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Monday, October 20 2014
Job 10: What Did Satan Do To Job's Soul?
"Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die"
The English word "soul" is used to translate two actual words of the Holy Scriptures (English originated from the North-European Germanic family of languages many centuries after the more-ancient Hebrew and Greek languages; see The Word Of God In The Tongues Of Man).
According to God's Word, a "soul" is a living, breathing creature that eventually dies (see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?; also The Healing Of A Soul At The Beautiful Gate). Nowhere does the Holy Bible say that the "soul" is immortal; quite the contrary, souls are subject to death. The true meaning of "soul" was physical, not something spiritual. The "immortal soul" myth originated in pagan religions - not in reality (see also Resurrection and Reincarnation: What's The Difference?).
"2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." (Genesis 2:7 KJV)
The English word "soul" itself originated from an Old English word, sawel, that meant an age, as in a lifetime. Whether coincidence or not, that Anglo-Saxon word sounds very much like the Biblical Hebrew word, pronounced sheol, that referred to the place where physical creatures return after they have lived their lives (see also The Eighth Day: Empty Cemeteries). Both words are based upon that reality, that is described throughout the Holy Scriptures.
"3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." (Genesis 3:19 KJV)
Satan's attack upon Job was indeed targeted on his "soul" - his body and where he lived his physical life (see How Did The Devil Challenge Job To Commit A Satan? and What Was In The Heart Of Job's Tabernacle?). Using the actual original word, Job knew exactly what his "soul" really was, for "My soul is weary of my life" and "I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?" At the same time, Job knew when his life of spirit would begin (see Job's Prophecy Of The Resurrection and the Fact Finder question below).
"10:1 My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
This Day In History, October 20
480 BC: Greek naval forces defeated the Persian forces in the battle of Salamis (see The Prophet Daniel: The Ram and The He Goat).
1632: Sir Christopher Wren was born. He became one of Britain's most outstanding architects.
1720: The Caribbean pirate known as Calico Jack (actual name John Rackham, born of English and Cuban parents) was captured by the Royal Navy. The pirate was famous for his "Jolly Roger" flag, a skull with crossed swords, that contributed to the popularization of the design. The origin of the Jolly Roger is unknown, however some historians believe that it was derived from "Old Roger," a term for the Devil.
1740: Charles V, Holy Roman emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) and head of the house of Habsburg, died. Two of the Wars of the Spanish Succession developed directly from his death.
1921: The Treaty of Ankara between France and the Grand National Assembly of Turkey was signed. It formalized the French recognition of the Assembly rather than the government of Ottoman sultan Mehmed VI, as the sovereign power in Turkey (listen also to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1822: Andrew Bonar Law became the first Canadian-born Prime Minister of Britain.
1827: In the Greek War of Independence, the Turkish and Egyptian fleets were devastated by the British, French and Russians at the Battle of Navarino.
1867: Ottawa was proclaimed the capital of Canada. Founded in 1827 by Col. John By, Ottawa was first named Bytown. It was renamed after the Ottawa Indians in 1854. In 1858 Ottawa was chosen by Queen Victoria to be the capital of the "United Provinces of Canada," and in 1867 it became the capital of the sovereign nation of Canada.
1911: Roald Amundsen set off with 4 others on his journey to the South Pole. They arrived on December 14.
1930: Jews in "Palestine" ("Palestine" is an English-language rendering of "Philistine"; see Where Is Palestine?) were banned from purchasing Arab land by the British authorities. After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Britain controlled Palestine from the end of World War 1 in 1918 to Israeli independence in 1948 (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration).
1935: The "Long March" of Chinese communists led by Mao Zedong ended. Of the 80,000 who set out, only 9,000 completed the 6,000 miles (9,700 kilometers) to Yanan.
1944: Aachen became the first large German city to fall to the advancing allied forces near the end of the Second World War.
1971: West German Chancellor Willy Brandt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1973: During their Watergate investigations of Nixon himself, President Nixon fired Watergate Prosecutor Archibald Cox and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus.
2011: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was captured and killed by rebel forces after the Battle of Sirte (see also Libya In History And Prophecy).