Tuesday, November 9 2010
The English word "cruse" originated from an ancient Icelandic and Danish word, krus (or kruus), which meant a pot, or a large mug. "Cruse" is used by the King James Version to translate three different words of the Holy Scriptures.
"The barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD"
The "cruse" of the Holy Scriptures was a container for water, honey or oil. In this example during The Civil War, Saul had a cruse which served as a water container.
"26:11 The LORD [see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'] forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the LORD's anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go.
In this example, a cruse was used to hold honey.
"14:1 At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam [see Jeroboam Of Israel] fell sick. 14:2 And Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, I pray thee, and disguise thyself, that thou be not known to be the wife of Jeroboam; and get thee to Shiloh: behold, there is Ahijah the prophet, which told me that I should be king over this people. 14:3 And take with thee ten loaves, and cracknels, and a cruse of honey, and go to him: he shall tell thee what shall become of the child. 14:4 And Jeroboam's wife did so, and arose, and went to Shiloh, and came to the house of Ahijah. But Ahijah could not see; for his eyes were set by reason of his age." (1 Kings 14:1-4 KJV)
A cruse was also used to hold oil. In this example, the LORD, through the prophet Elijah (see The Prophets: Elijah), miraculously multiplied the widow's oil.
"17:12 And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
When Elijah went from Israel (see The Northern Kingdom) to Judah (see The Southern Kingdom) during the wicked reign of Ahab and Jezebel (see Ahab Of Israel), an angel provided him with a cruse of water.
"19:2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.
"2:19 And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is nought, and the ground barren.
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This Day In History, November 9
1526: Jews were expelled from Pressburg, Hungary by Maria of Hapsburg (see Hate Jews?).
1538: Martin Luther stated: "It would be a good thing if young people were wise and old people were strong, but God has arranged things better."
1799: Napoleon Bonaparte declared himself emperor of France.
1862: General Ulysses Grant (who became U.S. President in 1869) issued an order prohibiting Jews from serving under his command in the U.S. Army.
1918: At the end of the First World War (listen to our Sermons The Ottoman Empire and The European World Wars; also The Balfour Declaration), Germany's Prince Max von Baden announced the abdication of Kaiser (the German form of Caesar) Wilhelm II (who had fled to the Netherlands and was granted asylum there) and handed his office over to Ebert who thereby became Chancellor. Germany was to be demilitarized and made a republic. Many war veterans were deeply embittered by the defeat and the terms imposed on Germany by The Treaty of Versailles - among them a young gefreiter (lance corporal) by the name of Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!).
1935: Japanese troops invaded Shanghai, China.
1938: Kristallnacht (in German, "Crystal Night") in which Nazi storm troopers attacked Jews and their property throughout Germany. Over 260 synagogues were vandalized, 7,500 Jewish shops were destroyed. Thousands of Jews were seriously injured, 91 were murdered, and another 20,000 were arrested and sent to concentration camps. On the same day, a Swiss theology student, Maurice Bevaud, attempted to assassinate Hitler at a Munich rally. He was caught, and executed by guillotine on May 14 1941.
1952: Chaim Weizmann, the first President of Israel, died at age 57.
1965: A large area of the eastern United States and Canada was blacked out in one of the worst power failures in history; it was caused when a switch at a station near Niagara Falls malfunctioned.
1970: Charles DeGaulle, former French General and President, died aat age 80.
1989: East Germany opened the Berlin Wall.
1990: Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed a non-aggression treaty with Germany, winning praise from German leaders for his role in the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall.