Daily Tidbits 1/16/12 – Martin Luther King Jr.

Today (1/16/12) is the day which has been chosen to remember Martin Luther King Jr. and his work in the civil rights movement.

Just as with Abraham Lincoln, the meaning of Martin Luther King’s name displays the work which the Almighty did through him.

Martin:
Martin traces back to the Roman name ‘Martinus’ which is a derivitave of ‘Martis’ which is in the ‘genitive case’ of the name Mars.  This word is related to the Latin word ‘mas’ which means a male.  In Roman mythology Mars is the god of war.  Warfare began in the beginning with the first male Adam and his decision to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

This is seen in the punishment of the Most High that Adam would have to eat bread by the sweat of his brow.

Gen 3:19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until your return to the ground. For you have been taken out of it; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

Bread is linked to warfare:

The war is over through the resurrection in Christ (Job 14:14) when He gives us bread without toil (Revelation 2:17; John 6:48-51)

This decision brought warfare to the earth.  It is interesting to note that in Hebrew, the planet Mars is called מאדים ‘madeeym’ which literally means the red planet.  The connection here to Adam is clear.

Gen 2:7  And Jehovah God formed the man (אדם ‘adam’) out of dust from the ground (אדמה ‘adamah’), and blew into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Luther:
Luther comes from the Germanic name Leuthar which is a combination of ‘leud’ meaning people and ‘hari’ meaning an army.  Again a connection to warfare mentioned above.

Job 14:14  If a man dies, will he revive? All the days of my warfare (KJV appointed time) I will wait, until my change comes.

The word here is צבא ‘tseva’ which means an army or host.

A cognate of צבא ‘tseva’ is יצב ‘yatsav’ which means standing firm for truth.

Those who have studied the life of Martin Luther King Jr. see this clearly.  Imprisoned and persecuted he stood firm for the truth that all men are created equal.  This is the essence of the Gospel.

Rom 10:12  For there is no difference both of Jew and of Greek, for the same Lord of all is rich toward all the ones calling on Him.
Gal 3:26  for you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27  For as many as were baptized into Christ, you put on Christ.
Gal 3:28  There cannot be Jew nor Greek, there is no slave nor freeman, there is no male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:29  And if you are of Christ, then you are a seed of Abraham, even heirs according to promise.
Col 3:11  where there is no Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, foreigner, Scythian, slave or freeman, but Christ is all things and in all.

The Gospel is brought by an army
Psa 68:11  Jehovah gave the Word; the bearers (Hebrew בסר ‘basar’ means gospel) of it were a great army (צבא ‘tseba’).

King:

The English word ‘king’ comes from and Old English word ‘cyning’ which means a leader of a people from ‘cyn’ which means a family or race.  ‘Cyn’ is also the origin of the English word ‘kin’ which means family.  This word traces back further to the Hebrew word כהן ‘kahan’ which means a priest.  A priest is pictured by a firm pillar which holds up a structure as a priest was to be a firm foundation for the community.

Here we see that the concept of priest traces back to the picture of tree whose foundation is firm and sure.

Racism:

Biblically, race is not defined by color.  Race is defined by what nature you are.  You are either in Christ or you are not.  You are either for Him or against Him.  You are either the seed of the woman or the seed of the serpent.  You are either sprinkled by the blood of Messiah (Isaiah 52:15; Hebrew 10:22) or you are still covered in the garments of sinful flesh.

1Pe 2:9  But you are “an elect race,” “a royal priesthood,” “a holy nation,” “a people for possession,” so that “you may openly speak of the virtues” of the One who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; LXX-Ex. 23:22; MT-Ex. 19:5, 6

In Hebrew the word for race is גזע ‘geza,’ which means the stock/root of a tree.

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גּזע
geza‛
BDB Definition:
1) stem, trunk, stock (of trees)

Who is the root of Israel?  Christ Jesus
Rom 11:16  For if the firstfruit (1 Corinthians 15:52 -Messiah) be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root (Isaiah 6:13; Galatians 3:16 – Messiah) be holy, so are the branches (John 15:5).
Isa 11:1  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem (גזע ‘geza’) of Jesse, and a Branch{נצר ‘netser’} shall grow out of his roots:

נצר ‘netser’  is the origin of the name ‘Christian’.

The following prophecy is speaking of the Messiah and the 7 Spirits which rest upon Him (Revelation 4:5; 5:6), corresponding to the 7 Branches of the Menorah.

