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Thursday, November 13 2014
Job 34: The Spirit Of Life
"If He gather unto Himself His Spirit and His breath; All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust"
The Holy Spirit of God is the source and means of all life - physical and spiritual. The angels were created, righteous, but, like humans, free to choose, by the Spirit of God ("28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee" Ezekiel 28:15 KJV). Physical humans were created by the Spirit of God (see Adam and Adamah). Eternal life after salvation (see The Postponement Of Death and Who Can Be Saved?) will be made possible by the Spirit of God, beginning with the "quickening" of the dead at the time of the resurrection. The Spirit of God, which is the Power and Presence of God, not a "person" of itself, is both the record and the means by which all will be Judged.
"33:4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life." (Job 33:4 KJV)
Elihu was a young man who was wise beyond his years (see Elihu's Answer) primarily because he was born with the means of wisdom, like all humans, but unlike all humans, he chose to make good use of it.
Elihu understood that the Spirit of God is the life of all things, for "If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath; All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust." When the Spirit of God is withdrawn from a physical life, it's done to make possible eternal life, in due time (see the Fact Finder question below).
"34:1 Furthermore Elihu answered and said,
Fact Finder: When are the resurrections to eternal life going to happen? Which one already has happened?
This Day In History, November 13
1002: English king Ethelred II launched a massacre of Danish settlers, known today as the St. Brice's Day massacre.
1093: Malcolm III of Scotland, son of King Duncan, died during his fifth attempt to invade England.
1160: King Louis VII of France married Adele of Champagne.
1460: Portuguese explorer Henry the Navigator died at age 66.
1474: During the Swiss-Burgundian Wars, Swiss forces defeated the army of Charles the Bold at Hericourt.
1642: The Battle of Turnham Green during First English Civil War. Royalist forces withdraw from the Parliamentarian army.
1715: The Battle of Sheriffmuir in Scotland.
1833: One of the greatest Leonid meteor storms dazzled people in eastern North America from midnight to dawn.
1843: Mount Rainier in Washington State erupted.
1851: A telegraph link was established between London and Paris.
1907: The first helicopter to achieve free flight carrying a man, designed by Paul Cornu, rose 6 feet above the ground at Lisieux, France.
1942: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars; see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion), the British aircraft carrier Ark Royal was hit by a German torpedo off Gibraltar and sank the following day.
1945: Charles de Gaulle became the President of the French provisional government at the end of the Second World War.
1970: Hafez al-Assad seized power in Syria in a bloodless military coup.
1970: The Bhola cyclone struck the highly-populated Ganges Delta region of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), killing an estimated 500,000 people in one night. The Bhola cyclone is regarded as the 20th century's worst natural disaster.
1985: In Colombia, the Neva del Ruiz volcano erupted; an estimated 25,000 people died.
1994: Swedes voted by 52.2 percent in a referendum to join the European Union.
1998: U.S. President Bill Clinton agreed to pay Paula Jones $850,000.00 to drop her sexual harassment lawsuit against him. A New York businessman had earlier paid the woman another $1,000,000.00
1998: Michel Trudeau, 23, son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, drowned during a ski trip in British Columbia after being swept into a lake by an avalanche. The body was never recovered.
2001: During the "War on Terrorism," U.S. President George W. Bush signed an executive order allowing secret military tribunals, "enhanced interrogation techniques" (e.g. water boarding) and life imprisonment without charge or trial of "all them foreigners that's out to get us." Many historians and political/military analysts believe that the policy actually created vastly more "terrorists" and enemies than would have otherwise existed if the long-established laws of war had been maintained. The policy also set a new unintended standard for how U.S. prisoners of war may be treated.