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Thursday, February 12 2015
Psalm 83: Stubble and Chaff
"Behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up"
The English-language word "stubble" originated from an Old English word that referred to the short stumps ("stubs") of grain stalks that remained protruding from the ground after the harvest cutting removed the stalks (that were used for straw) and the heads that contained the grain. Stubble differs from the "chaff" which is the outer husks of the grain heads that are removed during winnowing. In ancient times (and in many places still today), the harvested grain was shaken and thrown upward, from which the wind carried the light chaff away, while the kernels fell straight back down into the grain pile. The Temple Mount was just such a high, wind-exposed winnowing place when King David purchased it (2 Samuel 24:21-25; see also Why Did King David Purchase The Temple Mount?).
The famous "bricks without straw" (see Bricks Without Straw) was a matter of the slave masters withholding the cut straw and forcing the brick laborers to go out and pull up stubble (with roots and dirt) that was then used as a binding material in the clay in place of straw. It was a spiteful command by that particular Pharaoh (see How Long Were They Slaves?) that harmed the quality of Egyptian bricks as much as it abused the overworked Israelites. "So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw."
"5:6 And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying, 5:7 Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves. 5:8 And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God. 5:9 Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labour therein; and let them not regard vain words.
It seems appropriate that those same slaves, after they were liberated in the Exodus (see Liberation, Not Liberal-ation), used "stubble" in their victory song: "Thou sentest forth Thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble" (see The Song Of The LORD's Victory).
"15:1 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying,
Along with chaff, stubble is used in an analogy of the self-inflicted fate of those who refuse to repent and thereby make themselves worthy of the LORD's Sacrifice for them (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners and Saved By The Truth).
"4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 4:3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.
All of the prophets understood the principle. So too did Asaph (see The Songs Of Asaph) in his Psalm in which the wicked will be "as the stubble before the wind."
"83:1 A Song or Psalm of Asaph.
Fact Finder: What king of Babylon was given to see the day when the LORD will render the man-made kingdoms of the world "like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth"?
This Day In History, February 12
881: Pope John VIII crowned German King Charles (known as "Charles the Fat") as king of Italy and Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1294: Kublai Khan, the "conqueror of Asia," died at age 80 (see also Gog and Magog).
1429: The French were defeated by the English at the Battle of Herrings (or Rouvray).
1502: Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama set sail from Lisbon, Portugal on his second voyage of exploration to India.
1541: Santiago, Chile was founded by Pedro de Valdivia.
1554: Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for 13 days, was beheaded on Tower Hill at the age of 17.
1586: Augustus I died at age 60. As elector of Saxony and the leader of Protestant Germany, he reconciled his fellow Lutherans with the Roman Catholic Habsburg Holy Roman emperors (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation), thereby helping to bring the initial hostility of the Reformation in Germany to an end.
1733: English Army General and Member of Parliament James Edward Oglethorpe arrived with the first colonists at (what was later known as) Savannah, Georgia. The state was named after King George II of Great Britain.
1818: Chile became independent from Spain.
1851: Edward Hargraves discovered gold at Summerhill Creek in New South Wales, triggering the Australian gold rush.
1895: China surrendered at the Battle of Weihaiwei, ending the Sino-Japanese War.
1912: The Manchu dynasty under Pu Yi abdicated in China and a provisional republic was established under Sun Yat-sen.
1924: King Tutankhamen's sarcophagus was opened to reveal his coffin, 15 months after the tomb was first discovered in Egypt.
1935: The Macon, the last U.S. Navy dirigible, crashed off the coast of California, killing 2 people.
1947: The Sikhote-Alin asteroid strike in eastern Siberia. An iron-nickel asteroid with a mass estimated at 100 tons streaked through the sky as a multicolored bolide brighter than the sun itself (one witness said that it looked like a piece of the sun had broken off). The asteroid shattered while still in the air and scattered meteorites over a wide area. Investigators located 106 craters and pits, the largest recovered meteorite weighed 3,845 pounds / 1,745 kilograms (see The Blood Moon Prophecy).
1953: The Soviet Union broke off diplomatic relations with Israel after a bomb exploded at the Soviet Legation in Tel Aviv.
1955: U.S. President Eisenhower sent the first imperial "advisors" to become involved in the Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people whose single country had been partitioned in 1954, by the colonial French at the end of the First Indochina War, into North and South Vietnam).
1986: The Channel Tunnel treaty between Britain and France was signed.
1994: More than 100 people walked the English Channel Tunnel in a sponsored walk for charity. They became the first humans to walk from France to Britain since the Ice Age.
1999: The U.S. Senate failed to pass two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton. He had been accused of perjury and obstruction of justice by the House of Representatives.
2004: The city of San Francisco, California began issuing "marriage" licenses to same-sex "couples."