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Tuesday, May 17 2016
John 7: Why Was The South A Dangerous Place?
"Jesus walked in Galilee because the Jews of Judea sought to kill Him"
The religious authorities of Judaism (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism and Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism) were concentrated in Judea, particularly in Jerusalem. As such, the Messiah (who was a Jew as much as the religious authorities were i.e. "the Jews sought to kill Him" could have been more accurately translated as "some of the other Jews sought to kill Him") spent much of the time of His Ministry in the north, in Galilee (see The Prophet Of The Lake) and Samaria (see The Messiah And The Samaritan Woman). The Messiah was always in the greatest danger in the south (see The Night Of The Messiah And The Lynch Mob).
"7:1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him. 7:2 Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand. 7:3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. 7:4 For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world. 7:5 For neither did his brethren believe in him.
The Messiah observed the Feast of Tabernacles (see the Fact Finder question below), and all of the other true Messianic Holy Days (see Leviticus 23: The True Christian Holy Days), because they were about Him, not those who made the observances into something else that thereafter failed to recognize Who and what they were actually about (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour).
"7:14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. 7:15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?
The original Temple in Jerusalem was built in the time of King Solomon (as shown in the city map; see A History Of Jerusalem: The Temple Of The LORD). By the time of the Messiah's coming, the original temple had been destroyed in 586 BC, rebuilt 70 years later (see A History Of Jerusalem: Ezra And Nehemiah) and then greatly expanded by the Roman dictator Herod the Great (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Herodian Dynasty) in the time of the Messiah - Who spent many hours there, right from the time of His birth when John the Baptist's father served there as a priest (see The Messiah's Levitical Birth and What Did John The Baptist's Father Do At The Temple?).
"7:25 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill? 7:26 But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ? 7:27 Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.
Nicodemus was a Pharisee who became a believer and follower of the Messiah while most of the other Pharisees did not - yet (among them was Saul, who later became the apostle Paul; see Paul's Blindness Lesson).
It was to Nicodemus that the famous "born again" and "John 3:16" teachings were given by the Messiah (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?). Nicodemus was one of the two courageous men who claimed the Messiah's Body off the Cross and placed it in the Tomb (see Joseph and Nicodemus: Making A Stand). Nicodemus was not only fearless, but feared by the other Pharisees - Nicodemus spoke in defense of the Messiah while among "the officers and the chief priests and Pharisees" who were then conspiring to commit murder of the Messiah and of Lazarus (see Who Else Did They Want To Kill At Passover?).
"7:45 Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him?
Fact Finder: After the Messiah's return, will everyone, everywhere on Earth, observe the Feast of Tabernacles?
This Day In History, May 17
218: The 7th recorded perihelion (the point in the orbit of a planet or comet where it is nearest to the sun) passage of Halley's Comet (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens? and The Christian Universe).
395: Upon the death of Emperor Theodosius I, the Roman Empire was no longer ruled by a single leader. Theodosius had divided the empire into western and eastern portions, thereby creating the prophesied "two legs" of the prophecy given to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon (see The Prophet Daniel: Nebuchadnezzar's Image).
1377: Pope Gregory XI restored the papacy to Rome from Avignon, France, where it had resided for 72 years. It had been moved there by French Pope Clement V in 1305, to escape the political turmoil in Italy at the time (see The Struggle For The Papacy and The Little Big Horn; listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1521: Edward Stafford, the 3rd Duke of Buckingham, was executed for treason.
1562: The Edict of St. Germain permitted the Huguenots (Protestants) in France.
1590: Anne of Denmark was crowned Queen of Scotland.
1620: The first merry-go-round at a fair, in Philippapolis, Turkey.
1756: Britain declared war on France, beginning the French and Indian War.
1773: The Resolution, under Captain James Cook, became the first ship to enter Antarctic waters.
1805: Muhammad Ali became the Governor of Egypt.
1808: Napoleon I of France (Napoleon Bonaparte) ordered the annexation of the Papal States into the French Empire.
1809: The Papal States were annexed by France.
1814: Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden.
1902: Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovered the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer.
1912: Captain Robert Scott's expedition reached the South Pole, a month after Roald Amundsen of Norway.
1940: Germany occupied Brussels, Belgium and began the invasion of France (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1945: The Soviet Red Army liberated and occupied Warsaw, Poland, from German forces.
1966: A U.S. B-52 bomber collided in mid-air with a refuelling tanker over Spain. 8 people were killed, and the bomber released its H-bomb into the Atlantic.
1987: At the time when Iraq was regarded as a U.S. ally (primarily because Iraq was at war with Iran), an Iraqi fighter jet "accidentally" fired a missile that struck the USS Stark. Although 37 U.S. sailors were killed, the U.S. declared it to be an incident of "friendly fire" from an ally.
1990: "Enlightened leaders" of the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric diseases.
2004: Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to legalize homosexual "marriage" (see also Iniquity In History And Prophecy).