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Saturday, July 16 2011
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?
"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."
"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.
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.