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Friday, December 16 2011
What Language Is Pure?
The first spoken words of recorded history were "Let there be light."
"1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth [see also How Many Days Of Creation Were There?]. 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." (Genesis 1:1-5 KJV)
The first spoken words of recorded history, to humans, were instructions from the LORD:
"1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Notice from the verses above that the first instructions covered that "which is upon the face of all the earth." "Adam" was created before the Garden of Eden existed, because, as we read further in the verses below, he was thereafter put into the Garden; according to the Word of God, Eve was created in the Garden, not Adam (is that another of the reasons that Satan specifically targeted Eve with his lies?).
"2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul [see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?]. 2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed." (Genesis 2:7-8 KJV)
"Be ye doers of The Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves"
The humans in the Garden of Eden had a pure language, directly given to them by the LORD. But Satan misused that pure language (purity is no defense against corruption of the language by deed) to lie to them, and to mislead them, to their destruction. It was the earliest lesson that it isn't the language that makes one righteous - it's the obedience to what is commanded, regardless of the language that is used.
"3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made [see Do You Want A Servant Or A Serpent?]. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
The result of not obeying the words of the LORD, in the pure language that they had (even grunting, pointing at the forbidden tree and shaking one's head to indicate not to touch it would have been a pure language if they had obeyed it), was that they became sinners, followers of the Devil - while literally turning their backs to the LORD.
"3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
After being expelled from the Garden, humanity became so corrupt with their one pure language that the LORD destroyed them with the Flood (with the exception of Noah - who was declared righteous, not merely because he spoke the language, but because he obeyed what was commanded to him). Humanity thereafter settled in the land that is known today as Babylon (see What And Where Is Babylon Today?). They still had their one "pure" language, but what anti-God rebellion did they next do, by means of it? It was the LORD Who created all of the languages ("tongues") of today.
"11:1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 11:2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
Notice what happens, as it originally did in the Garden of Eden, when one has only the language (even if it's the original language of the Holy Scriptures themselves) but not genuine obedience (included among them was Saul the Pharisee, who later became one of the greatest true people of the LORD after he actually obeyed the Word of God; see Straight Street and What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?):
"8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 8:45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 8:46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 8:47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God." (John 8:43-47 KJV)
The famous Pentecost event after the resurrection of Jesus Christ provided the lesson that the Gospel of the Kingdom of God is to be made available to all people, in all of the languages that the LORD created, not merely the language of the people who failed to recognize the Messiah when He came the first time (according to the prophecy that they wouldn't understand the Holy Scriptures in their Hebrew language, until such time that the people of other languages had also been given their means to understand; see When Do Jews Become Christians?).
"2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come [see Pentecost: Unto The Morrow After The Seventh Sabbath], they were all with one accord in one place. 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Included among those tongues / languages in which "we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God," was Greek, from which the New Testament about "Jesus" was originally written to all of humanity. Amazingly, even the thug Pontius Pilate was given to provide a "sign," literally and symbolically, that the Messiah is the Messiah of all people of all languages; along with Hebrew, Pilate had a sign posted to the very Cross of Christ in the two "world languages" of that day - Greek (in which the New Testament was written) and Latin (the official "Babylon" language of that time; see Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire).
"19:19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Fact Finder: A "pure language" of the Word of God is that which is not corrupted by ignoring or disobeying what the LORD commanded to do, regardless of what language one hears it. How do we "1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves" (James 1:22 KJV)?
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This Day In History, December 16
755: The An Shi Rebellion began during the Tang Dynasty of China.
1431: Henry VI of England was crowned King of France at Notre Dame in Paris.
1485: Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII of England, was born. Henry divorced her without papal approval, starting the English Reformation.
1497: Vasco da Gama cleared the Cape of Good Hope, in the area where Bartolomeu Dias had earlier turned back to Portugal.
1653: During England's Interregnum (the time between two reigns; "when there is no king, the people do mischief"), the Protectorate was established; Oliver Cromwell became Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland.
1631: Mount Vesuvious in Italy erupted, killing over 4,000 people.
1653: Oliver Cromwell, leader of the Parliamentary side in the English civil war, was declared lord protector of England. He went on to establish religious tolerance and allied England with France against Spain.
1707: The last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji occurred in Japan.
1740: The War(s) of the Spanish Succession began when Frederick of Prussia invaded Silesia, one of the richest Hapsburg provinces. His victory encouraged other Hapsburg adversaries and thus insured that the war would become generalized.
1773: The "Boston Tea Party" was staged to protest "taxation without representation" and the perceived tea monopoly of The East India Company.
1811: A powerful earthquake changed the course of the Mississippi River near New Madrid, Missouri.
1835: A fire in New York City destroyed property estimated to be worth $20,000,000. Beginning in a store at Pearl and Merchant (Hanover) Streets, it lasted two days, ravaged 17 blocks (52 acres), and destroyed 674 buildings including the Stock Exchange, Merchants' Exchange, Post Office, and the South Dutch Church.
1916: The infamous Russian monk Grigori Rasputin was murdered. "Rasputin" wielded powerful influence over Alexandra, wife of Czar Nicholas of Russia; he was murdered by members of the royal family and the Duma.
1920: One of the worst earthquakes of all time occurred in Kansu province, China, killing 180,000 people.
1944: German forces launched a major offensive in Belgium's Ardennes Forest. It became known as the Battle of the Bulge.
1969: The British House of Commons voted by 343-185 to approve the permanent abolition of the death penalty.
1991: The United Nations reversed its earlier declaration that "Zionism is racism" (see Anti-Zion Is Anti-Christ).