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Wednesday, October 5 2016
Hebrews 10: What Does The Holy Bible Say About Idiots?
"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ"
The English-language word "idiom" originated from a Greek word, pronounced idioma, that meant peculiar to one's self. From that, idiom came to mean a mode of expression peculiar to a language, or to a person (The Consolidated Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary). The words "identity" and "idea" are related.
Idioms can be used to express wisdom, in the particular language and culture of the speaker - the "wisdom" books of the Bible are mostly idioms. They are good.
But when the definition of peculiar to one's self is taken inward and self-ishly, whereby words are merely expressions of the philosophy of egotism, the term "idiot" (idea-it) is used to contrast the vast difference between idiom, with its grand view, and idiot, with its self-important view. Both originated from the same Greek word, but they are opposite when manifested.
While many regard "idiot" to be a term about intelligence (that is often used as a vulgar insult in today's world), idiots and idiocy are about blatant arrogance, not intelligence i.e. Satan was the first idiot when he discarded the Truth and became a narcissistic rebel. There are many highly-intelligent people in the world today who are, by literal definition, idiots - just as there were when the Messiah lived during the time of His Ministry 2,000 years ago.
Consider how the religious "leaders" of that time took the Hebrew idioms that the LORD gave to Israel and made themselves "idiots" by twisting (see What Does Wicked Mean?) the actual Law of God into nothing more than their own personal, self-worshiping religion.
Notice also that the Messiah referred to the prophet Isaiah in His condemnation of their corruption (see also What Did The Messiah Read From Isaiah That Day?). They turned the Sacred idioms into idiocy for themselves.
"7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." (Mark 7:6-7 KJV)
So too the apostle Paul's warning about not being misled by the "wisdom" of idiots (see also Paul's Heckler).
"2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." (Colossians 2:8 KJV)
Consider also how all that was taught by the "New Testament" church was not a "breakaway sect," but rather a faithful adherence to the Truth that was originally given by the LORD centuries earlier (see The Prophet Jeremiah's View Of The New Covenant).
The writer of Hebrews (see Who Wrote The Epistle To The Hebrews?) directly quoted Psalm 40:6-8 (verses 5-7 below; see also Psalm 40: The New Song Of The Messiah) and Jeremiah 31:33-34 (verses 16-17 below; see also Jeremiah 31: The Return Of The Lost Ten Tribes Prophecies) in this epistle about Salvation.
"10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 10:2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshipers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 10:3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
Further, a quote of Habakkuk 2:3-4 (verses 37-38; see also Habakkuk 2: Filled With The Knowledge Of The Glory Of The LORD) in his warning "For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins."
"10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 10:21 And having an high priest over the house of God; 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Fact Finder: What happens when pure wisdom becomes egotistical?
This Day In History, October 5
456: Visigoths (a Germanic tribe) under King Theodoric II invaded Spain with an army of Burgundians, Franks and Goths, led by the Kings Chilperic I and Gondioc. They defeated the Suebi under King Rechiar on the River Urbicus near Astorga. The Germanic tribes later surpassed and replaced the Roman Empire as "the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
610: The coronation of Byzantine Emperor Heraclius.
869: The 8th Church of Rome Ecumenical Council opened in Constantinople (listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy). The East-West conference was held between Pope Adrian II and Basil I to condemn iconoclasm (the destruction of religious images and idols).
1285: King Philip III of France died of the plague that was then ravaging Europe.
1502: Christopher Columbus discovered what is today called Costa Rica (the people who were already in Costa Rica knew that it was there, centuries before Europeans "discovered" it). All of the four voyages of Columbus were limited to the Caribbean area (see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1511: Pope Julius II formed the Holy League between Aragon, Venice and the papacy. Its purpose was to defend the unity of the Roman Catholic church and to drive the French out of Italy (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1762: The British fleet captured Spanish-held Manila in the Philippines.
1795: The Hudson Bay Company began construction on a fortified fur-trading post on the future site of the city of Edmonton. The Hudson's Bay Company is the oldest commercial corporation in North America (in business for over 340 years) and one of the oldest in the world. A fur trading company in its early existence, the Hudson's Bay Company today owns and operates retail stores throughout Canada and the U.S.
1796: During the Napoleonic Wars, Spain declared war on Britain.
1813: The Battle of the Thames during the War of 1812 (1812-1814). British troops and Canadian militia under Maj. Gen. Henry Proctor halted the U.S. invasion forces near Moraviantown, northeast of present day Chatham, Ontario. Shawnee Chief Tecumseh, who, like the Canadians, was defending his homeland against the U.S. marauders, was killed in the battle.
1877: Nez Perce Chief Joseph surrendered to the U.S. Army in Montana, only 40 miles short of their over 1,600 mile journey to reach freedom in the Canadian prairies. He and his people were shipped back south in cattle cars to prison camps during and after which hundreds died of abuse, disease and squalor.
1908: Bulgaria declared independence from the Ottoman empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1910: Portugal was declared a republic after a successful revolt against King Manuel II.
1944: During the Second World War (1939-1945), Royal Canadian Air Force pilots shot down the first German jet fighter.
1964: 57 people from East Germany reached West Berlin by digging a tunnel under the Berlin Wall - the largest single escape from the communist country up to that date (see also Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!).
1970: Anwar Sadat was nominated to succeed Gamal Nasser as President of Egypt.
1983: Polish Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (back then, Nobel Peace Prize winners actually did something to earn it).
1984: Marc Garneau became the first Canadian in space, aboard the U.S. space shuttle Challenger (the Challenger was lost due to an explosion shortly after launch in 1986).
1986: Israel's secret nuclear weapons were verified. The British newspaper The Sunday Times ran Mordechai Vanunu's story on its front page under the headline: "Revealed - the secrets of Israel's nuclear arsenal."
1990: Meir Kahane, founder of the Jewish Defense League, was assassinated in New York at age 58.