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Monday, November 24 2014

Psalm 3: The Sacrifice Was Given, Not Taken

"Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?"

True followers of the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) have often faced persecution in a world that as-yet hates the Truth, regardless of how much it claims to love the Creator of Truth (see By Him Were All Things Created). The LORD's people were often left alone against great numbers of unbelievers, but they were never for a second alone from the LORD. Their faith (see the Fact Finder question below) was based upon the absolutely-sure knowledge that the LORD stood with them. That reality has not changed.

"11:33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 11:34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 11:35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: 11:36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 11:37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 11:38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. 11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect." (Hebrews 11:33-40 KJV)

Elisha was a true prophet of the LORD, who, like Elijah (see Elijah's Defeat Of The Prophets Of Baal), knew that he was never alone (see Did Elisha Have Chariots of Fire Too?).

David and Goliath

"6:16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. 6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha." (2 Kings 6:16-17 KJV)

The Messiah was a willing Sacrifice. He assured Peter of that reality with "Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?" The Sacrifice was given, not taken, because the Messiah knew that He was not alone - even when everyone had run away.

"26:51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear.

26:52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. 26:53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? 26:54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

26:55 In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me. 26:56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.

Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled." (Matthew 26:51-56 KJV)

King David (see Israel In History and Prophecy: King David) knew danger all of his life - beginning with his standing alone while defending his father's flocks from fierce predators. When David walked out to face Goliath single-handedly, he knew that he wasn't alone.

"17:45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. 17:46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 17:47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands." (1 Samuel 17:45-47 KJV)

David never forsook the knowledge that the LORD is always with those who are with Him. "I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about."

"3:1 A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.

LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me. 3:2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God.

Selah.

3:3 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. 3:4 I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill.

Selah.

3:5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me. 3:6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. 3:7 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly. 3:8 Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people.

Selah." (Psalm 3:1-8 KJV)

Fact Finder: What is faith? Why is faith?
See Lessons Of Perseverance And Faith


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This Day In History, November 24

166 BC: The beginning of the Maccabees era of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Hasmonean Judea). The Maccabees fought the Greek-Syrian occupiers of Judah-Israel (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids) in the period prior to the rise of the Roman empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). The first "abomination of desolation" of the Temple (see A History Of Jerusalem: Abomination Of Desolation), from which Hanukkah originated (see Why Did The Messiah Observe Hanukkah?), occurred during the time of the Maccabees.

380: Theodosius I made his entry into Constantinople. Also known as Theodosius the Great, Theodosius was the last Roman emperor to reign over both of the eastern and western divisions ("legs" - see The Prophet Daniel: Nebuchadnezzar's Image) of the Roman Empire.

The Roman Empire
1227: Polish Prince Leszek I was assassinated at an assembly of Piast dukes at Gasawa.

1542: English forces clashed with the Scots at the Battle of Solway Moss, in England.

1572: Scottish Protestant reformer John Knox died. He was the founder of Scottish Presbyterianism and was author of the History of the Reformation in Scotland.

1639: The first recorded transit (passing across the Sun as seen from space) of Venus was made, by English astronomer Jeremiah Horrocks.

1642: Dutch explorer Abel Tasman discovered Van Diemen's Land, later named after him - Tasmania.

1859: Charles Darwin published his famous On the Origin of Species. Darwin did not actually believe many of the ideas of evolution that later "scientists" claim that he did (listen to our Sermon Darwin's Theory of Evolution; also The First Scientist and No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible).

1963: Accused John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, 24, was fatally shot at Dallas Police headquarters by Jacob Rubenstein (who changed his name to "Jack Ruby"). Rubenstein grew up in Chicago (as a boy, he ran errands for Al Capone) with his Polish-immigrant Jewish parents.

1971: A hijacker calling himself Dan Cooper (or D. B. Cooper) parachuted from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane with $200,000 in ransom money. He was never found.

1976: An earthquake struck Turkey, killed nearly 5,300 and injured over 5,000 others.

1977: The tomb of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, was found. Alexander the Great was referred-to extensively in Bible Prophecy, especially in the book of Daniel (e.g. see Daniel's Statue). Alexander's four successors were prominent in the affairs of Israel in the time between the Old and New Testaments (see The Ptolemies and The Seleucids).

1979: After years of denials to medical and veteran's groups, the U.S. government admitted that thousands of U.S. troops in Vietnam (and many more thousands of civilian men, women and children in Vietnam) were exposed to the toxic chemical "Agent Orange."





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