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Thursday, April 7 2016
Mark 11: The Way Of The Palms
"On the next day much people that were come to the Feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet Him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the Name of the Lord"
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were independent witnesses of the Messiah. Each documented what he saw - and recorded some things with greater emphasis than others. It's the reason that the focus of the Gospels is so wide and deep.
An example of how the four of them together, rather than merely parroting an agreed script, provided a much more detailed account is the famous "triumphal entry" of the Messiah into Jerusalem just before Passover. Notice how much more we have from Mark and John together than we would have from either of them alone.
"12:12 On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 12:13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord." (John 12:12-13 KJV)
So it was then that we know that people cut branches from the trees (Mark), that were palm branches (John), and placed them on the way (way means road i.e. highway, freeway) for the Messiah to travel (Mark).
"11:1 And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples, 11:2 And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him. 11:3 And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.
The Messiah's statement of faith referred to the power of the Holy Spirit that is capable of doing anything because it was the power of the Holy Spirit that has done everything (see Einstein's Holy Spirit Formula).
"11:20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 11:21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. 11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
Nevertheless, among the many faithful were those who refused to believe. They demanded signs and proofs when every miracle that the Messiah did was a sign and a proof. They were yet blind - even the Pharisee among them, Saul, who was later cured of his spiritual blindness when he was converted to the apostle Paul (see Paul's Blindness Lesson).
"11:27 And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders, 11:28 And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?
Fact Finder: As quoted in the verses above, the Messiah drove the peddlers and money changers out of the Temple. What do "mammon" and "lucre"mean?
This Day In History, April 7
451: Attila the Hun, the leader of the Hunnic Empire that extended from the Ural River to the Rhine River and from the Danube River to the Baltic Sea) attacked and looted towns in Gaul (an area of west and central Europe during the Iron Age and Roman era; it included what is today France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Northern Italy and territories of the Netherlands and Germany).
1141: Matilda (also known as Empress Maude or Matilda of England) became the first female ruler of England with the title "Lady of the English." She was a daughter of King Henry I of England and the wife of Holy Roman Emperor Henry V who she married in Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1148: Alphonse I, count of Toulouse, died in Israel while on the Second Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1348: Prague University, the first in Central Europe, was founded by Charles IV, King of Bohemia.
1652: The Dutch established a settlement at Cape Town, South Africa.
1739: English highwayman Dick Turpin was hanged for murder at York.
1823: French troops under Louis de Bourbon invaded Spain, starting the Franco-Spanish war.
1827: John Walker, an English chemist, sold the first friction match (that are still in common use today) that he had invented during the previous year.
1868: Thomas D'Arcy McGee was assassinated in Ottawa. McGee was an Irish nationalist who immigrated to Montreal in 1857 and later became one of the fathers of Canadian Confederation. He had just made a speech in Parliament when he was shot by a member of the Fenians, a radical group of Irish-Americans. Patrick Whelan was hanged for the murder.
1906: Mount Vesuvius erupted and heavily damaged Naples (Napoli in Italian), Italy.
1933: "Prohibition" in the U.S. was repealed for beer with no more than 3.2% alcohol by weight.
1943: The psychosis-producing drug LSD was first produced at Sandoz Laboratorie in Basel, Switzerland, by Albert Hofman.
1948: The World Health Organization was established as an agency of the United Nations.
1955: Winston Churchill left office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom due to failing health.
1963: The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was established with Marshall Tito as its president.
1967: A few weeks before the outbreak of the Six Day War, a flight of Israeli fighter aircraft entered Syrian airspace and shot down 6 Syrian MiGs before circling freely over Damascus (see also Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
1971: U.S. President Nixon pledged a withdrawal of 100,000 more troops from the Vietnam quagmire by the next December.
1978: Development of the neutron bomb (high radiation that kills people but leaves cities relatively undamaged) was canceled by U.S. President Jimmy Carter because he believed that it would increase the possibility of nuclear war.
1981: A new constitution in the Philippines gave Ferdinand Marcos dictatorial powers.
1985: Mikhail Gorbachev declared a moratorium on the deployment of Soviet middle-range missiles in Europe.
1990: U.S. national security advisor John Poindexter was found guilty in the Iran-Contra scandal.
2003: U.S. and British invasion forces captured Baghdad, the capital city of Iraq. The government of Saddam Hussein collapsed 2 days later.
No "weapons of mass destruction" (the sole legal pretext, revised later after nothing was found, that was used by George W. Bush and Tony Blair for the invasion that devastated Iraq's civilian population and infrastructure) were ever found. Nor has there ever been found any connection between Saddam Hussein and the 9-11 terrorist attacks that were perpetrated by the al-Qaida terrorist organization. All of the suicide attackers entered the U.S. legally, directly from Saudi Arabia (the native country of Osama bin Laden) and Pakistan with tourist and student visas issued by U.S. Immigration (none of the terrorists entered the U.S. from Canada, a malicious myth that is still perpetuated by some who ignore the official U.S. immigration records).
Perhaps more ironic than the fact that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, where all of the 9-11 terrorists came from, are regarded as among the closest allies against terrorism in the Middle East, Iraq, that had nothing to do with 9-11, faced the greatest retaliation after the 9-11 attacks. While, just like numerous other tyrants around the world that are conveniently (i.e. those with oil) or fearfully (those with the military ability to defend themselves from invasion) ignored, Saddam Hussein was a murderous dictator within his own country (although the invasion killed and maimed far more Iraqi civilians in a few years than Saddam Hussein ever did over decades), captured documents indicated that not only was Saddam Hussein not connected to the al-Qaida terrorist organization, he actually feared al-Qaida, and regarded it as a radical foreign threat to his own regime.