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May 31 - Morning

"Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me. Take up shield and armor; arise and come to my aid. Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me.
Say to me,
'I am your salvation.' "
- Psalms 35:1-3

The Lord is the Champion in the Courtroom and on the Battle Field

Psalm 35 is a royal psalm of the king who is seeking the Lord’s assistance both legally and militarily concerning international treaty violations. It appears a foreign power aligned with David through an international treaty is using false accusations to incite legal proceedings in hope of developing a military conflict with Israel.

Military language is used in verses 35:1-3, but reference to the inflammatory legal challenges by false witnesses creating false legal charges are found in 35:11:

“Ruthless witnesses come forward; they question me on things I know nothing about.”

Even the Hebrew word in 35:1 for “contesters” (or, “those who contend”) is yerivim which is from the Hebrew word riv meaning “a legal disputation.”

“Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me!”

David is asking for the Lord’s help in this international legal battle that has the potential of escalating into a war.

Besides being an expert in the courtroom, the Lord is also the champion on the battle field. He is described in 35:3 as:

1. The one who steadies the shield carried by the soldier
2. The one who steadies the buckler which is the large body shield carried by the armor bearer for the soldier.
3. The one who unsheathes the spear for an offensive attack from a distance
4. The one who unsheathes the sword for an offensive attack up close in hand-to-hand combat.

The phrase “I am your victory,” could be the oracle from the Lord that was received by the officiating priest. Thus, the king would have received confirmation of victory concerning the international treaty talks or assurance of victory in the case the peace negotiations failed and Israel was drawn into war. In the case of war the oracle "I am your victory" from the lips of the priest could have become the battle cry shouted by the soldiers in battle formation: “The Lord is our victory!”
Yad (Hb) – Hand (Eng) – yad is the Hebrew word that means “hand,” “side,” “alongside.” Yad is used as “border” in 2 Chr.21:6, a “bank” of a river in Daniel 10:4, and “manhood” (or, the male sex organ) in Isaiah 57:8; 57:10; 6:2 and 7:20. The main use of Yad is to refer to the hand which is part of the human body. Yad is used to refer to power in 1 Samuel 23:7 and taking an oath in Genesis 14:22 and Proverbs 11:21.
Since the Lord is the wise counselor and the mighty warrior I will turn to him for counsel, wisdom, strength and protection.

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Attitude of repentance
Illegal aliens

Details of Jerusalem's Kidron cemetery

Someone to Quote

"For a person to have great faith, that person must know great Truth."
- Galyn Wiemers

Something to Ponder

The Ministries of Christ After His Ascension

1. Head of his Body, the church - Eph. 1:20-24
  • Christ formed the church
    - 1 Cor.12:13;
    - Rm. 6:4
  • Cares for Church
    - Ep.5:26;
    - Ep.5:29;
    - Ep. 6:4
  • Equips and Gifts Church
    - Ep.4:7-8
  • Empowers Church
    - John 15:1-10;
    - John 14:17
2. Priest for Believers before God – Heb.2:18; - Heb.4:14-16; - Heb.7:25
3. Prepares a Place for Believers – John 14:1-3

Here’s a Fact

Critic of Intelligent Design:  “I have my faith too but the difference is I don’t subject you to it.”

Response: False. We are constantly subjected to atheistic and naturalistic explanations of our origins even though these explanations require a great deal of faith. Moreover, you impose your faith on others in a condescending and arrogant manner suggesting you are unaware of the assumptions on which your faith is based.


"Do you see a man who speaks in haste?
There is more hope for a fool than for him."

- Proverbs 29:20

Coach’s Corner

If you are looking for someone to let you pursue your dreams you need to stop and, instead, begin to pursue your dreams while being careful to avoid people who try to stop you.

