“Geloftedag” (Day of the Wow, I mean Day of the Vow)… December 16, 1838, was a great day for “God” – the “God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob”, Israel’s Iclanic Icon and the deity embraced by a small band of oppressed people (Voortrekkers – frontier patriots trekking away from a government of which they did not approve… it still happens in South Africa, by the way) in the distant South of the dark continent, Africa.
On that day, “God” was implored by His faithfull terrified, to kill. And “God” just loves killing.
According to an Afrikaner tradition, the Day of the Vow traces its origin as an annual religious holiday to The Battle of Blood River on 16 December 1838. The besieged Voortrekkers took a public vow (or covenant) together before the battle, led by either Andries Pretorius or Sarel Cilliers. In return for God’s help in obtaining victory, they promised to build a church. Participants also vowed that they and their descendants would keep the day as a holy Sabbath. During the battle a group of about 470 Voortrekkers and their servants defeated a force of about ten thousand Zulu. Only three Voortrekkers were wounded, and some 3,000 Zulu warriors had been killed.
“God” just loves killing, and often the more so when entreated by his terrified faithfull to kill on their behalf:
The entire population of the earth except for eight survivors (Genesis 7:23 )
Every inhabitant of Sodom and Gomorrah except for one family (Genesis 19:24)
Every first born of Egypt (Exodus 12:29 )
All the hosts of the Pharaoh, including the captains of 600 chariots (Exodus 14:27,28 )
Amalek and his people (Exodus 17:11,16 )
3,000 Israelites (Exodus 32:27 )
Homosexuals (Leviticus 20:13 )
250 Levite princes (Numbers 16:1-40 )
14,700 Jews (Numbers 16:41-49 )
All the subjects of Og (Numbers 21:34, 35 )
24,000 Israelites who lived with Moabite women (Numbers 25:4,9 )
All the males, kings, and non-virgin females of the Midianites (Numbers 31:7,8 )
The Ammonites (Deuteronomy 2:19-21 )
The Horims (Deuteronomy 2:22 )
All the Hittites (Deuteronomy 7:1 )
All the Girgashites (Deuteronomy 7:1 )
All the Amorites (Deuteronomy 7:1 )
All the Canaanites (Deuteronomy 7:1 )
All the Perizzites (Deuteronomy 7:1 )
All the Hivites (Deuteronomy 7:1 )
All the Jebusites (Deuteronomy 7:1 )
All the citizens of Jericho, except for a prostitute and her family (Joshua 6 )
12,000 citizens of Ai (Joshua 8:1-30 )
All the people of Makkedah (Joshua 10:28 )
All the people of Libnah (Joshua 10:29, 30 )
All the people of Gezer (Joshua 10:33 )
All the people of Lachish (Joshua 10:32 )
All the people of Eglon (Joshua 10:34, 35 )
All the people of Hebron (Joshua 10:36, 37 )
All the inhabitants of the country of the hills, and of, the south, and the vale, and of the springs and all their kings (Joshua 10:40 )
All 31 kings and inhabitants of their countries, and south country, and the land of Goshen, and the valley, and the plain, and the mountain of Israel, and the valley of the same from Mt. Halak to Mt. Hermon (Joshua 11:12,16,17; 12:24 )
10,000 Moabites (Judges 3:29 )
10,000 Perizzites and Canaanites (Judges 1:4 )
600 Phillistines (Judges 3:31 )
All of Sisera (Judges 4:16 )
120,000 Midianites (Judges 8:10 )
25,100 Benjaminites (Judges 20:35 )
50,070 people of Bethshemesh (I Samuel 6:19 )
All the Amalekites (I Samuel 15:3,7 )
The armies and five kings of the Amorites (Amos 3:2 )
The Moabites and 22,000 Syrians (II Samuel 8:2,5,6,14 )
40,000 Syrian horsemen (II Samuel 10:18 )
100,000 Syrian footmen, followed by 27,000 who are all crushed by a wall (I Kings 20:28,29,30 )
42 children eaten by a bear (II Kings 2:23, 24 )
185,000 Assyrians killed by an angel (II Kings 19:35 )
10,000 Edomites, followed by 10,000 more (II Chronicles 28 )
120,000 Judeans (II Chronicles 28 )
75,000 Persians (Esther 9:16 )
Therefore, nowadays, December 16 is known as The Day of Reconciliation. The intention is to foster reconciliation between different racial groups. The holiday came into effect in 1994 after the end of Apartheid.
Day of Reconciliation? Why, nothing but killing attaches to December 16 – on both sides of the political spectrum!
But, hey, “God” had a red letter day, on December 16, 1838.
And “God” had the last laugh, as His Omnipotence always engineers, when he had the descendants of the victorious Afrikaners of Blood River comprehensively out negotiated in the early 90’s to establish a “New South Africa” – a killing field extraordinaire… And about to be led by a Zulu of whom most all Afrikaners disapprove.
(Day of the Vow and Day of Reconciliation source: Wikipedia.)