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Wednesday, February 18 2015

Psalm 88: Darkest Before The Glorious Dawn

"Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted"

The Messiah was born as a normal human being (see also Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate? and The Messiah's Levitical Birth). Despite Who He was, He lived a physical life no different than any other human - except that He was sinless. In that regard, His physical life was also the same as humans before they became sinners (see Who Were The Three Sinless People?).

The Messiah experienced physical life in the very same way as every other human since the time that He created them (see By Him Were All Things Created).

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"53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:2-5 KJV)

Why was the Messiah made subject to the same suffering and grief as all other humans?

"4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:15-16 KJV)

"Surely he hath borne our griefs" includes the common human experience of facing an imminent death. The Messiah knew that Eternal Life was also soon to come, just as all followers of His Word do, but His standing by and with humanity included that grief. He was a total High Priest Who "was in all points tempted like as we are."

"22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground." (Luke 22:44 KJV)

The Eighty-eighth Psalm is an expression of human grief that the LORD can "hear" because He experienced it Himself. So too will those who truly follow and obey Him experience His joyous resurrection.

"88:1 A Song or Psalm for the sons of Korah, to the chief Musician upon Mahalath Leannoth, Maschil of Heman the Ezrahite.

O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee: 88:2 Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry; 88:3 For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave. 88:4 I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength: 88:5 Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand.

88:6 Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps. 88:7 Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Selah. 88:8 Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me; thou hast made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth. 88:9 Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: LORD, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee.

88:10 Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah. 88:11 Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction? 88:12 Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

88:13 But unto thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee. 88:14 LORD, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me?

88:15 I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted. 88:16 Thy fierce wrath goeth over me; thy terrors have cut me off. 88:17 They came round about me daily like water; they compassed me about together. 88:18 Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness." (Psalm 88:1-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: From the conscious perspective, the moment of death is also the moment of life again. What will happen at the time of the resurrection?
See What Will Happen On Your Next Birthday? and The Eighth Day: Empty Cemeteries

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This Day In History, February 18

1229: During the Sixth Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad), "Holy Roman Emperor" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) Frederick II signed a truce with al-Kamil, thereby regaining Jerusalem.

1248: Imperial forces under Frederick II were defeated at Parma in Italy.

Nuclear Bomb 1478: George, the Duke of Clarence, was convicted of treason against his brother Edward IV, and then killed in the Tower of London by being drowned in a wine barrel.

1503: Henry Tudor (later Henry VIII) was made Prince of Wales.

1516: Mary I, Queen of England, was born. The daughter of Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon, she became known as "Bloody Mary" after her campaign against Protestants in England.

1546: Martin Luther, a monk who became a leader of the Protestant reformation, died at age 62. Despite their "protest," the Protestant churches maintain most of Rome's anti-Biblical doctrines (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).

1564: Michelangelo Buonarotti (popularly known simply as "Michelangelo"), Italian painter, sculptor and architect, died. He is most known for his work on the Vatican's Sistine Chapel.

1574: Zeeland fell to Dutch rebels.

1678: John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress was first published, in Britain (see also The Pilgrims).

1688: Quakers in Germantown, Pennsylvania, adopted the first formal antislavery resolution in North America.

1861: In Italy, the first parliament met and proclaimed Victor Emmanuel as the first king of Italy.

1900: The Battle of Paardeberg began in the second Boer War. The Boers under Piet Cronje eventually surrendered on February 27 under British artillery.

1915: During the First Word War (1914-1918), Germany began a submarine blockade of England.

1930: Clyde Tombaugh, working with photographic plates at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, discovered "Pluto," the 9th and smallest planet in the solar system.

1967: Robert Oppenheimer died. He was a prominent member of the team of physicists that produced the U.S. atomic bombs that incinerated the civilian population of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

1979: Snow fell in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria, the only time in recorded history.

1994: Representatives from 135 countries announced at a United Nations environmental conference that greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced to stop "global warming."


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