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Tuesday, December 16 2014

Psalm 25: On Course

"Lead me in Thy Truth, and teach me: for Thou art the God of my Salvation; on Thee do I wait all the day"

The English word "lead" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, laeden, that meant to follow a course. The original meaning did not involve having, or demanding, followers. Ironically, and Biblically, as we will read, "followers" originally meant, in effect, "fellow-ers" - people who walked along on the same journey. They did not strive to become the "leader" of everyone else who was already going in the same direction.

In its pure form, "lead" simply meant to be led by what is right. It was a sound method because while human "leaders" come and go, what is right is always there for you and all who will come later on the same right course. It is that actual meaning of "lead" that is found in true Christianity i.e. "that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty."

Earth

"2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." (2 Timothy 2:1-6 KJV)

The right way that true Christians are "led" by was provided by the Messiah. It was not the invention or discovery of any man-made "church."

"14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6 KJV)

What did the Messiah say to those who lusted and coveted to be "leaders" in His True Church?

"20:20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.

20:21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou?

She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.

20:22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?

They say unto him, We are able.

20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

20:24 And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren.

20:25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 20:26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 20:27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." (Matthew 20:20-28 KJV)

David became a great military and political "leader," but he did so by following the right course: "Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day" (see The Way To Eternal Life and David's Prayer; also The Righteous Don't Fear The Reaper and Truly Uplifting).

The Holy Scriptures

"25:1 A Psalm of David.

Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul. 25:2 O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. 25:3 Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.

25:4 Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. 25:5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. 25:6 Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old. 25:7 Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O LORD.

25:8 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. 25:10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. 25:11 For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great. 25:12 What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. 25:13 His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth. 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. 25:15 Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.

25:16 Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted. 25:17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses. 25:18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins. 25:19 Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred. 25:20 O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee. 25:21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.

25:22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles." (Psalm 25:1-22 KJV)

Fact Finder: What did the apostle John do when a man sought to "lead" others in a Satanic manner?
See Follow Not That Which Is Evil, But That Which Is Good


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This Day In History, December 16

755: The An Shi Rebellion began during the Tang Dynasty of China.

1431: During the Hundred Years' War (actually about 116 years, from 1337 to 1453), Henry VI of England was crowned King of France at Notre Dame in Paris.

Declaration of Right 1485: Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII of England, was born. Henry divorced her without Papal approval, starting the English Reformation.

1497: Vasco da Gama cleared the Cape of Good Hope, in the area where Bartolomeu Dias had earlier turned back to Portugal.

1653: During England's Interregnum (the time between two reigns; "when there is no king, the people do mischief"), the Protectorate was established; Oliver Cromwell became Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland.

1631: Mount Vesuvious in Italy erupted, killing over 4,000 people.

1653: Oliver Cromwell, leader of the Parliamentary side in the English civil war, was declared lord protector of England. He went on to establish religious tolerance and allied England with France against Spain.

1689: During the Convention Parliament, the Declaration of Right was embodied in the English Bill of Rights. Although others claimed to be the originators of such rights in their later-created nations, the English Bill of Rights, along with the Magna Carta, the Petition of Right and the Habeas Corpus Act 1679 were the inspiration for all of them.

1707: The last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji occurred in Japan.

1740: The War(s) of the Spanish Succession began when Frederick of Prussia invaded Silesia, one of the richest Hapsburg provinces. His victory encouraged other Hapsburg adversaries and thus insured that the war would become generalized.

1761: During the Seven Years' War, the Russian forces under Pyotr Rumyantsev captured the Prussian fortress of Kolobrzeg after a four-month siege.

1811: A powerful earthquake changed the course of the Mississippi River near New Madrid, Missouri.

1835: A fire in New York City destroyed property estimated to be worth $20,000,000. Beginning in a store at Pearl and Merchant (Hanover) Streets, it lasted two days, ravaged 17 blocks (52 acres), and destroyed 674 buildings including the Stock Exchange, Merchants' Exchange, Post Office, and the South Dutch Church.

1914: During the First World War (1914-1918), German battleships under the command of Franz von Hipper bombarded the English ports of Hartlepool and Scarborough.

1916: The infamous Russian monk Grigori Rasputin was murdered. "Rasputin" wielded powerful influence over Alexandra, wife of Czar Nicholas of Russia; he was murdered by members of the royal family and the Duma.

1920: One of the worst earthquakes of all time occurred in Kansu province, China, killing 180,000 people.

1944: German forces launched a major offensive in Belgium's Ardennes Forest. It became known as the Battle of the Bulge.

1950: During the Korean War, Chinese troops began supporting North Korea.

1965: During the Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people caused by the division of their country by France in the 1940s), U.S. General William Westmoreland requested that Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara send 243,000 more U.S. troops into the colonial conflict.

1969: The British House of Commons voted by 343-185 to approve the permanent abolition of the death penalty.

1991: The United Nations reversed its earlier declaration that "Zionism is racism" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Zion).





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