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Friday, January 19 2018
The Faithful Known As Justus
"These only are my fellowworkers unto the Kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me"
Justus, from the Greek name pronounced ee-oos-tos, was one, or two, or three (people debate how many men the Scriptures are referring to) of the earliest Christians (see also Where Believers Were First Called Christians) from after the time of the Messiah's Sacrifice (this writer thinks that it's three).
The first was "Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus." He was one of the two men who were candidates to be the replacement of Judas Iscariot. Justus was not chosen, but that was not a reflection on his character. He was obviously as righteous a man to be considered as the other, and the choice was made by lot (see also The Lot and The Israel Lottery and The Lots Of Purim). It could have been either man.
"1:12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey. 1:13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. 1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
It was during Paul's second missionary journey, which was his first missionary journey to Greece (see Paul's First Mission To Greece), that Paul arrived at Corinth after departing from Athens. There, Paul "entered into a certain man's house, named Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue."
"18:1 After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth; 18:2 And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them. 18:3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers. 18:4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.
Among those who remained faithful to Paul during his troubles with the Romans (at risk to themselves just by their association with Paul) were a few Christians. Two of them, Luke and Marcus, became very famous from their own writings i.e. Luke, Mark and Acts (see also Luke: The World Of The LORD and Acts: Luke's Second Letter To Theophilus and Mark: As It Is Written In The Prophets). Nevertheless, another men, lesser-known but just as courageous and true, was "Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me."
"4:1 Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.
Fact Finder: Is faith just a state of mind? Or is it a matter of living a life of being faithful?
This Day In History, January 19
379: Roman Emperor Gratian promoted Flavius Theodosius to "Augustus," thereby giving him authority over all the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire (see also The Roman Emperors: Julius Caesar and The Roman Emperors: Augustus and The Roman Emperors: Domitian and The Messiah And The Caesars).
1419: In the Hundred Years War between England and France, the French city of Rouen surrendered to Henry V, completing his conquest of Normandy.
1493: The First Treaty of Barcelona; Charles VIII of France ceded Roussillon and Cerdagne to Spain in order to gain its neutrality while he invaded Italy.
1523: In Switzerland, Ulrich Zwingli published his 67 Articles, the first manifesto of the Zurich Reformation which attacked the authority of the Pope.
1563: The Heidelberg Catechism was first published in Germany. Written by Peter Ursinus and Caspar Olevianus, it comprised a balanced statement of Calvinist tradition, and was soon after accepted by nearly all of the Reformed churches in Europe.
1569: Miles (or Myles) Coverdale died at age 80. The Church of England reformer published the first complete printed English-language Bible. He completed the translation of The Old Testament which William Tyndale had left unfinished at his death in 1536.
1783: William Pitt became the youngest-ever Prime Minister of England at age 24.
1889: The Salvation Army (founded in London, England in 1865) split, as one faction within the denomination renounced allegiance to founder William Booth. Booth's son Ballington and his wife Maud led the U.S. rebellion group, which in 1896 incorporated itself as a separate denomination known as the "Volunteers of America" (regardless of its self-proclaimed all-inclusive name, the new organization actually only involved the United States of America; the Salvation Army continued in Canada and the numerous other countries that also exist throughout the vast continents of North and South America).
1899: Britain and Egypt established joint control over Sudan.
1915: During the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), the first casualties to result from an air raid over Britain occurred when a Zeppelin dropped 6 bombs on Yarmouth. 2 people died and 3 were injured (see also Who Was The First To Fly? and Guns Versus Butter and The Rockets' Red Glare).
1921: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador signed the Pact of Union.
1943: Crown Princess Juliana, later to become Queen of the Netherlands, gave birth in Ottawa to Princess Margriet. The Princess and her family took refuge in Canada to escape the German occupation of the Netherlands during the Second World War. The Government of Canada temporarily extended the Netherlands embassy status in Ottawa to include the Queen's private hospital maternity room so that the moment of the birth was in Netherlands sovereign territory.
1966: Indira Gandhi was elected prime minister of India in succession to Lal Shastri who had died on January 11. Shastri had succeeded Gandhi's father, Jawaharlal Nehru.
1975: 20 people were injured at the airport in Paris, France, after Arab terrorists attempted a grenade attack on an El Al jumbo jet and then seized three hostages.
1983: Klaus Barbie, notorious SS chief of Lyon in Nazi-occupied France, was arrested in Bolivia.
1983: The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, was introduced.
1986: The first computer "virus" was released into the public; a boot-sector virus was created by the Farooq Alvi Brothers in Lahore, Pakistan, reportedly to prevent piracy of their software products.
1991: During the (first) Kuwait War (to liberate Kuwait from Iraq's invasion and occupation of the country), Iraq's Saddam Hussein began launching "Scud" missiles on Haifa and Tel Aviv the day after U.S. forces began bombing Iraq. Hussein's intention was to provoke an Israeli entry into the war and thereby cause the Arab allied forces to quit the war against Iraq. The Israelis did not respond, even after suffering 13 dead, 200 wounded, and 4,000 buildings damaged.
1997: Palestinian terrorist leader Yasser Arafat returned to Hebron for the first time in more than 30 years and joined 60,000 celebrating Palestinians after Israel handed over 80% of the city to Palestinian control. There remained 500 Jewish settlers in Hebron (where Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel, along with their wives Sarah, Rebekah and Leah, are buried in a family tomb; see A Biography Of Abraham: Mamre in Hebron) along with 130,000 Palestinians.