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Saturday, December 3 2016

What Did Jesus Do With Dumb People?

"Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak"

The English-language word "dumb" originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word that meant mute, or unable to speak. It was usually caused by a congenital condition (as we will read from the Scriptures) that had nothing to do with intelligence. Albert Einstein could have been dumb and still have been as intelligent as he was.

In the Satan-mouthed world in which we now live (see What Does Satan's Voice Sound Like?), "dumb" has come to be used as a common insult. Perhaps it began some time long ago when someone might have innocently said, "There's no point in asking him anything because he's dumb" - not meaning that the dumb person couldn't answer, but simply that their answer couldn't be heard because the person couldn't speak. And so it has further degenerated into the insult-filled world of today where many people find it easier to deal with a strong opponent by attempting to attack them on a personal level rather than actually answering what they say (proving in itself that the aggressor is the "dumb" one; see also The State Of The World The Character Assassins).

Healing The Messiah encountered many dumb people during the course of His Ministry (see also Why Was The Messiah Drawn To The Heart Of The Temple?). What did Jesus do with dumb people - some of whom were born that way, while others were made that way by an unclean spirit? He healed them.

"9:32 As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil. 9:33 And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel." (Matthew 9:32-33 KJV)

"12:22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw." (Matthew 12:22 KJV)

"15:30 And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them: 15:31 Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel." (Matthew 15:30-31 KJV)

When the time of the Messiah's Sacrifice came (see The Sacrifice Was Given, Not Taken), He did not plead with those who had made themselves deaf to the Truth, but rather "He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not his mouth."

"53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand." (Isaiah 53:4-10 KJV)

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This Day In History, December 3

311: Roman emperor Diocletian (Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus Augustus) died at age 66 (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Whatever Happened To Those Romans?). Born in the Roman province of Dalmatia, Diocletian advanced through the ranks of the Roman military to become cavalry commander to the Emperor Carus. After the death of Carus and his son Numerian in Persia, Diocletian was proclaimed emperor.

Diocletian's Palace
1170: Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, returned to Britain after six years of exile in France. He was killed on December 29 by soldiers sent by his former ally King Henry II.

1586: Sir Thomas Herriot introduced potatoes to England, from Columbia.

1621: Italian astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei adapted the Dutch-invented telescope for astronomical use. The "infallible" Pope later threatened to burn Galileo at the stake for correctly teaching that the Earth orbits the Sun, not the sun orbits the earth as the Pope incorrectly proclaimed (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?) and Parabolic Prophecies).

Galileo Galilei
1762: France transferred to Spain all territory west of the Mississippi - known as Upper Louisiana.

New France
1800: During the War of The Second Coalition, 60,000 French under Moreau defeated 70,000 Austrians under Archduke John at the Battle of Hohenlinden in upper Bavaria.

1910: The neon lamp, developed by French physicist George Claude, was displayed for the first time at the Paris Motor show.

1912: An armistice was signed by Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia and Montenegro, ending the First Balkan War.

1917: The Quebec Bridge opened over the St. Lawrence River. At nearly 1 kilometer in length, it is the world's longest cantilever span.

1917: The U.S. declared war on Austria-Hungary during the First World War, 8 months after the U.S. declared war on Germany, and 3 years and 4 months after the war in Europe began (listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).

1931: The Statute of Westminster was passed, under which British dominions gained complete legislative independence.

1967: A team of surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa, led by Dr. Christian Barnard, performed the first human heart transplant on Louis Washkansky, who lived for 18 days.

1970: British Trade Commissioner James Cross was released by the Front de Liberation du Quebec ("FLQ") terrorists in Montreal. Cross was kidnapped in October along with Quebec cabinet minister Pierre Laporte (Laporte was murdered). The FLQ sought to remove Quebec from Canada by means of violent revolution (see also Violence); the majority of the people of Quebec however democratically and peacefully chose for themselves to remain Canadian through repeated referendums in which Quebec voters, not criminals, decided the future of Quebec.

1971: Pakistan launched a pre-emptive strike against India, beginning the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

1979: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini became the "Supreme Leader" of Iran.

s 1984: Over 2,500 people were killed and thousands injured when deadly gas leaked from the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India.

1997: In Ottawa, Canada, representatives from 121 countries signed The Ottawa Treaty. It outlawed the manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel landmines. The U.S., communist China and Russia refused to participate in the treaty.


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