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June 23 - Evening

" 'They have greatly oppressed me from my youth, let Israel say; 'they have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me. Plowmen have plowed my back and made their furrows long. But the Lord is righteous; he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.'
May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame."

- Psalms 129:1-5

They Have Greatly Oppressed Me, But They Did Not Get The Victory!

This psalm of ascent (Psalm 129) begins with the leader of the Levitical choral calling Israel to recite,

“They have greatly oppressed me from my youth!”

The pilgrims progressing into and through the temple courts would respond with the same chorus line, but add the victorious line of lyrics:

“yet they did not gain victory over me!"

Israel’s captors and oppressors are said to have cut the backs of Israelites like ploughmen cut a field with long furrows. But, the righteous god has cut them free.

God’s powerful demonstrations of historically delivering, restoring and establishing Israel is an undeniable testimony to his greatness and his plan. Or, these historical occurrences that continue into our time are, at least, troublesome events that the skeptic must repeatedly deny through 3,500 years of history.
Enecho (Gr) – to hold a grudge (Eng) – the Greek word enecho can mean:
• To hold a grudge
• To be unhappy
• To be irritated
• To be resentful
• To be liable to prosecution
• To be subject
Enecho is used in Mark 6:19 when Herodias was intent on having John the Baptist executed. Enecho is also used in Luke 11:53 where it says the scribes and Pharisees began to be enechein (enecho) towards Jesus.
Do I allow my life to be controlled by "enecho"? Do I take those grudges, resentfulness and irritations to prayer and allow God to work?

Bible Reading Descriptions Here


(morning only)

Complete Text

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Avoid legalism
Religious Liberty

The priestly mikvah on the south side of the Temple Mount on the Ophel.
(Details, Dr. Rasmussen's blog and great photo)
Diagram from Galyn's book, The Word: Apparatus for Salvation, Renewal & Maturity
(Details of book. Download book online .pdf)

Someone to Quote

"I've read the last page of the Bible, it's all going to turn out all right."
- Billy Graham

Something to Ponder

"There's a lovely Hasidic story of a rabbi who always told his people that if they studied the Torah, it would put Scripture on their hearts. One of them asked, "Why on our hearts, and not in them?" The rabbi answered, "Only God can put Scripture inside. But reading sacred text can put it on your heart, and then when your hearts break, the holy words will fall inside." 
- Anne Lamott 

Here’s a Fact

The knowledge you attain should be formulated into ideas, strategies, plans and philosophies that can be implemented in life.


"There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off."
- Proverbs 23:18

Coach’s Corner

Dreams are achieved minute by minute as you go time after time measuring inch by inch.

Jeremiah 12
New International Version (NIV)
Jeremiah’s Complaint
You are always righteous, Lord,     when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice:     Why does the way of the wicked prosper?     Why do all the faithless live at ease?

You have planted them, and they have taken root;     they grow and bear fruit. You are always on their lips     but far from their hearts.

Yet you know me, Lord;     you see me and test my thoughts about you. Drag them off like sheep to be butchered!     Set them apart for the day of slaughter!

How long will the land lie parched     and the grass in every field be withered? Because those who live in it are wicked,     the animals and birds have perished. Moreover, the people are saying,     “He will not see what happens to us.”
God’s Answer

“If you have raced with men on foot     and they have worn you out,     how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country,     how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?

Your relatives, members of your own family—     even they have betrayed you;     they have raised a loud cry against you. Do not trust them,     though they speak well of you.

“I will forsake my house,     abandon my inheritance; I will give the one I love     into the hands of her enemies.

My inheritance has become to me     like a lion in the forest. She roars at me;     therefore I hate her.

