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Saturday, September 24 2011
A Light That Shineth In A Dark Place
Eyes alone do not enable people to see. People with 20/20 vision can still be totally blind if they are in a place that is in the dark. The same is true for spiritual vision - without the light of the Holy Spirit, what is in "plain sight" cannot be seen - or read. It's a factor that affects all humans until such time that their possibility of beginning The Process Of Conversion is enabled by Spiritual Conception.
"8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them" (Isaiah 8:20 KJV)
"A light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts"
The Messiah often healed physically blind people, because He had Compassion on them, but moreover as an object lesson of the great healing from spiritual blindness that will come to the entire world in due time e.g. "30:20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers" (Isaiah 30:20 KJV; see also When Their Eyes Were Opened and A Brainwashed World).
"9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 9:2 And his disciples ["disciple" means student; see Teachers And Pastors: What's The Difference?] asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
The healing was brought to the attention of the as-yet spiritually-blind Pharisees who again blasphemously accused the Christ of violating The LORD's Sabbath (see Did Jesus Break The Law?). Rather than rejoicing with the man who was healed, "9:34 They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out" (Luke 9:34 KJV).
"9:13 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. 9:14 And it was the sabbath day [see Do You Observe Christ's Sabbath Or Babylon's Sun Day? and The Way To Salvation: Step 4] when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. 9:15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.
When Jesus heard that the man who could now see (physically and spiritually) had been put out, He sought him out and revealed to him (and everyone else) why such healings were done: "9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind" (Luke 9:39 KJV). When the Pharisees again confronted Him, Jesus gave them a stark condemnation (see Damnation): "9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth" (Luke 9:41 KJV).
"9:35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
Fact Finder: Why are there two major resurrections of humanity coming?
This Day In History, September 24
787: The Second Nicene Council began under Pope Adrian I. Closely allied with Roman emperor Charlemagne (see Emperors and Popes; listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy), Adrian condemned supporters of iconoclasm - the opposition to the use of religious statues and images because it violated the Commandment against idolatry.
1332: Edward de Balliol was crowned king of Scotland at Scone after the death of 7 year old Queen Margaret. The famous Stone of Scone (pronounced "scoon") is used as the "Coronation Stone" for all new British monarchs, and was just recently returned to Scotland after 700 years in Britain.
1493: Christopher Columbus' second voyage to the "New World" (in which humanity repeated all of the mistakes of the "Old World") during which Jamaica, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico were "discovered" - although, for the many native people already there, it was hardly a discovery.
1545: Cardinal Albrecht died at age 55. He was the object of Martin Luther's protests concerning the sale of indulgences.
1664: The Dutch settlement of Fort Orange surrendered to the British. Renamed to honor the Duke of York and Albany, it would become Albany, New York.
1683: Jews were expelled from all French territory in "New France" (i.e. French colonies in North America).
1706: During the Great Northern War (1700-1721), the Treaty of Altanstadt was signed by Swedish king Charles XII with Augustus II the Strong, king of Poland and elector of Saxony.
1852: The first engine-powered flight of a dirigible was accomplished by French inventor Henri Giffard. He flew about 27 kilometers (16.7 miles) from Paris to Trappes in a craft powered by a steam engine.
1889: The Declaration of Utrecht was signed in the Netherlands. It became the doctrinal constitution of the so-called "Old Catholic Church." Among other things, they reject the pope's leadership and clerical celibacy - but still maintain most of the anti-Bible errors of the rest of the Christian-professing world, Catholic or Protestant.
1948: Mildred Gillars, accused of being Nazi wartime radio propagandist "Axis Sally," pleaded innocent in Washington, D.C., to charges of treason.
1950: Operation Magic Carpet - all Jews from Yemen were transported to Israel.
1956: The first transatlantic telephone cable system began operation.
1957: U.S. President Eisenhower ordered federal troops into Little Rock, Arkansas to protect nine black students while they attended the newly-integrated high school.
1962: Riots erupted at the University of Mississippi when James Meredith was announced as the first black student at the university.
1976: Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was sentenced to seven years in prison for her part in a 1974 bank robbery that occurred while she was supposedly a kidnap victim.
1990: The government of the Soviet Union approved a change from communism to a market economic system.