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Thursday, July 4 2013
"The people were astonished at his doctrine: For He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes"
The English word "learn" originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word, pronounced leornian, which meant to teach. While it would today be regarded as bad grammar, a statement such as "he learned them how to do it" is in fact correct, according to the original meaning of the word "learn." In its original form, the "learner" was the teacher, not the student.
"Learn" is used to translate a number of Hebrew and Greek words of the Holy Scriptures (see also Translation Of Translations).
Although the Messiah was regarded as "unlearned" by the Pharisees and Sadducees (it was in fact their academic arrogance that inspired them to murder the Christ; see also The Origin Of The Essenes, Sadducees And Pharisees and Why Did The Lawyers Hate The Messiah?), the Messiah's teachings were and are based entirely on what God first taught Him. Jesus achieved the ultimate Ph.D. in Theology (as well as Education, Psychology and History) because there is no "higher learning" than a degree personally taught by God.
"7:14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple [see also What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?], and taught.
Christ's learning was not purely academic; it was His applied learning that made Him perfect.
"5:7 Who in the days of his flesh [see also 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'], when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience [see Works Means Obedience] by the things which he suffered; 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him" (Hebrews 5:7-9 KJV)
Once qualified, by having first Himself learned (see the Fact Finder question below), the Son of God then taught the Word of God.
"11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light [see The Yoke Of Freedom]." (Matthew 11:27-30 KJV)
The basis of "antichrist" are teachings that oppose and contradict the true teachings of Jesus Christ. While "antichrist" is generally regarded as something committed by evil-minded people, most of it is caused by well-meaning people who proclaim their "Christianity" (see Is Your Religion Your Religion?) without ever even having read what Christ taught. The Christ warned what is coming to "Christians" who ignore the actual Word of God (see Antichristians and Friends Of Jesus).
"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.
The return of Jesus Christ (see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin) will mark the beginning of "higher learning" for all of humanity. The famous "he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem" prophecy was actually given to two prophets, Isaiah and Micah.
"2:1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion [see Anti-Zion Is Anti-Christ] shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Isaiah 2:1-4 KJV)
Fact Finder: Did the LORD give everyone the self-worshipping "freedom" to do whatever they please in His Name?
This Day In History, July 4
414: Emperor Theodosius II, at age 13, yielded power to his older sister, Aelia Pulcheria, who then reigned as regent and proclaimed herself Empress ("Augusta") of the Eastern Roman Empire (see The Politics Of Rome, A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire).
1064: Chinese and Arabian astronomers recorded what they called a bright new "guest star" in the constellation of Taurus. The results of that supernova ("a star that explodes and becomes extremely luminous in the process") can be seen today as the Crab Nebula.
1187: Saladin's Muslim forces defeated Church of Rome "Crusader" forces (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) at Battle of the Horns of Hattin, overlooking the Sea of Galilee near Tiberias (see The Cities Of Lake Galilee). The victory led to Saladin's capture of Jerusalem from the self-proclaimed "King of Jerusalem," Guy of Lusignan, of France.
1190: Richard I of England and Philip II of France started on the Third Crusade.
1609: French explorer Samuel de Champlain discovered (for Europeans; the native people already knew that the lake was there) what was later named Lake Champlain in New York.
1634: The city of Trois-Rivières was founded in "New France" (Quebec, Canada).
1653: "The Barebones Parliament" began; a hand-picked legislative group of 140 men convened by Oliver Cromwell following the Puritan victory in the English Civil War. The name was derived as a mockery of one of its members, "Praise-God" Barbon.
1776: The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia by representatives of all 13 of the discontented colonies that had been created in the barren wilderness of "New England," beginning nearly two centuries earlier with the English settlement of Jamestown in 1607 (named after King James I; the King James Version of the Holy Bible was also named after him).
1831: Samuel Francis Smith wrote the lyrics for America (also known as "My Country 'Tis Of Thee"). Many historians find it very strange that the music that he used for his patriotic hymn was the very same as that already long-used for England's national anthem God Save the King - hence the reason that, to this day, God Save the King/Queen and America cannot be distinguished merely from the music.
1885: The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City from Europe. While most are aware that it was a gift from the Roman-Catholic people and government of France, very few are realize that the Statue of Liberty was a deliberate, as stated by its builders, reproduction of the ancient Roman goddess Libertas, idol-worshipping Rome's "goddess of freedom." A 2,000 year-old Roman coin from 42 BC, from the era of the birth of the Roman Empire, as shown in the photograph, shows Libertas (including the idol's name, the Latin Libertas, in English meaning "Lady Liberty" right on the coin); the face and the crown are identical to the Statue of Liberty.
1904: Construction of the Panama Canal began.
1918: Ottoman sultan Mehmed VI ascended to the throne (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1918: Bolshevik rebel forces in Russia seized and murdered Tsar Nicholas II ("Tsar" is the Russian form of Caesar, as is the German Kaiser) and his family. The revolution began 70 years of communism in Russia.
1946: After nearly 4 centuries of foreign rule by one colonial nation after another, the Philippines achieved full independence from the U.S.
1947: The British Parliament introduced the "Indian Independence Bill" to divide British India into two sovereign countries - India and Pakistan.
1987: In France, Hitler-era Gestapo (in German, "Gestapo" was an abbreviation for "State Police") chief Klaus Barbie (known as the "Butcher of Lyon") was convicted of crimes against humanity and was sentenced to life imprisonment (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1995: A Canadian Navy submarine recovered the bell of the iron ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald, that sank on November 10 1975 in Lake Superior with the loss of 29 men. The sinking was made famous by Gordon Lightfoot's The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald.