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Sunday, February 15 2015

Psalm 85: Who Invented Camouflage?

"They sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons ... and Adam and his wife hid themselves"

The English-language word "shame" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, sceamu, which meant to cover. Humans typically cover their faces in some way when psychologically embarrassed, or their bodies when physically embarrassed. As we will read, that definition and response began with the very first humans.

"Shame" is used to translate a number of Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures, including:

Camouflage

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced shim-tsaw, which means contemptuous whispering. Example:

    "32:25 And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies:)" (Exodus 32:25 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced kaw-lawm, which means insult. Example:

    "20:34 So Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and did eat no meat the second day of the month: for he was grieved for David, because his father had done him shame." (1 Samuel 20:34 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced kher-paw, which means disgrace. Example:

    "13:12 And she answered him, Nay, my brother, do not force me; for no such thing ought to be done in Israel: do not thou this folly. 13:13 And I, whither shall I cause my shame to go? and as for thee, thou shalt be as one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, I pray thee, speak unto the king; for he will not withhold me from thee. 13:14 Howbeit he would not hearken unto her voice: but, being stronger than she, forced her, and lay with her." (2 Samuel 13:12-14 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced boh-sheth, which means to be brought low. Example:

    "32:21 And the LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valour, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own land. And when he was come into the house of his god, they that came forth of his own bowels slew him there with the sword." (2 chronicles 32:21 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced boosh, which means made pale. Example:

    "53:4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God. 53:5 There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them." (Psalm 53:4-5 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced kaw-lone, which means rebuke. Example:

    "11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom." (Proverbs 11:2 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced kaw-sawd, which means reprove. Example:

    "25:9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another: 25:10 Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away." (Proverbs 25:9-10 KJV)

Humans were created sinless and shameless (see Who Were The Three Sinless People? and The Thinker From The Soil; also What Does 'Not Good To Be Alone' Mean?).

"2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed." (Genesis 2:21-25 KJV)

Many have interpreted Adam and Eve's making "aprons" for themselves - usually by that they were merely covering their nakedness. Keep in mind however that there was nothing wrong with their being naked - the LORD created them that way, and left them that way.

Aprons The actual Hebrew word that is translated as "aprons" (or "coverings" in other translations) is pronounced kaw-goh-raw. It means covering (noun) or to cover (verb). It doesn't necessarily just mean an article of clothing.

If merely being naked was their concern, the "aprons" immediately eliminated the problem. But they did much more. They used their coverings, made of the very same leaves as the trees that were all around them, to hide - to cover, not merely their nakedness, but their feelings of shame, in the very same way that humans today may say "I can't face anyone" after doing something "shameful." They made a cover for their guilt.

"3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?" (Genesis 3:6-11 KJV)

The first sinners attempted to cover their sins (of coveting and theft - not of anything sexual as some have decided), not by repentance, but by covering themselves up. The principle is found throughout the Holy Scriptures (see the Fact Finder question below), including in this Psalm that plainly tells how sin may be truly covered: "Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps ... Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin."

"85:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.

LORD, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob. 85:2 Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah. 85:3 Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger.

85:4 Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease. 85:5 Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations? 85:6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? 85:7 Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation.

85:8 I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly. 85:9 Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.

85:10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 85:11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. 85:12 Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. 85:13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps." (Psalm 85:1-13 KJV)

Fact Finder: How is sin camouflaged? How is sin righteously "covered"?
See How Are Your Sins Covered?


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This Day In History, February 15

590: Khosrau II was crowned king of Persia (Persia is known today as Iran; see The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia and A History Of Jerusalem: Ezra And Nehemiah).

1637: Ferdinand III was crowned as the Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1763: The Treaty of Hubertusburg was signed. It ended the conflict between Austria and Prussia (not to be confused with Russia - Prussia is in Germany) in the Seven Years' War.