1 Samuel 9
New International Version (NIV)
Samuel Anoints Saul
There was a Benjamite, a man of standing, whose name was Kish son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bekorath, the son of Aphiah of Benjamin. Kish had a son named Saul, as handsome a young man as could be found anywhere in Israel, and he was a head taller than anyone else.
Now the donkeys belonging to Saul’s father Kish were lost, and Kish said to his son Saul, “Take one of the servants with you and go and look for the donkeys.” So he passed through the hill country of Ephraim and through the area around Shalisha, but they did not find them. They went on into the district of Shaalim, but the donkeys were not there. Then he passed through the territory of Benjamin, but they did not find them.
When they reached the district of Zuph, Saul said to the servant who was with him, “Come, let’s go back, or my father will stop thinking about the donkeys and start worrying about us.”
But the servant replied, “Look, in this town there is a man of God; he is highly respected, and everything he says comes true. Let’s go there now. Perhaps he will tell us what way to take.”
Saul said to his servant, “If we go, what can we give the man? The food in our sacks is gone. We have no gift to take to the man of God. What do we have?”
The servant answered him again. “Look,” he said, “I have a quarter of a shekel of silver. I will give it to the man of God so that he will tell us what way to take.” (Formerly in Israel, if someone went to inquire of God, they would say, “Come, let us go to the seer,” because the prophet of today used to be called a seer.)
10 “Good,” Saul said to his servant. “Come, let’s go.” So they set out for the town where the man of God was.
11 As they were going up the hill to the town, they met some young women coming out to draw water, and they asked them, “Is the seer here?”
12 “He is,” they answered. “He’s ahead of you. Hurry now; he has just come to our town today, for the people have a sacrifice at the high place. 13 As soon as you enter the town, you will find him before he goes up to the high place to eat. The people will not begin eating until he comes, because he must bless the sacrifice; afterward, those who are invited will eat. Go up now; you should find him about this time.”
14 They went up to the town, and as they were entering it, there was Samuel, coming toward them on his way up to the high place.
15 Now the day before Saul came, the Lord had revealed this to Samuel: 16 “About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him ruler over my people Israel; he will deliver them from the hand of the Philistines. I have looked on my people, for their cry has reached me.”
17 When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the Lord said to him, “This is the man I spoke to you about; he will govern my people.”
18 Saul approached Samuel in the gateway and asked, “Would you please tell me where the seer’s house is?”
19 “I am the seer,” Samuel replied. “Go up ahead of me to the high place, for today you are to eat with me, and in the morning I will send you on your way and will tell you all that is in your heart. 20 As for the donkeys you lost three days ago, do not worry about them; they have been found. And to whom is all the desire of Israel turned, if not to you and your whole family line?”
21 Saul answered, “But am I not a Benjamite, from the smallest tribe of Israel, and is not my clan the least of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin? Why do you say such a thing to me?”
22 Then Samuel brought Saul and his servant into the hall and seated them at the head of those who were invited—about thirty in number. 23 Samuel said to the cook, “Bring the piece of meat I gave you, the one I told you to lay aside.”
24 So the cook took up the thigh with what was on it and set it in front of Saul. Samuel said, “Here is what has been kept for you. Eat, because it was set aside for you for this occasion from the time I said, ‘I have invited guests.’” And Saul dined with Samuel that day.
25 After they came down from the high place to the town, Samuel talked with Saul on the roof of his house. 26 They rose about daybreak, and Samuel called to Saul on the roof, “Get ready, and I will send you on your way.” When Saul got ready, he and Samuel went outside together. 27 As they were going down to the edge of the town, Samuel said to Saul, “Tell the servant to go on ahead of us”—and the servant did so—“but you stay here for a while, so that I may give you a message from God.”
Hosea 13
New International Version (NIV)
The Lord’s Anger Against Israel
When Ephraim spoke, people trembled;     he was exalted in Israel.     But he became guilty of Baal worship and died.

Now they sin more and more;     they make idols for themselves from their silver, cleverly fashioned images,     all of them the work of craftsmen. It is said of these people,     “They offer human sacrifices!     They kiss calf-idols!”

Therefore they will be like the morning mist,     like the early dew that disappears,     like chaff swirling from a threshing floor,     like smoke escaping through a window.

“But I have been the Lord your God     ever since you came out of Egypt. You shall acknowledge no God but me,     no Savior except me.

I cared for you in the wilderness,     in the land of burning heat.

When I fed them, they were satisfied;     when they were satisfied, they became proud;     then they forgot me.

So I will be like a lion to them,     like a leopard I will lurk by the path.

Like a bear robbed of her cubs,     I will attack them and rip them open; like a lion I will devour them—     a wild animal will tear them apart.

“You are destroyed, Israel,     because you are against me, against your helper.
Where is your king, that he may save you?     Where are your rulers in all your towns, of whom you said,     ‘Give me a king and princes’?
So in my anger I gave you a king,     and in my wrath I took him away.
The guilt of Ephraim is stored up,     his sins are kept on record.
Pains as of a woman in childbirth come to him,     but he is a child without wisdom; when the time arrives,     he doesn’t have the sense to come out of the womb.
“I will deliver this people from the power of the grave;     I will redeem them from death. Where, O death, are your plagues?     Where, O grave, is your destruction?
“I will have no compassion,

