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Wednesday, February 1 2017
The Messiah's Teaching About Loving Only Your Own
"Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt. ... For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so?"
Xenophobia, from the Greek word meaning to fear what is outside one's self, is a recognized psychiatric disorder that is manifested by "a fear of foreigners or any strangers in general." Racism is a product of xenophobia.
Xenophobia usually happens from simple ignorance of other people (often encouraged by propagandists and politicians who find it easier to manipulate in-the-dark people), or a gross over-reaction to some event e.g. if someone who looks different did something bad to me, then all people who look different are bad and to be feared / hated. The tragic irony of xenophobia is that those who are suffering from it often make those that they needlessly fear into people actually to be feared because of the xenophobic mistreatment and abuse that they have been subjected to. Humans are very vengeful creatures.
Amazingly, the Messiah, an Aramaic-speaking native of northern Galilee (see The Syrian Tongue Of Jesus), was subjected to xenophobia from many of the people in the south, in Judea ("Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? verse 48, below). They regarded all of the people from that northern region to be "Samaritans" - the people of Babylon who were brought in to settle the lands of the "lost ten tribes" after the LORD removed them because of their idolatry and corruption (see The Politics And Religion Of The Lost Ten Tribes).
In so doing, they conveniently ignored that Abraham, who they proudly proclaimed as their father (me, me, me, mine, mine, mine) was a non-Israelite (Israelites didn't yet exist in the time of Abraham) brought over from his native Babylon where humanity was created and that their tribal-namesake patriarch, Judah, was born up in Syria - Judah spoke the same Syrian language as the Messiah did centuries later. But facts and plain truth didn't matter to those who feared and hated anything or anyone beyond their own horizon. They made themselves very nearsighted - and the world as a whole a much more dangerous place because of it.
"8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 8:35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. 8:38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
"God's people" of Israel were created from all of the "foreign" people around them - Babylonians (see A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram and A Biography Of Abraham: From Ur To Canaan), Syrians (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria and The Syrian Refugees), Canaanites (see The First Jews), Jordanians (see Ruth: Building The House Of Israel), Egyptians (see The Adoption Of Ephraim and Manasseh) and others. The LORD commanded them to not make themselves ignorant of that reality by behaving in an xenophobic manner.
"22:21 Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt." (Exodus 22:21 KJV)
One of the Messiah's most-famous, and most ignored (ignorant means to ignore), teachings is to love your fellow man - just as God loves all of His children, all of whom were created in His Image.
"5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 5:47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
Fact Finder: The Kingdom of God will have no borders and no politicians. Why?
This Day In History, February 1
1327: Edward III was coronated King of England. The Hundred Years War began during his reign.
1328: Charles IV of France, the last monarch in the direct line of the Capetian dynasty (named after Hugh Capet who became king in 987), died.
1542: Cardinal Girolamo Aleandro died at age 62. He was an active opponent of the Lutheran Reformation. In 1520 Pope Leo X sent him to Germany to lead the opposition against Martin Luther at the Diet of Worms (named after Vorms, a city in Germany). In Brussels, Aleandro was responsible for the death of the first martyrs of the Reformation.
1587: Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn (Henry broke away from Rome and created the Church of England so that he could divorce his first wife, Katherine of Aragon, to marry Anne Boleyn), signed the Warrant of Execution for (Roman Catholic) Mary Queen of Scots who was involved in three assassination attempts on Elizabeth I.
1662: Chinese General Koxinga captured the island of Taiwan (see also The First Chinese American War).
1793: Revolutionary France declared war on England and Holland. French King Louis XVI was executed shortly before.
1796: The capital of Upper Canada (a term based upon the flow of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River toward the Atlantic Ocean i.e. Upper Canada was southern Ontario and Lower Canada was southern Quebec) was moved from Newark (today, Niagara On The Lake, Ontario) to York (today, Toronto, Ontario).
1861: 25 years after breaking away from Mexico in 1836, Texas seceded from the U.S. to join the Confederate States of America (see also The Mexican Border Wall).
1884: The Oxford English Dictionary's first volume was published.
1908: King Carlos I (Carlos is the Spanish form of "Charles") of Portugal was assassinated with his son in Lisbon.
1909: "Nation building" U.S. invasion forces left Cuba after installing the puppet/stooge Jose Miguel Gomez as President. When the people of Cuba later rose up to demand freedom and independence from foreign rule of their country, Gomez fled Cuba in 1920 and died in exile in New York City.
1920: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP, the "Mounties") were established. They were created from the merger of the Northwest Mounted Police and Dominion Police.
1934: Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss dissolved all political parties except his own "Fatherland Front." Another Austrian, Adolf Hitler, had just been elected as Chancellor in Germany (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative? and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1949: Israel formally annexed "West Jerusalem" (see the series of Jerusalem history studies beginning with A History Of Jerusalem: In The Beginning).
1958: Egypt and Syria proclaimed their union as "The United Arab Republic."
1979: In Teheran, Iran, the Ayatollah Khomeini returned from 15 years of exile in France. The Shah (king) had fled the country 2 weeks earlier for exile in the U.S.
2003: The U.S. Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon re-entry killing all 7 astronauts aboard: Rick Husband, Michael Anderson, David Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Laurel Clark, William McCool, and the first Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon.
2004: 251 Muslims were trampled to death and 244 injured in a stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.