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Friday, August 24 2012
The English word "precept" originated from a Latin word, preceptum, which literally meant to accept before, as in receiving knowledge that thereafter guides behavior.
A number of Hebrew and Greek words of the Holy Scriptures are translated as "precept" or "precepts":
"For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line"
King David (see Israel In History and Prophecy: King David) was judged righteous in the sight of the LORD because David, despite his human shortcomings (e.g. see David's Altar and David And Bathsheba), never became unfaithful to the precepts of the LORD.
David recognized that the precepts of the LORD are the sure and sole basis of true wisdom.
Righteous liberty isn't freedom from God's Law (i.e. Satan's asinine idea of "free-dumb"), but freedom by God's Law. The Ten Commandments are the ultimate human rights document.
The understanding of God's precepts grows with understanding of God's Word (see What Does Word of God Mean To You?).
"28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little" (Isaiah 28:10 KJV)
"We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments"
When Israel, and then Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah), rejected the LORD's righteous precepts for themselves, they were both destroyed as nations, because "We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments." Israel never returned (yet; see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes and Israel In History and Prophecy: The New Covenant), while Judah did return (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah and Israel In History and Prophecy: The Return Of Judah), for the sake of the promised Messiah to come (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Alpha and Omega).
"9:1 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans [see Israel In History and Prophecy: Babylon and Persia]; 9:2 In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem [see Jeremiah's Letter To Babylon]. 9:3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
The return of the kingdom of Judah after their Babylonian exile (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah) in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah (see A History Of Jerusalem: Ezra And Nehemiah) was a time of national rebirth. They recognized and confessed their failure, and vowed to obey the LORD from then on. That was very good, but unfortunately, that time also marked the beginning of the religious parties (i.e. the Sadduccees, Pharisees and others) who, in their intent to obey God's precepts, created many of their own self-righteous precepts that supposedly defined how to obey the LORD - precepts of their own making that eventually replaced God's precepts with their own. The result was that, when He came, they accused the Messiah of breaking God's Law.
"9:13 Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments: 9:14 And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant [see Israel In History and Prophecy: Moses]: 9:15 And gavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and broughtest forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and promisedst them that they should go in to possess the land which thou hadst sworn to give them.
"Why do ye also transgress the Commandment of God by your tradition?"
The prophet Isaiah witnessed and prophesied about Israel and Judah's unfaithfulness, however his prophecies applied again later when the Messiah came.
"29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: 29:14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid." (Isaiah 29:13-14 KJV)
The Messiah specifically quoted that prophecy by Isaiah, in referring to the religionists of the later time. When they accused Him of breaking the Law (i.e. their man-made precepts, that themselves were violating the LORD's precepts), He rebuked them with the words of Isaiah - the same words that Isaiah used to rebuke their ancestors.
"15:1 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees [see How Did The Messiah's Levite Priesthood Change? and Who Was Their Messiah?], which were of Jerusalem, saying, 15:2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
The principle of man-made precepts replacing the Truth applies even more to the Christian-professing world today. Notice the dire warning to those who use Christ's Name in vain, to do as they please in His Name.
"7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate [see The Strait Gate]: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
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This Day In History, August 24
49 BC: Julius Caesar's general Gaius Scribonius Curio was defeated at the Second Battle of the Bagradas River by the Numidians under Publius Attius Varus and King Juba of Numidia. Curio committed suicide to avoid capture (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
79: The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae were destroyed and thousands of people killed by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy.
410: Alaric, leading his Visigoth army, entered and sacked Rome. The city had not been captured by a foreign enemy for nearly 800 years.
455: The Vandals, led by King Genseric, began to plunder Rome.
1185: The Sack of Thessalonica by the Normans.
1200: King John of England, signee of the first Magna Carta, married Isabella of Angouleme in Bordeaux Cathedral.
1215: Pope Innocent III declared the Magna Carta invalid.
1294: German King Adolf of Nassau formed an alliance with King Edward I of England against France.
1298: Albert (Albrecht) was crowned German king at Aachen.
1349: Six thousand Jews were murdered in Mainz, Germany after being blamed for the bubonic plague.
1456: The printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed.
1516: Sultan Selim I defeated the Mameluke army near Aleppo, thus securing Syria for the Ottoman (Turkish) empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1561: Willem of Orange married duchess Anna of Saxony.
1662: The Act of Uniformity introduced a book of Common Prayer in Britain.
1680: Colonel Thomas Blood, the Irish adventurer who stole the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London in 1671, died. Captured after the theft, he insisted on seeing the king, Charles II, who pardoned him.
1814: During the War of 1812 (1812-1815), British marines burned the original White House in Washington D.C. in retaliation for the U.S. looting and burning of the Parliament Building in York (now known as Toronto) earlier in the year.
1909: Work began for the Panama Canal.
1912: Alaska became a U.S. territory after being purchased from Russia.
1922: Arab states meeting at Nablus rejected the British mandate for Palestine given by the League of Nations.
1949: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was established.
1950: Operation Magic Carpet - 45,000 Yemenite Jews transported to Israel.
1968: France became the fifth nuclear power when it exploded a hydrogen bomb near Fugataufa Atoll, midway between Australia and South America.
1989: Poland became the first country in the Soviet Bloc to appoint a non-Communist Prime Minister, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, since the late 1940s.
1991: Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as the head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
2006: The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefined the term "planet." The changed resulted in Pluto now classified as a "dwarf planet."