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Wednesday, September 9 2015
Jeremiah 17: A Pen Of Iron With The Point Of A Diamond
"The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart"
Due to its extreme hardness, diamond had been used in the tips of engraving pens since ancient times. They are still very much in use today because, like some other methods of engraving (from a word that means to dig - hence also the origin of the word grave), they provide an indelible ("un-delete-able") form of writing.
The LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) referred to diamond-pointed engraving pens in a figurative sense, in that just as the Law of the LORD can be indelibly engraved on the "heart" of those who truly follow and obey Him (see the Fact Finder question below), a declaration of defiance and rebellion can also be indelibly self-written on the "hearts" of those who foolishly and arrogantly choose to go their own way, rather than the Way of Life.
The Israelites were created from the nations of the Middle East (Iraq, Syria, Jordan) and Africa (Egypt) as a living prophecy of the coming Kingdom of God that will be composed of people of all nations who choose to accept the LORD's offer of family citizenship (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?). Like everyone else, some of the people of Israel, and then some of the people of Israel and Judah, chose to reject the LORD's offer of life. While the LORD is longsuffering and patient, the time of opportunity is not infinite. There comes a "point" when those who refuse to repent will have made their defiance "written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart." So then, "Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD."
"17:1 The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars; 17:2 Whilst their children remember their altars and their groves by the green trees upon the high hills. 17:3 O my mountain in the field, I will give thy substance and all thy treasures to the spoil, and thy high places for sin, throughout all thy borders. 17:4 And thou, even thyself, shalt discontinue from thine heritage that I gave thee; and I will cause thee to serve thine enemies in the land which thou knowest not: for ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn for ever. 17:5 Thus saith the LORD;
Notice that the defiance can also take the form of rejecting obedience to the LORD - while claiming His Name for a man-made religion (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy). The full context of the verses quoted above:
"17:1 The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars; 17:2 Whilst their children remember their altars and their groves by the green trees upon the high hills. 17:3 O my mountain in the field, I will give thy substance and all thy treasures to the spoil, and thy high places for sin, throughout all thy borders. 17:4 And thou, even thyself, shalt discontinue from thine heritage that I gave thee; and I will cause thee to serve thine enemies in the land which thou knowest not: for ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn for ever.
Fact Finder: What is indelibly written on the "hearts" of the people of the LORD who truly follow and obey Him?
This Day In History, September 9
9: Germanic tribes under the command of Hermann (who was known to the Romans as Arminius) annihilated three Roman legions (see also Legions Of Men And Angels) of Publius Quinctilius Varus in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. The Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars), while extending across Europe from Israel to Britain, was never able to extend into Germany - which actually succeeded the Roman Empire as "the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
337: Constantine's three sons, already "Caesars" (a family name that became an imperial title; "Washington" was used in the same way during the era of the U.S. Empire), each took the title of Augustus. Constantine II and Constans divided the western empire while Constantius II took control of the eastern empire (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1087: King William I of England died at age 60. Known as William the Conqueror, he was one of the greatest British kings and was much involved in European history - events of long ago that make the political world in which we find ourselves living today. A future British king, the oldest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, will be King William V.
1379: The Treaty of Neuberg divided the Austrian Habsburg lands between the Habsburg Dukes Albert III and Leopold III.
1493: The Battle of Krbava field, a decisive defeat of Croats in Croatian struggle against the invasion by the Ottoman Empire. Centuries later, it was the fall of the Ottoman Empire to the British that enabled the present-day state of "Israel" to come into existence.
1513: Forces of James IV of Scotland battled English troops in Flodden near Branxton, in the English county of Northumberland.
1543: Mary, Queen of Scots, was coronated.
1585: Pope Sixtus V blocked Henry of Navarre's rights to the French crown.
1754: William Bligh was born. As the 35 year-old captain of the Bounty in 1789, some of his crew (although some regard them as "heroes" today, they were cowardly sissy-boy rebels who lacked the manhood to fulfill their sworn allegiance) made their infamous mutiny. Bligh and 18 loyal members of his crew were set adrift in a small lifeboat, which they amazingly managed to sail about 6,500 kilometers (4,000 miles) to Timor. Some of the mutineers settled on Pitcairn Island after burning the hijacked ship just offshore.
1855: During the Crimean War, the Siege of Sevastopol ended when Russian forces abandoned the city.
1867: Adolphus abdicated as duke of Nassau and was granted 8.5 million thalers (the German word from which "dollar" originated) and a few castles as compensation.
1886: The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works was finalized.
1914: During the First World War (1914-1918), the newly-formed "Canadian Automobile Machine Gun Brigade" became the first fully-mechanized battle group in the British Army.
1948: After the withdrawal of Soviet forces from North Korea, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea was proclaimed with Pyongyang as its capital.
1965: Hurricane Betsy struck New Orleans, Louisiana, leaving 76 people dead and $1.42 billion (in 1965 dollars, about $15 billion today) in damages. It is regarded as the first hurricane to exceed $1 billion in damages.
1971: In Attica, New York, the four-day Attica Prison riot began. It ended with 39 dead, most killed by state troopers when they stormed the prison.
1976: Mao Zedong, Chinese communist leader died. He proclaimed the People's Republic of China in 1949 in Beijing.
1991: Tajikstan declare independence from the Soviet Union.
1993: The "Palestine Liberation Organization" (as the terrorist organization was first named by its founders) officially recognized Israel as a legitimate state. "Palestine" is actually just a variant English pronunciation of "Philistine" (see Where Is Palestine?).