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Saturday, May 9 2015
Proverbs 12: Where To Find The Path Of Life
"In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death"
The English-language word "path" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, poeth, that meant a trodden way i.e. a road marked by the footsteps of those who have gone before (see also What Does Saint Really Mean? and The Pilgrims).
"Path" is used to translate a number of Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures. Notice how they are used to describe a journey from physical life to eternal life.
As stated in the verses above (see The Identity Of The LORD God) and throughout the Scriptures (see The LORD God Our Saviour), the Messiah has always been the maker of the path to eternal life. The most that any human teacher can do is to provide a path to the Path of the Messiah. That was the purpose of the John the Baptist - until the Messiah's Ministry began (see The Ministries Of The Two Greatest Prophets).
"3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight." (Matthew 3:1-3 KJV)
While there are many who humbly and joyfully follow the true path when they find it, others choose to arrogantly reject and deny it for themselves. They prefer the iniquity ("Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall") of their dead-end politics, nationalism or man-made religions to eternal life: "Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits ... Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path."
"30:9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: 30:11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.
The Proverbs are not merely worldly sayings. They are manifestations of righteous principles, based upon God's Law, that will deliver those who follow the path of life (see also Words To Get Ahead) to eternal life (see also Will You Return To The Tree Of Life?).
"12:1 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.
This Day In History, May 9
1092: England's Lincoln Cathedral was consecrated.
1386: England and Portugal signed the Treaty of Windsor, pledging "permanent alliance and friendship."
1450: Timurid ruler 'Abd al-Latif was assassinated. He was succeeded by his cousin Abdallah Mirza.
1502: Christopher Columbus left Cadiz, Spain, on his fourth and last voyage to "America" (i.e. the islands of the Caribbean Sea; see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy). While Columbus was away, his employer, King Ferdinand of Spain, was beginning the murderous Spanish Inquisition against non-Catholics all across Europe.
1657: William Bradford, English pilgrim governor of Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts for 30 years, died (see also The Pilgrims).
1671: Thomas Blood, the Irish adventurer popularly known as Captain Blood, stole the crown jewels from the Tower of London.
1793: Scottish explorer Alexander Mackenzie began his famous journey from Fort Chipewyan on Lake Athabasca in Canada. He eventually reached the Pacific Ocean by way of the Bella Coola River, becoming the first European to cross North America using a route north of Mexico.
1864: During the Second War of Schleswig, the Danish navy defeated the Austrian and Prussian fleets in the Battle of Heligoland.
1901: Australia opened its first Parliament in Melbourne.
1915: The Battle of Artois during the First World War began (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars). When it ended 18 days later, 216,000 men had been killed or wounded.
1927: The new city of Canberra replaced Melbourne as the capital of Australia.
1936: Italy formally annexed Ethiopia; King Victor Emmanuel was proclaimed emperor of Ethiopia.
1945: The Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia was liberated by the allies; to it had been sent the so-called "privileged Jews", holders of the Iron Cross first class or better and 50 percent disabled war veterans. Of the 141,184 people sent there, more than 88,000 were gassed, including 81 year old Adolfine, sister of Sigmund Freud (Freud, old and dying of cancer, had been ransomed from the Nazis and brought to England). 3 other of Freud's sisters were murdered: Pauline, 80, and Marie, 82, in Treblinka, and Rose, 84, in Auschwitz.
1946: King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicated. The monarchy was replaced by a republic.
1962: A laser beam is successfully bounced off Moon for the first time.
1965: Lunar 5, an unmanned Soviet spacecraft, was launched toward the moon from a rocket already in Earth's orbit. It later crashed on the moon rather than making the projected soft landing.
1970: During the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam civil war, 100,000 war protesters demonstrated in front of the White House.
1974: During the Watergate criminal investigations, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee opened impeachment hearings against President Richard Nixon.
1978: The body of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro was found in the trunk of a car; he had been kidnapped and murdered by the Red Brigades.
1979: Iranian-Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian was executed by firing squad in Tehran, resulting the mass exodus of the once 100,000 member Jewish community of Iran (Iran was known as Persia until the 1930s; see Esther: The Lots Of Purim).
1983: Pope John Paul II announced the reversal of the Catholic Church's 1633 condemnation of Galileo Galilei, the scientist who correctly taught that planets go around the sun - the "infallible" papacy said that Galileo was wrong (listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
2002: The 38-day stand-off in the "Church of the Nativity" in Bethlehem ended when the Palestinians inside agreed to have 13 terrorists among them deported to several different countries.