Saturday, December 11 2010
The Light That Guides Us
People with perfect physical vision can still be totally blind if they have no physical light to see. The same holds true for spiritual vision; without the light of the Holy Spirit, what is in "plain sight" cannot be seen. It's a factor that affects all humans until such time that their possibility of beginning The Process Of Conversion is enabled by Spiritual Conception (see the Fact Finder question below).
"8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them" (Isaiah 8:20 KJV)
"Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God"
The Messiah often healed physically blind people, because He had Compassion on them, but moreover as an object lesson of the great healing from spiritual blindness that will come to the entire world in due time e.g. "30:20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers" (Isaiah 30:20 KJV; see also When Their Eyes Were Opened and A Brainwashed World).
"9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 9:2 And his disciples [see Disciples of Christ] asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
The healing was brought to the attention of the as-yet spiritually-blind Pharisees who again blasphemously accused the Christ of violating The LORD Sabbath (see Did Jesus Break The Law?). Rather than rejoicing with the man who was healed, "9:34 They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out" (Luke 9:34 KJV).
"9:13 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. 9:14 And it was the sabbath day [see How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 4] when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. 9:15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.
When Jesus heard that the man who could now see (physically and spiritually) had been put out, He sought him out and revealed to him (and everyone else) why such healings were done: "9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind" (Luke 9:39 KJV). When the Pharisees again confronted Him, Jesus gave them a stark condemnation (see Damnation): "9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth" (Luke 9:41 KJV).
"9:35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
Fact Finder: All humans are blind to the Word of God until the Holy Spirit gives them light. Are humans also "deaf" to the Word of God until the Holy Spirit comes?
This Day In History, December 11
1205: John Grey, Bishop of Norwich, was elected Archbishop of Canterbury. He was later rejected by Pope Innocent III.
1640: English Puritans introduced the "Root and Branch" petition to the Long Parliament in London.
1688: King James II abdicated the British throne.
1792: King Louis XVI of France was put on trial for treason.
1845: The Sonderbund was established by the 7 Catholic Swiss cantons to oppose anti-Catholic measures by Protestant cantons.
1845: In India, Sikhs crossed Sutlej and made a surprise attack on the British, starting the Anglo-Sikh War.
1899: During the second British-Boer War, the British under Methuen attempted to advance and were defeated with the loss of over 1,000 men by 9,000 Boers under Cronje at the Battle of Magersfontein.
1901: Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi flew a kite fitted with an aerial from the Cabot Memorial Tower on Signal Hill in Newfoundland which enabled him to receive the world's first transatlantic radio message. Sent from Cornwall, England, it consisted of 3 dots, the Morse Code signal for the letter "s".
1930: The Bank of The United States in New York failed and closed all of its 60 branches. The bank had over 400,000 depositors.
1931: Britain's Statute of Westminster gave complete legislative independence to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, and Newfoundland.
1936: Britain's King Edward VIII told a radio audience that he was abdicating the throne to marry U.S. divorcee Wallis Simpson. Edward had reigned for only 11 months, the shortest reign since that of Edward V in the 15th century. George VI, father of Elizabeth II, became king.
1937: Italy withdrew from the League of Nations.
1941: Germany and Italy declared war on the United States; the U.S. then declared war on them. Poland declared war on Japan. Cuba, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Guatemala all declared war on Germany and Italy.
1941: Japanese forces occupied Guam.
1948: Newfoundland signed an agreement to become Canada's 10th province.
1955: Israeli forces attacked Syrian positions on the Sea of Galilee.
1961: Captured Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was found guilty and sentenced to death by a court in Israel. He was hung in May of the next year.
1962: Arthur Lucas and Ronald Turpin were hung at Toronto's Don Jail (Turpin murdered a Toronto police officer while fleeing an armed robbery; Lucas, who was a U.S. citizen from Georgia, murdered an undercover U.S. narcotics officer from Detroit while he was visiting Toronto). There were 710 executions in Canada between 1867 (when Canada became independent of Britain) and 1962 when the death penalty was abolished.
1967: The Concorde, a joint British-French development and the world's first supersonic airliner, was formally introduced in France.
1973: West Germany and Czechoslovakia signed a treaty nullifying the 1938 Munich Pact which sanctioned Hitler's seizure of the Sudetenland.
1983: The first visit to Lutheran church by a pope was made by Pope John Paul II in Rome.
1991: European Community leaders signed the "Maastricht Treaty" which aimed for a common foreign policy and a single currency by 1999.