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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 "Snare" is used to translate a number of Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures, primarily:

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced moe-kawshaw, that means a noose, a hook in the nose. An example:

    "8:27 And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah: and all Israel went thither a whoring after it [see also The History Of Idolatry]: which thing became a snare [a noose, a hook in the nose] unto Gideon, and to his house." (Judges 8:27 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced pawhk, that means a spring-loaded net. An example:

    "69:21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink [see also David's View From The Cross]. 69:22 Let their table become a snare [a spring-loaded net] before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap." (Psalm 69:21-22 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced naw-kawsh, that means to entrap. An example:

    "28:9 And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards [see The Witch Of Endor and What Is Sorcery?], out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare [to entrap] for my life, to cause me to die?" (1 Samuel 28:9 KJV)

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)

"11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

9:12 For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them." (Ecclesiastes 9:12 KJV) "3:1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 3:4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 3:5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 3:6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 3:7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil." (1 Timothy 3:1-7 KJV)

Truth rescues those from Satan's snare (see Saved By The Truth) - if they are willing to be set free from it (see Is Truth What You Want To Hear? and Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion?).

"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.

6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 6:13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; 6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: 6:15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen." (1 Timothy 6:6-16 KJV)

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].

If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say; 124:2 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us: 124:3 Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us: 124:4 Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: 124:5 Then the proud waters had gone over our soul.

124:6 Blessed be the LORD, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth. 124:7 Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped. 124:8 Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth." (Psalm 124:1-8 KJV)

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?
See How Does Satan Impersonate Jesus Christ? and 'The Servants Of Corruption Promise Liberty'; also Prove All Things, Hold Fast What Is Good and What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?

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This Day In History, March 26

590: Emperor Maurice proclaimed his son Theodosius as co-emperor of the Byzantine Empire.

1026: Pope John XIX crowned Conrad II as Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation and Emperors and Popes).

The Bluenose 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.


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