DayBreaks for 2/27/14 – All the Kings and Queens of History
Micah 2:13 (MSG) Then I, GOD, will burst all confinements and lead them out into the open. They’ll follow their King. I will be out in front leading them.
Statistics can be hard to come by for some things. It’s easy to get fairly accurate numbers these days for lots of things because of computer modeling, satellite imagery, electronic records, etc., but all those (especially computer modeling) is built on certain sets of assumptions. When we try to delve back into history, we encounter huge difficulties in trying to figure out how many people have ever lived on the earth or even the world population at any point in time.
Today I was asking Google this question: how many people have died in the history of the world as a result of warfare? Not surprising, the best I could get were estimations. But the numbers are pretty staggering, as is the range. It seems that somewhere between 200-700 million have died. Some of the discrepancy is due to no records or wild guesses about populations or wars fought long ago. Another factor is whether to include just those that died as direct effects of war, or whether to include those who died from disease or starvation as a result of war. Any way you look at it, the number is staggering!!!!
Why did it happen? Because some king or queen wanted something more. Those 200-700 million persons died because a king or queen (president, prime minister or whatever) ordered them to go and possibly die for their king or queen and country.
I ran across a very interesting quote by the late Chuck Colson that I want to share with you. Here it is: All the kings and queens I have known in history sent their people out to die for them. I only know one King who decided to die for his people. – Chuck Colson
What a wonderful King we have! And while martyrs have died for love of that King and his cause (which is love for His creation), they have gained a great reward….and the King first died for them!
Psalm 149:2-5 (NIV) Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. 3 Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp. 4 For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation. 5 Let the saints rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds.
PRAYER: Oh, Jesus, how humbled we are by what You have done for us! Glory to our King forever! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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