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Thursday, March 16 2017
The Organ Players Of Bible History
"Praise Him with the timbrel and dance: praise Him with stringed instruments and organs"
The English-language word "organ" originated from an ancient Greek word, pronounced organon, that meant to work. The original Greek word was used to refer to something that performed a function, whether an organ of a living body (e.g. heart, lungs, eyes) or a mechanical device. It also came to be used for musical instruments, specifically the various air-powered instruments, from a simple flute to a massive "organ" with its many pipes.
The King James Version uses "organ" to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced oo-gawb, that referred to the earliest reed instruments. Later translations typically translate it as "flute." Example from Genesis 4:21 in the KJV and NIV:
"4:21 And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ." (King James Version)
Ironically, it was from Cain's pre-Flood rebel kingdom (see What Was The Name Of The First City? Why Was It Built?) that much of the earliest technology and agriculture were invented (keeping in mind that Cain was a worker of the soil, while his brother Abel was a shepherd; paradoxically, and tragically, the first murder weapon could possibly have been Cain's hoe). Among Cain's children and grandchildren were the first cattle herders, metal workers and musicians - including the first to play the organ / flute.
"4:17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.
Music has been known to the good and the evil from the time of Cain. Many centuries later, Job lamented how the evil are successful in the evil world such as it has become and enjoy themselves when "they take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ."
"21:7 Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power? 21:8 Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes. 21:9 Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them. 21:10 Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf. 21:11 They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance. 21:12 They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ. 21:13 They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.
Good music is however ultimately for the good of God's children. King David, a righteous man, was a lover and maker of music. He made Israel into a place where the people worshiped the LORD and "Praise Him with the timbrel and dance: praise Him with stringed instruments and organs" (see the Fact Finder question below).
"150:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 150:2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
This Day In History, March 16
597 BC: An estimated Roman date equivalent (from Adar 2) when the Babylonians captured Jerusalem and replaced Jehoiachin with Zedekiah as king of Judah (see Jehoiachin Of Judah and Zedekiah Of Judah; also A History Of Jerusalem: The Capital Of Judah and A History Of Jerusalem: Ezra And Nehemiah).
37: Roman Emperor Tiberius died. He was the Emperor (see Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire and The Politics Of Rome) at the time of Jesus Christ's crucifixion (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah, A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Whatever Happened To Those Romans?). Tiberius was succeeded by Caligula.
1190: "Christian" Crusaders massacred Jews in York, England (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1521: Ferdinand Magellan sighted the Philippines (it wasn't a "discovery" to the people who lived there).
1660: The British "Long Parliament of the Puritans" ended after 20 years. The new Convention Parliament followed.
1815: Willem I was proclaimed king of the Netherlands.
1851: Spanish authorities concluded a concordat with the Vatican under which Roman Catholicism became the only authorized faith in Spain. It also gave control of education and the press to the Catholic Church.
1889: Off Samoa in the Southern Pacific, a severe hurricane destroyed 6 warships (3 U.S., 3 German); only the British Calliope escaped.
1907: The British Invincible, then the world's largest cruiser, was completed at the Glasgow shipyards.
1917: Russian Czar Nicholas II abdicated. After months of imprisonment, Nicholas and his family were summarily executed by rebels on July 17 1918 (see also When Do Liberals Become Conservatives? and Why Are Politicians Called Left Or Right?).
1919: Benito Mussolini founded his Fascist political movement in Milan, Italy (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).
1933: The German Reichstag adopted the Enabling Act, which effectively granted Adolf Hitler dictatorial legislative powers (see Why Does Satan Love Liars? and Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?; see also The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator and What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It?).
1935: Adolf Hitler renounced the disarmament clauses in the Versailles Treaty and introduced conscription in Germany (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1945: Most of Wurzburg, Germany was destroyed in only 20 minutes by British bombers; 5,000 people were killed.
1968: The "My Lai Massacre" of about 500 civilians, mostly women, old men, and children (the younger men had left to work in the fields or at sea), by U.S. troops in Vietnam. The atrocity was not discovered in the U.S. until 18 months later, when it set off a firestorm of disgust and outrage around the world. In 1971, to appease public protest, Lt. William Calley, one of the officers who oversaw the murders, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison, but very little time was actually served before the "war hero" was quietly released.
1969: Golda Meir became the Prime Minister of Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).
1978: Former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro was kidnapped and later killed by "Red Brigade" terrorists.
1978: The oil tanker Amoco Cadiz split in two after running aground on the Portsall Rocks, three miles off the coast of Brittany. It resulted in the 5th-largest oil spill in history.
1988: The Kurdish town of Halabjah in Iraq was attacked with poison gas and nerve agents on the orders of Saddam Hussein. 5,000 people died and 10,000 people were sickened.
2000: Thomas Ferebee died at age 81. He was the bombardier of the Enola Gay when it dropped the U.S. atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6 1945, killing over 130,000 men, women, children and babies - and horribly burning tens of thousands more. For the remainder of his life, Ferebee publicly maintained that the bombing was "the right thing to do," while also stating "I think we should realize that this can't happen again" (see also Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?),
2005: Israel officially surrendered Jericho to "Palestinian" control (see Where Is Palestine?).