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Monday, May 2 2011
Moriah: Separating The Wheat From The Chaff
Moriah, from the Hebrew word pronounced mo-ree-yaw, is recorded specifically by name twice in the Holy Scriptures. The first was in Genesis; it was the place where righteous Abraham (an immigrant from Iraq; see What Made Abraham Righteous?) ultimately proved himself as righteous to "the LORD God" - Who was Jesus Christ (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM').
"22:1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt [the actual Hebrew word of the Holy Scriptures means test] Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham:
"He will thoroughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire"
Centuries after Abraham, Moriah was specifically stated as the place where the Temple in Jerusalem was constructed, in the time of King Solomon, the son of King David (see Israelite Monarchy - The Origin and Israelite Monarchy - The United Kingdom; also David, Future King Of Israel).
"3:1 Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where the Lord appeared unto David his father, in the place that David had prepared in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite." (2 Chronicles 3:1 KJV)
Threshing of grain in the ancient manner makes use of wind to "separate the wheat from the chaff" (modern combines use fans). The mount of Moriah was a natural place for a threshing floor to be situated because the high elevation provided the most wind. As stated above, the mount of Moriah was purchased by King David from a man who had constructed a threshing floor there.
"21:18 Then the angel of the LORD commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go up, and set up an altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite. 21:19 And David went up at the saying of Gad, which he spake in the name of the LORD.
Beginning on the day of His Return, the Messiah (see Israelite Monarchy - The Messiah) is going to rule the entire world from the very same area of that ancient threshing floor (see the Fact Finder question below to understand Who and what "Zion" is really about).
"4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4:3 And he shall judge among many people [see Worthy Is The Lamb], and rebuke strong nations afar off [see The Coming World Dictator]; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Micah 4:1-3 KJV)
It was no coincidence that John the Baptist (see The Prophets: John The Baptist), in describing how the Messiah is going to Judge and Rule from the site of that ancient threshing floor, that Christ is going to "separate the wheat from the chaff," nor is it a mere coincidence that Abraham, who proved his righteousness in that very same place (as we read above) was included in the very same warning about true righteousness, for "he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
"3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? [see Why Did The Lawyers Hate The Messiah?]
Fact Finder: What does "zion" really mean? Who does "zion" really mean?
This Day In History, May 2
1507: Two years after entering the Augustinian monastery at Erfurt, future German reformer, Martin Luther, 23, was consecrated as a Roman Catholic priest. Luther remained in the order until 1521, when he was excommunicated from the Church of Rome.
1519: Leonardo da Vinci, Italian sculptor, scientist and painter of the "Mona Lisa" and the "Last Supper," died at age 67.
1668: The Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle between France and the Triple Alliance (England, Sweden and the Dutch republic) ended the War of Devolution (1667-1668) which Louis XIV of France had initiated to advance his claims to the Spanish Netherlands.
1670: The Hudson's Bay Company was chartered. Two French explorers and traders, Pierre Esprit Radisson and Medard Chouart des Groseilliers, proposed the fur-trading company to England's Charles II and a group of English investors. The "governor and company of adventurers" of Hudson Bay received title to all land in western and northern Canada that drained into Hudson Bay.
1776: With the sole purpose of strengthening their own imperial empires (in North America and around the world) by challenging the British empire, France (which at the very same time occupied much of northeastern North America and the vast Louisiana territory to the south) and Spain (which at the very same time occupied what is today Florida and most of southwestern US) began supplying weapons to the rebels in the New England colonies that the British established in the uninhabited wilderness over a century earlier.
1813: During the Leipzig campaign of the Napoleonic Wars, the French won the Battle of Lutzen.
1885: King Leopold II of Belgium was proclaimed king of the new Congo Free State.
1951: The Council of Europe admitted Germany as a full member.
1952: The first scheduled jet airliner passenger service began with a British BOAC Comet that flew from London to Johannesburg, South Africa carrying 36 passengers.
1953: Jordan's King Hussein took the throne after his father, King Talal, was deposed. In Iraq, King Feisal II assumed power.
1965: The first communications satellite for relaying television pictures became operational.
1982: During the Falklands War, a British submarine sank the Argentine cruiser General Belgrano.
1989: Hungarian border guards started taking down the barbed wire along the Austrian-Hungarian frontier. It became the first breach in the "Iron Curtain" that ultimately led to the opening of the Berlin Wall 6 months later, on November 9.
2008: Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar (in southeastern Asia on the Bay of Bengal). Over 130,000 people were killed and millions were left homeless (a cyclone is a rapid inward circulation of air masses around a low-pressure center; circling counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern - a hurricane is a cyclone).