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Sunday, January 4 2015
Psalm 44: Dusty Souls
"For our soul is bowed down to the dust"
The Hebrew word pronounced aw-dawm-ah means Earth - the planet overall, but also the soil. The word is variously translated as earth, ground or land. Humanity, male and female, were called aw-dawm (from which the name Adam originated; see The Thinker From The Soil) because they were created from aw-dawm-ah - the male directly, then the female from the man (see The Only Child Of The Garden). It was from aw-dawm-ah that all "souls" were created (see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?).
"2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, 2:5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
Humans were given to sustain and replenish their physical lives from the plants that grew from the very same soil from which humans became living physical souls (note the appropriate similarity between soil and soul). When humans created sinners, by themselves becoming a noxious life form from the soil, other corrupt life forms, "weeds," also began to grow (see Who Created Weeds?).
"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 3:17-19 KJV)
The true and actual meaning of soul is a physical creature that is subject to death. The dead however are all awaiting one or the other of two major resurrections - one that will occur on the day of Christ's return (see What Will Happen On Your Next Birthday?), the other 1,000 years later (see Empty Cemeteries). Those who will be resurrected physical will, like the first humans, become (i.e. be restored as) a living soul from the "dust" of the Earth.
"37:1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, 37:2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. 37:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live?
"44:1 To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, Maschil.
Fact Finder: Where did the term "ashes to ashes, dust to dust" originate?
This Day In History, January 4
41: The Roman emperor Caligula was murdered (see also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).
771: Upon the death of his brother Carloman, Charlemagne becomes sole ruler of the Frankish Empire - that grew into the so-called "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
871: The forces of Ethelred of Wessex were defeated by a Danish invasion army at the Battle of Reading.
1493: Christopher Columbus set sail from "America" (all 4 voyages of Columbus actually did not go beyond the islands of the Caribbean Sea) to return to Spain on his first voyage of discovery (for a map of the four voyages of Columbus, see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1642: King Charles I of England ordered the arrest of members of Parliament, triggering England's civil war.
1643: Isaac Newton was born. The English physicist and mathematician is widely regarded as one of the most influential scientists of all time. His book Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica ("Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy"), which was first published in 1687, laid the foundation for much of modern physics. Newton also made great contributions to optics (the Newtonian telescope, an excellent design that is still in use today, is named after him; the author's Newtonian telescope is shown in the photograph) and shares credit with Gottfried Leibniz for the invention of the infinitesimal calculus.
1861: The Confederate States of America were formed, first consisting of South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana - in effect, a rebellion against the states that had rebelled against Britain.
1863: During the U.S. Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln ordered General Ulysses Grant to revoke Grant's infamous "General Order Number 11" that expelled all Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky.
1912: The moon made its closest approach to the earth in the 20th century, 438,249 km. / 272,315 miles.
1944: The British Fifth Army launched an attack upon Monte Cassino, Italy. On the same day, Soviet troops crossed the former Polish border.
1948: Burma withdrew from the British Commonwealth and became independent after more than 100 years of British rule.
1951: During the Korean War, Chinese and North Korean troops captured Seoul, South Korea from United Nations forces.
1974: Richard Nixon refused to deliver evidence subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
1990: Panamanian President Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. invasion forces after taking refuge in the Vatican Embassy. Noriega's diplomatic status (he was a President of a sovereign nation) and prisoner of war rights (Noriega was a military officer in the Panamanian army), according to longstanding laws of civilized nations (including the Geneva Convention), were ignored; he was taken and imprisoned in jails for U.S. common criminals.
2010: The Burj Khalifa, in the United Arab Emirates, was officially opened. At 829 meters / 2,723 feet in height, it is the world's tallest building (in comparison to former record holders, the World Trade Center Towers in New York were 1,368 feet high and Canada's CN Tower is 1,815 feet tall).