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Saturday, July 16 2011

Thunderstruck

The English word "astonish" originated from a Latin word, extonare, which meant thunderstruck i.e. to be rendered silent by a greater sound. The King James Version uses "astonish" to translate the Greek word, pronounced ek-place-so, which means practically the same, a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence.

Jesus Christ taught the pure Word of God (see the Fact Finder question below) in a way that astonished the multitudes.

"22:33 And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine." (Matthew 13:54 KJV)

One of the reasons that the people were astonished is because they never heard God's Truth taught to them by their supposed leaders, including the Pharisees and Sadducees (see The Origin Of The Essenes, Sadducees And Pharisees). Those presumed religious authorities were also astonished by His teaching, but for a different reason. While the general population responded to Christ's words with joy, the Pharisees and Sadducees responded with jealousy and hate (see Why Did The Lawyers Hate The Messiah?; also Lethal Lust).

"22:34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. 22:35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 22:38 This is the first and great commandment [see The Two Great Commandments]. 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

22:41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 22:42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he?

They say unto him, The son of David.

22:43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, 22:44 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? 22:45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?

22:46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions." (Matthew 22:34-46 KJV)

"For He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes"

The Messiah taught the Word of God in a pure and simple way that everyone could understand. They were "astonished" because they could really hear Him, "for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes."

The Holy Scriptures

"7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 7:4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

7:9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 7:10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

7:13 Enter ye in at 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 Flowers And 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 [see Friends Of Jesus]. 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? [see Is Your Religion Your Religion?] 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, 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 [see also The Floods Brought By Christ], 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 7:1-29 KJV)

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This Day In History, July 16

622: The beginning of the Islamic calendar.

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 Muslim power in Spain.

1377: The coronation of Richard II of England.

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.

1969: Apollo 11 was launched. It made the first manned moon landing a few days later.

1979: Saddam Hussein became the President of Iraq, succeeding President Hasan al-Bakr.

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.

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