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Tuesday, May 3 2016
Luke 17: What Does A Little Mustard Do?
"And the apostles said unto the LORD, Increase our faith. And the LORD said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you"
According to The Consolidated Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary, mustard is "An annual cruciferous plant extensively cultivated for its pungent seeds which when ground and properly prepared form the well-known condiment of the same name."
Mustard has been known and cultivated around the world since ancient times. The English-language word "mustard" originated from a French word, which itself originated from an ancient Latin word, mustum, in referring to the must - a term for the "new wine" (unfermented, or fermenting, grape juice - the word "musty" has the same origin, from the smell of crushed grapes and stems) - a small amount of which they mixed in with the dry, ground seeds.
Whether from His living within the Roman Empire (see also Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?), or as already long-known throughout the Middle East before the reign of Roman brute-force "freedom" arrived ("22:28 And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born" Acts 22:28 KJV; see also When Freedom Crosses The Line), the Messiah and His disciples were well-familiar with mustard. The Son of God used mustard in an analogy of how something small can have a powerful effect: "If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you."
"17:1 Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. 17:3 Take heed to yourselves:
In the time of the Messiah, the "Samaritans" were the descendants of the Babylonians that the Assyrians transplanted into the land of the northern Kingdom of Israel after they became the "lost ten tribes" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes and The Origin Of The Samaritans). Many of the people of Judah viewed the "Samaritans" with fear and contempt, but the Samaritans weren't blinded by what had by then become the religion of Judah. Many of the Samaritans recognized and accepted the Messiah (see also Who Was The Good Samaritan?) - and were blessed for it.
"17:11 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 17:12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 17:13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
The Messiah preached the true Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?). As also happens so much today, many of those who had replaced Truth with their man-made religion (or politics-religion i.e. the asinine delusion of declaring that some political party of man is "doing God's will") were "offended" by the Truth because they had come to love their self-worshipping lies (see Truly Uplifting).
"17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Fact Finder: Many people misinterpret the verses above ("I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left") to mean a "rapture." What is actually going to happen?
This Day In History, May 3
495: Pope Gelasius proclaimed that his papal authority was superior to the civil authority of Emperor Enanstasius. The Church of Rome, the papacy, and most of the Church of Rome's antichrist doctrines were the invention of the Roman emperors - primarily Constantine (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Emperors and Popes).
1410: Alexander V (Pietro di Candia) died at age 71. He was antipope 1409-1410 during a period of 3 popes (see Antipopes) at the same time (the other 2 were Pope Gregory XII and Antipope Benedict XIII). He reigned only 10 months and his death came under suspicious circumstances; some believe that he was poisoned by his successor, Antipope John XXIII.
1481: The most powerful of a series of three earthquakes struck the island of Rhodes (see also The Colossus of Rhodes). The death toll was 30,000 people.
1494: Christopher Columbus first sighted the island known today as Jamaica. All of the four voyages of Columbus were to the islands of the Caribbean; none were to what calls itself "America" today (see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1500: Portuguese explorer Pedro Alvares Cabral landed in Brazil and claimed it for Portugal.
1512: The 5th Lateran Council (18th ecumenical council) opened in Rome under Pope Julius II.
1616: The Second Civil War in France ended after the Treaty of Loudun was signed.
1660: John II Casimir of Poland abandoned his claim to Sweden and signed the Treaty of Oliva, ending the Polish-Swedish War of Succession.
1747: During the War of The Austrian Succession, the British defeated the French at the first Battle of Cape Finisterre.
1791: King Stanislaw Augustus signed a liberal bill of rights reforming gentry-ruled Poland and setting up a constitutional monarchy. It was only the second written constitution in the world after the United States.
1802: Washington, D.C. was incorporated as a city.
1808: During the Peninsular War, Madrid rebels were executed near Príncipe Pío hill.
1830: The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway is opened in Kent, England. It was the first steam-powered passenger railway to issue season tickets and include a tunnel.
1841: New Zealand was proclaimed a British colony.
1859: France declared war on Austria.
1860: Charles XV of Sweden-Norway was crowned king of Sweden.
1867: The Hudson's Bay Company ceded all claims of Vancouver Island to Canada.
1915: During the First World War (1914-1918), Lt. Col. John McCrae, a Canadian army medical officer, wrote the poem In Flanders Fields while overlooking the grave of a fellow officer at Ypres, Belgium. The poem first appeared in Punch magazine December 8 1915. McCrae himself did not survive the war.
1916: The rebel leaders of the Easter Rising were executed in Dublin.
1926: U.S. marines invaded Nicaragua to defend U.S. banana-business interests in the country after the Nicaraguan people's government began defending the rights of their agricultural laborers. The "banana republic" (the term originated from those military invasions that were committed at the request of private corporations) military occupation lasted for 7 years, until an obedient puppet government was installed.
1963: In Alabama, police used attack dogs and fire hoses against black civil rights protestors, including children. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Alabama's segregation laws were unconstitutional less than 3 weeks later, on May 20.
1978: The first unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail (later known as "spam") was sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation to every ARPANET address on the US west coast.
1979: Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister of Britain.
1993: Authorities said they had identified the body of David Koresh from charred remains found after their church buildings were burned to the ground during the siege at Waco in February.
2001: The U.S. lost its seat on the United Nations Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.