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June 19 - Morning

"Praise the Lord!
Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands.

Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.

Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever.

Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.

Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice."

- Psalms 112:1-5

You Fear and Obey the Lord While the Wicked Envy and Vanish

Psalm 112 begins with “Praise the Lord” which is halelu-yah in Hebrew (Ps. 112:1). This Hebrew word occurs a total of 23 times the book of Psalms and all the uses are found between 104:35 and 150:6.
Blessing (Ps. 112:1) is the natural and ultimate outcome for the person who:
  1. Fears the Lord – honors the person and character of the Lord
  2. Finds great delight in his commands – is pleased to know and apply the Truth of God’s Word

Psalm 112:2-9 then identifies how the blessing of the Lord manifest in the life of those who fear him and delight in his commands.
  1. Offspring will be mighty and blessed. (112:2)
  2. Wealth and riches (112:3)
  3. Righteous deeds will effect eternity (112:3)
  4. In the darkness a light dawns (112:4)
  5. The Lord deals with them in grace, mercy and righteousness (112:4)
  6. They will never be moved (112:6)
  7. They will be remembered forever (112:6)
  8. They do not fear bad news (112:7)
  9. They will not be afraid (112:8)
  10. They will be triumphant (112:8)
  11. They are honored (112:9)
  12. They make the wicked angry, but the wicked vanish and perish. (112:10)

Do notice that while God blesses the righteous man who honors and obeys the Lord’s word, the wicked man is described as angry and gnashing his teeth. The image of “gnashes his teeth” is a picture of a man opening and closing his mouth over and over as he spews out his angry words so quickly that his teeth are repeatedly slapping together. This basically means the wicked man will aggressively speak abusive words against the man of God. The righteous man will continue to honor and obey the Lord while the Lord blesses him with prosperity, light and triumph in life and in eternity. But, the envious lip-flapping, teeth-gnashing, tongue-wagging wicked man will melt away with his life plans and desires unfulfilled. Then he perishes for all of eternity.
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Ys (Hb) – to go out (Eng) – When ys is used in reference to Yahweh it usually is a reference to his becoming involved in historical events (theophany):
Judges 5:4
Isaiah 26:21
Micah 1:3
Habakkuk 3:13
Zechariah 14:3
In Qumran literature
ys is a technical military term for moving armed forces. Ys is used in Micah 7:15 to refer to Israel’s ys (“departure”) from Egypt. In Ezekiel 10:18 Yhwh ys (“Yahweh departs”) from the temple.
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Do I live a righteous life? Do I delight and obey the truth of God’s Word?

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Bible Reading Descriptions Here


Complete Text

General Text

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Improved understanding of love


Spirit of Giving
Affirmative Action

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A view over the Ophel south of the Temple Mount and north of the City of David.
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In 333 a Christian visitor from Bordeaux, Gaul visited Jerusalem and wrote his account. This is a map of the details he wrote about concerning his walk through the city of Jerusalem and what he saw.
Here are some details of the Bordeaux Pilgrim and his 333 AD written account in a blog by Galyn here.

Someone to Quote

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"England has two books, the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare,but the Bible made England."
- Victor Hugo

Something to Ponder

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• The Old Testament was divided into verses by Rabbi Isaac Nathan in 1440, but it wasn’t until 1659 that Athias, a Jew from Amsterdam, made a Hebrew edition of the Old Testament with verses within Hugo’s chapters that match what we use today.
• The New Testament was divided into verses by Robert Stephanus in 1551.
• The first printed Bible divided into verses was a Latin edition by Pagninus, printed in 1528.
• The first complete English version of the Bible divided into verses was the Geneva Bible, printed in 1560.

Here’s a Fact

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A clay brick from the 500’s BC found in Ur, records Cyrus’s name in cuneiform and the following text which is in agreement with Ezra 1:1-4:
“Cyrus king of the world, king of Anshan…the great gods delivered all the lands into my hands and I made this land dwell in peace.”


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"A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense."
- Proverbs 19:11

Coach’s Corner

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Sometimes a leader needs to take the present and lead it into the future. But, sometimes the leader needs to abandon the present and hope he is followed into the future that only he sees is possible.

