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Saturday, January 18 2014

Deuteronomy 25: Timely Examples Of The Eternal Law

"Think not that I am come to destroy the Law"

The Messiah was not a liberal, pacifist, socialist loser (see Satan's Fall: From Conservative To Liberal and Exodus 13: Liberation, Not Liberal-ation). Jesus Christ taught, as a man, what He Commanded as the LORD God. Jesus Christ was and is the LORD (see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God).

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"5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." (Matthew 5:17-18 KJV)

When the Messiah returns (see What Happens After The Messiah Returns?), it won't be to establish an "anything goes" fantasy land that much of the Christian-professing world has invented for itself (see Who Can Be Saved? and the Fact Finder question below). Jesus Christ is returning to establish the eternal Kingdom of God on Earth (see Revelation: Thy Kingdom Come and The Church In The Kingdom Of God).

"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. 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)

The "Old Testament" recorded many examples of how the Eternal Law of the LORD was to be applied in day to day life. Some of the examples were specific to their time. The Law upon which they were based is forever.

"25:1 If there be a controversy between men, and they come unto judgment, that the judges may judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked. 25:2 And it shall be, if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his face, according to his fault, by a certain number. 25:3 Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed: lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy brother should seem vile unto thee.

25:4 Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.

25:5 If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband's brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband's brother unto her. 25:6 And it shall be, that the firstborn which she beareth shall succeed in the name of his brother which is dead, that his name be not put out of Israel.

25:7 And if the man like not to take his brother's wife, then let his brother's wife go up to the gate unto the elders, and say, My husband's brother refuseth to raise up unto his brother a name in Israel, he will not perform the duty of my husband's brother. 25:8 Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him: and if he stand to it, and say, I like not to take her; 25:9 Then shall his brother's wife come unto him in the presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face, and shall answer and say, So shall it be done unto that man that will not build up his brother's house. 25:10 And his name shall be called in Israel, The house of him that hath his shoe loosed.

25:11 When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets: 25:12 Then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity her.

25:13 Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small. 25:14 Thou shalt not have in thine house divers measures, a great and a small. 25:15 But thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. 25:16 For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto the LORD thy God.

25:17 Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt; 25:18 How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God. 25:19 Therefore it shall be, when the LORD thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it." (Deuteronomy 25:1-19 KJV)

Fact Finder: What is the Messiah's warning to those who think that they can do whatever they please, in His Name (i.e. "Christian")?
See Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?


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This Day In History, January 18

350: Generallus Magnentius deposed Roman Emperor Constans and proclaimed himself Emperor (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars; also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1126: Emperor Huizong abdicated the throne of China in favour of his son Qinzong.

1486: Henry VII of England married Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IV, uniting the houses of Lancaster and York.

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1535: Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded Lima, the present-day capital of Peru.

1670: Welsh privateer Henry Morgan captured Panama. Morgan's checkered career included years as a pirate and as an Admiral of the England's Royal Navy.

1701: Frederick III, the elector of Brandenburg, became the king of Prussia.

1778: English explorer James Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands. They were initially called the Sandwich Islands, after the First Lord of the Admiralty, Lord Sandwich.

1871: The proclamation of the Second German Reich (empire). Otto von Bismarck named King Wilhelm I of Prussia as German emperor ("Deutscher Kaiser", meaning German Caesar; see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) in The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, near Paris. North and south Germany were united. Bismarck consolidated Germany under the (Protestant) Prussian Hohenzollerns, assumed the office of Reich Chancellor and was made a prince. The Second Reich lasted for 47 years, until the end of the First World War in 1918 (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars). Adolf Hitler called his regime the Third Reich (see Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro! and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1886: Hockey ("Field Hockey") was established with the formation of The Hockey Association in England. Ice hockey in its modern-day form is regarded by most historians to have been invented by British soldiers and immigrants to Canada around the same time (the "National" in the National Hockey League originally meant Canada, in which all of the first teams were located).

1919: Two months after the First World War ended, the Versailles Peace Conference opened in Paris with Prime Minister David Lloyd-George of Britain, President Woodrow Wilson of the U.S. (the U.S. entered the 1914-1918 war only during the last 18 months from April 1917, after the greatest battles had been fought) and Prime Minister George Clemencea of France. Kaiser Wilhelm had abdicated and departed for exile in Netherlands where the Dutch refused to extradite him for trial as a promoter of the war. The Weimar Republic was established.

1944: During the Second World War, Soviet forces liberated Leningrad, thereby ending a three-year Nazi "Siege of Leningrad."

1967: Albert DeSalvo, the "Boston Strangler," was convicted of numerous crimes and is sentenced to life imprisonment.

1974: Israel and Egypt signed peace agreements to officially end the Yom Kippur War which had began on the previous October 6 (see also Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).

1977: Medical researchers identified a previously-unknown bacteria as the cause of "Legionnaires' disease" (see also Leviticus 13: Bacteria).

1995: The European Parliament endorsed the new 20-strong European Commission, marking the Strasbourg-based assembly's political birth.

2000: The Tagish Lake meteorite impacted the Earth in northern Canada. It was estimated to have been 4 meters in diameter and weighed 56 tons when it entered the atmosphere and exploded. Over 500 fragments have been found.

2005: The Airbus A380, the world's largest commercial airliner, was unveiled at a ceremony in Toulouse, France.


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