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Saturday, December 23 2017
The Teacher That Came From God
"The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto Him, Rabbi, we know that Thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that Thou doest, except God be with Him"
The famous incident of the Messiah in the Temple at age 12 (see also The Birth And Childhood Of The Messiah) was moreover an establishment of His teaching credentials "that I must be about my Father's business" (see also What Does God The Father Really Look Like?).
"2:42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.
Decades later, the also-famous incident of the Messiah's "born again" and "John 3:16" teachings to Nicodemus (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?; see also What Did Joseph And Nicodemus Do With The Messiah's Body?) was preceded by the believers' knowledge that He was a teacher sent from God.
"3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
He taught the Gospel throughout the land of Israel, and beyond.
"4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
The Messiah also taught in Jerusalem, right in the Temple, despite the danger (see Why Was The South A Dangerous Place?). "And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, for to hear him."
"21:37 And in the day time he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out, and abode in the mount that is called the mount of Olives.
Fact Finder: As we read above, many people came to recognize that Jesus of Nazareth was a Teacher sent by God. But others either refused to believe (i.e. they chose to be ignorant - "ignorant" means to ignore what has been made known) or despite believing, brought about His assassination because they viewed the Messiah as "competition" to their supposed "leadership." Why?
This Day In History, December 23
484: Huneric, king of the Vandals, died. The Vandals were a Germanic tribe; their practice of destroying and looting is the origin of the term "vandalism." He was succeeded by his nephew Gunthamund (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
962: During the Byzantine-Arab Wars, Byzantine (i.e. East Roman Empire) troops under the command of the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas captured the city of Aleppo.
1569: Philip of Moscow was martyred by Ivan the Terrible.
1672: Giovanni Cassini discovered Rhea, a moon of Saturn.
1688: During the "Glorious Revolution," King James II fled England to Paris after being deposed by his nephew, William of Orange and his daughter Mary.
1690: John Flamsteed observed Uranus without realizing that the 7th planet was not yet officially discovered (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).
1823: A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas, was published (see Could Santa Claus Have Become The Pope?).
1861: The Danubian Principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia were formally united as Romania.
1909: King Leopold II of Belgium died.
1919: Britain instituted a new constitution for India.
1920: Ireland was divided.
1933: Marinus van der Lubbe was found guilty and sentenced to death for setting fire to the Reichstag (the German Parliament Building) earlier in the year. The Reichstag fire was Germany's "9-11" that was used by Adolf Hitler as the excuse to turn Germany into a lawless police state (see Law-Abiding Criminals and Why Does Satan Love Liars?) i.e. the infamous Gestapo were the state police in charge of "security of the fatherland" (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1947: The transistor was invented by Bardeen, Brattain and Shockley at Bell Labs.
1948: Hideki Tojo, Japanese soldier, Prime Minister when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, was executed as a war criminal along with 6 others. Among the court-specified war crimes, for which they were ordered hung by U.S. judges, was the waterboarding torture of prisoners.
1964: Over 2,000 people were killed by a cyclone in Ceylon (known today as Sri Lanka).
1972: A massive earthquake struck Managua, Nicaragua, causing the deaths of approximately 7,000 people.
1973: 6 Persian Gulf nations doubled their oil prices.
1979: Soviet forces occupied the capital city of Kabul after the communist USSR invaded Afghanistan. The Taliban defense forces (U.S. President Ronald Reagan called them "freedom fighters" and "the moral equivalent of America's founding fathers" when he welcomed some of their leaders in the Oval Office) were trained and armed primarily by the U.S. The same Taliban are today fighting against the U.S. after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.
1997: A U.S. jury found Terry Nichols guilty of involvement with Timothy McVeigh in the terrorist bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City - up to that time the worst act of terrorism in the U.S.