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Friday, August 7 2015

Isaiah 50: The Refuge Of Trust

"Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? Let him trust in the Name of the LORD, and stay upon his God"

Trust and true are English-language words that both originated from the ancient Anglo-Saxon word, trow, that meant to rely on the integrity of someone who is being genuine to you. The logic should be obvious - it's impossible to trust someone who you know is untruthful in word or deed.

The principle of trust and truth are based upon the Ninth Commandment (the Ten Commandments existed right from the beginning - the Fourth Commandment existed right from the first seventh day, and humans became sinners when they committed coveting and theft; see When Did The Ten Commandments Begin? and Which Tree Will You Pick Fruit From?).

"20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour." (Exodus 20:16 KJV)

"Trust" is used to translate a number of original words of the Holy Scriptures, including the Hebrew words, pronounced kaw-saw, baw-tawkh, and mib-tawkh - all of which mean to take refuge in.

Dove King David expressed his trust of the LORD right from an early age. His defeat of Goliath was based upon his trust in the LORD.

"17:45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. 17:46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel." (1 Samuel 17:45-46 KJV)

Despite his many troubles, David maintained his trust in the LORD throughout his life, as expressed in many of the Psalms. A few examples:

"9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee." (Psalm 9:10 KJV)

"18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower." (Psalm 18:2 KJV)

"37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass." (Psalm 37:5 KJV)

"37:39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble. 37:40 And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him." (Psalm 37:39-40 KJV)

"40:4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies." (Psalm 40:4 KJV)

"64:10 The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory." (Psalm 64:10 KJV)

"91:2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust." (Psalm 91:2 KJV)

The Kingdom of Israel and the Kingdom of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah) fell (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes and Why Did Judah Fall To Babylon?; also The Idols Of The Old Country) because they defiantly abandoned their trust in the LORD. They not only "trusted" in themselves, they did so in rebellion against the trust of the LORD.

"50:1 Thus saith the LORD,

Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away. 50:2 Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst. 50:3 I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.

50:4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. 50:5 The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. 50:6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. 50:7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. 50:8 He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me. 50:9 Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.

50:10 Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God. 50:11 Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow." (Isaiah 50:1-11 KJV)

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This Day In History, August 7

322 BC: The Battle of Crannon between Macedon and Athens (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).

117: The accession of Hadrian, the 14th Roman emperor, reigned 117-138 (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

355: Claudius Silvanus proclaimed himself Roman Emperor against Emperor Constantius II.

461: Roman Emperor Majorian was beheaded after his arrest by the magister militum Ricimer.

626: Avar and Slav forces left the siege of Constantinople.

936: The Coronation of King Otto I of Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation, Emperors and Popes and the photograph below).

German Roman Crown 991: The Danes under Olaf Tryggvason defeated the Saxons at Maldon.

1712: The Treaty of Aargau was signed which ended the Swiss War and guaranteed Protestant superiority over Catholic Cantons.

1718: The English fleet under Admiral George Byng destroyed or captured 15 out of 22 Spanish ships at the Battle of Cape Passaro off Sicily.

1786: Francis Light established the British colony of Penang, Malaysia.

1794: U.S. President George Washington invoked the Militia Law to suppress a rebellion by colonists in western Pennsylvania.

1804: Francis II became the first Emperor of Austria.

1858: The Eiger of the Bernese Alps was climbed for the first time.

1863: Cambodia became a French protectorate.

1906: In France, Eugene Lauste received the first patent for a "talking film."

1908: Britain's King Edward VII met with Germany's Kaiser (Kaiser is the German form of Caesar) Wilhelm II to protest the growth of the German navy.

1919: After the First World War, the constitution of the Weimar Republic was adopted in Germany.

1927: The Peace Bridge opened between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York. The last invasion of Canada, by any country, was by the U.S. during the War of 1812 (1812-1814). In starting the war, President James Madison publicly-declared that his objective was to attempt to destroy and annex Canada as a nation and subject its people to dictatorial rule from Washington (i.e. Madison's malignant threat, "surrender or be annihilated"). At the end of the war, the border remained where it was before Madison declared the war, and Madison's White House, along with much of Washington, was burned to the ground by Royal Marines in retaliation for the U.S. looting and burning of the Parliament Building and library in Toronto, Ontario earlier in the year.

1930: The last confirmed racist lynching in the northern U.S. occurred, in Marion, Indiana. Two black men, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, were murdered by "Christian" white men.

1933: "The Assyrian Incident" - a massacre of Assyrian villagers (315 men, 4 women, 6 children) by Iraqi government forces.

1942: A German submarine sank the British Navy's HMS Eagle, one of the world's first aircraft carriers.

1952: King Hussein of Jordan succeeded to the throne after his father, King Ala, was deposed. He reigned for 47 years, until his death in 1999 (see also Ruth: Building The House Of Israel and Jordan's West Bank Invasion).

1972: The last U.S. military forces withdrew from Vietnam. Soon thereafter, North Vietnam over-ran South Vietnam, ending the Vietnam civil war between north and south, thereby creating a single country free of foreign interference for the first time since colonial France divided Vietnam into North and South in the 1950s.

1979: Several tornadoes struck the city of Woodstock, Ontario, Canada and the surrounding communities in Oxford County.

1981: The Washington Star ceased publication after 128 years.

1990: West German Foreign Minister Hans Dietrich Genscher's Free Democrats (FDP) merged with their liberal East German allies to become the first revived all-Germany political party.

1999: The Chechnya-based Islamic International Brigade invaded the bordering Russian Republic of Dagestan.

2008: Georgia launched an invasion of South Ossetia, thereby starting the 2008 South Ossetia War.


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