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Saturday, April 25 2015

Psalm 148: What Did Jesus Tell John About Creation?

"I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine Own Self with the Glory which I had with Thee before the world was"

The single verse below is the statement of Creation by the Word of God (see also What Does Word of God Mean To You?).

"1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." (Genesis 1:1 KJV)

For many, the Creation has become popularly-known as "the Big Bang." The illustration below shows the current scientific theory of how some non-physical energy condensed into an unimaginably-dense point of physical matter (see also Einstein's Holy Spirit Formula) that then expanded, according to, and by means of, the laws of physics that were created before (otherwise, the "Big Bang" would not have been able to happen) to form and fill the physical universe.

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Notice also, from the Biblical account of the Creation of humans, after the Creation of animals, the "us" in the verses below.

"1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." (Genesis 1:26 KJV)

People have debated what was meant by the "us" in the verse quoted above. Some say that God was speaking to the angels, or that God was speaking to Himself, but many people throughout the "Old" Testament were given to know that God sent the LORD God to do the Work of Creation. As we will get to, "Let us make man in our image" was a Command from God to the LORD God. Moses knew it (see The Christian Ten Commandments and What Did Moses Prophesy About The Law Of Salvation?). King David knew it (see David's View From The Cross and David's Resurrection Prophecy).

Later, when the LORD God was born as Jesus of Nazareth, the key part of His teachings involved the announcement that He was "the LORD God" of Bible history (see The LORD God Our Saviour). His followers believed Him, while unbelievers blasphemously accused Him of blasphemy.

"8:53 Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?

8:54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: 8:55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.

8:57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?

8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

8:59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by." John 8:53-59 KJV)

At the completion of His Ministry, upon which His death and resurrection from the dead would prove that everything that He said was true, His prayer to God was to be restored as the LORD God - as recorded by the apostle John.

Heaven

"17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was." (John 17:4-5 KJV)

The apostle John's Gospel account begins with what the Messiah had taught Him about the Creation - how it was done, and Who did the Work.

"1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." (John 1:1-3 KJV)

"1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (John 1:14 KJV)

Later apostles continued the truth of the teaching, as proven by their own witness of the miracles. The apostle Paul (see also The Christian Universe):

"1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell" (Colossians 1:16-19 KJV)

King David's preaching of how all things praise and worship the Creator describes how even non-living objects obey God by the LORD-Created laws of chemistry and physics that give them substance and existence. In that way, even rocks aren't atheists - the statement "3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham" (Matthew 3:9 KJV) is literal, not merely rhetorical (see The Only Place That Denies God's Existence).

"148:1 Praise ye the LORD.

Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. 148:2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. 148:3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. 148:4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. 148:5 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created. 148:6 He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.

148:7 Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: 148:8 Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word: 148:9 Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: 148:10 Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: 148:11 Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: 148:12 Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:

148:13 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven. 148:14 He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him.

Praise ye the LORD." (Psalm 148:1-14 KJV)

Fact Finder: What did the LORD God do when He returned to heaven?
See What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven? and Who Sits At The Right Hand Of God?


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This Day In History, April 25

404 BC: At the end of the Peloponnesian War, Lysander's Spartan Armies defeated the Athenians (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).

775: The Battle of Bagrevand ended an Armenian revolution against the Muslim Abbasid Caliphate. Numerous Armenian nobles fled to the Byzantine Empire (i.e. the East Roman Empire; see also The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South).

1530: The Augsburg Confession was read at the Diet of Worms (i.e. Vorms, a city in Germany). Written primarily by Philip Melanchthon, the document comprised the first official summary of the "Lutheran" faith.

1590: The Sultan of Morocco launched his successful attack to capture Timbuktu.

The Suez Canal 1607: During the Eighty Years' War, the Dutch fleet destroyed the anchored Spanish fleet at Gibraltar.

1644: The Ming Chongzhen emperor committed suicide during a peasant rebellion led by Li Zicheng.

1707: At the Battle of Almansa, Franco-Spanish forces defeat the Anglo-Portuguese.

1792: Nicolas Pelletier, a convicted forger and highwayman, became the first person executed by guillotine.

1809: The Treaty of Amritsar, concluded in India between the British East India Company and the Sikh Kingdom of Punjab. It settled Indo-Sikh relations for a generation.

1849: Governor General Lord Elgin signed the Rebellion Losses Bill, which gave compensation to residents of Lower Canada (i.e. Quebec - "Upper" and "Lower" Canada were geographic terms based on the flow of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River toward the Atlantic Ocean) whose property had been damaged in the rebellions of 1837. It became known as the "rebel rewarding bill" because in the confusion some rebels were compensated. Opposition to the bill was severe; Elgin was attacked by an English-speaking mob and the Parliament Buildings in Montreal were burned down.

1859: British and French engineers began construction of the Suez Canal.

1867: Tokyo was opened to international trade.

1882: French commander Henri Riviere seized the citadel of Hanoi. French colonial involvement in Vietnam eventually resulted in the division of the country into North and South Vietnam, which in turn caused the Vietnam civil war, which the U.S. became mired in after the French left. The result of a century of war is that Vietnam is today a single country again, just as it was a long ago before France and the U.S. involved themselves in it.

1915: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), troops of Australia and New Zealand landed at Gallipoli in Turkey (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).

1925: Paul von Hindenburg became President of Germany. He would soon be replaced by a rising politician by the name of Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1926: In Iran, Reza Kahn was crowned Shah and chose the name "Pehlevi." His brutal, undemocratic regime lasted until the Iranian revolution of 1979 (the "hostage crisis" of the U.S. Embassy in Iran began not long after Pehlevi fled the country; see also Has Another Haman Arisen?).

1945: Representatives of fifty nations gathered in San Francisco, California to begin the United Nations Conference on International Organizations. The U.N. general assembly headquarters was later constructed in New York, apart from its many offices and agencies in Europe.

1959: The St. Lawrence Seaway, linking the Atlantic Ocean to Canadian and US ports on the Great Lakes, opened to shipping.

1967: Britain granted internal self-government to Swaziland.

1971: Bangladesh (which means "country of Bengal") was declared. Civil war immediately followed which killed an estimated 1 million people before India intervened against Pakistan.

1974: Antonio Salazar was overthrown in Portugal.

1982: Israel completed withdrawal from the Sinai (see Paul's Geography Lesson) in accordance with the Camp David "peace" agreement (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

1988: John Demjanuk was sentenced to death by an Israeli court for war crimes committed during the Second World War (1939-1945). The verdict was later overturned by the Israeli Supreme Court in 1993, after which Demjanuk returned to his home in Ohio.

2007: The funeral of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin was held. It was the first funeral to be sanctioned by the Russian Orthodox Church for a head of state since the funeral of Emperor Alexander III in 1894.


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