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Thursday, August 4 2011
"Happy" is an English word that originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, gehaep, which meant good circumstances, whether in life events or personal health i.e. a feeling of blessedness. It's for that reason that "happy" is an appropriate choice for translating the Hebrew word, pronounced aw-share, because it too literally means happy, as in blessed. That is made evident in Leah's naming of her son Asher, which is merely an English pronunciation of that Hebrew word, aw-share. Leah's statement here defined the word.
"30:13 And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed: and she called his name Asher." (Genesis 30:13 KJV)
Leah expressed the blessedness, the happiness, that accompanies those who are blessed, made happy, by following the LORD (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM').
"33:28 Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew.
Those who followed the LORD, when their leaders truly did, were happy and blessed (see Milk and Honey).
"10:8 Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom. 10:9 Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the LORD loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice." (1 Kings 10:8-9 KJV)
"Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in His ways ... happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee"
Humans today are un-natural. Humans were not created as sinners - humanity made itself miserable when it turned its back on the LORD. Happiness can be restored when one turns back, from their backwardness, and faces the love that the LORD is offering to those who obey Him.
"5:17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: 5:18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.
Those who obey the LORD "fear" betraying His love. Those who seek to truly obey and follow the LORD have nothing to "fear" from His wrath that is coming to those who choose to remain in their rebellion against Him (see Antichristians and Do You Want A Servant Or A Serpent?; also Happy Landings).
"128:1 A Song of degrees.
Those who are tired of the world of misery have a way to be happy, "happy is that people, whose God is the LORD."
"144:11 Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood: 144:12 That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace: 144:13 That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets: 144:14 That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets. 144:15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD." (Psalm 144:11-15 KJV)
Fact Finder: How can we truly follow the LORD so that we can be happy and blessed? What are the "happy rules" that the LORD has given to those who choose to love Him?
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This Day In History, August 4
367: Roman Emperor Valentinian I declared his eight year old son Gratian as co-emperor.
1060: Henry I of France died and was succeeded by Philip I.
1265: King Henry III put down a revolt of English barons lead by Simon de Montfort.
1521: Pope Urban VII was born as Giambattista Castagna. He was elected Pope in September 1590, but died of malaria before his coronation.
1578: A crusade against the Moors of Morocco was routed at the Battle of Alcazar-el-Kebir.
1586: A plot to kill Queen Elizabeth I was discovered. Anthony Babington, supporter of Mary, Queen of Scots, planned to kill Elizabeth and her ministers and assume power with the aid of English Roman Catholics and Spanish soldiers. Babington and others were executed for high treason.
1704: During the War of the Spanish Succession, a joint Anglo-Dutch force attacked and captured Gibraltar.
1914: Germany invaded Belgium, causing Britain to declare war on Germany. By midnight of that day, 5 empires had entered the First World War: the Austro-Hungarian empire against Serbia; the German empire against France, Britain and Russia; the Russian empire against Germany and Austria-Hungary; the British and French empires against Germany. Many believed that the war would be "over by Christmas" (listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1916: Denmark agreed to cede the Danish West Indies, including the Virgin Islands, to the United States for $25 million. The deal took effect the following March 31.
1927: The Peace Bridge between Canada and the U.S. was opened.
1944: After two years hiding in an Amsterdam back room, Anne Frank, her sister, her parents and four other Jews were discovered by the Gestapo (a German abbreviation for "The State Police"). The diary she kept was found after the war, published in over 30 languages and turned into a play and film.
1944: Royal Air Force pilot T. D. Dean became the first pilot to destroy a German V-1 "buzz bomb" (similar to a modern-day cruise missile) when he tipped the pilotless craft's wing, sending it off course.
1954: Britain's first supersonic fighter plane, the English Electric Lightning P-1, made its maiden flight.
1964: The U.S. warship Maddox reportedly clashed with North Vietnamese gunboats in the Gulf Of Tonkin, in North Vietnamese waters off the coast of North Vietnam, resulting in President Johnson ordering the first bombing of North Vietnam in the Vietnam civil war (Vietnam had been divided into north and south by colonial France in the 1950s). Later historians and investigators questioned whether the incident, and a similar reported incident later (called by some the "ghost" attack because there may have been no North Vietnamese coastal defense ships at all present the second time) actually happened, or whether it was merely a false or provoked excuse to begin bombing North Vietnam.
1997: The world's oldest person, Jeanne Calment, died aged 122 years and 164 days in Arles, France.