …there was not a house where there was not one dead.

12:30 …there was a great cry in Egypt.

7:1 Behold, the fire has mounted up on high. Its burning goes forth against the enemies of the land. 13:21 … by day in a pillar of cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night.
3:2 Gold and lapis lazuli, silver and malachite, carnelian and bronze… are fastened on the neck of female slaves. 12:35-36 …and they requested from the Egyptians, silver and gold articles and clothing. And God made the Egyptians favour them and they granted their request. [The Israelites] thus drained Egypt of its wealth.

NEXT – Who died? Anyone we know?

Quote for 6/19/208

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,   Philippians 3:20 NKJV

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I recently read about two women who were switched at birth. No one ever discovered this until they each happened to be genetically profiled to learn more about their history. The company automatically links people who are closely related. Both women found out they are not related to the families they were raised with, but were somehow related to each other!

What’s interesting is that both of them spent a lifetime knowing that they had their families and still having the profound feeling that they didn’t belong there!

Christian or not, we are all living in a world that has been overrun by Satan and his forces. We don’t belong here. We belong with God fully and completely. Whether Christian or not, we all have a feeling of emptiness without God in our lives. We have a feeling of somehow not belonging here.

Those without God know they need something. Those already cleansed by Jesus’ blood still yearn to make it out of this world and into God’s

St. Paul echoes this in 2 Corinthians 5: “For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.”

He makes clear in that chapter that he is not suicidal. He just wants to be fully clothed in his heavenly tent.

He wants to go home!

Quote for 6/9/2018

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.   Romans 8:18

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A dear friend was recently, massively, and hideously trolled on her blog. It was the sort of thing that goes well beyond inconvenience and irritation. It was personally and professionally destructive. She contemplated taking down her site, but decided to maintain.

Why?

She is a warrior for Jesus. She intuitively knew that present sufferings don’t hold a candle to, cannot even be part of the same discussion of the glory Jesus won with His holy sacrifice, His sacred love, His perfect Life…and is sharing with you. With me. With anyone who wants to join Him in that glory. Free.

I mean…WOW!

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So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;   James 1:19 NKJV

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How appropriate given the recent uproar over Roseanne Barr’s Twitter comments. But do you realize this verse pertains so much more to you, me, and all of those in an uproar over them?

Listening to Roseanne, I hear someone who has problems, someone with a history of mental illness. I don’t defend her comments, but I choose to hear all there is to hear in her words and actions.

We, as a community, should be swift to hear the hurt under her anger. We should be slow to speak our condemnation, for we also do not bear close scrutiny. The difference between Roseanne and us is that she’s an extremely public figure. By contrast, very few people pay attention to what you or I say.

At BeautyBeyondBones, Caralyn admitted that her recovery from her anorexia was done in private. Roseanne’s struggles are in the glare of the public lights. Should Roseanne know better than to have a rant in a public forum? Absolutely! Is her mentality one where she can always make a good decision? No!

I wrote an article a long time ago titled Everybody is Somebody’s Jerk. That includes me. That includes you. St. James knew it included him too.

That’s why we should all be slow to speak and slow to wrath. All of our words and anger can rightly be aimed right back at us.

Quote for 5/26/2018

Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.   1 Corinthians 1:10 NKJV

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This one is tough, because there I things I see in other denominations that I think are not biblically sound; differences in Holy Communion and baptism and more. I am a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. I don’t think it’s perfect, but it’s pretty good at basing everything on scripture. I agree with most interpretations. They get things wrong too.

I think that we all do our best. Where we disagree we need to do so with love and a motive of helping each other understand the Truth.

Here’s the thing; Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by Me.” We need to agree on that. Any hint of Gnosticism is bad news; thinking that learning hidden knowledge will help me get to Heaven.

Good deeds don’t count toward salvation. They are, however, a necessary witness to others about God. Good deeds are necessary food toward everyone’s individual faith. “Faith without works is dead.”

Love. Not always easy, but always necessary. Love brings forgiveness, which also can be very difficult.

The Bible is God’s Word, infallible and not open for debate. Creation took six 24-hour days. Period. The earth is about 6000 years old. Period. Once you start picking and choosing what you’ll believe from God’s Word, you start putting yourself in the position of claiming superiority to God – you can judge where His Word is OK and where He screwed up.

God is God? You think He can’t make sure His Word remains intact over the eons?

Let’s keep it together, my sisters and brothers in Christ! One voice, one faith, one Savior, one Bible.

Quote for 5/5/2018

that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ.    Ephesians 4:14-15

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Yesterday’s quote dealt with the snares we fall into when we are in fear of mankind.  Todays’ verse expands on that, showing us how we might be deceived by wicked men with their plots and tricks.

Children are easily deceived and easily intimidated by fear.  We need to know our Lord and His Word better than children in order to resist the machinations of Satan’s and his followers.

Furthermore, we must share the truth we learn as Christ shared His good news with us; in love and mercy.  Christ patiently spoke with the woman at the well in John 4.  He let her know that He knew her sin, but He did not berate or condemn her.

In John 8 the scribes and Pharisees brought a prostitute to Jesus with the intent to stoner her.  After the slinked away, Jesus asked her accusers went.  When she said they were gone, He replied, Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

Upon finding someone in their sins, we are not to condemn, we are not to lift our noses in indignation, but we are to preach the Gospel in love.

Genesis 6 – Eve’s Seed vs. Satan’s Seed

old-holy-bible-olivier-le-queinecAnd I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.   Genesis 3:15

Eve’s seed is everyone who follows her on through to Christ, who is the ultimate Seed referred to in this verse. Jesus is the Seed who will bruise Satan’s (and all of his seed’s) head. If you look at this using the parallel reference, the logical conclusion seems to be that Satan’s seed will be the anti-Christ.

