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Sunday, February 19 2017
The LORD's Sermon From Mount Sinai
"The whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the Glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud ... And the LORD came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the Mount"
The English-language word "sermon" originated from a Latin word, sermonis, which meant to join together. The English-language word "series" originated from the same ancient word.
As such, a "sermon" is literally defined as "A discourse delivered in public, especially by a clergyman or preacher, for the purpose of religious instruction or the inculcation ["Teaching or impressing upon the mind by frequent instruction or repetition"] of morality, and grounded upon some text or passage of Scripture" (The Consolidated Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary).
The greatest Sermon ever delivered, from which all genuine Christian sermons should be based and faithful to, was the LORD's Sermon from Mount Sinai. It was delivered "live" to the Israelites, but to all of humanity because the Ten Commandments are the basis of the coming Judgment of every human that will ever exist (see the Fact Finder question below).
The day began with the LORD's instructions to Moses about how and where the congregation in the wilderness ("16:10 And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud" Exodus 16:10 KJV) were to assemble themselves. Those who chose to be rebels and hecklers would not survive the day.
"19:20 And the LORD came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up. 19:21 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish. 19:22 And let the priests also, which come near to the LORD, sanctify themselves, lest the LORD break forth upon them.
The LORD (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation) then delivered the first "Sermon on the Mount":
"20:2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Fact Finder: Rebels declare that "God's Law is done away" and now everyone is "free" to do whatever they please in the LORD's Name. What fate do such self-righteous renegades have awaiting them if they don't repent?
This Day In History
This Day In History, February 19
197: Roman Emperor Septimius Severus defeated rebel commander and usurper Emperor Clodius Albinus at the Battle of Lugdunum, the greatest battle between Roman armies (see The Politics Of Rome, Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire, A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Legions Of Men And Angels).
356: Emperor Constantius II issued a decree to favor the Roman newly-created version (perversion) of Christianity in the Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
842: The Medieval Iconoclastic Controversy ended. A Council in Constantinople formally reinstated the veneration of graven images (which they called "icons"). This debate over icons is often considered the last event which led to the Great Schism between the Eastern and Western Roman Churches.
1401: William Sawtree, regarded by some as the first English religious martyr, was burned in London.
1408: The English Northumberland Rebellion ended when Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, was defeated by Henry IV at the Battle of Bramham Moor.
1473: Nicholas Copernicus was born in Poland. He is considered by some to be the founder of modern astronomy.
1568: Miles Coverdale died at age 80. He was the translator and publisher of the first complete Bible to be printed in English, in 1535. He was also the editor of the "Great Bible" of 1539.
1674: England and the Netherlands signed the Treaty of Westminster to end the Third Anglo-Dutch War. The treaty surrendered the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam to England, after which it was given its present-day name - New York.
1797: Pope Pius VI signed the Treaty of Tolentino with Napoleon under which Bologna, Romagna and Ferrara were ceded to France.
1800: Napoleon Bonaparte established himself as first consul in France.
1861: Serfdom was abolished in Russia.
1915: During the First World War (1914-1918), British and French warships began attacks on Ottoman (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) fortifications at the mouth of the Dardenelles, in an abortive expedition to force the straits of Gallipoli.
1918: With the beginning of communism in Russia, a decree abolishing all private ownership of land, water and natural resources was issued by the Soviet Central Executive Committee.
1942: Japanese forces made the first attack on the Australian mainland, bombing Port Darwin.
1942: During the Second World War (which actually began in September 1939 for the rest of the world, but only in December of 1941 for the U.S. with the Japanese attack on the U.S. military base in Hawaii), U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the arrest and camp internment, without charge or legal due process, of many people of Japanese race, even those born in the U.S.
1953: Georgia approved the first "literature censorship board" in the U.S.
1959: The Prime Ministers of Britain, Turkey and Greece signed an agreement in London for the independence of Cyprus.
1976: Iceland severed diplomatic relations with Britain during the "Cod War," a dispute over fishing rights of depleted Atlantic cod stocks.
1976: Executive Order 9066 of 1942 (see listing above), which provided the legal means to incarcerate racial-Japanese U.S. citizens (including those born in the U.S. for generations) to "internment camps" without charge or trial during the Second World War, was rescinded by President Gerald Ford.
1986: The Soviet Union launched its Mir space station. It was the world's first modular space station, assembled in orbit from 1986 to 1996.