1 Samuel 28
New International Version (NIV)
28 In those days the Philistines gathered their forces to fight against Israel. Achish said to David, “You must understand that you and your men will accompany me in the army.”
David said, “Then you will see for yourself what your servant can do.”
Achish replied, “Very well, I will make you my bodyguard for life.”
Saul and the Medium at Endor
Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had mourned for him and buried him in his own town of Ramah. Saul had expelled the mediums and spiritists from the land.
The Philistines assembled and came and set up camp at Shunem, while Saul gathered all Israel and set up camp at Gilboa. When Saul saw the Philistine army, he was afraid; terror filled his heart. He inquired of the Lord, but the Lord did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets. Saul then said to his attendants, “Find me a woman who is a medium, so I may go and inquire of her.”
“There is one in Endor,” they said.
So Saul disguised himself, putting on other clothes, and at night he and two men went to the woman. “Consult a spirit for me,” he said, “and bring up for me the one I name.”
But the woman said to him, “Surely you know what Saul has done. He has cut off the mediums and spiritists from the land. Why have you set a trap for my life to bring about my death?”
10 Saul swore to her by the Lord, “As surely as the Lord lives, you will not be punished for this.”
11 Then the woman asked, “Whom shall I bring up for you?”
“Bring up Samuel,” he said.
12 When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out at the top of her voice and said to Saul, “Why have you deceived me? You are Saul!”
13 The king said to her, “Don’t be afraid. What do you see?”
The woman said, “I see a ghostly figure coming up out of the earth.”
14 “What does he look like?” he asked.
“An old man wearing a robe is coming up,” she said.
Then Saul knew it was Samuel, and he bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground.
15 Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?”
“I am in great distress,” Saul said. “The Philistines are fighting against me, and God has departed from me. He no longer answers me, either by prophets or by dreams. So I have called on you to tell me what to do.”
16 Samuel said, “Why do you consult me, now that the Lord has departed from you and become your enemy? 17 The Lord has done what he predicted through me. The Lord has torn the kingdom out of your hands and given it to one of your neighbors—to David. 18 Because you did not obey the Lord or carry out his fierce wrath against the Amalekites, the Lord has done this to you today. 19 The Lord will deliver both Israel and you into the hands of the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The Lord will also give the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines.”
20 Immediately Saul fell full length on the ground, filled with fear because of Samuel’s words. His strength was gone, for he had eaten nothing all that day and all that night.
21 When the woman came to Saul and saw that he was greatly shaken, she said, “Look, your servant has obeyed you. I took my life in my hands and did what you told me to do. 22 Now please listen to your servant and let me give you some food so you may eat and have the strength to go on your way.”
23 He refused and said, “I will not eat.”
But his men joined the woman in urging him, and he listened to them. He got up from the ground and sat on the couch.
24 The woman had a fattened calf at the house, which she butchered at once. She took some flour, kneaded it and baked bread without yeast. 25 Then she set it before Saul and his men, and they ate. That same night they got up and left.
Jeremiah 6
New International Version (NIV)
Jerusalem Under Siege

“Flee for safety, people of Benjamin!     Flee from Jerusalem! Sound the trumpet in Tekoa!     Raise the signal over Beth Hakkerem! For disaster looms out of the north,     even terrible destruction.

I will destroy Daughter Zion,     so beautiful and delicate.

Shepherds with their flocks will come against her;     they will pitch their tents around her,     each tending his own portion.”

“Prepare for battle against her!     Arise, let us attack at noon! But, alas, the daylight is fading,     and the shadows of evening grow long.

So arise, let us attack at night     and destroy her fortresses!”
This is what the Lord Almighty says:
“Cut down the trees     and build siege ramps against Jerusalem. This city must be punished;     it is filled with oppression.

As a well pours out its water,     so she pours out her wickedness. Violence and destruction resound in her;     her sickness and wounds are ever before me.

