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Friday, February 24 2012
Into The Coasts Of Tyre And Sidon
Tyre and Sidon are Mediterranean seacoast (see also From What Sea Has The Beast Risen?) cities in Lebanon, located just north of Galilee. Both cities have been known from ancient times, when they served as the northern border area of the land of Canaan (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Jebus Of Canaan).
"10:19 And the border of the Canaanites [see The Family Of Ham] was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha" (Genesis 10:19 KJV)
It was from Tyre and Sidon that the cedar of Lebanon for the original Temple in Jerusalem was shipped (see The Temple Cedar):
"5:1 And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his father [see A History Of Jerusalem: The City Of David and A History Of Jerusalem: The Glory Of Solomon]: for Hiram was ever a lover of David. 5:2 And Solomon sent to Hiram, saying,
Many true teachings of the LORD, as they were spoken, were written within, or in parallel with, other teachings, as a matter of conversation (the famous "John 3:16" is both one of the most quoted, but least understood, verses of the Bible because millions of people don't realize that it was merely a small part of a much larger teaching - see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?). The recorded incidents / teachings of the "coasts" of Tyre and Sidon were also delivered within greater teachings. Consider this beginning of a teaching:
"11:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.
Notice carefully, in the continuing verses below, that the mention of Tyre and Sidon begins with "then" - not because He was changing to a new teaching, but because He was continuing and finishing the teaching that He had already begun, as quoted in the verses above. Many of the people of Israel, including in His own home towns of Nazareth and Capernaum, had ignored and rejected the Truth, and the warning, while the "foreigners" (that the people of Israel had such arrogant disregard for, because, after all, "aren't we God's perfect people no matter what gutter-level evil that we do?") accepted the Truth that the Messiah spoke to them (just as did the "foreigner" Abraham; see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Abraham?).
"11:20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: 11:21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 11:22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. 11:23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 11:24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee." (Matthew 11:20-24 KJV)
"Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt"
The major difference between the Israelites and the foreign people who either accepted or rejected the Messiah was that the Israelite people who rejected Him did so while claiming to be His people (exactly as does the Christ-professing, but Christ-disobeying "Christian" world today - see Antichristians and Is Your Religion Your Religion?). For that, the Messiah rebuked them with "15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men" (Matthew 15:8-9 KJV).
"15:1 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem [see Who Was Their Messiah?], saying, 15:2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
The Messiah then went up from Galilee into Lebanon, "into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon," to get away from the "scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem" who had come up to Galilee from far south in Judea. It was because of those Messiah-rejecting scribes and Pharisees that the famous teaching, and healing, with the believing and faithful Canaan woman of "the coasts of Tyre and Sidon," happened.
"15:21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. 15:22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
And then further, after word of that miraculous healing "in the coasts of Tyre and Sidon" had quickly spread, that great multitudes followed Him into the wilderness (the Messiah was merely trying to take a break, first resorting to Lebanon, then back into a wilderness area of Galilee). It was, further, because of all that had happened, that He miraculously fed those people who had taken it upon themselves to follow Him out into a wilderness area, without the supplies that they needed to be there, or to return i.e. "because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way." Many read those events and teachings as though they were entirely separate, but they were in fact a chain of events, triggered by a single theme of those who believed in Him, and those who did not.
"15:29 And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there. 15:30 And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them: 15:31 Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.
This Day In History, February 24
786: Pepin the Short of Gaul died. His kingdom was divided between his sons Charles (Charlemagne) and Carloman.
1303: The Battle of Roslin during the First War of Scottish Independence.
1387: King Charles III of Naples and Hungary was assassinated at Buda.
1389: King Albert of Sweden was defeated and captured by the Danes at the Battle of Falkoeping. The outcome left Margaret of Denmark effective ruler of both Sweden and Denmark.
1473: Albert III Achilles proclaimed the Dispositio Achilles (Disposition of Achilles) which was to preserve a united Brandenburg.
1496: Henry VII of England ended a commercial dispute with Flanders.
1500: Holy Roman Emperor Charles V was born. It was the emperor Charles who officially pronounced Martin Luther a heretic, not the pope (the Emperors claimed to be the "vicar of Christ" because Christ is a King; the popes claimed to be the "vicar of Christ" because Christ is our High Priest - see Emperors and Popes).
1525: During the first Franco-Habsburg War, the Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire) Charles V captured French King Francis I at the battle of Pavia, in Italy. The battle marked one of the earliest uses of the arquebus (musket).
1530: The first imperial coronation by a pope - Charles V crowned by Clement V (again, see The Holy Roman Empire).
1582: Pope Gregory XIII issued a Papal Bull proclaiming the Gregorian calendar (named after him; see Pope Gregory's Calendar), replacing the Julian calendar (named after Julius Caesar). The Gregorian calendar is used throughout the world today.
1821: Mexico became independent from Spain. Over the next century, much of Mexico's territory was lost to the U.S. by armed conquest (the present-day Mexican border with the U.S. was once hundreds of miles farther north into what is today California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas).
1825: Thomas Bowdler, British editor, died. He edited a censored version of the works of Shakespeare, giving the word "bowdlerise" to the English language.
1826: The Treaty of Yandabo; ended the First Anglo-Burmese War.
1848: After a revolution in Paris, Louis Philippe of France abdicated in favor of his grandson, the Comte de Paris. The move failed and the Second Republic was proclaimed 2 days later.
1868: Andrew Johnson became the first U.S. President to have impeachment proceedings brought against him.
1887: Paris, France, and Brussels, Belgium, became the first two national capital cities with telephone communications between them.
1920: A small political extremist group in Germany outlined its program to create a Third German Reich. Its spokesman, Adolf Hitler, said that it would change its name to the National Socialist German Workers' Party (abbreviated as the "Nazi" Party; see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1942: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), 767 Jewish refugees (428 men, 269 women, 70 children) drowned in the sinking of the Struma, 5 miles off the coast of Istanbul, Turkey. After they were refused entry in "Palestine" and the Ottomans would not allow them into Turkey, Turkish authorities had the unseaworthy ship towed out to sea, where it soon floundered and sank (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate and A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism).
1945: Prime Minister Ahmed Maher Pasha of Egypt was shot dead in Parliament just after reading a declaration of war on Germany and Japan.
1986: Tommy Douglas died at age 81. The Canadian politician, former Saskatchewan premier and federal party leader, was known as the "father of medicare" for introducing North America's first government health plan.
1989: Iranian Muslim leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offered a $3 million bounty for the murder of author Salman Rushdie.
1991: After 5 weeks of massive U.S. air bombardment of Iraq and Kuwait, U.S., British and allied ground forces began the ground war in the Kuwait "Gulf War."
2007: Japan launched its fourth spy satellite.
2008: Fidel Castro retired due to ill health after nearly fifty years as the President of Cuba, beginning with the revolution that overthrew the Mafia (the Cuba scenes in The Godfather movies are based on historical truth) and CIA backed dictator regime of Fulgencio Batista in 1959.