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Saturday, April 27 2013
Happy Shalt Thou Be
"Happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee"
The English word "happy" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, gehaep, which meant good circumstances, whether in life events or personal health.
"Happy" is often used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced aw-share, which means happy, as in joyful. The very same word for "happy" was used as a name for one of Jacob's children (the LORD renamed Jacob as "Israel" - see Where Jacob Became Israel), who became the progenitor of the Israelite tribe of Asher (see The Israelite Patriarchs - Asher). Leah (in Hebrew pronounced lay-ah) named him "happy" because she was happy at his birth.
"30:9 When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife. 30:10 And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a son. 30:11 And Leah said, A troop cometh: and she called his name Gad. 30:12 And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a second son. 30:13 And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed: and she called his name Asher." Genesis 30:9-13 KJV; see Mothers Of Israel).
"30:13 And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed: and she called his name Asher." (Genesis 30:13 KJV)
In his blessing to the twelve tribes just before his death, Moses (see From Moses And Aaron To Joshua and Eleazar) listed Asher last - perhaps to use his name as a lead-in for the overall blessing, using the same word as the name, "Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD."
"33:24 And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil. 33:25 Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be.
The King James Version (and others) variously translate the original Hebrew word aw-share as either "happy" or "blessed."
"14:21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy [i.e. aw-share, which means happy] is he." (Proverbs 14:21 KJV)
True happiness (i.e. "happiness" that doesn't soon lead to misery) begins when God's correction brings his children in line with Him (see What's Your Angle?). That often involves "growing pains" that strengthen not only our Christian character, but our capacity for true happiness.
"5:17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: 5:18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole." (Job 5:17-18 KJV)
Living according to God's Way is the way to life and happiness.
"128:1 A Song of degrees. Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD [see What Is The Day Of The LORD?]; that walketh in his ways. 128:2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee." (Psalm 128:1-2 KJV)
God's Way is the way to God's Wisdom, for "Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding."
"3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. 3:14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. 3:15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. 3:16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. 3:17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. 3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her." (Proverbs 3:13-18 KJV)
With God's understanding and wisdom comes an inner peace that does not require external circumstances for happiness. One discovers that there is no need to strive with others to be happy.
"5:9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. 5:10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy." (James 5:9-11 KJV)
Fact Finder: When will the world know only happiness?
This Day In History, April 27
33 BC: Lucius Marcius Philippus, step-brother to the future emperor Augustus (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars), celebrates a triumph for his victories while serving as governor in one of the provinces of Hispania.
1296: English forces under Edward I battled a Scottish army under the Earl of Athol at the Battle of Dunbar.
1509: Pope Julius II excommunicated the Italian state of Venice.
1521: Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed at age 41 by natives in the Philippines while on a pioneering round-the-world voyage.
1565: The first Spanish settlement in the Philippines was established.
1773: The English Parliament passed the Tea Act.
1865: The Sultanana, a steam-powered riverboat, caught fire and burned after one of its boilers exploded. At least 1,238 of the 2,031 passengers, mostly former Union POWs, were killed.
1909: A group known as the "Young Turks" deposed Sultan Abdul Hamid 3 days after a liberation army had taken Constantinople.
1937: The first major aerial bombing of a civilian population took place when German warplanes, supporting General Francisco Franco's fascist forces during the Spanish Civil War, attacked the Basque town of Guernica in northern Spain, killing 1,000 of its 7,000 people.
1940: Nazi Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler gave the order to establish a concentration camp at an abandoned army barracks at Oswiecim, Poland. It became the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.
1941: German troops raised the Swastika over the Acropolis in Athens.
1969: French voters, in a referendum on the proposed issues of regional devolution and reform of the upper house of the French parliament, voted against Charles de Gaulle's further plans for the country; de Gaulle promptly resigned and the de Gaulle era ended.
1975: Saigon was encircled by North Vietnamese troops.
1978: Afghanistan's armed forces seized power, establishing a government based on Islamic principles. President Daoud was killed and new President Nur Mohammed Taraki proclaimed the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. Invasions by the USSR in 1979 and the USA in 2001 followed.
1987: The U.S. barred Austrian Chancellor Kurt Waldheim diplomatic entry into the U.S. because of his alleged Nazi involvement during the Second World War. Many other Nazis were allowed into the U.S. immediately after the war however, including Wernher von Braun who was the head of Adolf Hitler's liquid-fuel rocket program that was used to bomb Britain (in which thousands of British civilians were killed). Wernher von Braun, who later admitted that he had been more than just a scientist (he was a member of both Hitler's political Nazi party and Hitler's war-criminal SS, the "schutzstaffel") worked on the development of NASA rockets (despite the opposition of those who knew the truth about "the NASA Nazi," including many Jews and Jewish holocaust survivors) and U.S. nuclear missiles.
1989: Protesting students took over Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. The protests were later crushed (literally) by Chinese tanks and troops.
2005: The European superjumbo airliner Airbus A380 made its first flight, in France.