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Friday, June 1 2018

The Messiah's Sacrifice: Gambit or Gamble?

"For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin"

In chess, a "gambit" (from a medieval Italian word, gambetto, that meant to trip, or to put out a leg) is an opening move in which a piece, usually a pawn, is deliberately sacrificed for the purpose of achieving something more valuable, or for a more open position for early attack. The opposing player can accept or decline a gambit. In effect, they can take the bait, or ignore it.

Chess Although the words sound similar, a gambit is not a gamble. A gambit is a calculated tactical or strategic movement, while "gamble" simply means to play a game i.e. "game" is an abbreviation of gamble. While there is also risk in a gambit, a gamble depends mostly and merely on "luck."

Interestingly, the word "luck" means to entice with light (from the Latin word lux). "Luck" is an abbreviation of lucifer i.e. Satan could be called "Lucky" because it's the shortened form of Lucifer (see the Fact Finder question below to discover the Devil's actual name).

The Sacrifice of the Messiah was not a gamble, it was a gambit - although, ironically, there was "luck," Lucifer, involved. Satan accepted God's gambit - and the Devil lost.

The so-called "temptation of Christ" was a gambit, not a reckless gamble.

"4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 4:2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.

4:3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.

4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

4:5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 4:6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 4:7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

4:9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: 4:10 For it is written,

He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: 4:11 And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

4:12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

4:13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season." (Luke 4:1-13 KJV)

The "temptation of Christ" was real. The temptation was genuine. But the risk was a gambit, not a gamble.

"4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:14-16 KJV)

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This Day In History

This Day In History, June 1

193: Roman Emperor Marcus Didius was assassinated in his palace (see also The Roman Emperors: Julius Caesar and The Messiah And The Caesars; also Biblical Eras: The Roman Empire And The Church Of Rome and The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus).

987: Hugh Capet was elected King of France.


1215: Ending the Battle of Beijing, the city was captured by Mongol forces under Genghis Khan (see also The Origin Of Gog And Magog and End-Time Gog And Magog).

1252: Alfonso X was elected King of Castile and Leon.


1609: In the wilderness of northeastern North America, Samuel de Champlain discovered (the native people already knew that the lake was there) the lake that was named after him - Lake Champlain (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1648: During the Second English Civil War, the Roundheads defeated the Cavaliers at the Battle of Maidstone.

1670: Charles II of England and Louis XIV of France signed the treaty of Dover (signed in Dover, England). It resulted in England becoming involved in the Third Anglo-Dutch War.

1679: The Scottish Covenanters defeated John Graham of Claverhouse at the Battle of Drumclog.

1813: During the War of 1812 (1812-1814), James Lawrence, the wounded commander of the USS Chesapeake (a 38 gun frigate with a crew of 340), uttered his famous final order, "Don't give up the ship!" while in a naval battle with the Royal Navy HMS Shannon (a 38 gun frigate with a crew of 330). The crew gave up the ship anyway; the USS Chesapeake was captured by the Shannon and taken to Halifax, Nova Scotia where it entered service as the Royal Navy warship HMS Chesapeake.

Britain's wars in North America (the New England Rebellion of 1776, and the War of 1812-1814 that was declared by U.S. President James Madison with the publicly-stated goal of conquering Canada) were fought at the same time as far-greater wars all across Europe i.e. the wars to stop Napoleon Bonaparte from conquering Europe and Russia - that ended in the famous Battle of Waterloo (in present-day Belgium) in June of 1815. Only a small fraction of Britain's Royal Army, Navy and Marines were diverted to the relatively-unimportant colonial wars of 1776 and 1812 in North America.

HMS Shannon

1816: The rivalry between the North West Company and the Hudson's Bay Company erupted in violence in the Battle of Seven Oaks. While attempting to transport supplies, Metis allies of the North West Company clashed with 21 men from the Hudson's Bay Company post in Red River Colony, now Winnipeg. Robert Semple, governor for the Hudson's Bay Company, most of his party and 1 Metis were killed. The incident led to the eventual merger of the two companies.

1831: Sir James Ross discovered the position of the north magnetic pole.

1861: The first skirmish of the U.S. Civil War took place, at the Fairfax Court House in Virginia.

1867: Viscount Monck became the first Governor General of Canada. He had held the position in British North America and his term was to have expired in 1866, but Queen Victoria extended his appointment to give him the honor of being the first Governor General of the free, civilized democracy that he helped to create.

1915: Germany made the first zeppelin air raid over England.

1941: British forces entered Baghdad and returned the regent, six year-old King Faisal, to power (see also A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).

1958: During the political crisis created by the civil war in Algeria, Charles De Gaulle became premier of France with the power to rule by decree for six months; a new constitution was drawn up, and in 1959 De Gaulle became the first president of "The Fifth Republic."

1961: The incinerated ashes of captured Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann were dumped into the sea outside the 3 mile territorial limit of Israel. He had been hung by the Israelis the day before.

1963: King Victor Emmanual III of Italy became Emperor of Ethiopia.

1963: In defiance of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling 10 days earlier that Alabama's segregation laws were unconstitutional, Alabama governor George Wallace stood at a school door and stopped black teenagers from court-ordered integration of the University of Alabama. President Kennedy responded by using federal troops to force integration.

1974: The new "Heimlich Maneuver" for saving choking victims was published in the journal Emergency Medicine.

1980: Cable News Network (CNN) began operation.

1991: Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted for the first time in 600 years.

2009: General Motors filed for bankruptcy.




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