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Sunday, September 4 2016

1 Thessalonians 2: When Satan Cuts You Off On The Highway

"Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us"

The English-language word "hind" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, hindan, that meant backward, or back side i.e. "behind." From that came the word "hinder" which means to interfere with going forward, or to pull backward.

"Hinder" is used to translate a number of Hebrew and Greek words in the Holy Scriptures. Examples:

The Holy Scriptures

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced aw-khar, that means to delay. Example:

    "24:56 And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the LORD hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master." (Genesis 24:56 KJV; see also The Marriage of Isaac and Rebekah)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced maw-naw, that means to restrain. Example:

    "22:16 And they came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus saith Balak the son of Zippor, Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder thee from coming unto me:" (Numbers 22:16 KJV; see also Balak and Balaam)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced shoob, that means to force back. Example:

    "9:9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south. 9:10 Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number. 9:11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not. 9:12 Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?" (Job 9:9-12 KJV; see also What Are The Hunter and The Seven Sisters Doing In Heaven?)

  • The Greek word, pronounced koh-loo-oh, that means to prevent. Example:

    "11:52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered." (Luke 11:52 KJV; see Enter While The Way Is Open and Strait And Straight)

  • The Greek word, pronounced eng-cop-toh, that means to cut in. Example:

    "15:20 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation: 15:21 But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand. 15:22 For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you. 15:23 But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come unto you; 15:24 Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company." (Romans 15:20 KJV; see also Paul, The Apostle To The World)

Fork In The Road

It was the Greek word above, eng-cop-toh, that means to cut in, that Paul also used in "Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us" (verse 18 below). The applied meaning is the same as when someone "cuts someone off" in traffic, thereby making them stop, slow down or change direction - even more appropriate when one considers that the Christian life is Biblically called "the Way," which literally means a road (see the Fact Finder question below).

"2:1 For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain: 2:2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention. 2:3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. 2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness: 2:6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.

2:7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: 2:8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us. 2:9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.

2:10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe: 2:11 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, 2:12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. 2:14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: 2:15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: 2:16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.

2:17 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire. 2:18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us. 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? 2:20 For ye are our glory and joy." (1 Thessalonians 2:1-20 KJV)

Fact Finder: What does "Way" mean in the Bible? Why does Satan want to "drive" you off of it?
See 2 Corinthians: The Devil's Fight Along The Way


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This Day In History, September 4

476: Romulus Augustulus, 16, the last Emperor of the original Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars), was deposed when Odoacer, a German warlord, proclaimed himself the King of Italy. The date is considered by some historians to be the "fall" of the Roman empire, but history and prophecy plainly show how it was merely the fall of the Roman Roman Empire; it thereafter became, by its official title, "The Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

German Empire

626: Li Shimin, later known as Emperor Taizong of Tang, assumed the throne of the Tang Dynasty of China (see also The Origin Of Gog And Magog and End-Time Gog And Magog).

925: The coronation of Athelstan, the first king to rule over all of England.

Britain

1189: King Richard I (the Lion-Hearted) of England was crowned in Westminster.

1609: English explorer Henry Hudson discovered a large, heavily wooded, nearly-unpopulated island on the east coast of the continent of North America. Today, it is known as Manhattan.

1774: New Caledonia (a major island east of Australia and north of New Zealand) was first sighted by Europeans, during English explorer James Cook's second voyage.

1781: In what is today southern California, 44 Spanish settlers named their new settlement El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula ("The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola"). It is known today by the abbreviation Los Angeles.

Mexico

1820: Czar Nicholas of Russia claimed all territory from Alaska to Oregon, closing all Alaskan waters to foreigners. Russia sold Alaska to the U.S. in 1867. The territory became the 49th U.S. state in 1959.

1886: After 30 years of fighting to defend his native ancestral homeland, to stop the further genocide of native Americans, Apache chief Geronimo surrendered to U.S. troops in Arizona, thereby ending the last major "Indian" war (early explorers from Europe thought that they had arrived in India, and so they incorrectly called the Americans "Indians").

1888: George Eastman patented the first roll-film camera and registered the "Kodak" trademark. Film cameras became obsolete in the late 20th century with the invention of digital photography.

1957: Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus mobilized his National Guard to prevent black students from attending Central High School.

1957: Ford started selling the Edsel, a medium-priced luxury car named after Henry Ford's son. The car proved to be so unpopular that it was discontinued 2 years later, in 1959. Edsels have since become valuable to collectors and museums.

1976: Viking II landed on Mars and transmitted the first close-up, color photographs of the planet's surface.

1984: Brian Mulroney led the Conservative party to the largest victory ever won by a federal party in Canada; 212 out of 282 seats, defeating the Liberals under incumbent Prime Minister John Turner and the NDP (the "New Democratic Party," an even more liberal wing of the Liberal Party) under Ed Broadbent. Prime Minister Mulroney also defeated Turner and Broadbent in the election 4 years later.

1985: The first fullerene (an allotrope of carbon in which the atoms form ball-like structures) molecule of carbon was discovered. It was given the name Buckminsterfullerene.

1998: The Internet search Google was founded by Stanford University students Larry Page and Russian-born Sergey Brin.

2010: The Canterbury earthquake. A magnitude 7.1 earthquake caused widespread damage on the South Island of New Zealand.


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