    even though he thrives among his brothers. An east wind from the Lord will come,     blowing in from the desert; his spring will fail     and his well dry up. His storehouse will be plundered     of all its treasures.
The people of Samaria must bear their guilt,     because they have rebelled against their God. They will fall by the sword;     their little ones will be dashed to the ground,     their pregnant women ripped open.”
1 Kings 3-4
New International Version (NIV)
Solomon Asks for Wisdom
Solomon made an alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt and married his daughter. He brought her to the City of David until he finished building his palace and the temple of the Lord, and the wall around Jerusalem. The people, however, were still sacrificing at the high places, because a temple had not yet been built for the Name of the Lord. Solomon showed his love for the Lord by walking according to the instructions given him by his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.
The king went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices, for that was the most important high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.
“Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. 11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. 13 Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. 14 And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.” 15 Then Solomon awoke—and he realized it had been a dream.
He returned to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the Lord’s covenant and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then he gave a feast for all his court.
A Wise Ruling
16 Now two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. 17 One of them said, “Pardon me, my lord. This woman and I live in the same house, and I had a baby while she was there with me. 18 The third day after my child was born, this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there was no one in the house but the two of us.
19 “During the night this woman’s son died because she lay on him. 20 So she got up in the middle of the night and took my son from my side while I your servant was asleep. She put him by her breast and put her dead son by my breast. 21 The next morning, I got up to nurse my son—and he was dead! But when I looked at him closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t the son I had borne.”
22 The other woman said, “No! The living one is my son; the dead one is yours.”
But the first one insisted, “No! The dead one is yours; the living one is mine.” And so they argued before the king.
23 The king said, “This one says, ‘My son is alive and your son is dead,’ while that one says, ‘No! Your son is dead and mine is alive.’”
24 Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king. 25 He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.”
26 The woman whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!”
But the other said, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!”
27 Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.”
28 When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.
Solomon’s Officials and Governors
So King Solomon ruled over all Israel. And these were his chief officials:
Azariah son of Zadok—the priest;
Elihoreph and Ahijah, sons of Shisha—secretaries;
Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud—recorder;
Benaiah son of Jehoiada—commander in chief;
Zadok and Abiathar—priests;
Azariah son of Nathan—in charge of the district governors;
Zabud son of Nathan—a priest and adviser to the king;
Ahishar—palace administrator;
Adoniram son of Abda—in charge of forced labor.
Solomon had twelve district governors over all Israel, who supplied provisions for the king and the royal household. Each one had to provide supplies for one month in the year. These are their names:
Ben-Hur—in the hill country of Ephraim;
Ben-Deker—in Makaz, Shaalbim, Beth Shemesh and Elon Bethhanan;
10 Ben-Hesed—in Arubboth (Sokoh and all the land of Hepher were his);
11 Ben-Abinadab—in Naphoth Dor (he was married to Taphath daughter of Solomon);
12 Baana son of Ahilud—in Taanach and Megiddo, and in all of Beth Shan next to Zarethan below Jezreel, from Beth Shan to Abel Meholah across to Jokmeam;
13 Ben-Geber—in Ramoth Gilead (the settlements of Jair son of Manasseh in Gilead were his, as well as the region of Argob in Bashan and its sixty large walled cities with bronze gate bars);
14 Ahinadab son of Iddo—in Mahanaim;
15 Ahimaaz—in Naphtali (he had married Basemath daughter of Solomon);
16 Baana son of Hushai—in Asher and in Aloth;
17 Jehoshaphat son of Paruah—in Issachar;
18 Shimei son of Ela—in Benjamin;
19 Geber son of Uri—in Gilead (the country of Sihon king of the Amorites and the country of Og king of Bashan). He was the only governor over the district.
Solomon’s Daily Provisions
20 The people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand on the seashore; they ate, they drank and they were happy. 21 And Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the Euphrates River to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt. These countries brought tribute and were Solomon’s subjects all his life.
22 Solomon’s daily provisions were thirty cors of the finest flour and sixty cors of meal, 23 ten head of stall-fed cattle, twenty of pasture-fed cattle and a hundred sheep and goats, as well as deer, gazelles, roebucks and choice fowl. 24 For he ruled over all the kingdoms west of the Euphrates River, from Tiphsah to Gaza, and had peace on all sides. 25 During Solomon’s lifetime Judah and Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, lived in safety, everyone under their own vine and under their own fig tree.
26 Solomon had four thousand stalls for chariot horses, and twelve thousand horses.
27 The district governors, each in his month, supplied provisions for King Solomon and all who came to the king’s table. They saw to it that nothing was lacking. 28 They also brought to the proper place their quotas of barley and straw for the chariot horses and the other horses.
Solomon’s Wisdom
29 God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. 30 Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. 31 He was wiser than anyone else, including Ethan the Ezrahite—wiser than Heman, Kalkol and Darda, the sons of Mahol. And his fame spread to all the surrounding nations. 32 He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five. 33 He spoke about plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also spoke about animals and birds, reptiles and fish. 34 From all nations people came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.

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