Isa 11:2  And the Spirit of Jehovah shall rest on Him; He will have the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and power, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Jehovah.
Isa 11:3  And He is made to breathe in the fear of Jehovah. But He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears.

The other root spoken of in Scripture is the root of the serpent.
Isa 14:29  Do not rejoice, O Philistia, all of you, for the rod of your striking is broken, because a viper comes forth from the root of a snake, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.

Notice that from the root of a snake comes for the fruit of a serpent.  Above, from the root of Jesse comes forth the fruit of the Spirit.  This is the true meaning of race.  The seed of the woman or the seed of the serpent.  Ye shall know them by their fruits.

Mat 7:14  For narrow is the gate, and constricted is the way that leads away into life, and few are the ones finding it.
Mat 7:15  But beware of the false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inside they are plundering wolves.
Mat 7:16  From their fruits you shall know them. Do they gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?
Mat 7:17  So every good tree produces good fruits, but the corrupt tree produces evil fruits.
Mat 7:18  A good tree cannot produce evil fruits, nor a corrupt tree produce good fruits.
Mat 7:19  Every tree not producing good fruit is cut down and is thrown into fire.
Mat 7:20  Then surely from their fruits you shall know them.
Mat 7:21  Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom of Heaven, but the ones who do the will of My Father in Heaven.
Mat 7:22  Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name do many works of power?
Mat 7:23  And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; “depart from Me, those working lawlessness!” Psa. 6:8

King summed up his actions based on Matthew 25 which is the essence of the good fruit of the Tree of Life.

“I’d like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to give his life serving others. I’d like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to love somebody.

I want you to say that day that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked. I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison. And I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.”   {1968 Year in Review -}

Mat 25:31  But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
Mat 25:32  And before Him shall be gathered all the nations; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
Mat 25:33  And indeed He will set the sheep off His right, but the goats off the left hand.
Mat 25:34  Then the King will say to those on His right, Come, the blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
Mat 25:35  For I hungered, and you gave Me food to eat; I thirsted, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you took Me in;

Interestingly, the word stranger in Hebrew is נכר ‘nakar’ which is the origin of the English word ‘negroe’ which comes from the Latin word ‘niger’ meaning black.

Mat 25:36  naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.
Mat 25:37  Then the righteous will answer, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungry, and fed You; or thirsting, and gave You drink?
Mat 25:38  And when did we see You a stranger, and took You in; or naked, and clothed You?
Mat 25:39  And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and came to You?
Mat 25:40  And answering, the King will say to them, Truly I say to you, In so far as you did it to one of these, the least of My brothers, you did it to Me.
Mat 25:41  Then He will also say to those on His left, Go away from Me, cursed ones, into the everlasting fire having been prepared for the Devil and his angels.
Mat 25:42  For I hungered, and you did not give Me a thing to eat. I thirsted and you did not give Me a thing to drink;
Mat 25:43  I was a stranger, and you did not take Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.
Mat 25:44  Then they also will answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungering, or thirsting, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to You?
Mat 25:45  Then He will answer them, saying, Truly I say to you, In so far as you did not do it to one of these, the least, neither did you do it to Me.
Mat 25:46  And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into everlasting life.

The portion in Matthew 25 describes the concept of ‘straightening/relieving the oppressor’ spoken of by the prophet Isaiah.

Isa 1:17  Learn to do good, seek justice, straighten the oppressor, judge the orphan, strive for the widow.

Pro 31:9  Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the poor and needy.

This is how we come to know the Most High.

Jer 22:15  Do you reign because you lust to excel in cedar? Did not your father eat and drink and do justice and righteousness? Then it was well for him.
Jer 22:16  He judged the cause of the poor and needy, then it was well. Was this not to know Me, says Jehovah?

Jer 9:24  But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am Jehovah, doing kindness, justice and righteousness in the earth; for I delight in these, says Jehovah.

ONE BLOOD

Gen 2:7  And Jehovah God formed the man  (אדם ‘adam’) out of dust (אפר ‘aphar’) from the ground, and blew into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

“Through studies such as the IGY (International Geophysical Year), we now know that relatively few elements compose most of the earth’s outer crust, including the layers beneath the oceans.  Silicon, oxygen, hydrogen, and aluminum amount for more than 90 percent of the composition of this layers.  Of even greater significance is the discovery that two of those four elements – hydrogen and oxygen – also account for more than 99 percent of our bodies as well!”  {The God Code – Gregg Braden pg 84}

Man is further linked to the earth in the word for man (אדם ‘adam’), and the word for ground (אדמה ‘adamah’).

