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Saturday, April 11 2015

Psalm 134: What Does The Bible Say About Ministers?

"For one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren ... And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven"

The English-language word "minister" originated from a Latin word of the same spelling that meant minor, as in "one who acts under the authority of another" (The Consolidated Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary). "Minister" is used to translate two words of the Holy Scriptures.

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced shaw-rawth, that means attendant or servant

  • The Greek word, pronounced dee-ak-on-ohs, that also means attendant or servant

Examples of this function are seen in the Holy Scriptures where Joshua was a minister of Moses (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Joshua), while Aaron (see Why Did Jesus Christ Choose Aaron?) was a minister of the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The Christian Ten Commandments).

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"24:12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them. 24:13 And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God." (Exodus 24:12-13 KJV)

"28:1 And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons." (Exodus 28:1 KJV)

Some of the angels are ministers to converted Christians now (see Those Who Will Awake Early), while they will also do so later for those called later (see The Harvests Of Salvation). "Guardian angels" are real and present (remember that any time that you are seemingly "alone").

"1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?" (Hebrews 1:14 KJV)

"30:20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left." (Isaiah 30:20-21 KJV)

It is very important to realize that the word "master," and its alternate spelling "mister," are very different, practically opposite, in meaning from "minister." Master/mister originated from a Latin word, magister, that means great or greatest. The words majesty and magistrate were created directly from the same word as master/mister.

And what did the Messiah command about using master/mister? (see also Strait And Straight and What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?)

"10:24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord." (Matthew 10:24 KJV)

"23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 23:6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 23:7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

23:9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

23:10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted." (Matthew 23:4-12 KJV)

King David was a servant of the LORD in his fulfilling of the Christian prophetic role of king of Israel (see The Patriotism Prophecy), just as the Levites fulfilled the Christian prophetic role as priests of the LORD's Sacrifice (see When Were The Levites Set Apart? and Why Do Christians Observe The Messiah's Day Of Atonement?).

"134:1 A Song of degrees [see also A Song Of Degrees].

Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD. 134:2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

134:3 The LORD that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion." (Psalm 134:1-3 KJV)

Fact Finder: Was John the Baptist's father a righteous minister in the Temple of the LORD?
See What Did John The Baptist's Father Do At The Temple?


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This Day In History, April 11

217: Accession of Macrinus, the 24th Roman emperor, reigned 217-218 (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Israel In History and Prophecy: Aelia Capitolina).

The Roman Empire

1512: The forces of the "Holy League" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) were defeated by the French at the Battle of Ravenna.

1689: William III and Mary II were crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain.

1713: The Treaty of Utrecht was signed to end the War of The Spanish Succession.

1814: Napoleon was exiled to Elba.

1864: Archduke Maximilian of Austria accepted the throne of Mexico.

1941: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), German bombers devastated Coventry, England.

1951: Police recovered the Stone of Scone (pronounced "scoon") which had been stolen from Westminster Abbey over 3 months earlier. The 484 pound stone has been part of the coronation ceremonies for British monarchs since it had been brought to London in 1296.

1961: Israel began the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichman.

1965: 40 tornadoes struck the U.S. Midwest, killing 272 people and injuring 5,000.

1970: Apollo 13 was launched. The aborted mission returned 6 days later.

1979: Ugandan dictator Idi Amin was ousted.

1982: Allen Goodman, a U.S.-born Israeli soldier, went on a shooting rampage on the Temple Mount (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace). Storming into the Al Aksa Mosque with an M-16 rifle, Goodman killed a Muslim guard and wounded other Arabs (see What Does The Bible Say About Arabs?). The incident set off a week of rioting and strikes in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza. Goodman was convicted a year later and sentenced to life plus 2 terms of 20 years. The sentence was later reduced to 24 years, of which he served less than 16 years before being released on October 16 1997.

1997: Fire severely damaged the church that housed The Shroud of Turin (see also Shroud Of Turin: A Miraculous Fake?), however firemen were able to save the relic.


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