Has not my inheritance become to me     like a speckled bird of prey     that other birds of prey surround and attack? Go and gather all the wild beasts;     bring them to devour.
Many shepherds will ruin my vineyard     and trample down my field; they will turn my pleasant field     into a desolate wasteland.
It will be made a wasteland,     parched and desolate before me; the whole land will be laid waste     because there is no one who cares.
Over all the barren heights in the desert     destroyers will swarm, for the sword of the Lord will devour     from one end of the land to the other;     no one will be safe.
They will sow wheat but reap thorns;     they will wear themselves out but gain nothing. They will bear the shame of their harvest     because of the Lord’s fierce anger.”
14 This is what the Lord says: “As for all my wicked neighbors who seize the inheritance I gave my people Israel, I will uproot them from their lands and I will uproot the people of Judah from among them. 15 But after I uproot them, I will again have compassion and will bring each of them back to their own inheritance and their own country. 16 And if they learn well the ways of my people and swear by my name, saying, ‘As surely as the Lord lives’—even as they once taught my people to swear by Baal—then they will be established among my people. 17 But if any nation does not listen, I will completely uproot and destroy it,” declares the Lord.
1 Kings 14
New International Version (NIV)
Ahijah’s Prophecy Against Jeroboam
14 At that time Abijah son of Jeroboam became ill, and Jeroboam said to his wife, “Go, disguise yourself, so you won’t be recognized as the wife of Jeroboam. Then go to Shiloh. Ahijah the prophet is there—the one who told me I would be king over this people. Take ten loaves of bread with you, some cakes and a jar of honey, and go to him. He will tell you what will happen to the boy.” So Jeroboam’s wife did what he said and went to Ahijah’s house in Shiloh.
Now Ahijah could not see; his sight was gone because of his age.
But the Lord had told Ahijah, “Jeroboam’s wife is coming to ask you about her son, for he is ill, and you are to give her such and such an answer. When she arrives, she will pretend to be someone else.”
So when Ahijah heard the sound of her footsteps at the door, he said, “Come in, wife of Jeroboam. Why this pretense? I have been sent to you with bad news. Go, tell Jeroboam that this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I raised you up from among the people and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. I tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you, but you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commands and followed me with all his heart, doing only what was right in my eyes. You have done more evil than all who lived before you. You have made for yourself other gods, idols made of metal; you have aroused my anger and turned your back on me.
10 “‘Because of this, I am going to bring disaster on the house of Jeroboam. I will cut off from Jeroboam every last male in Israel—slave or free. I will burn up the house of Jeroboam as one burns dung, until it is all gone. 11 Dogs will eat those belonging to Jeroboam who die in the city, and the birds will feed on those who die in the country. The Lord has spoken!’
12 “As for you, go back home. When you set foot in your city, the boy will die. 13 All Israel will mourn for him and bury him. He is the only one belonging to Jeroboam who will be buried, because he is the only one in the house of Jeroboam in whom the Lord, the God of Israel, has found anything good.
14 “The Lord will raise up for himself a king over Israel who will cut off the family of Jeroboam. Even now this is beginning to happen. 15 And the Lord will strike Israel, so that it will be like a reed swaying in the water. He will uproot Israel from this good land that he gave to their ancestors and scatter them beyond the Euphrates River, because they aroused the Lord’s anger by making Asherah poles. 16 And he will give Israel up because of the sins Jeroboam has committed and has caused Israel to commit.”
17 Then Jeroboam’s wife got up and left and went to Tirzah. As soon as she stepped over the threshold of the house, the boy died. 18 They buried him, and all Israel mourned for him, as the Lord had said through his servant the prophet Ahijah.
19 The other events of Jeroboam’s reign, his wars and how he ruled, are written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel. 20 He reigned for twenty-two years and then rested with his ancestors. And Nadab his son succeeded him as king.
Rehoboam King of Judah
21 Rehoboam son of Solomon was king in Judah. He was forty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel in which to put his Name. His mother’s name was Naamah; she was an Ammonite.
22 Judah did evil in the eyes of the Lord. By the sins they committed they stirred up his jealous anger more than those who were before them had done. 23 They also set up for themselves high places, sacred stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree. 24 There were even male shrine prostitutes in the land; the people engaged in all the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites.
25 In the fifth year of King Rehoboam, Shishak king of Egypt attacked Jerusalem. 26 He carried off the treasures of the temple of the Lord and the treasures of the royal palace. He took everything, including all the gold shields Solomon had made. 27 So King Rehoboam made bronze shields to replace them and assigned these to the commanders of the guard on duty at the entrance to the royal palace. 28 Whenever the king went to the Lord’s temple, the guards bore the shields, and afterward they returned them to the guardroom.
29 As for the other events of Rehoboam’s reign, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? 30 There was continual warfare between Rehoboam and Jeroboam. 31 And Rehoboam rested with his ancestors and was buried with them in the City of David. His mother’s name was Naamah; she was an Ammonite. And Abijah his son succeeded him as king.

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