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Saturday, December 6 2014

Psalm 15: When Man First Walked Upright

"He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart"

Man was created by God, in the Image of God (see In The Beginning Was The Word and By Him Were All Things Created). Man was created sinless (see Who Was Created Sinless? and Peace In The Garden).

"1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." (Genesis 1:26-27 KJV)

The first humans walked upright with the LORD until the Loser, now known as Satan (see What Is Satan's Real Name?), brought them low with his lies and vanity (see Truly Uplifting and The Most High).

Man The humans then no longer walked uprightly - not in the righteous sense, nor in their way of making a living. They went from fruit pickers, reaching up, to bent-over weed pullers (see Who Created Weeds?), looking down to the soil from which they came, for "Cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 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" (see The Thinker From The Soil and Is 'Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust' Really In The Bible?)

"3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done?

And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 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 3:1-19 KJV)

The LORD's principles of right and wrong are absolute. They do not change because they are perfect. They are timeless.

King David knew true right and wrong because he walked uprightly before the LORD. David knew that walking in that way is the Way to Eternal Life (see The Righteous Don't Fear The Reaper).

"15:1 A Psalm of David.

LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

15:2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. 15:3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. 15:4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. 15:5 He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved." (Psalm 15:1-5 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why is walking uprightly the Way to Salvation?
See Christ Died For Repentant Sinners, The Way To Eternal Life and Who Can Be Saved?


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This Day In History, December 6

343: "Saint Nicholas" of Turkey died (see Could Santa Claus Have Become The Pope?; listen also to our Sermon The Ho-Ho Hoax).

1240: During the Mongol invasion of Russia, Kiev under Danylo of Halych and Voivode Dmytro fell to the Mongols under Batu Khan (see also Gog and Magog).

1421: Henry VI, the last Lancastrian king of England, was born. He was crowned king at the age of 8 months.

Encyclopedia Britannica 1492: Christopher Columbus "discovered" Hispaniola (it wasn't a discovery for the people who were already living there); the island is now divided between Haiti and the Dominican Republic (for a map of all four of the voyages of Columbus, see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1534: Quito, Ecuador was founded by Spanish explorers.

1768: The first edition of Encyclopedia Britannica (Latin for "British Encyclopaedia") was published. The Britannica is the oldest English-language encyclopaedia still being produced.

1792: During the French Revolution, the Girondists decided to put King Louis XVI on trial.

1862: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln ordered the hanging of 39 native Americans for the "Sioux Uprising" in Minnesota.

1865: The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It banned slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime (e.g. "chain gangs").

1907: A coal mine explosion at Monongah, West Virginia killed 362 workers.

1917: Over 1,600 people were killed, 9,000 injured, and an estimated $35 million damage from an explosion in the harbor at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The Mont Blanc, a French munitions ship, collided with the Belgian relief ship Imo. Sparks from the collision ignited almost 3,000 tons of explosives aboard the French ship.

1917: British troops under General Allenby entered Hebron on their way to taking Jerusalem from the Ottomans during the First World War (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration).

1921: The Anglo-Irish Treaty ended the Anglo-Irish War and gave Ireland dominion status in the British Empire as the Irish Free State, but provided for the separate status for the 6 northern counties (Northern Ireland), thus partitioning the country.

1938: Germany and France signed a "treaty of friendship." Germany invaded France a year later.

1941: Franklin Roosevelt approved funds for the development of a weapon of mass destruction, which later became known as the "atomic bomb."

1973: Gerald Ford was sworn in as U.S. Vice-President following Spiro Agnew's resignation for tax evasion. With the later resignation of Richard Nixon because of the Watergate burglary and obstruction of justice cover-up, Ford became the only man to serve as U.S. President and Vice-President without ever being elected to either office.

1975: A $2.3 billion emergency loan to save New York from bankruptcy was authorized.

1989: The Ecole Polytechnique Massacre, also known as the Montreal Massacre. Marc Lepine murdered 14 female students at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.

2006: NASA announced that photographs taken by the Mars Global Surveyor suggested the presence of liquid water on Mars.





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