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Thursday, February 9 2017

What Did Jesus Christ Learn?

"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it ... I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me"

The English-language word "learn" originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word, pronounced leornian, that meant to teach. While it would today usually be regarded as improper grammar, a statement such as "he learned them how to do it" is in fact correct, according to the original meaning of the word "learn." In its original form, the "learner" was the teacher, not the student (see the Fact Finder question below).

Jesus Christ was a "learner," a teacher, of the Way.

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." (John 14:6 KJV)

The Way

From Bible history, "learn" is used to translate a number of Hebrew and Greek words of the Holy Scriptures - all of which express "teacher" as "learner."

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced aw-lawf, means to associate with, used as to be around someone from whom knowledge can be obtained

  • the Greek word, pronounced paw-ee-dy-oo, means to train a child

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced law-mawd, means to prod, used as to teach

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced leh-kawkh, means instruction

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced sif-raw, means writing, used as to study by reading

  • the Greek word, pronounced man-than-oh, means to come to understand

  • the Greek word, pronounced gramma, means writing or learning (the English word grammar originated from that Greek word; see also The Apostle Paul's Gramma)

  • the Greek word, pronounced did-as-kalee-ah, means instruction

Although the Messiah was regarded as "unlearned" by the Pharisees and Sadducees (it was in fact their academic arrogance that inspired them to murder the Christ; see also The Lay Preacher Who Built The True Church Of God), the Messiah's teachings were and are based entirely on what God first taught Him. Jesus achieved the ultimate Ph.D. in Theology (as well as Education, Psychology and History) because there is no "higher learning" than a degree personally taught by God.

"7:14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple [see also Why Was The Messiah Drawn To The Heart Of The Temple?], and taught.

7:15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?

7:16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 7:18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him." (John 7:14-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why are "strait" and "straight" both vital to Salvation?
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This Day In History, February 9

474: Zeno was crowned as co-Emperor of the Byzantine Empire (the East Roman Empire).

Roman Empire

1267: The Synod of Breslau (at the time, a city in German-occupied Poland) ordered Jews to wear special caps in public (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).

1540: The first recorded horse race meeting in England was held at Roodeye Fields, Chester.

1555: The Bishop of Gloucester, John Hooper, was burned at the stake by English Roman Catholics for his "protestant" beliefs.

1667: The Truce of Andrusovo, a treaty between Poland and Russia that briefly ended their war for control of the Ukraine.

1674: King Charles II of England signed the Treaty of Westminster, bringing the war with the Dutch to a conclusion.

1757: The Treaty of Alinagar; it was the prelude to the British seizure of Bengal.

1788: The Habsburg Empire entered the Russo-Turkish War on the side of Russia (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).


1801: France and Austria signed the Peace of Luneville.

1807: Much to the astonishment of French Christians and Jews alike, a "Sanhedrin" (see also The Passed Over Pharisees and Why Did The Sadducees Fear The Messiah?) was established at the explicit orders of Napoleon Bonaparte. In return, the 40,000 Jews of France were expected to give up their efforts for a separate state in "Palestine" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).

1849: Giuseppe Mazzini proclaimed Rome a republic.

1917: During the First World War (1914-1918), the infamous Mata Hari (the stage name of a Dutch "exotic dancer"; her real name was Margaretha Zelle) was arrested by the French as a German spy. She was executed by firing squad in October of that year.

Mata Hari

1934: The Balkan Entente was signed; a mutual defense agreement among Greece, Turkey, Romania and Yugoslavia to guarantee the signatories territorial integrity and political independence against attack by another Balkan state (i.e. Bulgaria or Albania). It proved ineffective against German influence during the 1930's and Adolf Hitler's arrogant treaty-ignoring aggression (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) leading up to and during the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).

1942: The French passenger liner Normandie burned and sank at its pier in New York City.

1950: During the "Red Scare" hysteria, predatory Senator Joseph McCarthy falsely accused the U.S. Department of State of being "filled with Communists." McCarthy and his character assassination tactics (see The Character Assassins) were later discredited and censured. McCarthy died of liver failure from many years of severe alcoholism at age 48.

1959: The Soviet R-7 Semyorka became operational as the first intercontinental ballistic missile.

1966: The National Hockey League (NHL) announced that it was expanding from 6 teams to 12. The original 6 teams (Toronto, Montreal, Detroit, Boston, New York and Chicago) would be joined by the California Seals, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota North Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and the St. Louis Blues.

1978: Canada expelled 13 Soviet "diplomats" after they tried and failed to infiltrate the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

1994: Nelson Mandela became the first black President of South Africa.


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