אדם ‘adam’/אדמה ‘adamah’ comes from the root:

From one blood all mankind comes forth.  In Adam, all the colors of the dust dwelt.

Act 17:26  And He made every nation of men of one blood, to live on all the face of the earth, ordaining fore-appointed seasons and boundaries of their dwelling,
Act 17:27  to seek the Lord, if perhaps they might feel after Him and might find Him, though indeed He not being far from each one of us.
Act 17:28  For in Him we live and move and exist, as also some of the poets among you have said, For we are also His offspring.

In the 2nd Adam (1 Corinthians 15:47), there is no difference in color, race, etc.

Col 3:10  and having put on the new, having been renewed in full knowledge according to the image of the One creating him,
Col 3:11  where there is no Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, foreigner, Scythian, slave or freeman, but Christ is all things and in all.
Col 3:12  Therefore, as elect ones of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassions, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering,

Rom 10:12  For there is no difference both of Jew and of Greek, for the same Lord of all is rich toward all the ones calling on Him.

Gal 3:26  for you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27  For as many as were baptized into Christ, you put on Christ.
Gal 3:28  There cannot be Jew nor Greek, there is no slave nor freeman, there is no male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:29  And if you are of Christ, then you are a seed of Abraham, even heirs according to promise.

4 Skin colors – 4 Soil Colors

The four skin tones, pink, yellow, olive and brown, correspond to the 4 colors found in soil.  Soil is found in white, red, yellow and brown colors.

Adam, who came from the ground (אדמה ‘adamah’) was the father of all mankind.  Later this was replayed in Noah.

Gen 9:18  And the sons of Noah that went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And Ham is the father of Canaan.
Gen 9:19  These are the three sons of Noah, and the whole earth was overspread from them.

Gen 9:20  And Noah, a man of the ground (adamah), began and planted a vineyard.

From Shem, Ham and Japheth the world was overspread/scattered into 70 nations (Genesis 10).  These 70 nations were divided according to the children of Israel (Deuteronomy 32:8).

Deu 32:8  when the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance; when He separated the sons of Adam, He set up the bounds of the peoples, according to the number of the sons of Israel.

Amazingly, the taxonomy of soil divides the types of dirt into twelve.

Alfisols, Andisols, Aridsols, Entisols, Gelisols, Histosols, Inceptisols, Mollisols, Oxisols, Spodosols, Ultisols, Vertisols.

Israel is a coat of many colors

Gen 37:3  Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

colours:  ‘Kethoneth passim’, a coat made of stripes of different coloured cloth.

The Scriptures, as well as tradition speaks of Israel having different shades of skin color.

The Tribes – Yair Davidy

Genesis Rabah 98:5 says that Simeon and Levi were light colored types
Mishna Negaim 2:1 says that Israelites (in this case Jews of Judah) are mainly of an intermediate type color being neither black (Cushi) or white (Germani)
Genesis Rabah 86:3 says that Joseph was Germani Talmud Sota 36 describes him as having a face like a pink rose
Esau was ruddy/red/blonde Gen 25:25 as was David 1 Samuel 16:2
Laban means white or blonde
The Shepherdess in Song of Solomon was black and comely Son 1:6

Interestingly, color further connects to Israel in the numbers of 7 and 12.  There are 7 colors in the color spectrum which corresponds to the 7 branches of the Menorah.  The Menorah is a picture of the body of Messiah {Revelation 1:20; John 15:5}.  The 7 colors then expand into 12 color hues of the color wheel.

‘I Have a Dream’

Martin Luther King’s most famous speech was the ‘I Have a Dream Speech’ given at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.


“I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.  {Matthew 27:24-27 – Messiah is the only Rock which makes this a reality, He gathers all together as one as mentioned above on the section on race}

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.

