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Sunday, December 7 2014
Psalm 16: Your Life Preserver
"Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust ... Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it"
The English word "preserve" originated from a compound Latin word, proservo, that meant to save before i.e. pro means before and servo means to save, or to serve (the words serve and servant originated from the same ancient word.
"Preserve" has generally come to mean to "Keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last" (the WordWeb Dictionary from Princeton University). Included within the definition has been man's paradoxical attempt to "preserve" the dead - in which even the best technical skill and artistry do not preserve what has passed from its natural lifetime. A preservation of the appearance of life is not a preservation of life.
The ancient Egyptians preserved the bodies of their dead for their supposed use in their ideas of an afterlife. Two examples are shown in the photographs. Both, like all others everywhere, were merely an attempt to preserve the appearance of life in someone who was no longer physically alive.
The Israelite patriarch Jacob, who the LORD renamed as Israel, had his body mummified in Egypt (see Jacob's Mummy). The body was then transported (see Jacob's Journey To The Afterlife) to the family tomb in Hebron where Jacob's elaborate mummy was placed with the mere bones of his wife Leah, his parents Isaac and Rebekah, and his grandparents Abraham and Sarah. Jacob's body to this day may look alive due to the mummification, but he's just as dead - while they all await their genuine preservation to eternal life (see also Is 'Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust' Really In The Bible?).
"49:28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them. 49:29 And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered unto my people: bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, 49:30 In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace. 49:31 There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah. 49:32 The purchase of the field and of the cave that is therein was from the children of Heth.
The power of life is in the Holy Spirit that creates, preserves and restores physical and spiritual life (see The Spirit Of Life and What Makes Physical Life Possible?). A stark example happened when the body of a dead man was hastily thrown into the tomb of the prophet Elisha - whose physical body had obviously not been "preserved." Only Elisha's bones remained, but there was apparently a strong presence of the Holy Spirit persisting - so powerful that it restored a dead man to physical life.
"13:20 And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year. 13:21 And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet." (2 Kings 13:20-21 KJV)
King David was a righteous man whose body simply returned to the Earth from which it came (see Adam and Adamah and The Thinker From The Soil). David's physical life had passed, but his spiritual life is preserved until the time when it will be rendered to eternal life (see The Postponement Of Death).
"2:29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day." (Acts 2:29 KJV)
The Messiah warned and encouraged Believers not to waste the purpose of their physical lives (see Living A Grace-Full Life) on attempting to preserve their physical lives. Don't try to deny the Graduation from mere mortal to Eternal Life.
"17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it." (Luke 17:33 KJV)
David's righteousness was based upon his knowledge and understanding of what the LORD makes plain in His Word. David looked forward to his preservation (see The Way To Eternal Life and The Morning Blessing).
"16:1 Michtam of David.
Fact Finder: When will the "preservation" happen?
This Day In History, December 7
43 BC: Marcus Tullius, known as Cicero, statesman and writer, remembered as Rome's greatest thinker and writer, had his head and right hand chopped off by Mark Antony's soldiers. Mark Antony and Cleopatra (see The Cleopatra Connection) were later defeated by Octavian, who, later known as Caesar Augustus, declared the census that caused the fulfillment of the prophecy that the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?).
983: German King Otto III ascended to the throne of the "Holy Roman Empire" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). Considering himself to be a Roman emperor, Otto crowned his cousin Bruno as Pope Gregory V (see Emperors and Popes).
1729: 3,000,000 acres of land in Ontario was surrendered by native Americans of the Mississauga tribe (the city of Mississauga, adjacent to Toronto, is named after the Mississauga people).
1815: Michel Ney, one of Napoleon's marshals, was executed by firing squad for alleged treason.
1817: British naval officer William Bligh died in London at age 63. He is best-known as the captain of the Bounty when its infamous mutiny occurred in 1789.
1916: Herbert Asquith resigned as British Prime Minister and was replaced by David Lloyd George, the war secretary, with a commitment to wage all-out war on Germany (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1931: Adolf Hitler's Nazis announced that they would ensure "Nordic dominance" in Germany by sterilizing "mongrel" races (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1941: Japanese forces made a surprise attack on the U.S. military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 2,334 U.S. servicemen were killed, 4 battleships and 188 planes were destroyed. The attack on Pearl Harbor was one of many near-simultaneous attacks carried out by the Japanese navy on British, Dutch, Australian and U.S. bases and colonies all across the Pacific.
1941: Canada declared war on Japan. The Canadian action came only hours after the Japanese attack on U.S. and British bases and colonies in the Pacific. The declaration made Canada the first of the western allies to officially enter a state of war with Japan (Canada was already at war with Germany, having entered the Second World War with Britain at the start of the conflict in September 1939). The U.S., Britain and the other allied countries declared war the next day.
1945: The Microwave oven was patented.
1953: David Ben Gurion, who had been Prime Minister of Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah) since its foundation in 1948, resigned to retire.
1965: Pope Paul VI and Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously lifted the excommunications on each other that caused the division of the Eastern and Western churches of Rome in 1054.
1970: West Germany and Poland signed a pact renouncing the use of force to settle disputes, recognizing the Oder-Neisse River as Poland's western frontier, and acknowledging the transfer to Poland of 40,000 square miles of former German territory.
1988: In Armenia, an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale killed more than 25,000 people.
1993: The U.S. government said that it had concealed 204 nuclear blasts at its Nevada test site, more than one-fifth of total tests, to keep the Soviet Union in the dark about the U.S. arsenal of weapons of mass destruction.
2003: The Conservative Party of Canada came into existence after the merger of the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.