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Monday, January 26 2015
Psalm 66: The Children of Men
"The tower which the children of men builded"
Humans were created "in the image of God" with the intent to become the children of God. The name "Adam" originated from the Hebrew word in Genesis, pronounced aw-dawm, which meant man as a species i.e. "man in His own image ... male and female created He them." (see Adam and Adamah and The Thinker From The Soil).
"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 1:27 KJV)
But humans chose to foolishly rebel against their Father's Spirit that engendered them (see What Makes Physical Life Possible?). Man (plural, men), male and female, thereafter made their own children, in their own image. From the first rebels came the first murderers.
"4:8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him." (Genesis 4:8 KJV)
By the time of the infamous "tower of Babel," the "children of men," nearly all of humanity (there were a few righteous ones who remained patriotic to their Father), had declared that the Earth, that the LORD created in His Kingdom, belonged to them. Humanity's self-worship had by then grown from arrogating a tree in the Garden, that didn't belong to them, to usurping an entire world that didn't belong to them either. Like the Satanic spirit that engendered the rebellion to begin with, they wanted to be like the Most High (see The Most High and Truly Uplifting). And so "the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the children of men builded."
"11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
So it was then that the "children of men," engendered by the traitor spirit of Satan, have remained rebellious to this very day.
"11:2 For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart. 11:3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
The spiritual illegitimacy of the "children of men" can however be cured by repentance and returning (not just turning, but returning), to the rightful family as "children of God." Eternal life is for the children of God, while damnation and hellfire surely await the Satan-minded rebels who defiantly choose to make themselves nothing more than the loser children of men.
"20:34 And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: 20:35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: 20:36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection." (Luke 20:34-36 KJV)
King David well-understood the difference between law-abiding children of God and rebellious children of men. His own son became a traitor to him (see The Treason Of Absalom, The Spirit Of Traitors and The Fall Of The Rebel Prince). The Psalms of David are filled with the coming reward or fate of both (see Saved By The Truth and David's View Of Hell Fire and Paradise).
"66:1 To the chief Musician, A Song or Psalm.
This Day In History, January 26
66: The comet later known in the modern day as Halley's Comet (named after English astronomer Edmond Halley, 1656-1742) made its fifth perihelion (the point of an orbit that an object is closest to the sun) transit on record.
1340: England's King Edward III was proclaimed king of France.
1500: Spanish explorer Vicente Pinzon discovered Brazil (for Europeans, that is; as was the case for all "new world" discoveries, the native people who were already there needed no "discovery").
1531: A powerful earthquake killed 30,000 people near Lisbon, Portugal.
1564: Church of Rome Pope Pius IV issued his Benedictus Deus at the Council of Trent. Included in the decree was an Index of Prohibited Books, a listing of unapproved authors and their publications. Also issued was the Tridentinum that supposedly established a distinction between the Church of Rome and Protestantism (most of their doctrines are actually the same; see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
1699: The Peace of Karlowitz ended the war between Turkey (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) and Austria.
1788: The first settlers from England, including a group of exiled convicts, arrived at Sydney, Australia.
1841: A few days after China conceded the island to Britain, the British flag was raised on Hong Kong.
1891: German engineer Nikolaus Otto died. He was a prime developer of the four-stroke internal combustion engine that was to power the automobile.
1905: The world's largest diamond, weighing over 3,106 carats, was discovered near Pretoria, South Africa. It became known as the Cullinan diamond.
1924: The Russian city of Petrograd was renamed Leningrad.
1926: Television was first publicly demonstrated.
1934: Germany signed a 10-year non-aggression pact with Poland. It ended with the German invasion of Poland a little over 5 years later (in September of 1939) which began the Second World War (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1949: The Hale telescope at Palomar Observatory began operation under the direction of Edwin Hubble. It was the largest aperture optical telescope at the time (see also Parabolic Prophecies).
1950: India became an independent republic with Jawarhalal Nehru as Prime Minister.
1965: Hindi was proclaimed the official language of India.
1980: Israel and Egypt established diplomatic relations (see Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
1992: Russian leader Boris Yeltsin announced that Russia would cease routinely targeting U.S. cities with nuclear weapons.
1998: During a nationally-televised Presidential address, Bill Clinton denied having had "sexual relations" with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
2001: Over 20,000 people were killed by an earthquake in Gujarat, India.