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Sunday, February 3 2013
Psalms: The LORD Is My Shepherd
In English-language translations of the Holy Scriptures, the "Psalms" take their name from psaltery, a kind of ten-stringed harp or lyre. The actual Hebrew word of the Scriptures is (pronounced) miz-more. It means music, or a poem set to music, while the actual Hebrew word of the Psalms, translated as "psaltery," (pronounced) nay-bel, means a bottle, or pitcher. Evidently (as seen on the ancient coin shown below), the ancient psaltery was shaped like a water container.
The Book of Psalms is composed of 150 poems, most of which were, or intended to be, set to music. Unlike much of the present-day "Gospel music" (most of which ignores or contradicts the true Gospel; see The True Gospel), the Psalms were songs of genuine faith and worship.
"1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD [see Israel In History and Prophecy: Law Of The LORD]; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
The Twenty-Third Psalm is one of the most famous. As reiterated throughout the Psalms, it is a statement of faith in the Salvation of the LORD.
"23:1 A Psalm of David.
The Psalms are also prophetic - so much so that they provide an eyewitness account of the Crucifixion through the Messiah's own eyes.
"22:13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. 22:14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. 22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked [see What Does Wicked Mean?] have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. 22:17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. 22:18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture [John 19:25 KJV]." (Psalm 22:13-18 KJV)
Many prophecies in the Psalms also describe His Return, when the rebellious nations of humanity will attempt to fight the Messiah. While the Book of Revelation is usually what people think of when they read that the Messiah will bring peace to the Earth with a "rod of iron" ("17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues" Revelation 17:14-15 KJV), it was first-written long before the Book of Revelation - in the Psalms.
"2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 2:3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 2:4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 2:5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. 2:6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 2:8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 2:9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. 2:10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 2:11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling [see What Happens After The Messiah Returns?]. 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him." (Psalm 2:1-12 KJV)
The LORD's "rod of iron" rule, as first written in the Psalms, in the Book of Revelation:
"19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war [see What Is The Day Of The LORD?]. 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING of kings, and LORD of lords." (Revelation 19:11-16 KJV)
Studies For The Book Of Psalms
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This Day In History, February 3
19: Arminius (German name Hermann), died. The German tribal leader inflicted a major defeat on the emerging Roman Empire (see The Politics Of Rome) by destroying 3 full legions under Publius Varus in the Teutoburg Forest in 9 AD (see also Legions Of Men And Angels). The defeat severely checked the plans of Emperor Augustus (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) to take the territory between the Rhine and Elbe rivers (see Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire). Ironically, by the Middle Ages, Germany itself became the Roman Empire - the official title by then was "the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire).
313: The Edict of Milan: Constantine the Great (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) and co-emperor Valerius Licinius met at a conference in Milan. They proclaimed a policy of religious freedom for their hijacked version of Christianity, ending the persecution of Christian-professing people (i.e. people who call themselves Christians while ignoring or rejecting what the Messiah actually taught; see Antichristians) in the Roman Empire. Rome's (including her later "Protestant" daughters i.e. Revelation 17:5) persecution of true Christians never stopped.
1014: King Sweyn of Denmark died. He was succeeded by his son, Canute II. After King Ethelred II of England ordered a massacre of Danes in 1002, Sweyn invaded Britain and conquered much of the country.
1160: Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa catapulted live prisoners, including children, at the Italian city of Crema, forcing its surrender.
1194: King Henry VI of Germany released King Richard I (the Lion-Heart) of England, who had been captured during the Third Crusade (see The Crusades).
1377: Over 2,000 people of Cesena, Italy were slaughtered by Papal Troops. The murders became known as the Cesena Bloodbath durng the "War of the Eight Saints" (1375 to 1378) - a war between Pope Gregory XI and allied Italian city-states led by Florence.
1468: German printer Johann Gutenberg died. He is regarded as the first in the world to use movable type, thereby making mass production of books, including the Holy Bible, possible.
1518: Pope Leo X imposed silence on the Augustinian monks.
1690: The first paper money in New England was issued in Massachusetts to pay Britain's soldiers who were fighting a war against France in Quebec.
1783: Spain recognized the independence of the New England colonies.
1916: Fire destroyed the center block of Canada's Parliament Buildings. 7 people were killed in the blaze. Iron doors saved the adjoining Parliamentary Library, but the center block containing the House of Commons and the Senate had to be rebuilt. Reconstruction was completed in 1920.
1917: A German submarine sank the U.S. liner Housatonic off the coast of Sicily. The U.S. severed diplomatic relations with Germany after the attack.
1920: After the First World War, the "Allies" demanded that 890 Germany military leaders stand trial for war crimes.
1958: The Benelux Economic Union Treaty was signed between Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands.
1962: The U.S. government banned all U.S. trade with Cuba.
1966: The first controlled landing on the moon was made by the unmanned Soviet Luna 9.
1969: The "Palestine National Congress" appointed Yasser Arafat as leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
1996: An earthquake measuring 7.0 rocked southwestern China, killing at least 302 people and injuring 15,000.
1998: Karla Faye Tucker was executed in Texas, thereby making her the first woman executed in the U.S. since 1984. She was convicted of murdering 2 people with a pick-axe in 1983.
2010: Regina, the Crown Princess of Austria, died at age 85.