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April 30 - Morning

"In the first month of the first year of his reign, Hezekiah opened the doors of the temple of the Lord and repaired them. He brought in the priests and the Levites, assembled them in the square on the east side and said:
'Listen to me, Levites! Consecrate yourselves now and consecrate the temple of the Lord, the God of your ancestors. Remove all defilement from the sanctuary. Our fathers were unfaithful; they did evil in the eyes of the Lord our God and forsook him. They turned their faces away from the Lord’s dwelling place and turned their backs on him. They also shut the doors of the portico and put out the lamps. They did not burn incense or present any burnt offerings at the sanctuary to the God of Israel. Therefore, the anger of the Lord has fallen on Judah and Jerusalem."

- Second Chronicles 29:3-8

Hezekiah Leads Judah Back to Temple Worship of YHWH

Hezekiah, one of the sons his father Ahaz did not sacrifice in the fire, became co-regent with his father in 729 BC and became the sole king in 715 BC. Hezekiah was both a moral man and a great leader. He would rule Judah for 25 years. Hezekiah destroyed the high places, cut down the Asherah poles and even had to crush the bronze snake Moses had made in the wilderness because the people had begun to worship it. The first thing Hezekiah did as king was open the doors to the temple and begin restoring it. The priests and Levites were reorganized and given orders to prepare themselves and the temple for public worship again. When the people of Judah responded there were not enough priests to keep up with the sacrifices. Hezekiah then invited all the people, including the northern tribe, to come and celebrate the Passover. The Passover had not been celebrated by all twelve tribes of Israel since the days of Solomon over 200 years before. An enormous crowd gathered and overwhelmed the priests and the Levites who were not fully prepared.
Shakach (Hb) – Forget (Eng) – shakach is the Hebrew word that means “to forget” and it is translated every one of the 101 times it is used as “forget,” “forgets,” “forgotten,” etc. The simple meaning of shakach is clear – shakach means to forget something such as information. But, the implication is that if details and information are forgotten then the emotions or the desire to take action is also lost. So, when Jeremiah writes in 31:34 that the Lord “will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more,” he is saying not only that God has forgot the details, but that he will not recall the sins in order to take action to punish the sins he has forgotten.
I will always live life and serve the Lord in anticipation of revival and expectation of great works of God in the hearts of people.

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Concern for those that need help


Attitude of encouragement
Cook Islands

Remains of shops from New Testament times along the Western Wall of the Temple Mount under Robinson's Arch.(Details)
The four passes through the foot hills of Mount Carmel to exit or to access the Megiddo Valley (Jezreel Valley) are identified on this map along with the major local roads and the two international highways.

Someone to Quote

"My wish and desire is that people get right with God, settle the big question, and die happy knowing they will be with Jesus." - Luis Palau

Something to Ponder

The oldest nearly-complete manuscript of the Bible is the Codex Vaticanus from 325-350 AD. It is kept in the Vatican library in Rome. It may be one of the fifty Bibles Constantine ordered to be copied in 331 AD as described by church historian Eusebius (263-339) and distributed to the churches by the Bishop of Constantinople. (Details 1, 2; photo. Pages. Download Codex Vaticanus NT text .pdf facsimile)

Here’s a Fact

Amenemope and his wise sayings found in “instruction of Amenomope,” come from 1000 BC. His funeral mask and scroll have been found. Many of his thoughts found their way into Solomon’s proverbs, or vice versa.


"There are three things that are stately in their stride, four that move with stately bearing: a lion, mighty among beasts, who retreats before nothing; a strutting rooster, a he-goat, and a king secure against revolt." - Proverbs 30:29-31

Coach’s Corner

Smile, talk nice and do your job.

