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Friday, January 26 2018
God's Handywork: Was The Son Of God Created?
"The heavens declare the Glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His Handywork ... These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God ... Thou madest Him to have dominion over the works of Thy Hands ... I go unto the Father: for My Father is greater than I"
The English-language word "handywork" (or "handiwork") originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word, handgeweorc, that literally and simply meant work done by the hands, but was moreover used to refer to a master's skill that produced a high-quality object or substance.
The King James Version used "handywork" to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced maw-aw-seh (coincidentally or not, the English word "master" can be heard in the sound of that Hebrew word), that also meant to produce something of good quality or substance. The word is used to refer to God's Creation of everything.
"19:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 19:2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 19:3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. 19:4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
The term is also used for God's creation of the spirit world. Angels were created, sinless - and free to thereafter choose to remain so, or not.
"28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee." (Ezekiel 28:13-15 KJV)
For many over the centuries, the reason why God is called The Father (see the Fact Finder question below), and why the Messiah said that The Father will always be greater than Him ("I go unto the Father: for My Father is greater than I" John 14:28 KJV), and why He was with the Father in the beginning (see below) are obvious.
It's also the reason that the Messiah returned to His place of beginning - at the right Hand of God. The "glorify" in "glorify thou me with thine own self" is a translation of the Greek word, pronounced dox-ad-zo, which means to make i.e. the verse literally says "make thou me with thine own self."
"1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God." (John 1:1-2 KJV)
So too, the Messiah's plain statement in which He declared Himself "the beginning of the creation of God."
"3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God." (Revelation 3:14 KJV)
"What is man (the actual Hebrew word means man as a species, male and female; see What Was Adam's Real Name?), that thou art mindful of him?" obviously refers to physical humans, but the Messiah is also just now the first born among many children of God (see Why Are Christians Called Brothers And Sisters?). The verses below include the Messiah in that statement ("What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?) - which specifically say about Christ, "Thou madest Him to have dominion over the works of Thy Hands."
"8:1 To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.
Fact Finder: What does The Father really look like?
This Day In History, January 26
66: The comet later known in the modern day as Halley's Comet (named after English astronomer Edmond Halley, 1656-1742) made its fifth perihelion (the point of an orbit that an object is closest to the sun) transit on record (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).
1340: England's King Edward III was proclaimed king of France.
1500: Spanish explorer Vicente Pinzon discovered Brazil (for Europeans, that is; as was the case for all "new world" discoveries, the native people who were already there needed no "discovery") (see also The Greatest Islands Of Earth).
1531: A powerful earthquake killed 30,000 people near Lisbon, Portugal.
1564: Church of Rome Pope Pius IV issued his Benedictus Deus at the Council of Trent. Included in the decree was an Index of Prohibited Books, a listing of unapproved authors and their publications. Also issued was the Tridentinum that supposedly established a distinction between the Church of Rome and Protestantism (most of their doctrines are actually the same; see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
1699: The Peace of Karlowitz ended the war between Turkey (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) and Austria.
1788: The first settlers from England, including a group of exiled convicts, arrived at Sydney, Australia.
1841: A few days after China conceded the island to Britain, the British flag was raised on Hong Kong.
1891: German engineer Nikolaus Otto died. He was a prime developer of the four-stroke internal combustion engine that was to power the automobile.
1905: The world's largest diamond, weighing over 3,106 carats, was discovered near Pretoria, South Africa. It became known as the Cullinan diamond.
1924: After the communist revolution (see also When Do Liberals Become Conservatives? and Why Are Politicians Called Left Or Right?), the Russian city of Petrograd ("Peter City") / Saint Petersburg was renamed Leningrad ("Lenin City").
1926: Television was first publicly demonstrated.
1934: Germany signed a 10-year non-aggression pact with Poland. It ended with the German invasion of Poland a little over 5 years later (in September of 1939) which began the Second World War (see Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1949: The Hale telescope at Palomar Observatory began operation under the direction of Edwin Hubble. It was the largest aperture optical telescope at the time (see also Parabolic Prophecies).
1950: India became an independent republic with Jawarhalal Nehru as Prime Minister.
1965: Hindi was proclaimed the official language of India.
1980: Israel and Egypt established diplomatic relations (see Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
1992: Russian leader Boris Yeltsin announced that Russia would cease routinely targeting U.S. cities with nuclear weapons.
1998: During a nationally-televised Presidential address, Bill Clinton denied having had "sexual relations" with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Physical evidence later proved that he was a liar (see also The Impeachment Of The President).
2001: Over 20,000 people were killed by an earthquake in Gujarat, India.