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2) January

1 January- Commentary here Links to events below on this day

1 January 1863: Lincoln's Emacipation Proclamation

2 January Commentary 1 here, Commentary 2 here

3 January- On this day. Commentary here Links to events below

5 January- On this day. Commentary here Links to events below

5 January 1895: Alfred Dreyfus stripped of rank

18 January- On this day. Commentary here

1 January 1863: Slave Emacipation Proclamation During American Civil War

Though England had already virtually abolished slavery in its dominions in 1833, there were many slaves in the Americas. Abraham Lincoln made the proclaimation which he knew was against majority opinion, under his authority as a military commander. It might have helped the Union, as freed slaves joined the cause. Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address of November 1863 spoke of it as "new birth of freedom". But the theme of the three readings of January 1 is 'the book of the generations'

Genesis 1 "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."(1) "God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" underlining that all men are one blood, and created by God. "God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea,.. fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth."(26-28) but not to oppress others made also after the 'likness'.

Psalm 2 "He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh:..Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, 'Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.'" (4-8) The day was one of joy and laughter, that day people were new born as free. Though there is no other freedom than that obtained in being born again, though the son.

Matthew 1|2 "The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham"(1), which was a time of rejoicing as "The star went before them, 'When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.'(9-10)to top

5 January 1895: Alfred Dreyfus stripped of Rank in France

In a case which exposed anti-Semitism in France, Dreyfus was wrongfully convicted of espionage. The events of the day when he was publically removed from being an officer also exposed anti-semitism. On each anniversary these words regarding making judgment and the role of the sons of Shem might be pondered.

Genesis 9 And he said, "Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. (Gen 9:26-27)

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