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Wednesday, February 25 2015
Psalm 95: The Identity Of The LORD God
"O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation ... that Rock was Christ"
The Truth of the Holy Bible is very plain and easy - for those who have room for Truth in their lives (see Saved By The Truth). On the other hand, the parable of the sower portrays what happens to those who have no "root," or who prefer a crop of thorns for themselves.
"8:13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
While Christian-professing people often look down upon the people of Judaism (see Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism) for not recognizing Who the Messiah was when He came, most of the Christian-professing world (i.e. those who merely use Christ's Name for man-made, self-worshiping religions; see Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion?) also have a great blind spot - that "the LORD God" of the "Old Testament" was born as Jesus Christ.
Moreover, as the LORD God, He was sent by the Father to do the actual Work of Creation, including the Creation of His true Sabbath on the Seventh Day (see The Christian Work Days, The Christian Sabbath). It was "the LORD God," Who was later born as Jesus Christ, Who led the Israelites in the Exodus, and it was "the LORD God," Who was later born as Jesus Christ, Who gave humanity His Eternal Ten Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai.
"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV)
But what happened to those who decided not to obey the LORD - but in effect demanded that He obey them? And how was their Satan-spirited rebellion against the Messiah a warning to those who are still doing it today? "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come."
"10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
The Father sent the LORD God to complete the Work of Creation (see The Church: Mission Accomplished). All things and all people were created by the LORD God, Who was born as Jesus Christ. "For by him were all things created."
"1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
The lesson and warning, as written by the apostle Paul (quoted above), is found throughout the Bible - including here in the Ninety-fifth Palm that refers directly to the rebellion of the Exodus generation against the Messiah ("Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness"), to which they were left to die in the wilderness (see the Fact Finder question below). Notice how this single Psalm includes many of the key Truths of the identity of the LORD God, that are found throughout the Bible e.g. "the Rock of our salvation" (see That Rock Was Christ) and "the LORD our maker" (see Meet Your Maker).
"95:1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. 95:2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
This Day In History, February 25
138: Roman Emperor Hadrian adopted Antoninus Pius, providing the way to make Antoninus Pius the next emperor (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars; also A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots and A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba).
493: Odoacer surrendered Ravenna after a 3-year siege.
628: Persian Kiung Khosrau II was overthrown by his son Kavadh II.
1308: Edward II was became king of England.
1336: 4,000 defenders of Pilenai (a fortress in Lithuania) committed a mass suicide rather than be captured by the Teutonic Knights.
1525: French king Francis I was defeated and captured by Imperial forces at Pavia.
1570: In the last such decree made (to date) against a reigning British monarch by any pope, Pope Pius V excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I (daughter of Henry VIII who broke away from the Church of Rome and created the Church of England). Pius (his real name was Antonio Ghislieri, born in Bosco, Italy) also absolved her subjects from allegiance to her (the pope in effect gave his "blessing" to anyone in England who would assassinate Queen Elizabeth), an of murder and treason that the majority of them refused to attempt.
1723: Christopher Wren died. The English architect became a prolific designer of buildings after the Great Fire of London in 1666, notably the new St. Paul's Cathedral.
1815: Napoleon left his exile on Elba, intending to return to France.
1831: The Battle of Olszynka Grochowska during the Polish November Uprising against the Russian Empire.
1856: The Paris Peace Conference opened after the Crimean War.
1899: Paul Julius Reuter, German founder of the Reuter's news agency that bears his name, died. It began in 1850 when he set up a European pigeon post service from Aachen to Brussels.
1916: During the First World War (1914-1918), German forces captured Fort Douaumont during the Battle of Verdun.
1932: Austrian-born Adolf Hitler obtained German citizenship, thereby allowing him to run for President (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1945: Turkey declared war on Germany near the end of the Second World War (1939-1945).
1954: Gamal Abdul Nasser, a man dedicated to the destruction of Israel, became leader of Egypt.
1971: The Pickering (a city near Toronto) Nuclear Generating Station, the first commercial nuclear power station in Canada, became operational.
1986: After the assassination of his major political opponent Benigno Aquino, and the uprising that followed, Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos fled into exile in the U.S. (adding to the U.S. collection of ousted dictators during that time, which earlier included the Shah of Iran).
1991: Members of "Warsaw Pact" signed an agreement to dismantle the once powerful communist military alliance.
1994: Baruch Goldstein, a Jewish settler, shot 43 Muslim worshipers at a mosque in Hebron before he was overcome and beaten to death (see also A Biography Of Abraham: Mamre in Hebron and Joshua 14: Caleb's Hebron.