Take warning, Jerusalem,     or I will turn away from you and make your land desolate     so no one can live in it.”
This is what the Lord Almighty says:
“Let them glean the remnant of Israel     as thoroughly as a vine; pass your hand over the branches again,     like one gathering grapes.”
To whom can I speak and give warning?     Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed     so they cannot hear. The word of the Lord is offensive to them;     they find no pleasure in it.
But I am full of the wrath of the Lord,     and I cannot hold it in.
“Pour it out on the children in the street
    and on the young men gathered together; both husband and wife will be caught in it,     and the old, those weighed down with years.
Their houses will be turned over to others,     together with their fields and their wives, when I stretch out my hand     against those who live in the land,” declares the Lord.
“From the least to the greatest,     all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike,     all practice deceit.
They dress the wound of my people     as though it were not serious. ‘Peace, peace,’ they say,     when there is no peace.
Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct?     No, they have no shame at all;     they do not even know how to blush. So they will fall among the fallen;     they will be brought down when I punish them,” says the Lord.
16 This is what the Lord says:
“Stand at the crossroads and look;     ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it,     and you will find rest for your souls.     But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
I appointed watchmen over you and said,     ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’     But you said, ‘We will not listen.’
Therefore hear, you nations;     you who are witnesses,     observe what will happen to them.
Hear, you earth:     I am bringing disaster on this people,     the fruit of their schemes, because they have not listened to my words     and have rejected my law.
What do I care about incense from Sheba     or sweet calamus from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable;     your sacrifices do not please me.”
21 Therefore this is what the Lord says:
“I will put obstacles before this people.     Parents and children alike will stumble over them;     neighbors and friends will perish.”
22 This is what the Lord says:
“Look, an army is coming     from the land of the north; a great nation is being stirred up     from the ends of the earth.
They are armed with bow and spear;     they are cruel and show no mercy. They sound like the roaring sea     as they ride on their horses; they come like men in battle formation     to attack you, Daughter Zion.”
We have heard reports about them,     and our hands hang limp. Anguish has gripped us,     pain like that of a woman in labor.
Do not go out to the fields     or walk on the roads, for the enemy has a sword,     and there is terror on every side.
Put on sackcloth, my people,     and roll in ashes; mourn with bitter wailing     as for an only son, for suddenly the destroyer     will come upon us.
“I have made you a tester of metals     and my people the ore, that you may observe     and test their ways.
They are all hardened rebels,     going about to slander. They are bronze and iron;     they all act corruptly.
The bellows blow fiercely     to burn away the lead with fire, but the refining goes on in vain;     the wicked are not purged out.
They are called rejected silver,     because the Lord has rejected them.”
Genesis 22-23
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Abraham Tested
22 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”
19 Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.
Nahor’s Sons
20 Some time later Abraham was told, “Milkah is also a mother; she has borne sons to your brother Nahor: 21 Uz the firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel (the father of Aram), 22 Kesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph and Bethuel.” 23 Bethuel became the father of Rebekah. Milkah bore these eight sons to Abraham’s brother Nahor. 24 His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also had sons: Tebah, Gaham, Tahash and Maakah.
The Death of Sarah
23 Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old. She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her.
Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites. He said, “I am a foreigner and stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead.”
The Hittites replied to Abraham, “Sir, listen to us. You are a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will refuse you his tomb for burying your dead.”
Then Abraham rose and bowed down before the people of the land, the Hittites. He said to them, “If you are willing to let me bury my dead, then listen to me and intercede with Ephron son of Zohar on my behalf so he will sell me the cave of Machpelah, which belongs to him and is at the end of his field. Ask him to sell it to me for the full price as a burial site among you.”
10 Ephron the Hittite was sitting among his people and he replied to Abraham in the hearing of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of his city. 11 “No, my lord,” he said. “Listen to me; I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it. I give it to you in the presence of my people. Bury your dead.”
12 Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land 13 and he said to Ephron in their hearing, “Listen to me, if you will. I will pay the price of the field. Accept it from me so I can bury my dead there.”
14 Ephron answered Abraham, 15 “Listen to me, my lord; the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver, but what is that between you and me? Bury your dead.”
16 Abraham agreed to Ephron’s terms and weighed out for him the price he had named in the hearing of the Hittites: four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weight current among the merchants.
17 So Ephron’s field in Machpelah near Mamre—both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field—was deeded 18 to Abraham as his property in the presence of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of the city. 19 Afterward Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah near Mamre (which is at Hebron) in the land of Canaan. 20 So the field and the cave in it were deeded to Abraham by the Hittites as a burial site.

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