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Monday, April 13 2015
Psalm 136: His Mercy Endureth For Ever
"O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever"
The LORD's Judgment is pure and absolute. Unlike man's "justice" that is "blind" and in the personal control of the judges (who are often at least as guilty of wrongdoing as those that they sit in judgment over, but were never caught for things that they did during their lives; see also What Does The Bible Say About Ministers?), the Messiah (see The Identity Of The LORD God), while having been given the Power to Judge all, is even Himself subject to the Judgment of the Father (see Who Sits At The Right Hand Of God?). The Messiah has never done wrong, and will have before Him all of the actual evidence of innocence or guilt - the Perfect Judge.
The only personal reason that the Messiah has for Judging in the way that He will is to obey the Father Who created (the stated reason why the Son of God called God His Father) and sent Him. Along with the fact that all evidence is known to the LORD ("20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works." Revelation 20:12 KJV), it is a separation of powers that provides absolutely perfect justice.
"5:21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: 5:23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.
The LORD's people have always understood that the LORD's mercy is not a free ride. Salvation is the free gift for the repentant (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners and Unleavened Bread: Completing The Days Of Judgment; also Strait And Straight and The Unpardonable Sin).
The Psalms were musical compositions that were typically sung (see A Song Of Degrees and The Songs Of Asaph). In this Psalm, some sang the first line of each stanza, while others sang the response, "for His mercy endureth for ever." All understood what "mercy" really means (see the Fact Finder question below).
"136:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
This Day In History, April 13
1059: In an attempt to remove the Papal-appointment power of the German Emperors (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation and Emperors and Popes), Pope Nicholas II decreed that future popes would be elected only by cardinals (see The Struggle For The Papacy; listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1111: German King Henry V was crowned Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1204: Constantinople fell to the Crusaders of the Fourth Crusade, temporarily crippling the Byzantine Empire (i.e. the east Roman Empire). Constantinople was named after the Roman Emperor Constantine, the inventor of the Church of Rome and most of its Babylonian/Roman doctrines (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1759: French forces defeated the European allies at the Battle of Bergen.
1829: The British Parliament granted freedom of religion to Catholics in Britain. The Catholics had been restricted because of their proclaimed loyalty to the Pope in Rome rather than their own country - including with numerous attempts to assassinate Kings and Queens of the United Kingdom at the behest of various Popes.
1849: The Hungarian Republic was proclaimed.
1861: After 34 hours of bombardment, Union-held Fort Sumter surrendered to the Confederate forces.
1913: An assassination attempt on King Alphonso XIII of Spain by an anarchist failed.
1953: CIA director Allen Dulles began the mind-control program "MKULTRA" that used unknowing U.S. and Canadian citizens and hospital patients as its test subjects. The criminal program included the use of illegal drugs (e.g. LSD), hypnosis, isolation and sensory deprivation, verbal and sexual abuse and torture. Many died from the heinous medical experiments that were equal in evil to anything done by Hitler's Nazi regime during the Second World War.
1959: A Vatican edict prohibited Roman Catholics from voting for communists.
1960: France became the 4th nation with atomic "weapons of mass destruction."
1960: The first navigational satellite was launched into Earth orbit.
1970: An oxygen tank exploded on Apollo 13, causing an abort of the moon landing and near loss of the crew.
1999: Dr. Jack Kevorkian was sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison for murder - the killing of a terminally ill man who wanted to commit suicide. He taped the killing which was shown on the CBS program 60 Minutes. Kevorkian claimed to have assisted over 130 deaths during the previous 10 years.