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Saturday, January 14 2012
The Guiding Light
From the beginning of Bible History, creative knowledge and ability was made possible by the Holy Spirit of God. Craftsmen were given the gift of technical skill by means of the Holy Spirit (with the extraordinary amount of the Holy Spirit in Jesus Christ, it is certain that He was the greatest "carpenter" that ever lived; see The Carpenter).
"31:1 And the LORD [see The Rock Of The Church] spake unto Moses [see also Moses Of Midian], saying, 31:2 See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: 31:3 And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, 31:4 To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, 31:5 And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship. 31:6 And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee" (Exodus 31:1-6 KJV)
The Spirit of God also enabled individuals, such as Moses and Joshua (see Why Did Joshua Lead Israel Across The Jordan?), to be exceptional political and military leaders of God's people.
"34:9 And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses." (Deuteronomy 34:9 KJV)
The Spirit of God is what made the prophets of God true prophets of God.
"5:12 Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and showing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel [see The Prophets: Daniel; also The Prophet Daniel's View Of Hanukkah], whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation." (Daniel 5:12 KJV)
"My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power"
The Messiah (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16? and The True Gospel Of Christ) was prophesied to be a man with a great measure of the Holy Spirit of God to guide His actions and judgment. Jesus of Nazareth (see also Why Bethlehem, Egypt, Nazareth And Capernaum?) fulfilled that prophesy.
"11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse [see The Messianic Role Of Naomi, Ruth And Boaz], and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked." (Isaiah 11:1-4 KJV)
Even as a boy, Jesus "waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him."
"2:39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord [see also Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?], they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth. 2:40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him" (Luke 2:39-40 KJV)
Jesus never claimed to teach anything other than what The Father gave Him, by means of the Holy Spirit.
"14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works [see Works Means Obedience]." (John 14:10 KJV)
Jesus was martyred for preaching the Word of God (the Greek word "martyr" actually just means witness; when people began to be killed for witnessing the Truth, "martyr" came to mean someone killed for their preaching or living by the Truth; see also Nero's Torches). Many others, such as Stephen, who also taught the Word of God, were savagely killed by a Satan-deceived humanity that could not "resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake."
"6:8 And Stephen [see The Stoning Of Stephen], full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. 6:9 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. 6:10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake." (Acts 6:8-10 KJV)
Even former Christian persecutors, such as Paul (see The Strait Gate), found themselves awakened by the Holy Spirit. So too, the entire world will one day will be able to see (see The Eighth Day: What Does It Mean?).
"2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 2:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God." (1 Corinthians 2:1-5 KJV)
Fact Finder: When was light created? Who created it? By what means did He create it?
This Day In History, January 14
1236: Henry III married Eleanor of Provence.
1526: Francis I surrendered claims to Burgundy, Italy, and Flanders.
1529: Spanish reformer Juan de Valdes, 29, published his "Dialogue on Christian Doctrine," which paved the way in Spain for Protestant ideas. His treatise was condemned by the Spanish Inquisition, and Valdes was forced to flee Spain, never to return.
1601: Roman Catholic authorities in Rome burned Hebrew books (see also Translation Of Translations).
1604: The Hampton Court Conference began under King James I (the King James Bible is named after him) to address Puritan demands for doctrinal changes in the Church of England.
1699: Massachusetts held a day of fasting for wrongly persecuting "witches."
1742: English astronomer Edmond Halley died at age 86. He was the first to accurately predict the return of a comet. It is now named after him - Halley's Comet.
1797: In the Battle of Rivoli in Italy, the French under Napoleon defeated an Austrian attempt to relieve Mantua. 3,500 Austrian troops were killed.
1814: The Treaty of Kiel transferred Norway from the king of Denmark to the king of Sweden.
1837: Francois, the Marquis de Barbe-Marbois, died at age 92. The French statesman negotiated the Louisiana Purchase with the U.S. in 1803.
1858: Italian revolutionary Felice Orsini threw bombs at Napoleon III in Paris in an assassination attempt; several people were killed but Emperor Napoleon and Empress Eugenie were unharmed.
1878: The first private connection by telephone in Great Britain was made on the Isle of Wight when Queen Victoria spoke to Thomas Biddulph.
1893: Pope Leo XIII appointed Archbishop Francesco Satolli as the Vatican's first ambassador to the U.S.
1898: Charles Dodgson died at age 65. Although the British scholar was a lecturer in mathematics at Oxford University, and was a pioneer photographer, he is remembered, under the pen name Lewis Carroll, as the author of Alice in Wonderland.
1943: Churchill, Roosevelt and De Gaulle met in Casablanca to agree on a strategy for concluding the Second World War and to demand the unconditional surrender from the Germany.
1953: Marshal Tito was elected the first president of the Republic of Yugoslavia.
1969: The Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 was launched, followed the next day by Soyuz 5. They achieved the first docking of 2 manned spacecraft in Earth orbit.
1991: Three Palestinian terrorist chiefs, including Abu Iyad, were assassinated in Tunis.