Judges 3
New International Version (NIV)
These are the nations the Lord left to test all those Israelites who had not experienced any of the wars in Canaan (he did this only to teach warfare to the descendants of the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience): the five rulers of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites living in the Lebanon mountains from Mount Baal Hermon to Lebo Hamath. They were left to test the Israelites to see whether they would obey the Lord’s commands, which he had given their ancestors through Moses.
The Israelites lived among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. They took their daughters in marriage and gave their own daughters to their sons, and served their gods.
The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord; they forgot the Lord their God and served the Baals and the Asherahs. The anger of the Lord burned against Israel so that he sold them into the hands of Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram Naharaim, to whom the Israelites were subject for eight years. But when they cried out to the Lord, he raised up for them a deliverer, Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, who saved them. 10 The Spirit of the Lord came on him, so that he became Israel’s judge and went to war. The Lord gave Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram into the hands of Othniel, who overpowered him. 11 So the land had peace for forty years, until Othniel son of Kenaz died.
12 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and because they did this evil the Lord gave Eglon king of Moab power over Israel. 13 Getting the Ammonites and Amalekites to join him, Eglon came and attacked Israel, and they took possession of the City of Palms. 14 The Israelites were subject to Eglon king of Moab for eighteen years.
15 Again the Israelites cried out to the Lord, and he gave them a deliverer—Ehud, a left-handed man, the son of Gera the Benjamite. The Israelites sent him with tribute to Eglon king of Moab. 16 Now Ehud had made a double-edged sword about a cubit long, which he strapped to his right thigh under his clothing. 17 He presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab, who was a very fat man. 18 After Ehud had presented the tribute, he sent on their way those who had carried it. 19 But on reaching the stone images near Gilgal he himself went back to Eglon and said, “Your Majesty, I have a secret message for you.”
The king said to his attendants, “Leave us!” And they all left.
20 Ehud then approached him while he was sitting alone in the upper room of his palace and said, “I have a message from God for you.” As the king rose from his seat, 21 Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king’s belly. 22 Even the handle sank in after the blade, and his bowels discharged. Ehud did not pull the sword out, and the fat closed in over it. 23 Then Ehud went out to the porch; he shut the doors of the upper room behind him and locked them.
24 After he had gone, the servants came and found the doors of the upper room locked. They said, “He must be relieving himself in the inner room of the palace.” 25 They waited to the point of embarrassment, but when he did not open the doors of the room, they took a key and unlocked them. There they saw their lord fallen to the floor, dead.
26 While they waited, Ehud got away. He passed by the stone images and escaped to Seirah. 27 When he arrived there, he blew a trumpet in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went down with him from the hills, with him leading them.
28 “Follow me,” he ordered, “for the Lord has given Moab, your enemy, into your hands.” So they followed him down and took possession of the fords of the Jordan that led to Moab; they allowed no one to cross over. 29 At that time they struck down about ten thousand Moabites, all vigorous and strong; not one escaped. 30 That day Moab was made subject to Israel, and the land had peace for eighty years.
31 After Ehud came Shamgar son of Anath, who struck down six hundred Philistines with an oxgoad. He too saved Israel.
1 Chronicles 28
New International Version (NIV)
David’s Plans for the Temple
28 David summoned all the officials of Israel to assemble at Jerusalem: the officers over the tribes, the commanders of the divisions in the service of the king, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of all the property and livestock belonging to the king and his sons, together with the palace officials, the warriors and all the brave fighting men.
King David rose to his feet and said: “Listen to me, my fellow Israelites, my people. I had it in my heart to build a house as a place of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, for the footstool of our God, and I made plans to build it. But God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood.’
“Yet the Lord, the God of Israel, chose me from my whole family to be king over Israel forever. He chose Judah as leader, and from the tribe of Judah he chose my family, and from my father’s sons he was pleased to make me king over all Israel. Of all my sons—and the Lord has given me many—he has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. He said to me: ‘Solomon your son is the one who will build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father. I will establish his kingdom forever if he is unswerving in carrying out my commands and laws, as is being done at this time.’
“So now I charge you in the sight of all Israel and of the assembly of the Lord, and in the hearing of our God: Be careful to follow all the commands of the Lord your God, that you may possess this good land and pass it on as an inheritance to your descendants forever.
“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. 10 Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.”
11 Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the portico of the temple, its buildings, its storerooms, its upper parts, its inner rooms and the place of atonement. 12 He gave him the plans of all that the Spirit had put in his mind for the courts of the temple of the Lord and all the surrounding rooms, for the treasuries of the temple of God and for the treasuries for the dedicated things. 13 He gave him instructions for the divisions of the priests and Levites, and for all the work of serving in the temple of the Lord, as well as for all the articles to be used in its service. 14 He designated the weight of gold for all the gold articles to be used in various kinds of service, and the weight of silver for all the silver articles to be used in various kinds of service: 15 the weight of gold for the gold lampstands and their lamps, with the weight for each lampstand and its lamps; and the weight of silver for each silver lampstand and its lamps, according to the use of each lampstand; 16 the weight of gold for each table for consecrated bread; the weight of silver for the silver tables; 17 the weight of pure gold for the forks, sprinkling bowls and pitchers; the weight of gold for each gold dish; the weight of silver for each silver dish; 18 and the weight of the refined gold for the altar of incense. He also gave him the plan for the chariot, that is, the cherubim of gold that spread their wings and overshadow the ark of the covenant of the Lord.
19 “All this,” David said, “I have in writing as a result of the Lord’s hand on me, and he enabled me to understand all the details of the plan.”
20 David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished. 21 The divisions of the priests and Levites are ready for all the work on the temple of God, and every willing person skilled in any craft will help you in all the work. The officials and all the people will obey your every command.”
Psalm 102-103
New International Version (NIV)
Psalm 102
A prayer of an afflicted person who has grown weak and pours out a lament before the Lord.

