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Sunday, April 12 2015
Psalm 135: What Does Praise Mean?
"Praise ye the Name of the LORD; praise Him, O ye servants of the LORD ... The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands
The English-language word "praise" originated from a Latin word, pretium, that meant most valuable. The word premium originated from the same root word.
"Praise" originally meant "a joyful tribute or gratitude of homage paid to the Divine Being" (The Consolidated Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary), but it later came to be used by some humans merely to "praise" one another ("12:42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: 12:43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God." John 12:42-43 KJV; see Theaters Of Vanity and What Does The Bible Say About Ministers?; also the Fact Finder question below).
"Praise" is used to translate a number of Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures and their Greek equivalents. Keep in mind that both the Old and the New Testaments were spoken and based primarily on the Hebrew language - the New Testament was written in Greek, the "world language" of the day, even though the people spoke Hebrew and taught from the Hebrew-language Scriptures.
"135:1 Praise ye the LORD.
Fact Finder: What is the difference between rightful praise and Satanic flattery?
This Day In History, April 12
238: The Battle of Carthage. The forces of Gordian II were defeated by Numidian forces of Maximinus Thrax. Gordian II was killed in the battle and his father, Gordian I, committed suicide.
240: Shapur I became king of the Sasanian Empire - the last Iranian empire prior to the invention of the Islamic religion in the fifth century.
467: Anthemius was proclaimed Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
1204: During the Fourth Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), Constantinople was taken from the Muslims by the Crusaders (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad). Constantinople was founded in 330 by the Roman Emperor Constantine, after whom the city is named (listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy). Centuries later, the city became the capital of the Ottoman Empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1606: King James of England (after whom the King James Bible is named) ordered a "Union Flag" combining the crosses of St. George of England and St. Andrew of Scotland. The origin of the Union Jack.
1654: The Ordinance of Union came into effect, uniting Ireland and Scotland with England.
1782: The British, under Admiral Sir George Rodney, won a naval victory in the West Indies over the French off Dominica.
1796: Napoleon's forces defeated the Austrian and Sardinian armies at the end of the Battle of Montenotte. It was Napoleon's first significant victory.
1861: The U.S. Civil War began when Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina.
1877: The United Kingdom annexed the Transvaal of South Africa.
1917: During the First World War, four divisions of the Canadian Army captured Vimy Ridge (France) from the German Sixth Army.
1928: The Bremen, a German Junkers W33, departed on the first successful transatlantic flight from east to west.
1945: U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt died at age 63. In his last weeks, he had reportedly turned "anti-Zionist" after a meeting with Arabian King Ibn Saud after the Yalta Conference. The "pro-Zionist" Presidential assistant, David Niles, later asserted: "There are serious doubts in my mind that Israel would have come into being if Roosevelt had lived" (Mr. Niles overestimated Roosevelt and the late-comers who became involved in what others had built - nothing or no one could stop the fulfillment of the prophecy of Judah's return; see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1955: The polio vaccine, which was developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, was declared safe and effective.
1955: Albert Einstein collapsed at home in Princeton, New Jersey from a ruptured aortic aneurysm; he died in hospital 3 days later.
1961: Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in outer space when he completed the first manned orbital flight aboard Vostok 1.
1981: The first U.S. space shuttle launch, the Columbia. The vehicle completed 27 missions before disintegrating during re-entry on its 28th flight, on February 1, 2003. Seven astronauts, including the first Israeli astronaut, were killed.
"3:27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it." (Proverbs 3:27 KJV)
1999: U.S. President Bill Clinton was cited for contempt of court for testifying "intentionally false statements" in a sexual harassment civil lawsuit.
2002: A 17 year old Palestinian (see Where Is Palestine?) female suicide bomber murdered 7 people and wounded 104 at Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda open-air market.