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Tuesday, October 20 2015
Lamentations 2: The Right To Choose Wrong
"He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still"
Humans were created with the power of choice - to do what is right, and live forever, or to choose what is wrong, and die forever (see The Thinker From The Soil). What happened in the Garden of Eden was not a victory for Satan. It was a victory for freedom.
Freedom does not however include the power to dictate to the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) what He must do or accept, nor does it empower those who choose to self-destruct the right to enter into the LORD's Kingdom - which will be, as it was in the beginning, everywhere on Earth (see The First And Last Nation). Just as the first humans discovered when they chose to go their own way, there is no room or place in Paradise for those who choose to be losers (see Will You Return To The Tree Of Life?). The right to choose wrong does not include the right to make wrong into right.
The LORD's Judgment will be based upon the choices that each human makes. The LORD doesn't dictate to anyone - other than to make a choice of the life way, or the death way. Yes, the LORD actually said "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still." But notice the result of doing so, and the result for those who choose to obey the Way of Life.
"22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
The united kingdom of Israel, and then the separate Kingdom of Israel and the Kingdom of Judah (see A History Of Israel's United And Divided Kingdoms), were free to obey the LORD, and reap the blessings, or to rebel against the LORD, and reap their destruction (see Reap What You Sow).
Jeremiah was a prophet of the LORD for forty years. His ministry was a success; he did and said everything that the LORD commanded him to do - even when most of the rest of the nation failed to make the right choice for themselves (see A Faithful Winner Among Unrepentant Losers). Israel and Judah too were a success in the freedom to choose what the LORD gave to them; it was actually a major part of the basis of their nationhood (see Blessings and Curses). But so too they had delivered to them the fruit of their choice - destruction when they chose to be losers.
"2:1 How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger, and cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered not his footstool in the day of his anger!
This Day In History, October 20
480 BC: Greek naval forces defeated the Persian forces in the battle of Salamis (see The Prophet Daniel: The Ram and The He Goat).
1632: Sir Christopher Wren was born. He became one of Britain's most outstanding architects.
1720: The Caribbean pirate known as Calico Jack (actual name John Rackham, born of English and Cuban parents) was captured by the Royal Navy. The pirate was famous for his "Jolly Roger" flag, a skull with crossed swords, that contributed to the popularization of the design. The origin of the Jolly Roger is unknown, however some historians believe that it was derived from "Old Roger," a term for the Devil.
1740: Charles V, Holy Roman emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) and head of the house of Habsburg, died. Two of the Wars of the Spanish Succession developed directly from his death.
1921: The Treaty of Ankara between France and the Grand National Assembly of Turkey was signed. It formalized the French recognition of the Assembly rather than the government of Ottoman sultan Mehmed VI, as the sovereign power in Turkey (listen also to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1822: Andrew Bonar Law became the first Canadian-born Prime Minister of Britain.
1827: In the Greek War of Independence, the Turkish and Egyptian fleets were devastated by the British, French and Russians at the Battle of Navarino.
1867: Ottawa was proclaimed the capital of Canada. Founded in 1827 by Col. John By, Ottawa was first named Bytown. It was renamed after the Ottawa Indians in 1854. In 1858 Ottawa was chosen by Queen Victoria to be the capital of the "United Provinces of Canada," and in 1867 it became the capital of the sovereign nation of Canada.
1911: Roald Amundsen set off with 4 others on his journey to the South Pole. They arrived on December 14.
1930: Jews in "Palestine" ("Palestine" is an English-language rendering of "Philistine"; see Where Is Palestine?) were banned from purchasing Arab land by the British authorities. After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Britain controlled Palestine from the end of World War 1 in 1918 to Israeli independence in 1948 (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration).
1935: The "Long March" of Chinese communists led by Mao Zedong ended. Of the 80,000 who set out, only 9,000 completed the 6,000 miles (9,700 kilometers) to Yanan.
1944: Aachen became the first large German city to fall to the advancing allied forces near the end of the Second World War.
1971: West German Chancellor Willy Brandt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1973: During their Watergate investigations of Nixon himself, President Nixon fired Watergate Prosecutor Archibald Cox and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus.
2011: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was captured and killed by rebel forces after the Battle of Sirte (see also Libya In History And Prophecy).