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Thursday, February 25 2016
Malachi 1: The Jacob And Esau Lesson
"Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob"
Malachi, from the Hebrew name pronounced mawl-aw-kee, meaning servant, or messenger, was a true prophet (see Where Did True and False Prophets Originate?) of the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) in the era of Zerubbabel (see Zerubbabel's Return), Ezra (see Ezra's Journey From Babylon) and Nehemiah (see The Arrival Of Nehemiah's Cavalry) - when the people of Judah had returned from their Babylonian exile (see also Why Didn't The Exiles Want To Go Home?).
Malachi's LORD-given prophecies were very similar to the warnings that were delivered to the people of Judah before they had been taken into exile, in the time of Jeremiah (see Jeremiah: The Prophet's Conception). They were apparently already falling back to "obeying" the LORD in ways that they chose for themselves. Much of present day "Judaism," which resulted in them not recognizing the Messiah when He came, originated in the time after that return from Babylon (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism; also Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism). Much of what calls itself Christianity has done the same thing - the reason that they won't immediately recognize the Messiah when He returns, but will instead try to fight Him (see Antichristians and The Coming World Dictator).
The Book of Malachi begins with the reason why Esau lost the LORD's favor (see the Fact Finder questions below) - and why it was the same reason that Israel and Judah also lost the LORD's favor, despite the advantage of the Messianic-purpose blessings and responsibilities that they had been given. Notice even the analogy of "the LORD's table" was repeated, with the same results.
"1:1 The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.
Fact Finder: (a) How did the personal conflict between Jacob and Esau begin? (b) When did it end?
This Day In History, February 25
138: Roman Emperor Hadrian adopted Antoninus Pius, providing the way to make Antoninus Pius the next emperor (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars; also A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots and A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba).
493: Odoacer surrendered Ravenna after a 3-year siege.
628: Persian Kiung Khosrau II was overthrown by his son Kavadh II.
1308: Edward II was became king of England.
1336: 4,000 defenders of Pilenai (a fortress in Lithuania) committed a mass suicide rather than be captured by the Teutonic Knights.
1525: French king Francis I was defeated and captured by Imperial forces at Pavia.
1570: In the last such decree made (to date) against a reigning British monarch by any pope, Pope Pius V excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I (daughter of Henry VIII who broke away from the Church of Rome and created the Church of England). Pius (his real name was Antonio Ghislieri, born in Bosco, Italy) also absolved her subjects from allegiance to her (the pope in effect gave his "blessing" to anyone in England who would assassinate Queen Elizabeth), an of murder and treason that the majority of them refused to attempt.
1723: Christopher Wren died. The English architect became a prolific designer of buildings after the Great Fire of London in 1666, notably the new St. Paul's Cathedral.
1815: Napoleon left his exile on Elba, intending to return to France.
1831: The Battle of Olszynka Grochowska during the Polish November Uprising against the Russian Empire.
1856: The Paris Peace Conference opened after the Crimean War.
1899: Paul Julius Reuter, German founder of the Reuter's news agency that bears his name, died. It began in 1850 when he set up a European pigeon post service from Aachen to Brussels.
1916: During the First World War (1914-1918), German forces captured Fort Douaumont during the Battle of Verdun.
1932: Austrian-born Adolf Hitler obtained German citizenship, thereby allowing him to run for President (see also Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative? and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1945: Turkey declared war on Germany near the end of the Second World War (1939-1945).
1954: Gamal Abdul Nasser, a man dedicated to the destruction of Israel, became leader of Egypt.
1971: The Pickering (a city near Toronto) Nuclear Generating Station, the first commercial nuclear power station in Canada, became operational.
1986: After the assassination of his major political opponent Benigno Aquino, and the uprising that followed, Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos fled into exile in the U.S. (adding to the U.S. collection of ousted dictators during that time, which earlier included the Shah of Iran).
1991: Members of "Warsaw Pact" signed an agreement to dismantle the once powerful communist military alliance.
1994: Baruch Goldstein, a U.S.-born Jewish settler, murdered 43 Muslim worshipers at a mosque in Hebron before he was overcome and beaten to death (see also A Biography Of Abraham: Mamre in Hebron and Joshua 14: Caleb's Hebron).