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Tuesday, October 11 2016
James 3: What Does Satan's Voice Sound Like?
"A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things"
There is a saying that "words are cheap," but all words have consequences - immediate, or in the future. Just as facial appearance reveals the "heart" (see What Is Your Countenance Saying?), so too words reveal the character of those who utter them. That is why words too will be Judged, for good or for evil, "For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things."
"12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
Satan was named, not as much for the evil that he does, but for the evil words that he speaks (see Why Does Satan Love Liars? and the Fact Finder question below). "Satan" is from the Hebrew word, pronounced saw-tawn, that means accuser, or blasphemer. Satan incited humans to become sinners with his words - that inspired rebellion against the Word of the LORD.
"3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
James (see Who Was James?), as did the Messiah and all of the other true servants of the LORD, warned against allowing the spirit of Satan to "speak" through you. The warning is not about the human tongue not being able to be tamed (the verses quoted above plainly say that it can), but rather the tongue of Satan cannot be tamed - so don't become infected by him so that your voice becomes Satan's voice.
"3:1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
Fact Finder: What was Satan's name before he became a foul-mouthed rebel?
This Day In History, October 11
1138: Aleppo, Syria was devastated by a massive earthquake.
1521: Britain's King Henry VIII was given the title "Defender of The Faith" by Pope Leo X. Just over 12 years later, physically-adulterous Henry broke away from the spiritually-adulterous Church of Rome that refused to condone the king's successive marriages. Henry then established the Church of England with the reigning monarch (himself) designated as head of the (i.e. his) church.
1531: During Switzerland's second civil war, Roman Catholic forces defeated Protestant forces at Kappel. Huldrych Zwingli was killed in battle.
1614: Adriaen Block and 12 Amsterdam merchants petitioned the States-General of the Netherlands for exclusive trading rights in the New Netherland colony (an area along the east coast of North America that later became New England).
1649: The Sack of Wexford. English forces under Oliver Cromwell attacked Wexford, killing over 2,000 Irish Confederates.
1727: George II and Caroline of Ansbach were crowned King and Queen of Great Britain.
1737: An earthquake killed 300,000 in Calcutta India.
1797: The Battle of Camperdown between Britain's Royal Navy and Royal Netherlands Navy during the French Revolutionary Wars. It resulted in a decisive British victory.
1811: The first steam-powered ferry went into service.
1862: The Confederate Congress passed a law that permitted anyone who owned 20 or more slaves to be exempt from military service in the Civil War. The law was widely seen as producing "a rich man's war and a poor man's fight" (as most wars have been regarded ever since by those who are not duped by self-glorifying propaganda i.e. the wealthy manufacturers of war equipment, through the politicians that they get elected, are in the "business" of war, while those who are actually sent to fight are the expendable "workers"; U.S. President Eisenhower, a former General, warned of the unnecessary wars started by what he called the "military-industrial complex").
1869: The Red River Rebellion was sparked when Louis Riel and 16 Metis stopped a survey party from entering land at The Red River Colony. The rebellion followed Canada's annexation of Rupert's Land, the immense area drained by the rivers flowing into Hudson's Bay i.e. parts of what is today known as Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana and South Dakota.
1911: A Chinese revolution overthrew the Chinese monarchy.
1915: During the First World War, a British hospital nurse, Edith Cavell, was executed in Belgium by German troops for her allegedly assisting the escape of allied prisoners. Her killing resulted in widespread international outrage.
1954: During the First Indochina War, the Viet Minh took control of North Vietnam.
1962: Pope John XXIII opened the Second Vatican Council in Rome with a theme of "Christian unity" i.e. everyone returning to the Church of Rome. It was the largest Roman Catholic council ever held, and was attended by delegates from a number of Protestant denominations.
1972: A race riot broke out on the U.S. aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk off the coast of Vietnam. Over 200 sailors were involved, 60 were injured. The incident was not made public until the New York Times newspaper reported it.
1976: The so-called "Gang of Four," Chairman Mao Tse-tung's widow and three associates are arrested in Peking, setting in motion an extended period of turmoil in the Chinese Communist Party.
1982: The Mary Rose, a Tudor carrack that sank on July 19, 1545, was salvaged from the sea bed of the Solent, off Portsmouth, England.
1986: During the "Cold War," U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev met in Iceland to discuss nuclear arms reductions in Europe.