We cannot turn back.  {2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 3:13-15}

There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: “For Whites Only.” We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until “justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.” {Amos 5:24}

Amo 5:14  Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so Jehovah the God of Hosts shall be with you, as you have spoken.
Amo 5:15  Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate. It may be that Jehovah the God of Hosts will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
Amo 5:23  Take away from Me the noise of your songs; and I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments.
Amo 5:24  But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest — quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.” {Isaiah 40:4-5}

Isa 40:3  The voice of him who cries in the wilderness: Prepare the way of Jehovah; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. {In Scripture this is applied to John the Baptist.  What was the message of John the Baptist? ‘Race’ is irrelevant.  All that matters is your faith in the Most High. Matthew 3:9; Luke 3:8}
Isa 40:4  Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the knoll shall be a level place, and the rough places a plain.
Isa 40:5  And the glory of Jehovah shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of Jehovah has spoken. {Who is the Glory of the LORD?  Christ (Revelation 21:23)…the one who gathers all mankind together (John 11:52)}
Isa 40:6  A voice said, Cry! And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all its grace as the flower of the field!
Isa 40:7  The grass withers, the flower fades because the Spirit of Jehovah blows on it. Surely the people is grass.
Isa 40:8  The grass withers; the flower fades; but the Word of our God shall rise forever.  {For the connection between grass & race see Messiah in the Torah: Genesis 1:9-13}
Isa 40:9  Go up for yourself on the high mountain, one bearing good news to Zion; lift up your voice with strength, one bearing good news to Jerusalem. Lift up, do not fear. Say to the cities of Judah, Behold! Your God!
Isa 40:10  Behold, the Lord Jehovah will come with strength, and His arm rules for Him. Behold, His reward is with Him, and His wage before Him.

Isaiah 40:10 links to Isaiah 62:10-12.

Isa 62:10  Pass! Pass through the gates; prepare the way of the people! Raise up! Raise up the highway; clear it from stones; lift up a banner over the peoples.

The word for pass in verse 10 is עבר ‘avar’ which is the root of the word עברים ‘ivrim’ which is transliterated as ‘Hebrew.’  This is the job of a Hebrew, to move on from the past and press on to the mark of the high calling of Messiah {Philippians 3:13-15}, to be priests of the message of the Gospel  that all are in slavery to sin but are given the opportunity to be free in Messiah.  In Him there is no longer Jew or gentile, slave or free.  All are one, unified in the New Covenant cut at Calvary.

The Hebrew word for the Hebrew language is עברית ‘ivrit.’  עברית comes from the root בר which means ‘pure.’  Hebrew breaks down pictographically as thus:

ע ayin means to see
בר bet-resh is the word for Son
י yod is a hand
ת tav is a cross

The pictographs of the word עברית ‘ivrit’ (Hebrew) means to ‘see the Son with hands on the cross.’  The Hebrew language and people were designed to reveal the Gospel.  It is through the work of Messiah on the cross that all mankind is brought back to the Father.

Joh 12:32  And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all to Myself.
Isa 62:11  Behold, Jehovah has made it to be heard to the end of the earth; Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold! Your salvation comes! Behold! His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.
Isa 62:12  And they shall call them, The Holy People, the Redeemed of Jehovah. And to you it shall be called, Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.

Rev 22:12  And, behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to each as his work is.
Rev 22:13  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, the First and the Last.
Rev 22:14  Blessed are the ones doing His commands, that their authority will be over the Tree of Life, and by the gates they may enter into the city.

Back to Martin Luther King’s speech:

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day. {This is beautiful imagery of Messiah coming to earth, the stone cut without hands (Daniel 2:34, 45) who unites mankind in harmony singing the song of true freedom}

And this will be the day — this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim’s pride, {It is interesting to note that the Founders came to the point of being willing to die at the hands of the army of England because of their belief that the Creator had given them the rights of life, liberty and property in order to propagate the Gospel to the world.  This is the Pilgrim’s pride.}

From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

But not only that:

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!

Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

Scripture likens the end of the captivity, end of slavery to sin and this world system as a dream.

Psa 126:1  A Song of Ascents. When Jehovah turned back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream.

The English word ‘change’ comes from the Hebrew word שנה ‘shanah’ which means change and is also the word for sleep, the time when dreams come.  Interestingly, another Hebrew word for change is מור ‘mor’ which has the meaning of change that comes from bitterness and grief.  מור ‘mor’ is also one of the words in Hebrew for myrrh.  What is the other word?  דרור ‘deror’ which also means freedom!

Martin Luther King – I Have A Dream Speech – August 28, 1963

Related Studies:

The Presidents Code – Racism, Civil Rights & the Word of God

 

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