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Tuesday, October 18 2016
1 Peter 3: What Did Peter Say About Men Who Bully Women?
"Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered"
The apostle Peter was married. The Messiah's healing of the mother of Peter's wife, who also lived with Peter, is one of the most well-known healings of His Ministry:
"8:14 And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever. 8:15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them." (Matthew 8:14-15 KJV)
Peter's wife also accompanied him in his LORD-appointed apostolic duties (see The Cornerstone Prophecy) - as did the wives of most of the other apostles, and the brothers of Jesus (i.e. the sisters-in-law of Jesus; see The Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth).
"9:5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?" (1 Corinthians 9:5 KJV; see also What Did The Apostle Paul Really Think Of Women?)
"Bully" is defined as "A person who deliberately intimidates or is cruel to weaker people; An aggressive, rude, noisy troublemaker; A thug" (the WordWeb Dictionary from Princeton University).
Peter's statement about women as "the weaker vessel" has been widely reviled for centuries because it has been interpreted by some to mean that Peter was saying that women are inferior. But read all of what he said - along with the warning to "strong" men who bully and abuse women.
Peter was making a statement about the biological and physiological fact that females are usually less physically strong than males (how many female NHL hockey players or NFL football players have you ever seen?) and that no one is to abuse them - most particularly their husbands. Notice that Peter used the "weaker vessel" term in a warning not to abuse those who the LORD has made equal "heirs together of the grace of life."
And what will happen to those who do commit such abuse? The LORD will turn away from them and refuse to even hear their prayers: "Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered."
"3:1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; 3:2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. 3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 3:5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: 3:6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
Peter then continued the lesson to everyone, male and female, including a quote of Psalm 34:12-16 in verses 10-12 below.
"3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
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This Day In History, October 18
33: Agrippina died at age 47. She was the granddaughter of Caesar Augustus (the emperor who declared the census that caused the Messiah to be born in Bethlehem, as prophesied - see Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate? and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars; also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?), widow of Germanicus Caesar, the mother of emperor Gaius Caligula, and the grandmother of Nero through her daughter Agrippina (see also Did Nero Really Fiddle While Rome Burned? and Nero's Torches).
320: The Greek philosopher Pappus of Alexandria (i.e. the Greeks were then ruling Egypt - see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids and The Cleopatra Connection) recorded an eclipse of the sun and wrote a commentary on The Great Astronomer (see also When Do Eclipses Happen On The Christian Holy Days?).
1009: The Church of Rome's "Church of the Holy Sepulchre" in Jerusalem was completely destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah; the foundations were cut away right down to bedrock (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1016: The Danes defeated the Saxons at the Battle of Ashingdon.
1356: The Basel earthquake, the greatest recorded earthquake north of the Alps, destroyed the town of Basel, Switzerland.
1469: Isabella of Castile (a region and kingdom of north and central Spain) married Ferdinand II of Aragon (a region and kingdom of northeastern Spain), thereby uniting all of the dominions of Spain under one monarchy. They would later support the discovery voyages of Christopher Columbus (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy for a map of where Columbus actually went).
1685: King Louis XIV of France revoked the Edict of Nantes, thereby depriving the Protestant Huguenots of all religious and civil liberties that had been granted to them by Henry IV in 1598.
1748: The Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, negotiated largely by Britain and France, with the other powers following their lead, ended the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-1748; also known as King George's War). The right of the Habsburg heiress, Maria Theresa, to the Austrian lands was guaranteed, but the Habsburgs were seriously weakened by the guarantee to Prussia, not a party to the treaty, of its conquest of Silesia.
1767: The Mason-Dixon Line, the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania was established. It had been surveyed 1763-1767, prior to the rebellion of the New England colonies, by English surveyors Charles Mason (who was a professional astronomer at the Royal Greenwich Observatory near London) and Jeremiah Dixon (also an astronomer, at the Royal Society of London) to settle a boundary dispute.
1860: British troops burned the Yuanmingyuan, the imperial summer palace in Beijing, China, to the ground.
1867: The U.S. took possession of Alaska after the purchase of the territory from Russia for just over $7 million.
1871: Charles Babbage died at age 79. The British mathematician and inventor originated the principle of the modern computer; published papers on mathematics, statistics, physics and geology; assisted in the establishment of a modern postal system in England; compiled the first reliable actuarial tables; invented the speedometer and the locomotive cowcatcher; he was instrumental in the founding of the Royal Astronomical Society.
1922: The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was established.
1936: To rebuild the bankrupt German economy, Germany's new leader, Adolf Hitler (see Why Does Satan Love Liars?), announced his "Four Year Economic Plan" that would restore prosperity through the aggressive rebuilding of the German military (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion). Under that war-for-profit scheme, millions of civilian and military jobs would be produced by the created "need" for "defense" weapons and supplies for the endless wars that the corporate-sponsored politicians would then get the country into as a matter of "national defense." It was a national policy later known in the U.S. as the "military-industrial complex" - a term used by President, and former Army General, Dwight Eisenhower when he warned that "freedom" must not become merely a mind-control marketing-slogan for perpetual (and very profitable for weapons manufacturers) contrived wars against invented enemies (see also What Happens After The Messiah Returns?).
1967: The Soviet Genera-4 spacecraft entered the atmosphere of Venus and transmitted data back to earth before losing contact 27 km. above the surface.
1975: Statements made by Pope Paul VI in Rome to a large gathering of cardinals, bishops and plates: "the Catholic faith made Europe," "No other human force in Europe can render the service that is confided to us, promoters of the faith, to reawaken Europe's Christian soul, where its unity is rooted", "the Catholic faith is the secret of Europe's identity, and in discovering that secret, Europe will go on to perform the providential service to which God is still calling it." (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1991: Azerbaijan declared independence from the USSR.
1997: Severe storms accompanied by high winds, heavy rain, thunder, hail and flash floods swept through Israel during Sukkot when many Israelites were camping. More than 12 people were killed, and millions of dollars of damage was done.