Hear my prayer, Lord;     let my cry for help come to you.

Do not hide your face from me     when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me;     when I call, answer me quickly.

For my days vanish like smoke;     my bones burn like glowing embers.

My heart is blighted and withered like grass;     I forget to eat my food.

In my distress I groan aloud     and am reduced to skin and bones.

I am like a desert owl,     like an owl among the ruins.

I lie awake; I have become     like a bird alone on a roof.

All day long my enemies taunt me;     those who rail against me use my name as a curse.

For I eat ashes as my food     and mingle my drink with tears
because of your great wrath,     for you have taken me up and thrown me aside.
My days are like the evening shadow;     I wither away like grass.
But you, Lord, sit enthroned forever;     your renown endures through all generations.
You will arise and have compassion on Zion,     for it is time to show favor to her;     the appointed time has come.
For her stones are dear to your servants;     her very dust moves them to pity.
The nations will fear the name of the Lord,     all the kings of the earth will revere your glory.
For the Lord will rebuild Zion     and appear in his glory.
He will respond to the prayer of the destitute;     he will not despise their plea.
Let this be written for a future generation,     that a people not yet created may praise the Lord:
“The Lord looked down from his sanctuary on high,     from heaven he viewed the earth,
to hear the groans of the prisoners     and release those condemned to death.”
So the name of the Lord will be declared in Zion     and his praise in Jerusalem
when the peoples and the kingdoms     assemble to worship the Lord.
In the course of my life he broke my strength;     he cut short my days.
So I said: “Do not take me away, my God, in the midst of my days;     your years go on through all generations.
In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth,     and the heavens are the work of your hands.
They will perish, but you remain;     they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them     and they will be discarded.
But you remain the same,     and your years will never end.
The children of your servants will live in your presence;     their descendants will be established before you.”
Psalm 103
Of David.

Praise the Lord, my soul;     all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

Praise the Lord, my soul,     and forget not all his benefits—

who forgives all your sins     and heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the pit     and crowns you with love and compassion,

who satisfies your desires with good things     so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works righteousness     and justice for all the oppressed.

He made known his ways to Moses,     his deeds to the people of Israel:

The Lord is compassionate and gracious,     slow to anger, abounding in love.

He will not always accuse,     nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve     or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,     so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,     so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,     so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,     he remembers that we are dust.
The life of mortals is like grass,     they flourish like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,     and its place remembers it no more.
But from everlasting to everlasting     the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,     and his righteousness with their children’s children—
with those who keep his covenant     and remember to obey his precepts.
The Lord has established his throne in heaven,     and his kingdom rules over all.
Praise the Lord, you his angels,     you mighty ones who do his bidding,     who obey his word.
Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,     you his servants who do his will.
Praise the Lord, all his works     everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the Lord, my soul.

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