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Thursday, November 2 2017
The Pieces Of Silver Lessons
"Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth"
There are a number of different silver coins stated throughout the Holy Bible. The King James Version translates some of them, including the Greek drachma, as "pieces of silver." The Greeks (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids) and the Romans (see Biblical Eras: The Roman Empire And The Church Of Rome) both had them circulating in Judea.
Paradoxically, but all too often, people don't realize the value of something until they've lost it. Notice in this example, just one lost item was regarded as much more valuable than nine others just like it that weren't lost. But the lesson is much more spiritual, extending right to the Throne of God (see also The Messiah's Atonement Of Passover At God's Throne): "Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth."
"15:8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?
The perceived value of something can also change drastically even if it's not lost - but when keeping them would get one's self lost.
"9:25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?" (Luke 9:25 KJV)
An example of that was when many who had practiced sorcery (see What Is Sorcery?) burned their evil books that they had paid "fifty thousand pieces of silver" for - they weren't worth that much because even though they had paid that much for them, they eventually realized that they were worthless, while their eternal lives were priceless.
"19:18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.
The most infamous Biblical silver coins of all were those received by Judas Iscariot as payment to betray the Son of God (see the Fact Finder question below).
"26:14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 26:15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
Fact Finder: What was the prophesied Biblical connection between "pieces of silver" and "the potter's field"?
This Day In History, November 2
1164: Thomas Beckett, the Archbishop of Canterbury, began a 6-year self-imposed exile in France. Once a close friend of King Henry II, he found himself in difficulty after he became an outspoken opponent of the king's policies.
1570: Nearly a thousand people were killed when a tidal wave struck the coast of Holland.
1721: Peter I was proclaimed Tsar ("Tsar" or "Czar" is the Russian version of "Caesar") of all Russians.
1785: The first lifeboat was patented by London coachbuilder Lionel Lukin.
1789: During the French Revolution, all property of the church was taken over by the state.
1841: Following the British occupation of Kabul, Afghans revolted and killed Sir Alexander Burnes and 23 others, starting the Second Afghan War.
1899: The Boers (white natives of Cape Province, the Afrikaans-speaking descendants of Dutch settlers; Afrikaans is closely related to Dutch and Flemish) began their 118 day siege of British held Ladysmith during the Second Boer War.
1914: Russia declared war on the Ottoman Empire.
1917: During the First World War, British foreign secretary Arthur Balfour, prompted by "Zionist" emigres Chaim Weizmann and Nahum Sokolow, wrote a letter to the 2nd Baron Rothschild, head of the British branch of the Jewish banking family, which contained the "Balfour Declaration" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration). The declaration, pledging British aid for efforts to establish a Jewish homeland in "Palestine," was a key event in the creation of the modern state of "Israel" (which is actually Judah; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah). The modern state of Israel was proclaimed just over 30 years later, in 1948.
1930: Haile Selassie was crowned emperor of Ethiopia.
1936: The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) was established.
1940: During the Second World War that was started by Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion), the Luftwaffe bombed London for the 57th consecutive night of the "Blitz."
1964: King Saud of Saudi Arabia (which is not all of "Arabia"; see The Prophecy Of Mount Sinai In Arabia) was deposed and replaced by Prince Fail.
1965: Norman Morrison, a 31-year-old Quaker, set himself on fire in front of the Pentagon to protest the use of napalm in the Vietnam War.
1967: During the Vietnam War, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson and his advisors decided that the U.S. people should be given more "optimistic reports" on the progress of the war.
1984: Velma Barfield was executed in Raleigh, North Carolina after being convicted of six murders. She became the first woman executed in the U.S. since 1962, as well as the first woman to be executed by lethal injection.
1995: The Argentine Supreme Court ordered the extradition to Italy of former SS captain Erich Priebke to face trial for a World War Two massacre of prisoners in the Ardeatine Caves.