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Friday, November 28 2014
Psalm 7: A Prophet's Shiggaion
"Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the LORD"
The Hebrew word pronounced shig-gaw-yone referred to a rare-in-the-Scriptures expression (the reason that most Bible translations don't attempt an English equivalent) that described an intense emotional state. It's found only twice in the Holy Scriptures - once by David in Psalm 7, and once, in its plural form ("Shigionoth"), by Habakkuk the prophet. Notice however how the verbalism is used by two men in very similar circumstances i.e. an emotional prayer, sung by a prophet, describing the LORD's wrath upon the evil, with an eye toward a future time of salvation with justice (see also The Messiah's Rod Of Iron).
The "prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth" (see also Habakkuk: The Just Shall Live By His Faith):
"3:1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.
"7:1 Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the LORD, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite.
Fact Finder: Did Moses ever write a Psalm?
This Day In History, November 28
936: Shi Jingtang was proclaimed as the first emperor of the Later Jin Dynasty by Emperor Taizong of Liao, following a revolt against Emperor Fei of Later Tang.
1095: At the Council of Clermont, Pope Urban II appointed Bishop Adhemar of Le Puy and Count Raymond IV of Toulouse to lead the First Crusade (there were actually many "crusades" before that; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1520: Off the southern tip of South America, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan passed through a strait from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. It is today know as the Strait of Magellan.
1660: Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle, John Wilkins, and Sir Robert Moray founded the Royal Society (full name "The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge"). The Society today serves as a scientific advisor to the British government.
1698: Louis Frontenac, governor of New France (at first, only what is today eastern Canada), died at age 78. Ignoring orders from his superiors, Frontenac pushed French exploration in the New World, establishing forts throughout North America, from Atlantic to Pacific, and south to Louisiana - an expansion that eventually led to conflict with the British for control of the north of the North American continent (the Spanish held most of the south of North America and South America).
1821: Panama joined Colombia after declaring independence from Spain.
1868: A major eruption of Sicily's Mount Etna.
1899: During the Second Boer War in South Africa, the British under Lord Methuen battled a force of 9,000 Boers (boer is the Dutch word for farmer) in the Battle of Modder River.
1905: In Dublin, the Irish Sinn Fein was founded.
1912: Albania declared its independence after over 400 years of Ottoman (Turkish) rule (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1941: The U.S. aircraft carrier Enterprise left Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to deliver fighter planes to Wake Island, to the northwest of Hawaii, unaware that a Japanese attack force was approaching within striking distance from the north. In doing so, it barely missed being in the harbor during the Japanese attack which occurred only 9 days later (the attack on Pearl Harbor was just one of many Japanese near-simultaneous attacks on Australian, Dutch, British and U.S. targets all across the Pacific in December of 1941).
1943: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), Britain's Winston Churchill, Russia's Joseph Stalin and U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt met at the Tehran Conference in Iran.
1950: 200,000 North Korean troops launched an attack on South Korea.
1962: Queen Wilhemina of the Netherlands died at age 82.
1971: The Prime Minister of Jordan, Wasfi Tell, was shot by "Black September" terrorists outside the Hilton Hotel in Cairo.
1979: An Air Zealand DC-10 flying from Auckland to the South Pole hit Mount Erebus in Antarctica, killing all 257 people aboard.
1984: Over 250 years after his death, England's William Penn (Pennsylvania is named after him) was made an Honorary Citizen of the U.S. - although it's extremely unlikely that he would have accepted it if he were alive. Although Penn did much city building and political work in the colonies that England had created in the uninhabited wilderness, he did so in loyal patriotism to Britain and the King. Penn did not participate in or agree with the revolution - the reason that he returned to England where he lived the remainder of his life.
1989: With communism crumbling all across Europe, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia announced that it would surrender its monopoly on political power.
1991: South Ossetia declared independence from Georgia. Georgia was occupied by Soviet Russia in 1921, later becoming part of the Soviet Union as the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic until its own independence in 1991.