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Sunday, November 11 2018
A Bible Journey, 71: A Just Weight And Balance
"A just weight and balance are the LORD's: all the weights of the bag are His Work"
Although the "scale of justice" is typically regarded as a man-made philosophy (with numerous nations having their version of it, based on a balance scale, as in the ancient Egyptian and Persian / Iranian examples shown below), its greater meaning actually had its origin in the Holy Scriptures:
"16:9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. 16:10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment. 16:11 A just weight and balance are the LORD'S: all the weights of the bag are his work." (Proverbs 16:9-11 KJV)
When the LORD God (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) formally stated His all-Christian Ten Commandments (see A Bible Journey, 70: The Christian Ten Commandments), He further provided examples of how to apply His timeless Law to the customs of human life during any epoch.
"21:1 Now these are the judgments which thou shalt set before them.
The Messiah's command about "Eye for eye, tooth for tooth" was an object lesson that crimes are entirely forgivable after genuine repentance (i.e. see Did Judas Iscariot Repent?) and justice is delivered. In God's Law, murderers were not sentenced to "life."
"21:12 He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death. 21:13 And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver him into his hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither he shall flee. 21:14 But if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbour, to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from mine altar, that he may die.
Fact Finder: What does "ruler" mean in the Holy Scriptures?
This Day In History, November 11
308: In an attempt to restore order to the unraveling Roman Empire, Emperor Diocletian met with Galerius, Augustus of the East, and Maximianus, the recently returned former Augustus of the West (see Biblical Eras: The Roman Empire And The Church Of Rome). The Roman Roman Empire nevertheless fell and was superseded, historically and prophetically, by the "Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation; see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1100: King Henry I of England (the word "king" originated from a term that meant the head of a kin i.e. a family patriarch; the original meaning of "patriotism" was to be loyal to the king; see The Patriotism Prophecy) married Matilda of Scotland, the daughter of Malcolm III of Scotland.
1417: Unity of the Church of Rome's papacy was recovered with the election of Martin V. The Great Western Schism, beginning in 1378, resulted in a pope in Rome, another in Avignon, France and a third established by the Council of Pisa (see The Struggle For The Papacy).
1500: Louis XII of France and Ferdinand of Aragon signed the secret Treaty of Granada for the conquest and partition of Naples.
1572: Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe observed a bright "new star" in Cassiopeia, shining as brightly as Venus. He continued to observe the supernova (a star which has exploded after all of its fuel has been used up) for 18 months as it slowly faded.
1606: A peace treaty was signed at Zeita-Torok between the Turks and Austrians.
1620: The Mayflower Compact was signed by the English pioneers who became known as the "Pilgrims" (to understand the actual Biblical meaning of "pilgrim," see The Pilgrims).
1673: Poland's King John Sobieski defeated the Turks at Korzim, Poland.
1805: The Battle of Durenstein during the Napoleonic Wars (named after Napoleon Bonaparte). 8,000 French troops attempted to slow the retreat of a much larger Russian and Austrian force.
1813: During the War of 1812 (1812-1814), 900 British troops and Canadian militia and natives repelled 8,000 U.S. invaders at the Battle of Chrysler's Farm near Cornwall, Ontario. Along with other defeats and stalemates during the previous months, it forced the U.S. to abandon their campaign of obliterating Canada as a nation and annexing Canadian territory into the U.S. (two actually-stated goals by U.S. President James Madison when he declared the start of the war in 1812). The battle site was declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 1920.
1918: The armistice was signed to end The First World War (1914-1918) in which over 10 million people were killed (see The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars).
Lt. Col. John McCrae, a Canadian army medical officer, wrote the poem In Flanders Fields while overlooking the grave of a fellow officer at Ypres, Belgium. The poem first appeared in Punch magazine December 8 1915. McCrae himself did not survive the war.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
1953: The polio virus was identified and photographed for the first time.
1966: Gemini 12 was launched with Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and James Lovell. Aldrin's space walk was claimed by the U.S. to prove that man could function in the vacuum of space, but Russian cosmonaut Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov had already done so on 18 March 1965 - 20 months before the U.S.
1971: The U.S. ratified a treaty to return the island of Okinawa to Japan (although the U.S. maintains large military bases in Japan to this day).
1972: The U.S. turned over its large base at Long Binh to the South Vietnamese, symbolizing the end of direct U.S. participation in the Vietnam Civil War.
Vietnam is an ancient nation (with a history that extends to the third century BC) that was divided into "North" and "South" by foreign invaders from the 1940s (when it became "French Indochina") to the 1970s. It was then restored to a single, independent nation as it had been for centuries (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).
1973: A cease-fire agreement was signed between Israel and Egypt (see also A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1975: The African nation of Angola became independent from Portugal (see also The Origin Of Politics and Republics).
1982: Polish "Solidarity" union leader Lech Walesa was released from 11 months of detention in a state-owned hunting lodge.
1992: The Church of England voted to allow women to be ordained as priests. Women were already allowed to become priests in 11 branches of the Anglican Church, including Canada and the U.S. (the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, the British Monarch, is also at the present time a woman, Queen Elizabeth II).