Here’s the theory that I read some time ago and think makes a lot of sense. It starts with biology; if Jesus is going to be the perfect man, he needs to be a pure man. There can be no corruption in Him. This idea is borne out in Jewish history, where they are to keep themselves pure and separate from the corrupt and sinful races in Canaan.

Remember that the various tribes of Canaanites were giants, the Nephilim described in Genesis 6:

NephilimThere we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.   Numbers 13:33

These were the unholy half-breed offspring of the fallen sons of God and the human women they raped. Genesis 6 says that these sons of God lusted after human women. I also agree with the theory that Satan used this to try and pollute the human gene pool to the point where a pure Christ could not be produced, thus thwarting God’s plan of salvation.

I’ve heard people argue that God and the Jews were just heartless and bloodthirsty. This is their “proof” that God is not a loving God. But, if you remember that these were Satan’s spawn, it becomes plain that this was his attempt to destroy humanity as a race both physically and spiritually. God used the Children of Israel to do two things; destroy the Nephilim and to produce the Christ from a 100% pure human bloodline.

If Satan could completely corrupt the human race with nothing but what amounts to demon half-breeds, then God would have no pure human line to unite Himself with in the person of Jesus. All would be lost!

The problem to be faced is that modern Christianity focuses almost solely on the Gospels, with select epistles from Paul running a close second. Revelation is pretty much ignored. Aside from favorite Bible stories like the Creation account, the Flood, and such, current day Christians do not know the Old Testament very well. Anything that doesn’t fit into what they’ve heard repeatedly over their lifetime is dismissed…even if it is in the Bible!

Giant SkeletonSo, when I try to talk to someone from church about the fact that there are giant skeletons which have been found in excavation around the world, I’m treated with polite dismissal. This despite the fact that the Bible tells us there were giants even into King David’s time! Yes giants; plural.

Goliath was not an aberration. His father was a giant as were his four brothers, all of whom were killed by David’s men. I’ll bet you didn’t know that! Why? Because the Goliath story is what has been popularized in cartoon Sunday school comics stretching back to our earliest memories. The rest was ignored. If you want to read about Goliath’s brothers and their end, look up 2 Samuel 21:15-22.

The whole subject of Nephilim and the Fallen Watchers, as Enoch called them, dovetail into a great many related, inextricably linked topics. Moving forward from here, I will reproduce a series I wrote last year over the next few weeks.

Topics will cover:

  • The Nephilim and modern day archeological finds of giant skeletons
  • Oral histories of American Indians about an invasive race of giants whose description perfectly matches description of Nephilim from the Old Testament and The Book of Enoch
  • Ancient myths of Greek Gods, including the mention of Apollo in Revelation
  • Where these myths point to in “trying to deceive the elect,” as Jesus warned

After finishing with The Book of Enoch, we’ll see how the American Indian may very well have been our Christian brothers and sisters all along. For example, we all know that they referred to The Great Spirit when referring to their God. Did you know their other names for him include “Creator” and “Yah?” The latter sounds very much like Yahweh, does it not?

I invite you to stay with me in this series. I won’t ask you to believe everything I present right off the bat. I simply ask you to look at the data, think for yourself, and see what you think!

Quote for 4/9/2018

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.   James 5:16

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I had once considered that my sins were a matter between God and me, but that was a mistake. Especially when it concerns what I’ve done to others. But it’s more than just confessing and making amends with others. It’s about strength in numbers.

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.   Galatians 6:2

We tell others our problems, our sins as they should do to us. This is in order to know how to pray for each other so all may be healed. Recall that righteous Job prayed and made sacrifices for his children and their spouses that their sins might not be held against them. And he wasn’t necessarily aware of what they might have done!

That devotion was ultimately rewarded, because the fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much!

Quote for 3/29/2018

For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time…     1 Timothy 2:5-6 NKJV

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No one knows how things will proceed when all people face God’s judgment throne at the end. Here’s how I think it might play out, which seems to jibe with today’s verse.

Satan is also known as The Accuser. It is he who will play the role of prosecutor, telling God that I, for example, belong to him in hell. In his hate for all mankind, hell is exactly where Satan wants us. He wants to cause us and God as much pain as possible!

Satan will be winning his case until Jesus steps in, not as our defense attorney, but as our mediator. He will tell God that He vouches for us. He died for us, and we accepted His payment on our behalf. God will “release us into His custody,” as it were.

This makes additional sense when we recall that Jesus told us that he will acknowledge to God those who acknowledge Him to other people. He will also deny knowing those to God who denied knowing Him on earth.

Jesus, the one Mediator who can stand between us and God’s wrath due to His selfless, horrific sacrifice, takes each one of us by the hand and leads us into glory!

Quote for 03/23/2018

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.   James 1:12 NKJV

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Jesus was the Model for this. He endured temptation from Satan after 40 days alone in the wilderness. Weak and hungry, He endured, showing us how to endure; through a steady diet of God’s Word.

This is why I say daily devotions are very good, but we must continually move on to the solid food St. Paul writes about. You read James 1:12 above? Good! But make time to read the entire letter of James as if written to you personally. Read the rest of the New Testament books the same way, for they are mostly letters from St. Paul, St. Peter, and St. John.

Read the Old Testament, starting with Genesis 1:1 like any other book. Get the feel for the narrative and understand the context of what is written. This is the Bible that Jesus used to answer Satan as well as his human tormentors. We should know it so well!

So equipped, we too can endure temptation, wearing this armor and weaponry of the Most high, and fighting off all manner of evil. We can be forgiven our failures as even the most famed apostles were through the blood of Christ.

Then the crown of life will be ours too!