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Friday, January 16 2015

Psalm 56: The Dove In The Distant Place Psalm

"Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest"

When the Flood was over (see How Did The Flood Happen?), Noah sent out two very different kinds of birds. Both were created by the LORD (see By Him Were All Things Created), but for different purposes.

Ravens (see also Ravens In History And Prophecy), like all "unclean" birds, were designed to naturally cleanse the earth of carrion, while keeping other unclean creatures from becoming too numerous e.g. owls eat mice. "Unclean" birds, fish and animals were created to be nature's sanitation department. It's the reason that the unclean creatures themselves are declared unclean for food in the LORD's health Laws e.g. why not to eat a vulture should be obvious (see What Makes Creatures Clean or Unclean?).

Doves Noah also sent out a dove. Humans at that time were still vegetarians (humans were created as vegetarians, but were permitted to be omnivorous after the Flood i.e. Genesis 1:29, 9:3; see also Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly?), so the dove, unlike the raven, was sent to search for food - for itself, and for the humans. Both kinds of birds accomplished their purpose i.e. "the dove; which returned not again unto him any more." From that time, Noah may have heard only the dove cooing in the distance (see also Singing In History And Prophecy).

"8:5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.

8:6 And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made: 8:7 And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

8:8 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; 8:9 But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark. 8:10 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark; 8:11 And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. 8:12 And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more." (Genesis 8:5-12 KJV)

Noah's dove and its olive leaf became famous as symbols of peace. At that time, there truly was peace because the LORD had annihilated everyone in the world who lusted for violence (see Why Did The Flood Happen?).

"6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 6:12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. 6:13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth." (Genesis 6:11-13 KJV)

Doves obviously maintained their well-thought-of position in the eyes of humanity (Israelites didn't exist until long after the Flood; see The First Nations Of The New World and The Origin Of Israelites And Jews). After all, doves are indeed peaceful and inoffensive creatures.

King David also had a fondness for doves - not only for their peaceful nature, but for what doves are capable of doing.

"55:6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. 55:7 Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah." (Psalm 55:6-7 KJV)

"Jonathelemrechokim" is an English-language rendering of a Hebrew term that meant the dove in the distant place. In the time of David, it was also the title of a well-known musical composition. The lyrics for the Fifty-sixth Psalm were composed by David to the music of the song known as the dove in the distant place i.e. "To the chief Musician, upon Jonathelemrechokim."

"56:1 To the chief Musician upon Jonathelemrechokim, Michtam of David, when the Philistines took him in Gath.

Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me. 56:2 Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.

56:3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. 56:4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. 56:5 Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil. 56:6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.

56:7 Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God. 56:8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

56:9 When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me. 56:10 In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word. 56:11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

56:12 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee. 56:13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?" (Psalm 56:1-13 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why was the Garden of Eden a peaceful place - until humans chose to become sinners?
See Peace In The Garden and Why Is The Devil Called A Snake?

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This Day In History, January 16

27 BC: With his defeat of the remnant of the Greek Empire (see The Cleopatra Connection), Octavian ("Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus"), thereafter known as Caesar Augustus, became the first Roman emperor (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). Augustus was emperor at the time of the birth of Jesus Christ (Luke 2:1-7; see also Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?).

550: The Ostrogoths (a Germanic people) under King Totila conquered Rome after a prolonged siege. Germany itself eventually became the Roman Empire of end-time prophecy (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1120: The Council of Nablus established the laws of "the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

Edward Gibbon 1412: The Medici family was appointed the official banker of the Papacy.

1547: Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible) became the first Russian Czar ("Czar" is the Russian version of "Caesar").

1556: Charles I of Spain was succeeded by his son, Philip II.

1572: Thomas Howard, the 4th Duke of Norfolk, was tried for treason for his involvement in the Ridolfi plot to restore Catholicism in England.

1581: The English Parliament outlawed Roman Catholicism after repeated attempts at invasion, government overthrow and assassination of English kings by the Papacy after Henry VIII (reigned 1509-1547) declared independence from Rome.

1604: At the Hampton Court Conference in England, John Rainolds presented to King James I the motion "that there might be a new translation of the Bible." Approved the next day, Rainolds' motion led to the 1611 publication of the "Authorized" King James Version of the Bible.

1642: French settlers were given land in Acadia (what is today eastern Canada). Years later, when the British took possession of the area, many of the Acadians left for the French colonies in Louisiana, where "Acadian" came to be pronounced as "Cajun."

1756: The Treaty of Westminster was signed by King George II of England and Frederick of Prussia, providing Hanover's neutrality during the Anglo-French wars.

1780: The British under Admiral George Rodney defeated a Spanish squadron at Cape St. Vincent, thus relieving Gibraltar.

1794: Edward Gibbon, author of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, died (see The Politics Of Rome and Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire).

1809: The British army under Sir John Moore defeated a superior French force at the battle of Corunna; Moore was killed in the battle.

1920: "Prohibition" in the U.S. began, outlawing the sale or manufacture of alcohol. It became the biggest money-maker for organized crime for many years (later replaced by narcotics).

1945: Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) returned to his Berlin bunker (the "Fuhrerbunker" - the "leader" then led his country from a hole in the ground) where he would remain for the few remaining months of his life. This date is also regarded as the end of the failed German Ardennes offensive, known as the Battle of The Bulge.

1950: Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg recognized Israel de jure.

1956: The Egyptian government made Islam the state religion.

1969: The Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 completed the first-ever docking of manned spacecraft in orbit, and the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another.

1979: The Shah of Iran was forced into exile by Ayatollah Khomeini. Iran thereby went from being ruled by a fascist (i.e. an unelected dictator) CIA-controlled king to a Muslim-controlled "democratic" state.

1982: Britain re-established full diplomatic relations with the Vatican i.e. the Church of Rome ("18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her" Revelation 18:3 KJV).

1991: The (first) Iraq war ("Operation Desert Storm") began with the massive bombing of targets in Iraq and occupied Kuwait.

2003: The Space Shuttle Columbia was launched on its final mission; it disintegrated 16 days later while attempting re-entry.


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