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Friday, July 15 2011

Higher Learning

The English word "learn" originated from an old Anglo-Saxon word, pronounced leornian, which meant to teach. While it would today be regarded as bad grammar, a statement such as "he learned them how to do it" is in fact correct, according to the original meaning of the word "learn." In its original form, the "learner" was the teacher, not the student.

"Learn" is used to translate a number of Hebrew and Greek words of the Holy Scriptures (see also Translation Of Translations).

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced law-mawd, means to prod, used as to teach

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced aw-lawf, means to associate with, used as to be around someone from whom knowledge can be obtained

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced leh-kawkh, means instruction

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced sif-raw, means writing, used as to study by reading

  • the Greek word, pronounced man-than-oh, means to come to understand

  • the Greek word, pronounced paw-ee-dy-oo, means to train a child

  • the Greek word, pronounced gramma, means writing or learning (the English word grammar originated from that Greek word)

  • the Greek word, pronounced did-as-kalee-ah, means instruction

"The people were astonished at his doctrine: For He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes"

Although the Messiah was regarded as "unlearned" by the Pharisees and Sadducees (it was in fact their academic arrogance that inspired them to murder the Christ; see also The Origin Of The Essenes, Sadducees And Pharisees and Why Did The Lawyers Hate The Messiah?), the Messiah's teachings were and are based entirely on what God first taught Him. Jesus achieved the ultimate Ph.D. in Theology (as well as Education, Psychology and History) because there is no "higher learning" than a degree personally taught by God.

The Holy Scriptures

"7:14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple [see also What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?], and taught.

7:15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?

7:16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me [see The By-The-Book Messiah and Was Jesus A 'New Testament' Christian?].

7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 7:18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him." (John 7:14-18 KJV)

Christ's learning was not purely academic; it was His applied learning that made Him perfect.

"5:7 Who in the days of his flesh [see also 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'], when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience [see Works Means Obedience] by the things which he suffered; 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him" (Hebrews 5:7-9 KJV)

Once qualified, by having first Himself learned (see the Fact Finder question below), the Son of God then taught the Word of God.

"11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light [see The Yoke Of Freedom]." (Matthew 11:27-30 KJV)

The basis of "antichrist" are teachings that oppose and contradict the true teachings of Jesus Christ. While "antichrist" is generally regarded as something committed by evil-minded people, most of it is caused by well-meaning people who proclaim their "Christianity" (see Is Your Religion Your Religion?) without ever even having read what Christ taught. The Christ warned what is coming to "Christians" who ignore the actual Word of God (see Antichristians and Friends Of Jesus).

"7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate [see The Strait Gate]: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit [see The Forbidden Fruit]. 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 7:22 Many will say to me in that day [see Moriah: Separating The Wheat From The Chaff], Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came [see also The Floods Brought By Christ], and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

7:28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 7:29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes." (Matthew 7:13-29 KJV)

The return of Jesus Christ (see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin) will mark the beginning of "higher learning" for all of humanity. The famous "he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem" prophecy was actually given to two prophets, Isaiah and Micah.

"2:1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion [see Anti-Zion Is Anti-Christ] shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Isaiah 2:1-4 KJV)

"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, 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)

Fact Finder: Should people who teach the Holy Bible bother to actually read it first? All of it, many times, so that they know what they're doing?
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This Day In History, July 15

1099: Muslims surrendered Jerusalem to the armies of the First Crusade. The "Christian" Crusaders then massacred thousands of Muslim men, women and children.

1207: King John of England expelled the Canterbury monks for their support of Stephen Langton.

1381: John Ball, a rebel leader in the Peasants' Revolt in England, was hanged, drawn and quartered.

1410: The Battle of Grunwald in Prussia; The king of Poland, Wladyslaw Jagiello, with an army of 39,000 Poles, Lithuanians, Ukrainians and supported by Tartars and troops from Romanian Wallachia, defeated a force of 27,000 Teutonic Knights under the order's grand master, Ulrich von Jungingen. Despite the decisiveness of the victory (half of the Teutonic knights were killed, the rest captured), the conditions of peace were mild. The Teutonic knights agreed to withdraw from part of Lithuania and guaranteed free trade on the Vistula. The Battle of Grunwald is held in high regard in Polish history. The battle is referred to as The Battle of Tannenberg by the Germans.

1662: Charles II granted a charter to establish the Royal Society in London.

1685: The Duke of Monmouth was executed on Tower Hill in England after his army was defeated at Sedgemore.

1792: Francis II (Hapsburg) became the Holy Roman emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire).

1799: During Napoleon's Egyptian Campaign, the Rosetta Stone was discovered in the Egyptian village of Rosetta.

1815: Napoleon surrendered 4 weeks after Battle of Waterloo; he was then exiled as a prisoner to St. Helena.

1823: In Rome, the church known as St Paul's Outside the Walls was destroyed by a fire. Its original edifice was erected in 324 by the Roman emperor Constantine (listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).

1869: Margarine was patented in France by Hippolyte Mege Mouries.

1870: Manitoba became a Province of the Canadian Federation.

1878: The first telephone exchange in the British Empire was opened in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The principles of the telephone were invented by Scottish-born Alexander Graham Bell at his home in nearby Brantford, Ontario (Daily Bible Study is written about 20 miles from the Bell Homestead which is now a museum).

1888: The volcanic eruption of Mount Bandai killed 500 people in Japan.

1918: During the First World War, the second Battle of the Marne began (listen to our Sermons The European World Wars and The Ottoman Empire).

1944: During the Second World War, Greenwich Observatory was damaged by bombing.

1965: The Mariner IV spacecraft sent back the first close-up pictures of Mars.

1974: In Cyprus, Greek Junta-sponsored nationalists launched a coup that deposed President Makarios.

2000: Owen Maynard died at age 75. The Canadian aeronautical engineer was one of the 31 Canadian Arrow engineers who went to work for NASA on the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. Maynard was directly involved in the design of the lunar module that landed on the moon.


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