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Saturday, July 2 2016
Romans 3: The Oracles Of God
"Because that unto them were committed the oracles of God"
Some translations of the Word of God use oracle, from the Latin word oraculum, meaning to speak (oral and orator are derived from the same word) to translate the actual Hebrew word of the Scriptures which means speak or word.
In the Hebrew Scriptures, "oracle" was used singularly, in referring to either the Most Holy Place of the Temple (see The Law Of The Mercy Seat and Why Do Christians Observe The Messiah's Day Of Atonement?), or the Word of God (see What Does Word of God Mean To You?).
In the Greek of the New Testament, "oracle" is used in a plural form to translate the original Greek word, pronounces log-ee-on (to which Logos, a term for Jesus Christ is related; see The Biology Of The Resurrection), which means words or utterances of God.
The Word of God was originally given to all of Israel at and from Mount Sinai (see Arrival At Mount Sinai and The Ten Commandments and Freedom By The Law). Centuries later, after the united Kingdom had split into two independent kingdoms (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah), only the Kingdom of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah) remained after the Kingdom of Israel destroyed itself with rebellion and corruption (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes and The Politics And Religion Of The Lost Ten Tribes).
For that reason, in the time of the Messiah, only the "Jews" (see Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) were left as the caretakers of the "oracles" of God - even though they had by then replaced much of it with their own laws and nationalistic traditions that became known as "Judaism" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism and Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism).
"3:1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? 3:2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.
The Word of God, the "Oracles" of God, includes within itself warnings and rebukes for those who use it selfishly or improperly. The apostle Paul's rebuke below was a collective quote of Psalm 14:1-3, Psalm 53:1-3, Psalm 5:9, Psalm 140:3, Psalm 10:7, Isaiah 59:7-8 and Psalm 36:1.
"3:9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; 3:10 As it is written,
The true Law of the LORD is eternal (see The Doers Of The Law). Man's laws that ignore or defy the Law of the LORD have only a present, no future.
"3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 3:26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
Fact Finder: What did the Messiah say to anyone who merely uses Him for their religion, while doing whatever they please?
This Day In History, July 2
437: Emperor Valentinian III, began his reign over the Western Roman Empire.
626: Li Shimin, the succeeding Emperor Taizong of Tang, Emperor of China, killed his rival brothers in an ambush at the Xuanwu Gate.
1298: An army under Albert of Austria defeated and killed Adolf of Nassua near Vorms (often rendered in English as "Worms"), Germany (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1494: The Treaty of Tordesillas was ratified by Spain. It divided the "New World" outside of Europe between Portugal and Spain.
1555: The Ottoman Admiral Turgut Reis sacked Paola, Italy (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1625: The Spanish army took Breda, Spain, after nearly a year of siege.
1644: The Battle of Marston Moor near York brought the first major Royalist defeat in the English Civil War.
1747: Marshall Saxe led French forces to victory over an Anglo-Dutch force under the Duke of Cumberland at the Battle of Lauffeld.
1777: Vermont becomes the first U.S. territory to abolish slavery.
1853: The Russian army crossed the Pruth River, invading Turkey and beginning the Crimean War.
1871: Rome officially became capital of a united Italy; after 1,500 years, Rome again the capital of Italy.
1881: U.S. President James Garfield, who was sworn-in only 3 months earlier, was shot by Charles Guiteau. He died from the injury on September 19.
1897: Guglielmo Marconi, a scientist from Italy, obtained a patent for his "radio" in London.
1900: Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin flew his first airship, over Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany.
1937: Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while trying to fly around the world.
1940: The liner Arandora Star was torpedoed by a German submarine while transporting German and Italian prisoners to Canada; over 750 prisoners and crew died.
1962: The first Wal-Mart store opened, in Rogers, Arkansas.
1964: U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act and the Public Accommodations Bill that guaranteed equality to blacks. Despite the new laws, a month later 3 civil rights workers were found murdered in Mississippi; police were implicated.
1966: France detonated a nuclear bomb at a test site in the Pacific.
1976: Following Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people whose nation had been divided into two by western imperial powers in 1954), North and South Vietnam were reunited as one country with Hanoi as the capital.
2000: Vicente Fox Quesada was elected President of Mexico, the first from an opposition party, after over 70 years of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional.