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June 28 - Morning

"His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;
the Lord delights in those who fear him,
who put their hope in his unfailing love."

- Psalms 147:10-11

How to Impress the Lord

 Because of verse 147:2 it is assumed this psalm was written after Israel’s 537 BC return to Jerusalem from Babylonian captivity:

“The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel.” - Psalm 147:2

Psalm 147 praises God for his comfort, his wisdom, his power and his provisions In 147:3-9. In 147:10-11 men are admonished, particularly the men who have returned to restore Israel. After the first 9 verses acknowledge and thank the Lord verses 10 and 11 identify what does not impress the Lord and what does impress the Lord.

The Lord is NOT impressed with these two things about men (Psalm 147:10):
  1. Men’s physical strength (example: leg muscle and mobility)
  2. Men’s ability to harness and control the powers of nature (example: the horse).

But, we are told that the Lord IS impressed with these two things about men (Psalm 147:11):
  1. Men who fear him (example: instead of fearing other men and their ability, or being impressed with their own self.)
  2. Men who long for the Lord’s kindness (example: the provisions he is thanked for in 147:3-9)
Hsh (Hb) – To Take Shelter (Eng) - The basic meaning of the root word hsh is “to hide oneself.” The verb form of hsh is combined with yhwh (Yahweh) in the Psalms as “I hide myself in you (Yahweh)” and “I trust you (Yahweh)”.
Psalm 7:2
Psalm 11:1
Psalm 16:1
Psalm 25:20
Psalm 31:2
Psalm 57:2
Psalm 71:1
Psalm 141:8
I will put my hope in His unfailing love!!

Bible Reading Descriptions Here


Complete Text

General Text


Concern for those that need help


People accepting Christ and receiving the New Birth
Military Generals

The Philistine city of Gath is visible on a clearer day from Azekah in the land of Judah.
The Madaba Map found in a Byzantine church mosaic in Jordan provides details of 500 AD Jerusalem.

The Madaba map from the 500's AD shows the main Roman road called the Cardo with the most important Christian churches in relation to the Cardo. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher is shown with its basilica built in front of Calvary so that it extends all the way to the Cardo. Also, shown on the map are the Nea Church, the Siloam Church and the Zion Church. On Easter each year during the Byzantine era, a very large procession began at the Nea Church and progressed down the Cardo Street to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Someone to Quote

"Perhaps God brings us to the end of our resources so we can discover the vastness of His."
- Neil Anderson

Something to Ponder

Bible Trivia

  • Luke was the only Gentile writer. The others were Jews.
  • The Bible was written over a period of about 1600 years but may include documents from over a 4,000 year period.
  • The Bible was written over a period of 40 generations.
  • The Bible was written in different places - wilderness, dungeon, palaces, prison, homes and more.
  • The Bible was written on three continents - Asia, Africa, and Europe.
  • The Bible was written in three languages - Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.
  • The first translation of the Bible into English was initiated by John Wycliffe and completed by John Purvey in 1388.
  • The Bible was divided into chapters (which are used yet today) by Archbishop Stephen Langton in 1226 at the University of Paris.
  • Between 1244 and 1248, Cardinal Hugo de-sancto-Caro also devised a systematic chapter division of the Bible.
  • The Gutenberg Bible was the first book printed with movable metal type. It was printed by Johannes Gutenberg in 1456, in Mainz, Germany.
  • There are over 2,930 different people mentioned in the Bible.
  • There are over 1,551 geographical sites mentioned in the Bible.
  • The Bible includes poetry, prose, history, romance, biography, mystery and more.
  • There are many different forms of writing material mentioned in the Bible: stone, dirt, clay, wood, papyrus, parchment, leather.
  • Number of languages the Bible has been translated into: over 2,123
  • Number of languages with a completed Bible translation: 349
  • Number of languages with a New Testament: 841
  • The average American home has 4 Bibles.
  • Almost every American home has at least one Bible.

Here’s a Fact

Archaeologists have discovered that the City of David, the original city of Jerusalem built on the ancient core, had been built on a series of ascending terraces by building a retaining wall and “filling” to create space to build the expanding city. The Hebrew word for “filling” or “fill” is millo. Residences for the people and government buildings were then built on the millo. This confirms 2 Samuel 5:9 where the Hebrew word millo is translated "terraces."


"If anyone turns a deaf ear to the law, even his prayers are detestable."
- Proverbs 28:9

Coach’s Corner

A man of true greatness is not intimidated or threatened by the greatness in others. Instead, a man of true greatness recognizes the potential in others and encourages it to become great.

2 Samuel 6
New International Version (NIV)
The Ark Brought to Jerusalem
David again brought together all the able young men of Israel—thirty thousand. He and all his men went to Baalah in Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the Name, the name of the Lord Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim on the ark. They set the ark of God on a new cart and brought it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cart with the ark of God on it, and Ahio was walking in front of it. David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the Lord, with castanets, harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals.
When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down, and he died there beside the ark of God.
Then David was angry because the Lord’s wrath had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah.
David was afraid of the Lord that day and said, “How can the ark of the Lord ever come to me?” 10 He was not willing to take the ark of the Lord to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 11 The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the Lord blessed him and his entire household.
12 Now King David was told, “The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God.” So David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing. 13 When those who were carrying the ark of the Lord had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf. 14 Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, 15 while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.
16 As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart.
17 They brought the ark of the Lord and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and David sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before the Lord. 18 After he had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord Almighty. 19 Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each person in the whole crowd of Israelites, both men and women. And all the people went to their homes.
20 When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”
21 David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. 22 I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”
23 And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.
Jeremiah 46
New International Version (NIV)
A Message About Egypt
46 This is the word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the nations:
Concerning Egypt:
This is the message against the army of Pharaoh Necho king of Egypt, which was defeated at Carchemish on the Euphrates River by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah:

“Prepare your shields, both large and small,     and march out for battle!

Harness the horses,     mount the steeds! Take your positions     with helmets on! Polish your spears,     put on your armor!

What do I see?     They are terrified, they are retreating,     their warriors are defeated. They flee in haste     without looking back,     and there is terror on every side,” declares the Lord.

“The swift cannot flee     nor the strong escape. In the north by the River Euphrates     they stumble and fall.

“Who is this that rises like the Nile,     like rivers of surging waters?

Egypt rises like the Nile,     like rivers of surging waters. She says, ‘I will rise and cover the earth;     I will destroy cities and their people.’

Charge, you horses!     Drive furiously, you charioteers! March on, you warriors—men of Cush and Put who carry shields,     men of Lydia who draw the bow.
But that day belongs to the Lord, the Lord Almighty—     a day of vengeance, for vengeance on his foes. The sword will devour till it is satisfied,     till it has quenched its thirst with blood. For the Lord, the Lord Almighty, will offer sacrifice     in the land of the north by the River Euphrates.
“Go up to Gilead and get balm,     Virgin Daughter Egypt. But you try many medicines in vain;     there is no healing for you.
The nations will hear of your shame;     your cries will fill the earth. One warrior will stumble over another;     both will fall down together.”
13 This is the message the Lord spoke to Jeremiah the prophet about the coming of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to attack Egypt:
“Announce this in Egypt, and proclaim it in Migdol;     proclaim it also in Memphis and Tahpanhes: ‘Take your positions and get ready,     for the sword devours those around you.’
Why will your warriors be laid low?     They cannot stand, for the Lord will push them down.
They will stumble repeatedly;     they will fall over each other. They will say, ‘Get up, let us go back     to our own people and our native lands,     away from the sword of the oppressor.’
There they will exclaim,     ‘Pharaoh king of Egypt is only a loud noise;     he has missed his opportunity.’
“As surely as I live,” declares the King,     whose name is the Lord Almighty, “one will come who is like Tabor among the mountains,     like Carmel by the sea.
Pack your belongings for exile,     you who live in Egypt, for Memphis will be laid waste     and lie in ruins without inhabitant.
“Egypt is a beautiful heifer,     but a gadfly is coming     against her from the north.
The mercenaries in her ranks     are like fattened calves. They too will turn and flee together,     they will not stand their ground, for the day of disaster is coming upon them,     the time for them to be punished.
Egypt will hiss like a fleeing serpent     as the enemy advances in force; they will come against her with axes,     like men who cut down trees.
They will chop down her forest,” declares the Lord,     “dense though it be. They are more numerous than locusts,     they cannot be counted.
Daughter Egypt will be put to shame,     given into the hands of the people of the north.”
25 The Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “I am about to bring punishment on Amon god of Thebes, on Pharaoh, on Egypt and her gods and her kings, and on those who rely on Pharaoh. 26 I will give them into the hands of those who want to kill them—Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and his officers. Later, however, Egypt will be inhabited as in times past,” declares the Lord.
“Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant;     do not be dismayed, Israel. I will surely save you out of a distant place,     your descendants from the land of their exile. Jacob will again have peace and security,     and no one will make him afraid.
Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant,     for I am with you,” declares the Lord. “Though I completely destroy all the nations     among which I scatter you,     I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you but only in due measure;     I will not let you go entirely unpunished.”
1 Kings 20
New International Version (NIV)
Ben-Hadad Attacks Samaria
20 Now Ben-Hadad king of Aram mustered his entire army. Accompanied by thirty-two kings with their horses and chariots, he went up and besieged Samaria and attacked it. He sent messengers into the city to Ahab king of Israel, saying, “This is what Ben-Hadad says: ‘Your silver and gold are mine, and the best of your wives and children are mine.’”
The king of Israel answered, “Just as you say, my lord the king. I and all I have are yours.”
The messengers came again and said, “This is what Ben-Hadad says: ‘I sent to demand your silver and gold, your wives and your children. But about this time tomorrow I am going to send my officials to search your palace and the houses of your officials. They will seize everything you value and carry it away.’”
The king of Israel summoned all the elders of the land and said to them, “See how this man is looking for trouble! When he sent for my wives and my children, my silver and my gold, I did not refuse him.”
The elders and the people all answered, “Don’t listen to him or agree to his demands.”
So he replied to Ben-Hadad’s messengers, “Tell my lord the king, ‘Your servant will do all you demanded the first time, but this demand I cannot meet.’” They left and took the answer back to Ben-Hadad.
10 Then Ben-Hadad sent another message to Ahab: “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if enough dust remains in Samaria to give each of my men a handful.”
11 The king of Israel answered, “Tell him: ‘One who puts on his armor should not boast like one who takes it off.’”
12 Ben-Hadad heard this message while he and the kings were drinking in their tents, and he ordered his men: “Prepare to attack.” So they prepared to attack the city.
Ahab Defeats Ben-Hadad
13 Meanwhile a prophet came to Ahab king of Israel and announced, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Do you see this vast army? I will give it into your hand today, and then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
14 “But who will do this?” asked Ahab.
The prophet replied, “This is what the Lord says: ‘The junior officers under the provincial commanders will do it.’”
“And who will start the battle?” he asked.
The prophet answered, “You will.”
15 So Ahab summoned the 232 junior officers under the provincial commanders. Then he assembled the rest of the Israelites, 7,000 in all. 16 They set out at noon while Ben-Hadad and the 32 kings allied with him were in their tents getting drunk. 17 The junior officers under the provincial commanders went out first.
Now Ben-Hadad had dispatched scouts, who reported, “Men are advancing from Samaria.”
18 He said, “If they have come out for peace, take them alive; if they have come out for war, take them alive.”
19 The junior officers under the provincial commanders marched out of the city with the army behind them 20 and each one struck down his opponent. At that, the Arameans fled, with the Israelites in pursuit. But Ben-Hadad king of Aram escaped on horseback with some of his horsemen. 21 The king of Israel advanced and overpowered the horses and chariots and inflicted heavy losses on the Arameans.
22 Afterward, the prophet came to the king of Israel and said, “Strengthen your position and see what must be done, because next spring the king of Aram will attack you again.”
23 Meanwhile, the officials of the king of Aram advised him, “Their gods are gods of the hills. That is why they were too strong for us. But if we fight them on the plains, surely we will be stronger than they. 24 Do this: Remove all the kings from their commands and replace them with other officers. 25 You must also raise an army like the one you lost—horse for horse and chariot for chariot—so we can fight Israel on the plains. Then surely we will be stronger than they.” He agreed with them and acted accordingly.
26 The next spring Ben-Hadad mustered the Arameans and went up to Aphek to fight against Israel. 27 When the Israelites were also mustered and given provisions, they marched out to meet them. The Israelites camped opposite them like two small flocks of goats, while the Arameans covered the countryside.
28 The man of God came up and told the king of Israel, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Because the Arameans think the Lord is a god of the hills and not a god of the valleys, I will deliver this vast army into your hands, and you will know that I am the Lord.’”
29 For seven days they camped opposite each other, and on the seventh day the battle was joined. The Israelites inflicted a hundred thousand casualties on the Aramean foot soldiers in one day. 30 The rest of them escaped to the city of Aphek, where the wall collapsed on twenty-seven thousand of them. And Ben-Hadad fled to the city and hid in an inner room.
31 His officials said to him, “Look, we have heard that the kings of Israel are merciful. Let us go to the king of Israel with sackcloth around our waists and ropes around our heads. Perhaps he will spare your life.”
32 Wearing sackcloth around their waists and ropes around their heads, they went to the king of Israel and said, “Your servant Ben-Hadad says: ‘Please let me live.’”
The king answered, “Is he still alive? He is my brother.”
33 The men took this as a good sign and were quick to pick up his word. “Yes, your brother Ben-Hadad!” they said.
“Go and get him,” the king said. When Ben-Hadad came out, Ahab had him come up into his chariot.
34 “I will return the cities my father took from your father,” Ben-Hadad offered. “You may set up your own market areas in Damascus, as my father did in Samaria.”
Ahab said, “On the basis of a treaty I will set you free.” So he made a treaty with him, and let him go.
A Prophet Condemns Ahab
35 By the word of the Lord one of the company of the prophets said to his companion, “Strike me with your weapon,” but he refused.
36 So the prophet said, “Because you have not obeyed the Lord, as soon as you leave me a lion will kill you.” And after the man went away, a lion found him and killed him.
37 The prophet found another man and said, “Strike me, please.” So the man struck him and wounded him. 38 Then the prophet went and stood by the road waiting for the king. He disguised himself with his headband down over his eyes. 39 As the king passed by, the prophet called out to him, “Your servant went into the thick of the battle, and someone came to me with a captive and said, ‘Guard this man. If he is missing, it will be your life for his life, or you must pay a talent of silver.’ 40 While your servant was busy here and there, the man disappeared.”
“That is your sentence,” the king of Israel said. “You have pronounced it yourself.”
41 Then the prophet quickly removed the headband from his eyes, and the king of Israel recognized him as one of the prophets. 42 He said to the king, “This is what the Lord says: ‘You have set free a man I had determined should die. Therefore it is your life for his life, your people for his people.’” 43 Sullen and angry, the king of Israel went to his palace in Samaria.

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