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Friday, December 22 2017

What Did The Messiah Say About Humility?

"And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted"

The English-language word "humility" originated from a Latin word, humilis, that meant earth (most farmers and gardeners are familiar with "humus" - the living organic content of the soil). It's a term that the first humans, before they became "high-minded" fools like Satan, would have known very well (see The Thinker From The Soil and Adam and Adamah).

"Humility" is used to translate various Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures, all of which have the same basis of righteousness:

Sir Galahad

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced aw-naw, which meant to look down i.e. to not have an arrogant "nose in the air" manner (see also The Personality Of The Man Who Will Be The Beast). Example:

    "10:3 And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve me." (Exodus 10:3 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced yaw-kawr, which meant heavy i.e. to "have both feet on the ground" rather than floating like a bubble. Example:

    "7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced raw-faws, which meant bow i.e. to offer respect. Example:

    "6:2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. 6:3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend." (Proverbs 6:2-3 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced shaw-fale, which meant to return i.e. to repent. Example:

    "57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." (Isaiah 57:15 KJV)

The Messiah's famous "Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven" wasn't about thinking like a child - it was about having the humility to be converted so that the way is open to be "born again" in the Kingdom of God (see the Fact Finder question below).

"18:1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

18:2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 18:5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea." (Matthew 18:1-6 KJV)

The same point was made in the Messiah's teaching about how arrogance is a perversion of genuinely good character. The unrepentant arrogant ones have hell fire awaiting them, which the converted humble ones have salvation: "whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted." A rebellious lack of humility is a dead end.

"23:1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:

23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 23:6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 23:7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 23:9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 23:10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted." (Matthew 23:1-12 KJV)

Fact Finder: What does "born again" actually mean? When is it going to happen?
See What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?; see also What Does God The Father Really Look Like?

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This Day In History, December 22

69: Roman Emperor Vitellius was captured and killed at the Gemonian stairs in Rome (see The Roman Emperors: Vitellius).


640: The Saracens (i.e. a term for Muslims during the Crusades; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs) under Amrou conquered Alexandria (see also Hometowns: Alexandria), having invaded Egypt two years earlier.


880: Luoyang, eastern capital of the Tang Dynasty, was captured by the rebel leader Huang Chao during the reign of Emperor Xizong (see also The First Chinese American War).


1135: Stephen of Blois was crowned as the king of England.

1216: Pope Honorius III approved the establishment of the Order of Preachers, more commonly known as the Dominicans.

1681: New England colonists revoked a 22 year-old ban on Christmas celebrations; the ban on the pagan-based festival was soon observed again (listen to our Sermon The Ho-Ho Hoax).

1715: James Stuart, the "Old Pretender" and claimant to the British throne, landed at Peterhead from exile in France to start a rebellion.

1769: The Sino-Burmese War (1765-1769) ended.

1790: The Turkish fortress of Izmail was captured by Alexander Suvorov and his Russian armies.

1807: The U.S. Congress passed the Embargo Act. While it banned all U.S. trade with all other countries, it was directed primarily at Britain and France. The Act was repealed a few years later due to the devastating effect that isolationism had on the U.S. economy itself i.e. it "defended" jobs and business that were negatively affected by competition from imports, but it destroyed the many U.S. jobs and businesses that were dependent upon exports (see What Really Happens In A Trade War?).

1851: India's first freight train began service in Roorkee, India.


1885: Ito- Hirobumi, a samurai warrior, became the first Prime Minister of Japan.

1894: Alfred Dreyfus, French artillery officer, was convicted of selling secrets to Germany and sentenced to imprisonment on Devils Island. He was completely exonerated in 1906.

1896: An arbitration tribunal in Paris ruled that the Bering Sea, a vast area of the north Pacific Ocean between the continents of Asia and North America, was international waters, not a U.S. possession. The Bering Sea was named after Vitus Bering, the Danish-born Russian explorer and military officer who mapped the sea in multiple voyages between Siberia and Alaska (Alaska was then a Russian possession) before the U.S. even existed.

Bering Sea


1942: After his Nazi air force consistently lost to the Royal Air Force in air combat over Britain, Adolf Hitler signed an order to develop rockets as a weapon that could be safely launched from Europe onto Britain (beginning the modern age of combat-from-a-desk, "push button" no-courage-required warfare).


1968: The 82-man crew of the U.S. spy ship Pueblo were released after being seized by North Korea (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?). The ship itself remains in North Korea to this day.

1988: A Pan Am 747 airliner was blown up by a terrorist bomb over Lockerbie, Scotland. All 295 people on board, and 11 people on the ground, were killed.

1989: A revolution in Romania overthrew communist leader Nicolea Ceausescu after 23 years as president.

1990: Former "Solidarity" union leader Lech Walesa became Poland's President.


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