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Saturday, September 10 2011
The Congregation Of The Appointed Time
The Hebrew word (pronounced) moe-ade means congregation or appointed time. The word is found over 200 times in the Old Testament, variously translated as congregation, appointed, time, feast, season, assembly - and once (in the King James) as synagogue:
"74:8 They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land. 74:9 We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long." (Psalm 74:8-9 KJV)
In the New Testament, the Greek word (pronounced) soon-ag-oh-gay, meaning an assembly of people, is translated as synagogue. Jesus Christ was an observant Jew (see also The First Christian Church and When Do Jews Become Christians?) - "observant" as in obeying God's Law in the way that God actually commanded, rather than merely in ways of man's traditions (see Did Jesus Break The Law?). As such, He attended synagogue and was an active participant, even a popularly-accepted one, at first.
"4:15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.
"He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read"
The Messiah (see also The Strait Gate and Moriah: Separating The Wheat From The Chaff) did not reject worship at synagogue, whether His own local synagogue, or synagogues throughout the land (as stated in the verse quotes above). But the leaders of the synagogues rejected Him, because of the Truth that He taught. He was an overwhelming threat to their corruption and error, so they "held a council against him, how they might destroy him" (see below).
"12:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day [see The Way To Salvation: Step 4].
As has happened over the centuries to Christian-professing churches, the mis-leadership were using God's place of worship as a showplace for themselves, a theater for their vanity and ego. They hated Christ because He upstaged them, not with Himself, but with the Truth.
"6:2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Christ warned His "sheep" (see also Houses Of The Holy) to be on guard against those who seek to glorify themselves, with their own self-righteous, self-serving religious philosophy (see Religious Parties and Is Your Church A Cult?), rather than to glorify God by obeying Him.
"10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
Fact Finder: (a) Was the Christian Sabbath established by Jesus Christ at the time of Creation? (b) How did the Babylonian "sun day" infest Christianity?
This Day In History, September 10
1224: The first Franciscan missionaries arrived in England. The Roman Catholic monks, also then known as "Grey Friars," were founded by Francis of Assisi 15 years before. England officially split with the papacy during the time of King Henry VIII (reigned 1509-1547), who established himself, and all future monarchs right to the present day, as head of the Church of England.
1419: John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy was assassinated by followers of the Dauphin, the future Charles VII of France.
1588: Thomas Cavendish returned to England, becoming the third man to circumnavigate the earth.
1846: Elias Howe patented the "sewing machine," a device that permitted greater industrial production of clothing at lower cost.
1898: Empress Elizabeth of Austria was assassinated.
1912: Jules Vedrines of France became the first pilot to reach 100 m.p.h. in flight.
1914: The six-day Battle of the Marne ended during the First World War, halting the German advance into France.
1918:During the Russian Civil War, the Red Army captured Kazan.
1939: At the beginning of the Second World War, Canada declared war on Nazi Germany.
1948: US-born Mildred Gillars, accused of being Nazi wartime radio broadcaster "Axis Sally," was indicted in Washington, D.C., for treason.
1952: The Treaty of Luxembourg was signed between Israel and Germany, whereby Germany agreed to make reparation payments to Israel for German crimes against the Jews in during the Second World War. Conrad Adenauer signed for Germany. Ironically (as news events in the coming years will plainly show), the ceremony was held at the Luxembourg City Hall, a site dictated by Adenauer's presence that day to initial the pact establishing the European Coal and Steel Community - one of the first steps that led to the formation of the new, but ancient, European Union.
1963: President John Kennedy federalized Alabama's National Guard to prevent Governor George Wallace from using guardsmen to stop public-school desegregation. 20 black students were enabled to enter college that year.
2002: Switzerland, a traditionally a "neutral" country, became a member of the United Nations.