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Monday, December 1 2014
Psalm 10: The Righteous Don't Fear The Reaper
"Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn"
"For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap" is one of the most well-known, and ignored, principles of the Word of God (see What Does Word of God Mean To You?). Salvation or condemnation will be the product of one's own free choice.
"6:4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 6:5 For every man shall bear his own burden.
Judgment will be rendered in due time (see the Fact Finder question below). Until then, the "wheat" must share the field with the "weeds" that have been sown in a once-weedless field (see Who Created Weeds?; also Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly?). The Messiah's parable of the tares (i.e. weeds) portrayed the situation - and the surely-coming solution.
"13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 13:26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
The Messiah further explained the parable (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: The Messiah and The Messiah's Teachings About Gates). The time before the harvest is given to all to make their choice and live their lives until the day comes when the "reapers" will gather the good for salvation and cast the self-made evil into the fire. Those who have chosen to follow the Way of the LORD will have no fear of the reapers who deliver them to salvation, while the evil will fulfill the "grim reaper" analogy.
"13:36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
King David experienced many troubles in his righteous life (see David's Prayer, The Morning Blessing and A Prophet's Shiggaion). At times, he wondered why the LORD allows the evil ones (regardless of how righteous they arrogantly declare themselves to be; see Truly Uplifting and The Most High) to exist in the world. The answer is provided by the through-the-Bible principle of "For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap" - in due time (see also The Messiah's Rod Of Iron).
"10:1 Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?
Fact Finder: When will the harvests of salvation and condemnation happen?
This Day In History, December 1
800: Charlemagne presided over the charges laid against Pope Leo III by the Romans. Later known as the "Father of Europe" (Pater Europae) Charlemagne's Germanic "Roman" Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) united most of Western Europe for the first time since fall of the original Roman Empire centuries before (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1135: King Henry I of England died.
1145: Pope Eugene III proclaimed the Second Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy). It was undertaken by King Louis VII of France and Emperor Conrad III from 1147 to 1149 (see also Emperors and Popes).
1553: The Imperial Chamber at Speyer outlawed Albert (Albrecht) II, and he sought asylum in France.
1640: In a nationalist revolution, Spanish garrisons were driven out of Portugal. Two weeks later, the Duke of Braganca was crowned as John IV.
1742: Empress Elizabeth ordered all Jews out of Russia.
1821: The Dominican Republic declared independence from Spain.
1822: Dom Pedro became the first emperor of Brazil.
1906: The Cinema Omnia Pathe, considered to be the world's first cinema, opened in Paris.
1913: Crete, after having achieved independence from Turkey after the First Balkan War, was annexed by Greece.
1918: The Danish Parliament passed an act granting independence to Iceland.
1918: The union of Transylvania and Romania was declared.
1918: Alexander I proclaimed the creation of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.
1925: In Switzerland, the Pact of Locarno was signed by France, Belgium, Germany, Britain and Italy. Although it guaranteed peace and inviolable frontiers in Europe, the signers were involved in World War Two less than 15 years later (listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1959: 12 countries signed a treaty to make Antarctica a scientific preserve with no territorial claims.
1973: David Ben-Gurion (born in Poland as David Gruen), present-day Israel's (ses Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah) first Prime Minister, died at age 87 (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration).
1989: Mikhail Gorbachev became the first Soviet leader to visit the Vatican and meet the Pope.
1990: Workers digging the English Channel tunnel broke through the last section, opening Britain to the continent for the first time since the Ice Age.