Friday, July 16 2010
The Taste Of Death
The English word "taste" originated from an old French word, which itself originated from an old Latin word, which meant to feel, or to handle - to experience. "Taste" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced taw-awm, which also meant to experience, in a variety of ways (most of which do not involve eating).
"16:31 And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna [see Christ The Bread of Life] : and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey." (Exodus 16:31 KJV)
"We see Jesus ... that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man"
As shown in the verses quoted above, the actual language of the Bible expressed "taste" to mean to experience. The Greek word of the New Testament, pronounced ghy-oo-om-ahee, also means the same as the Hebrew word - to experience. The Messiah used that original intent when He spoke of the "supper" of the Kingdom of God that will be experienced by those who accept their invitation to salvation, rather than make excuses to not obey Him (see Grace Into Licentiousness).
"14:15 And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
"2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
Fact Finder: What do the dead "taste" (i.e. experience) when they are dead? Are the dead somehow alive and dead at the same time? Or are the dead in absolute unconsciousness, awaiting a resurrection from the dead, exactly as Christ did?
This Day In History, July 16
1048: Benedict IX, known as the "Boy Pope," resigned from the papacy.
1054: The "Great Schism" began between the Western and Eastern churches over rival claims of universal pre-eminence. In 1965, 911 years later, Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras met to declare an end to the schism.
1212: The Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa ended Moslem power in Spain.
1661: The first bank notes in Europe were issued by the Bank of Stockholm.
1774: Russia and the Ottoman Empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) signed the treaty of Kuchuk-Kainardji, ending their six-year war.
1917: The Bolsheviks began an attempt to seize power in Petrograd but were defeated. Trotsky was arrested and Lenin went into hiding.
1918: Nicholas II, the last Russian czar (the Russian form of "Caesar"), was murdered together with his family and entourage by the Bolsheviks at Yekaterinburg.
1940: Adolf Hitler ordered the preparations for the invasion of Britain. The invasion plans were later cancelled after the Royal Air Force won the "Battle of Britain" air war.
1942: Nearly 14,000 Jews were arrested in Paris as part of a Nazi roundup of the Jewish people in France.
1945: The U.S. detonated the first atomic bomb, a plutonium weapon named "Trinity," in the New Mexico desert.
1965: The seven-mile tunnel through Mont Blanc connecting France and Italy was opened.
1994: The fragmented Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 began 7 days of impacts on Jupiter.
1999: John F. Kennedy Jr., 38, his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, 33, and his wife's sister Lauren Bessette, 35, were killed in a plane crash in the waters off Massachusetts. Investigators found that the relatively inexperienced pilot, John Kennedy, who did not have an instrument rating, may have become disoriented in the darkness, over water (when and where the horizon is much more difficult to see) and put the small plane into a stall or spin from which he was unable to recover before crashing into the ocean.