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Thursday, March 26 2015
Psalm 124: Rescue From The Snare Of The Devil
"If a man therefore purge himself from these ... That they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will"
The English-language word "snare" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, snear, that meant a string, from a root word meaning to twist. The word "wicked" is related in meaning i.e. from wick, meaning a twisted string that burns in a lamp or candle, came the word wicked - the morally-twisted who will burn (see What Does Wicked Mean?).
"Snare" is defined as "a noose that is set to entangle a bird or animal" (from The Consolidated Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary). Snares are long-suffering cruel and indiscriminate devices (they are as likely to kill or maim someone's beloved pet as any wild animal - and a wild animal suffers just as much as any domestic animal) that are rightfully illegal in many civilized jurisdictions today.
Snares worked by being placed along the animal's established home paths and/or baited to attract them. Either way, the victim was snared when it thought that it was doing or receiving something good.
"Snare" is used to translate a number of Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures, primarily:
Satan (see also What Is Satan's Real Name?) also figuratively uses snares in which victims are taken captive while thinking that they are doing or receiving something good.
"11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him." (2 Corinthians 11:3-4 KJV)
"6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Deliverance from the devil's snare requires effort on the part of the one being rescued. That's what true repentance and thereafter overcoming are all about: "If a man therefore purge himself from these ... they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil" (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).
"2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work. 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2:23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will." (2 Timothy 2:21-26 KJV)
King David experienced many snares of the devil in his life. He was nevertheless always set free because he didn't forsake the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God) Who made his rescue possible: "Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped."
"124:1 A Song of degrees of David[see also A Song Of Degrees].
Fact Finder: How does Satan deceive millions of people into following and worshiping him - while they think that they're following and worshiping the Messiah?
This Day In History, March 26
590: Emperor Maurice proclaimed his son Theodosius as co-emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
1169: Salah ad-Di-n Yu-suf ibn Ayyu-b (commonly known in English as "Saladin"), the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty, became the emir of Egypt (in Arabic, "emir" mean "commander," "general," or "prince"; see also What Does The Bible Say About Arabs? and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1344: During the "Reconquest of Spain" by Church of Rome's "Christian" forces from the Muslims (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), the Siege of Algeciras (a city in Spain), ended. It was one of the earliest European battles where gunpowder was used.
1552: Guru Amar Das became the Third Sikh Guru.
1636: Utrecht University was founded in the Netherlands.
1780: The British Gazette and Sunday Monitor, the first Sunday newspaper in Britain, was published.
1799: Napoleon Bonaparte captured Jaffa, Israel (see also The Joppa Lessons Of Jonah And Peter).
1812: An earthquake destroyed Caracas, Venezuela.
1827: Ludwig von Beethoven, German composer, one of the greatest composers in history, died. He wrote many of his finest works after he had become totally deaf.
1830: The anti-Biblical "Book of Mormon" was published, in Palmyra, New York.
1902 Cecil Rhodes died at age 49. The English-South African businessman and politician was the 6th Prime Minister of the Cape Colony (South Africa)
1917: British cavalry fought Ottoman/Turkish forces at the Battle of Gaza (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1921: The racing schooner Bluenose was launched at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Captained by Angus Walters, it raced 5 times for the North American fisherman's championships and was never beaten. It also served as a working fishing boat. Sold during the Second World War, it was wrecked near Haiti in 1946. It is commemorated on the Canadian dime.
1938: Herman Goering (one of Adolf Hitler's henchmen) warned all Jews to leave Austria.
1942: Under orders from Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion), the Nazis began transporting Jews to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, Poland.
1953: Dr. Jonas Salk announced a new vaccine against polio.
1971: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared East Pakistan the independent republic of Bangladesh.
1973: President Anwar Sadat of Egypt took over the premiership, saying, "the stage of total confrontation [with Israel] has become inevitable" (see also Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
1979: At the White House, Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt signed the Camp David peace treaty to end 30 years of war between the two countries (see also A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1997: Police in Rancho Santa Fe, California, discovered 39 people (18 men, 21 women) of a cult (see Is Your Church A Cult?) who committed suicide in a rented mansion; indications were that after death they were expecting to be picked up by a spaceship that their leader told them was following Comet Hale-Bopp that was then visible.