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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).
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)
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.
Fact Finder: What does "speaking in tongues" actually mean?
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.
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).
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.