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Sunday, August 14 2011
The First Christian Church
"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea [see Why Through The Sea?]; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV)
That "Rock was Christ" was "he, that was in the church in the wilderness" (from a distance, the Tabernacle would have appeared like a "church" building out on the prairie during pioneer times; see also God's Tent). Those people were Christian because it was Christ Who led and taught them. But many of them turned their backs on His leadership, His founding, of them as the "called out ones."
"7:36 He brought them out, after that he had showed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea [see The Night Crossing], and in the wilderness forty years.
With their rejection of Christ, by refusing to obey Him, came Christ's rejection of them. We know about them from history because "all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition." The lesson about being a true follower of Christ is found in history.
"10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
"This is He, that was in the Church in the wilderness"
Consider carefully what Jesus Christ said about the vital necessity of understanding history in order to truly know Him i.e. "if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?"
"5:46 For had ye believed Moses [see The Prophets: Moses; also The Trysting Tent], ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. 5:47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?" (John 5:46-47 KJV)
All true Christians are historians. The Holy Bible is a history book that provides us with the to be applied knowledge that we need to be the people ("church" literally means "called out" people) that Christ established, as stated above e.g. "10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition" (1 Corinthians 10:11 KJV). Merely attaching Christ's Name to one's choice of beliefs, one's own spirit, does not make one a Christian. We must truly follow and obey Him as we live our lives - and that can only be done with an awareness of the facts that He provided to us in His Book (see Holy Bible Reading Plan). Christ does not know those who don't know Him.
"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 The By-The-Book Messiah and Friends Of Jesus]. 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, 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 [see Antichristians]." (Matthew 7:21-23 KJV)
History isn't merely about understanding the past; it's far more about understanding the present e.g. a background check of someone's personal history is done for the purpose of understanding that person now. The Messiah taught history (in His case, the "His Story" pun of history isn't a pun - the Scriptures really are His Story, and that of those who truly follow Him) as a means of teaching how to live our lives now.
"22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven [see No Children In Paradise and Why Two Resurrections?]. 22:31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, 22:32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. 22:33 And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine." (Matthew 22:29-33 KJV)
The only proof that The Prophet Of Galilee was and is the Messiah was found in history - without history, no one would have known, or would know, how to recognize Him:
"12:38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
Fact Finder: What are the many, many lessons that we can learn about how to live a true Christian life now from "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition"?
This Day In History, August 14
405 BC: The Battle of Aegospotami, a naval victory of Sparta over Athens, the final battle of the Peloponnesian War. The Athenian commander, Conon, lost 160 of his 180 ships and the 4,000 of his troops that were captured were all executed.
410: Alaric sacked Rome.
1385: The Battle of Aljubartota. A decisive engagement in which Portuguese forces stopped the Spanish invasion of Portugal led by John I, king of Castile. The victory assured Portugal's independence.
1551: Turkish forces captured Tripoli.
1559: Spanish explorer de Luna enters Pensacola Bay, Florida.
1733: The War of the Polish Succession began.
1784: The first Russian colony in Alaska was founded on Kodiak Island.
1900: The Boxer Rebellion in China ended.
1941: The Atlantic Charter, a joint declaration issued during the Second World War by Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt (the U.S. at the time still not in the war) after 5 days of conferences aboard warships in the North Atlantic.
1945: Japan formally surrendered at the end of the Second World War. The war's death toll: 15,000,000 military and 38,000,000 civilian dead.
1947: Pakistan was founded when British rule over the region ended and the Asian subcontinent was partitioned into Islamic Pakistan and predominantly Hindu India. Pakistan comprised two portions, West and East, which later became independent Bangladesh.
1973: The secret U.S. bombing of Cambodia ended, marking the end of 12 years of U.S. involvement in Indochina.
1980: Gdansk, Poland shipyard workers under the leadership of Lech Walesa began strikes against the communist government.
1994: The terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, known as "Carlos the Jackal," was captured.
2003: A days-long power blackout began in the northeast U.S. and Canada, affecting 45 million people in the U.S. and 10 million in Ontario. It was caused by a malfunction at a power plant in Ohio that caused a cascade of power failures in power stations around the Great Lakes region. It was the second-largest blackout in history, second only to the 1999 blackout in Brazil.