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Monday, May 18 2015
Proverbs 21: The Ways Of A Man
"Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts"
The English-language word "man" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, mann, that meant to think. Other languages have a similar root meaning e.g. "men" originated from a Latin word, mens, which also meant to think, or the mind. As obvious from its original definition, "men," or "man," first referred to the species as a whole, not just the male (as we will read, the first male made the distinction in terminology).
So too the Hebrew of the Holy Bible. "Adam" is from the Hebrew word, pronounced aw-dawm, that meant the species of man. The first accounts about "man" in the Bible obviously meant the species because when the statements were made there was no need to distinguish the male - there were no females yet.
"2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
When the first female was created, the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour) also called her aw-dawm, "man," meaning the species. The LORD didn't call her "woman" or Eve - the male did. It was the male that originated the term "woman," and it was the male who gave her a name, Eve.
"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. 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." (Genesis 1:26-27 KJV)
The ways of man, as a species, as they were created, were the Way of God. They walked with LORD sinlessly, physically and spiritually.
Many have debated why Satan targeted the female. Had the Devil previously tried it with the male and failed? Was it because she was younger and less experienced? Was it because she received the command not to take the forbidden fruit from the LORD later, or perhaps repeated from the male? Had she become the "leader" i.e. was the male there with her, silent and following along, when the Devil enticed her to sin (i.e. "she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat" (Genesis 3:6 KJV)?
Regardless of the many possibilities of circumstance, man, as a species, were put out of the Garden in Eden because they had parted ways with the LORD. From that time, "the ways of man" became a self-righteous journey of self-destruction.
"14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." (Proverbs 14:12 KJV)
Turning back to the Way of the LORD, to the time when the ways of man were the Way of the LORD, is the basis of Judgment and Salvation. It doesn't matter who you are, where you are, or what you are. All that matters is what you do to return to the Way from which you came.
The Proverbs are lessons in the Way of the LORD that contrast the ways of man, the species: "The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead."
"21:1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
This Day In History, May 18
332: Roman Emperor Constantine proclaimed free distribution of food to the people of the city that would be named after him, Constantinople (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1152: Eleanor, duchess of Aquitaine and recently divorced from King Louis VII of France, married Henry Plantagenet (later Henry II of England) at Poitiers.
1291: The Sultan of Egypt and his son Ashraf took Acre, the last "Christian" stronghold in the "Holy Land" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1565: The Ottoman Siege of Malta began.
1592: The Tanaka Memorial, Hideyoshi's plan for Japanese world domination was published. It was revived 349 years later prior to the December 1941 attacks on British, Australian and U.S. bases and possessions all across the Pacific and southeast Asia.
1642: Montreal, Quebec was founded. Today, Montreal is the second-largest city in Canada, and the second-largest French-speaking city in the world (second only in population to Paris, France, although Montreal is larger in area).
1756: England declared war on France, thereby beginning the Seven Years' War.
1792: Russia invaded Poland.
1803: Britain declared war on France after Napoleon Bonaparte continued his interference in Italy and Switzerland.
1804: Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of France.
1830: Edwin Budding of England signed an agreement for manufacture of his invention - the lawn mower.
1845: Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin set out from England to map the Northwest Passage through the Arctic. He and his men of the "Franklin Expedition" never returned.
1966: An attempted assassin was killed in an explosion in a third floor washroom of the Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa, only steps away from the public viewing gallery. He had apparently planned to throw the bomb into the Government assembly, thereby killing the Prime Minister and many other members of Parliament, but it detonated prematurely.
1974: India became the sixth nation with nuclear weapons when its first bomb was successfully exploded in the Rajasthan Desert.
1980: 60 people were killed from eruption of Mount St. Helens in a remote area of Washington State. Scientists estimated the force of the eruption to be 2,500 times more powerful than the U.S. atomic bomb that was used to incinerate Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.
1982: A jury in New York City convicted Sun Myung Moon, founder and leader of the Unification Church (the "Moonies") of tax evasion. He served 13 months in prison.
1990: A modified French TVG train set a new world rail speed record at 515 kilometers per hour (320 miles per hour).
2009: The Sri Lankan Civil War ended after nearly 26 years of conflict.