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Tuesday, February 10 2015
Psalm 81: Joyful Noise
"Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob"
The English-language word "noise" originated from a French word, noise, which meant strife or conflict. While that is now generally-regarded to be the definition of "noise" in English too, the original definition in English, despite the use of a word for it that meant the opposite in French, meant "a sound of any kind, or proceeding from any cause" (The Consolidated Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary). It's for that reason that the King James Version of 1611 uses "noise" in a positive way.
"Noise" is used to translate many Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures. In comparing them, it's easy to see why the King James Version translators used "noise" in an affirmative way (keeping in mind as well that the true Gospel, or any truth at all, is "noise," in the negative meaning, to those who love lies and arrogant, self-worshiping religions; see Truly Uplifting and The Most High; also The Messiah's Teachings About Gates).
Asaph was a Levite singer and musician who served at the Temple. He wrote 12 of the Psalms (see The Songs Of Asaph), always with the purpose to "Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob."
"81:1 To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of Asaph.
Fact Finder: What is the Messiah's "New Song"?
This Day In History, February 10
48 BC: Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus died. He was a leader of the Optimates (an ultra-conservative senatorial aristocracy) in the last years of the Roman Republic (see The Politics Of Rome) which was followed by Imperial Rome under the "Caesars" - the first of which is recorded in the Bible (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire). After the powerful generals Julius Caesar (see The Cleopatra Connection and A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids), Gnaeus Pompey and Marcus Licinius Crassus formed an unofficial ruling triumvirate in 60 BC, Ahenobarbus resisted them.
1162: Baldwin III died at age 31. He was the king of the "crusader state" of Jerusalem from 1143 to 1162 (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy; listen also to out Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1258: Huegu, a Mongol leader, seized Baghdad, bringing an end to the Abbasid caliphate.
1364: A treaty was signed which guaranteed that Tyrol would be kept in the families of the Luxemburgs and Hapsburgs.
1567: Lord Darnley, the husband of Roman Catholic Queen Mary Stuart, ("Mary, Queen of Scots") was murdered by her lover (and next husband) James Hepburn.
1720: Edmund Halley was appointed the second Astronomer Royal of England.
1763: Britain gained control of Canada from France with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. The treaty, signed between Britain, France and Spain, ended the Seven Years War, stripped France of all its possessions north of what became the United States, except for the tiny islands of St. Pierre-Miquelon off the east coast of Canada, which remain territories of France to this day. Spain won Louisiana and Havana.
1799: Napoleon Bonaparte departed Cairo, Egypt, for Syria, with a force of 13,000 men.
1814: Napoleon personally directed lightning strikes against enemy columns advancing toward Paris, beginning with a victory over the Russians at Champaubert.
1837: Alexander Pushkin, Russian poet and novelist, was killed in a duel. Regarded as Russia's greatest poet, his works included Boris Godunov.
1840: Queen Victoria of England and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg (Germany), both age 21, were married. The marriage was arranged by their uncle (Victoria and Albert were cousins) King Leopold of Belgium.
1846: British general Sir Hugh Gough decisively routed Tej Singh's Sikhs in the Battle of Sobraon.
1904: Russia and Japan declared war on each other.
1906: Britain's first modern battleship, HMS Dreadnought, was launched.
1918: Abdulhhamid II died at age 76. He was the Ottoman sultan 1876-1909 (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1936: Adolf Hitler's Gestapo ("ge-stat-po" is the German abbreviation of "the-state-police") were authorized to arrest and imprison without trial (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1954: U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower warned against the U.S. becoming involved in the Vietnam civil war between North and South Vietnam. The armaments industries (that Eisenhower called "the military-industrial complex) nevertheless succeeded in keeping the U.S. in a state of perpetual war against and around the world.
1962: In a ceremony on a bridge between West Berlin and East Germany, Soviet spy Rudolf Abel, who had been arrested in New York, was exchanged for shot-down U.S. U-2 spy-plane pilot Francis Gary Powers and a U.S. "student" who had been held in East Germany on spying charges.
1974: British coal miners began a national strike. The dispute caused energy shortages, a 3 day work week, and the collapse of Edward Heath's Conservative government.
1986: The largest Mafia trial in history, with 474 defendants, opened in Palermo, Italy.
1991: Lithuanians voted overwhelmingly for independence from the Soviet Union. Parliament had already declared independence in March 1990.
1996: An IBM computer called Deep Blue defeated world champion Garry Kasparov, the first victory of a machine under classic tournament rules.
2005: North Korea announced that it had nuclear weapons.
2009: The communication satellites Iridium 33 and Kosmos-2251 collided in Earth orbit; both were destroyed.