1764: St. Louis was founded as a French trading post in New France - which extended from what is today eastern Canada in the north to Louisiana in the south (Louisiana was named after Louis XIV, King of France from 1643 to 1715). St. Louis was named after French King Louis IX. Although many regard the loo-ee pronunciation to be slang, it's actually much closer to the original French-accent name than the later English loo-iss. "Missouri" was named after a tribe of Sioux people, the Missouris, who lived in the region.

New France

1898: The Spanish-U.S. War began after the U.S. battleship Maine blew up in Havana harbor. There was no sign of attack upon the ship; many believe that the ship's own 5 tons of gunpowder stores were accidentally detonated (as happened to other such warships where gunpowder was stored in bulk).

1922: The Permanent Court of International Justice, at The Hague in the Netherlands, held its first session. Established to address "crimes against humanity," the court has remained ineffective for war crimes committed by war-mongering nations because many of the greatest war criminals have refuge in their militarily-powerful nations that refuse to deliver them to "foreign" justice - while they themselves have subjected other nations to their "foreign" courts and tribunals during their rampage of invasions. There will however be no escape, for anyone, from God's Justice in due time - all are going to answer to the LORD for all of the evil that they have done, including those who have done their evil in God's Name (see So, You Think You Got Away With It?).

1928: Herbert Asquith died at age 76. Mr. Asquith served as the Prime Minister of Britain from 1908 to 1916, and as such was the leader of Britain during the first 2 years of the First World War (see also A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).

1940: During the Second World War (which began in September 1939 when Germany invaded Poland), Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) ordered that all British merchant ships would be considered warships.

1942: After having their supplies of ammunition and food cut off, British and allied forces surrendered to the Japanese in Singapore - the single most catastrophic (but temporary) defeat in British military history; over 130,000 British, Canadian, Australian, and Indian troops were taken prisoner.

1944: U.S. warplanes bombed the Abbey of Monte Cassino in an effort to neutralize it as a German observation post in central Italy.

1950: Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse-tung signed a Russian-Chinese mutual defense treaty in Moscow.

1954: Canada and the U.S. began construction of the Distant Early Warning Line ("the DEW Line"), a network of radar stations in the Arctic of Canada and Alaska to detect incoming Russian nuclear bombers. The system soon became obsolete upon the invention, just a few years later, of intercontinental ballistic missiles, as well as short-range nuclear missiles that can be fired from submarines a few miles off the east and west coasts of the entire continent of North America).

1965: Canada adopted the "Maple Leaf" as its new national flag (the Maple Leaf had already been a national symbol of Canada long before that time).

1971: Britain converted to decimal currency from pounds, shillings and pence.

1989: The Soviet Union ended its invasion of Afghanistan after over 9 years of occupation. The invasion was condemned and protested by the U.S., until the U.S. invaded Afghanistan itself a few years later.

1990: Britain and Argentina restored full diplomatic ties, affirming reconciliation after their 1982 war for the Falkland Islands.

2003: An estimated 30 million people, in 600 cities all around the world, protested (the largest peace demonstration in history) the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the war that followed. A few years later, it was proven that the protestors were correct, and that George W. Bush's justification for the war was totally false - no "weapons of mass destruction" were ever found in Iraq, and Iraq had nothing at all to do with the 9-11 terrorist attacks that were committed by men from Saudi Arabia (Osama bin-Laden was a Saudi-Arabian) and Pakistan. Amazingly, Saudi Arabia (oil) and Pakistan (nuclear-armed), from which the 9-11 terrorists originated, were not invaded but were instead proclaimed as "allies in the war against terror," while Iraq and Afghanistan were invaded and devastated. Perhaps the greatest irony of all is that, while there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein was a murderer of his own people, captured documents prove that Saddam Hussein not only did not aid the al-Qaeda terrorist group, he actually regarded them as a threat to Iraq.

2013: A meteor entered the Earth's atmosphere and exploded over Russia, injuring 1,500 people when a shock wave blew out windows and damaged buildings.





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