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Tuesday, February 24 2015
Psalm 94: How Is The LORD's Vengeance Different?
"Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is Mine; I will repay, saith the LORD"
The English-language words "avenge," "revenge," "vengeance" and "vindicate" all originated from a single Latin word, vindicare, which ultimately meant to prove what, or who, is right. Those words are used to translate the Hebrew word of the Holy Scriptures, pronounced naw-kawm, which has an identical meaning - a powerful force to prove right.
Humans typically seek "revenge" on a purely emotional level i.e. anger and grief. All too often, in the carnal world of now, it's simply a matter of "might makes right" - whether it's truly right or not.
The LORD on the other hand, while also using the principle of "might makes right," is always right. The LORD's well-known "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord" isn't merely about manifest anger; it's about revealing Truth, and those of the Truth, in a way that cannot be denied. In the mean time, the LORD's people need only stand clear of those to whom the lesson will be delivered.
"12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
The LORD's vindication of those who have chosen to repent and truly obey Him (the way is open to everyone, everywhere, in their due time) is surely coming. When all is done, it will be delivered, all at once, once and for all, at the same time.
"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.
The Psalms are a treasury of prayers (e.g. see David's Prayer and When Does God Listen To Prayer?), history (e.g. see Who Invented Camouflage? and What Are Gentiles Doing In Israel?), prophecy (e.g. see David's Resurrection Prophecy and King David's Zion Prophecy) and Christian living (e.g. see The LORD Is My Shepherd and How Are Your Sins Covered?).
The writers of the Psalms consistently expressed the knowledge of, and the looking forward to, the Day of the LORD's vengeance when not only will they be vindicated, but the source of all hostility toward the Truth will be obliterated forever (see the Fact Finder question below).
"94:1 O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself. 94:2 Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud. 94:3 LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?
This Day In History, February 24
786: Pepin the Short of Gaul died. His kingdom was divided between his sons Charles (Charlemagne) and Carloman.
1387: King Charles III of Naples and Hungary was assassinated at Buda.
1389: King Albert of Sweden was defeated and captured by the Danes at the Battle of Falkoeping. The outcome left Margaret of Denmark effective ruler of both Sweden and Denmark.
1473: Albert III Achilles proclaimed the Dispositio Achilles (Disposition of Achilles) which was to preserve a united Brandenburg.
1496: Henry VII of England ended a commercial dispute with Flanders.
1500: Holy Roman Emperor Charles V was born. It was the emperor Charles who officially pronounced Martin Luther a heretic, not the pope (the Emperors claimed to be the "vicar of Christ" because Christ is a King; the popes claimed to be the "vicar of Christ" because Christ is our High Priest - see Emperors and Popes).
1530: The first imperial coronation by a pope - Charles V crowned by Clement V (again, see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1582: Pope Gregory XIII issued a Papal Bull proclaiming the Gregorian calendar (named after him; see Pope Gregory's Calendar), replacing the Julian calendar (named after Julius Caesar). The Gregorian calendar is used throughout the world today.
1821: Mexico became independent from Spain. Over the next century, much of Mexico's territory was lost to the U.S. by armed conquest (the present-day Mexican border with the U.S. was once hundreds of miles farther north into what is today California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas).
1825: Thomas Bowdler, British editor, died. He edited a censored version of the works of Shakespeare, giving the word "bowdlerise" to the English language.
1826: The Treaty of Yandabo; ended the First Anglo-Burmese War.
1848: After a revolution in Paris, Louis Philippe of France abdicated in favor of his grandson, the Comte de Paris. The move failed and the Second Republic was proclaimed 2 days later.
1868: Andrew Johnson became the first U.S. President to have impeachment proceedings brought against him.
1887: Paris, France, and Brussels, Belgium, became the first two national capital cities with telephone communications between them.
1920: A small political extremist group in Germany outlined its program to create a Third German Reich. Its spokesman, Adolf Hitler, said that it would change its name to the National Socialist German Workers' Party (abbreviated as the "Nazi" Party; see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1942: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), 767 Jewish refugees (428 men, 269 women, 70 children) drowned in the sinking of the Struma, 5 miles off the coast of Istanbul, Turkey. After they were refused entry in "Palestine" and the Ottomans would not allow them into Turkey, Turkish authorities had the unseaworthy ship towed out to sea, where it soon floundered and sank (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate and A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism).
1945: Prime Minister Ahmed Maher Pasha of Egypt was shot dead in Parliament just after reading a declaration of war on Germany and Japan.
1986: Tommy Douglas died at age 81. The Canadian politician, former Saskatchewan premier and federal party leader, was known as the "father of medicare" for introducing North America's first government health plan.
1989: Iranian Muslim leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offered a $3 million bounty for the murder of author Salman Rushdie.
1991: After 5 weeks of massive U.S. air bombardment of Iraq and Kuwait, U.S., British and allied ground forces began the ground war in the Kuwait "Gulf War."
2007: Japan launched its fourth spy satellite.
2008: Fidel Castro retired due to ill health after nearly fifty years as the President of Cuba, beginning with the revolution that overthrew the Mafia (the Cuba scenes in The Godfather movies are based on historical truth) and CIA backed dictator regime of Fulgencio Batista in 1959.