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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:
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)
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.
Fact Finder: Why do arrogant people fear humble people?
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).
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
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.