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Wednesday, February 4 2015

Psalm 75: What Causes Humility?

"I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble"

The English word "humble" (and from it, "humility") originated from a Latin word, humilis, which itself was based upon another Latin word, humus, which meant earth (most farmers and gardeners are familiar with humus - the organic content of the soil). The slang expression "I feel lower than dirt" is actually very close to the original literal meaning of feeling "humble." It's also something that the first humans, before they became "high-minded" fools like, and by, Satan, would have known very well (see The Thinker From The Soil and Adam and Adamah).

"Humble" or "humility" are used to translate a number of Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures, including:

Sir Galahad

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced aw-naw, which meant to look down i.e. to not have an arrogant "nose in the air" manner. Example:

    "10:3 And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve me." (Exodus 10:3 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced yaw-kawr, which meant heavy i.e. to "have both feet on the ground" rather than floating like a bubble. Example:

    "7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced raw-faws, which meant bow i.e. to offer respect. Example:

    "6:2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. 6:3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend." (Proverbs 6:2-3 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced shaw-fale, which meant to return i.e. to repent. Example:

    "57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." (Isaiah 57:15 KJV)

Humility is simply the wisdom to realize that the LORD is greater than everyone and everything. Humans became arrogant fools when they "fell" for Satan's fantasy lie that had turned him into a loser too (see Truly Uplifting and The Most High). Humility doesn't mean weak. Humility means not choosing to be stupid.

Satan nevertheless will use false humility to achieve the same dead-ends e.g. humbling one's self before an idol (objects, other people, political ideas or philosophy etc.) or a false view of the LORD (see How Does Satan Impersonate Jesus Christ? and Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?). There are billions of humble people in the many man-made religions of the world.

"2:8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: 2:9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not." (Isaiah 2:8-9 KJV)

The LORD created humans to be strong and free - while always joyously knowing and appreciating that the LORD, the Way that He truly is, will always be greater. The greatness of the LORD's people comes from His Greatness ("I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble"), while the arrogant are going to be incinerated into nothing forever.

"16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall." (Proverbs 16:18 KJV)

"18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility." (Proverbs 18:12 KJV)

"10:33 Behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, shall lop the bough with terror: and the high ones of stature shall be hewn down, and the haughty shall be humbled." (Isaiah 10:33 KJV)

The Messiah was the greatest human that ever lived (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Messiah and What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven?). He was also the most humble human that ever lived. His encouragement to those who truly follow Him, and His warning to the arrogant, is plain.

"23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted." (Matthew 23:12 KJV)

The principles of true Christianity are found throughout the Bible, from the Creation and the true Christian Sabbath (see By Him Were All Things Created) at the beginning of Genesis to the coming of the Kingdom of God at the end of Revelation (see The Church: Mission Accomplished). They all knew that humility is the Way of true winners.

"75:1 To the chief Musician, Altaschith, A Psalm or Song of Asaph.

Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.

75:2 When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly. 75:3 The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.

75:4 I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn: 75:5 Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.

75:6 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. 75:7 But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. 75:8 For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them.

75:9 But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. 75:10 All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted." (Psalm 75:1-10 KJV)

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This Day In History

This Day In History, February 4

211: Roman Emperor Septimius Severus died at Eboracum (now York, England) during a campaign against the Caledonians. He was succeeded by his sons, Caracalla (reigned 211-217) and Geta (reigned 211) (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba).

Roman Britain 634: The Battle of Dathin. Rashidun military forces under Yazid ibn Abi Sufyan defeated the "Christian" Arabs around Gaza (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad, What Does The Bible Say About Arabs? and Gaza In History And Prophecy).

1169: A severe earthquake struck the coast of Sicily, causing tens of thousands of deaths and injuries.

1194: Richard I ("Richard Lion Heart") of England was freed from captivity in Germany where he had been held as the prisoner of Holy Roman Emperor Heinreich ("Henry") VI (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1441: Pope Eugene IV published the encyclical Cantante domino. It proclaimed that the Bible of the Roman Catholic Church contains the 66 protocanonical books (i.e. the complete "Protestant" Bible) and 12 deuterocanonical ("apocryphal") books (see also Apocryphal Means Not Authoritative).

1783: An earthquake killed 50,000 people in Italy.

1783: England officially proclaimed an end to hostilities with its rebellious colonies in New England.

1787: Shay's Rebellion, an uprising of debt-ridden Massachusetts farmers, failed.

1797: An earthquake killed 40,000 people in Ecuador.

1859: The Codex Sinaiticus was discovered in Egypt.

1861: After some of his relatives were lynched, Chief Cochise began the 25 year Apache war with the US Army.

1904: The Russo-Japanese War began when Japan laid siege to Port Arthur.

1915: At the beginning of the First World War, the first Canadian troops arrived in Europe and entered battle at Flanders. Among them was a Canadian Army doctor, John McCrae (1872-1918), who while serving on the front lines, wrote In Flanders Fields, a poem made famous after the war (McCrae did not survive the war and ironically became among those that he wrote about in his poem).

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

1924: Mahatma Gandhi was released after spending 2 years in jail in Bombay.

1945: Near the end of the Second World War (1939-1945), British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Soviet Union leader Josef Stalin (Britain and the Soviet Union entered the Second World War at the beginning, in September 1939) and U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt (the U.S. entered the Second World War in December 1941, in the Pacific, and the war in Europe in 1942 - 3 years after the war began) held meetings at the Soviet Black Sea port of Yalta; they agreed to demand Germany's unconditional surrender, to try its leaders as war criminals, and to share the occupation of Germany with France.

1969: Yasser Arafat became chairman of the terrorist "Palestine Liberation Organization" (see Where Is Palestine?).

1974: Patricia Hearst, granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped by the "Symbionese Liberation Army" in California.

1976: An earthquake killed 23,000 people in Guatemala; 1,500,000 homes were destroyed.

1992: A coup d'etat led by Hugo Chavez overthrew Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez.

1997: 73 Israeli soldiers were killed when 2 Sikorsky transport helicopters collided while ferrying troops to Lebanon. It was Israel's worst military aircraft disaster (see also Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).

1998: A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck northeast Afghanistan, killing more than 5,000 people.

2003: The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was officially renamed as Serbia and Montenegro.




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