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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).
"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.
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.
"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.
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?
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.
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."