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Saturday, September 12 2015
Jeremiah 20: Pashur's Stocks
"Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of the LORD"
The English-language word stock originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word, stoc, which meant a branch, or trunk, of a tree. It had many applied meanings, from horticulture ("root stock") to weaponry (the "stock" of a crossbow, then of a rifle, which was originally made from wood, as some finely-crafted weapons still are today).
"Stock" was also the name applied to a device used to hold prisoners, political or criminal. They were used as a means of public humiliation (stocks were frequently located in public areas of a town so that hypocrites could mock and jeer the accused person; see also Crucified To The Sound Of Mockers), or as a means of maximum security within a prison yard or cell. Stocks, in one form or another, also sometimes enabled sadistic jailers to more easily torture, or "safely" murder, then-defenseless prisoners - a despicable evil committed by sissy-minded cowards that is just as Satanically evident today as it was in the most ancient times.
In English-language translations of the Holy Bible, "stock" is used to translate a number of Hebrew words, including (pronounced) sad, meaning to stop, eh-kess, meaning an anklet, ates, meaning a wooden staff or plank, mah-peh-keth, meaning a wrench, and tsee-noke, meaning to confine. In the New Testament, the Greek word (pronounced) xoo-lon, meaning timber, is often translated as "stock." There were various forms of stocks, some held only the feet, some the neck and hands, some the feet and hands.
Pashur, from the Hebrew name meaning freedom or released (an ironic name, since he imprisoned the people with his corruption, before the LORD had him taken away in the Babylonian captivity - see A Faithful Winner Among Unrepentant Losers) was a high-ranking Temple official in the time of the LORD's warning, through the prophet Jeremiah, to the religious mis-leadership of Judah to repent of their turning their backs to the LORD. As is still very-often the case in the thug-brained world today, Pashur's "leadership" was merely a matter of brute force - power-lusting narcissistic pushers, not genuine leaders.
After Jeremiah delivered the Word of the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour), Pashur had Jeremiah beaten and bound in the stocks near the Temple - convenient to Jeremiah, because even in the stocks he could still be heard from there. When he had Jeremiah brought out to see if he had "repented" of the truth that he preached, Jeremiah delivered another prophecy from the LORD - this time including a personal one for Pashur. His name would be changed from Pashur, meaning "freedom," to Magormissabib, meaning terror on every side. Pashur was soon going to get what was due to him (see Reap What You Sow).
"20:1 Now Pashur the son of Immer the priest, who was also chief governor in the house of the LORD, heard that Jeremiah prophesied these things. 20:2 Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of the LORD. 20:3 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Pashur brought forth Jeremiah out of the stocks. Then said Jeremiah unto him, The LORD hath not called thy name Pashur, but Magormissabib. 20:4 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will make thee a terror to thyself, and to all thy friends: and they shall fall by the sword of their enemies, and thine eyes shall behold it: and I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall carry them captive into Babylon, and shall slay them with the sword. 20:5 Moreover I will deliver all the strength of this city, and all the labours thereof, and all the precious things thereof, and all the treasures of the kings of Judah will I give into the hand of their enemies, which shall spoil them, and take them, and carry them to Babylon. 20:6 And thou, Pashur, and all that dwell in thine house shall go into captivity: and thou shalt come to Babylon, and there thou shalt die, and shalt be buried there, thou, and all thy friends, to whom thou hast prophesied lies.
Fact Finder: Why were the true prophets of the LORD not "popular" among the defiantly-corrupt people that they were sent to warn?
This Day In History, September 12
490 BC: The Battle of Marathon. Athenians defeated the second Persian invasion of Greece at the Greek town of Marathon (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Babylon and Persia and A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).
1309: The First Siege of Gibraltar began during the Spanish Reconquista; the forces of the Kingdom of Castile against the Emirate of Granada produced a Castilian victory.
1609: English explorer Henry Hudson, while employed by the Netherlands, discovered a river in eastern North America that would later be named after him - the Hudson River. New York City was originally named New Amsterdam by its Dutch founders.
1683: Austrian and Polish forces took Vienna, Austria, back from the Ottomans after the Battle of Kahlenberg (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1683: Vienna was retaken from the Ottomans.
1722: The Treaty of St. Petersburg ended the Russo-Persian War.
1758: French astronomer Charles Messier began his Messier Catalog of deep-sky objects with the Crab Nebula - the remnants of a supernova explosion that was first observed by Chinese astronomers in 1054.
1848: Switzerland adopted a new constitution under which it became a federal republic.
1878: The obelisk known as Cleopatra's Needle, originally cut from the quarries of Aswan in about 1475 B.C., was erected in London (see also The Cleopatra Connection).
1914: During the First World War (1914-1918), the First Battle of the Aisne in France began. It lasted 17 days. British and French forces battled the Germans to a stalemate; static trench warfare set in on the Aisne and lasted for the next 18 months (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1934: The Baltic Entente, a mutual defense pact by Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, was signed. Intended primarily against Nazi Germany which had replaced the Soviet Union as the greatest (perceived) threat against them.
1938: Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany annexed Czech Sudetenland.
1962: In a lead-up to the political face-saving "Cuban Missile Crisis" (after the failed CIA "Bay of Pigs" attempted invasion of Cuba), U.S. President Kennedy held a news conference and announced that the U.S. would not tolerate any Soviet base in the western hemisphere (while at the same time the U.S. itself had dozens of offensive bases in the eastern hemisphere, some right on the Russian border, as is still the case today). Militarily, Russian missiles in Cuba actually would have been no greater threat to the U.S. than long-range ballistic missiles launched from Russia (which to this day cannot be stopped - no effective defense has yet been developed that is capable of stopping ballistic missiles) or from missiles and cruise missiles launched by Russian submarines positioned near the U.S. east and west coasts, much closer than Cuba, as is still the case today.
1988: Hurricane Gilbert inflicted heavy damage on Jamaica before turning toward Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula where it caused an estimated $5 billion in damage.
1972: Idi Amin, dictator of Uganda, sent a cable to the United Nations Secretary General to announce that since no statue of Hitler had been erected in Germany, he proposed to set one up in Uganda.
1974: Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia was deposed by a military coup, ending a reign of 58 years.
1990: Agreements were signed by Britain, the U.S., France, Russia, and East and West Germany that permitted the re-unification of Germany - a key event in European history, and Bible prophecy (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
2003: In Fallujah, US forces shot and killed eight Iraqi police officers in a "friendly fire" incident. Over the course of the first ten years of the conflict that began when George W. Bush ordered the invasion, over 1 million Iraqi people were killed, wounded or maimed, while the country was reduced to rubble and chaos. Bush's justification for the destruction, Iraq's "weapons of mass destruction," were never found, and were later declared to have never existed. Despite a persistent myth, Iraq also had no connection to the 9-11 terrorist attacks; captured documents proved that Saddam Hussein actually viewed Al-Qaeda, the terrorist Muslim organization founded by Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, as a threat to Iraq.