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June 6 - Morning

"You have rejected us, God, and burst upon us; you have been angry—now restore us! You have shaken the land and torn it open; mend its fractures, for it is quaking. You have shown your people desperate times; you have given us wine that makes us stagger. But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner to be unfurled against the bow. Save us and help us with your right hand, that those you love may be delivered.

God has spoken from his sanctuary:
'In triumph I will parcel out Shechem and measure off the Valley of Succoth. Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is my helmet, Judah is my scepter. Moab is my washbasin, on Edom I toss my sandal; over Philistia I shout in triumph.'

Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom? Is it not you, God, you who have now rejected us and no longer go out with our armies? Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless. With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies."

- Psalms 60:1-12

David Returns from the North to Face a Southern Problem

The superscript of Psalm 60 assigns this psalm to 2 Samuel 8:3-14 and 1 Chronicles 18:1-13 when David moved north into Mesopotamia (Aram-Naharaim) and marched up to the Euphrates River (2 Samuel 8:3). Aram-Zobah is on the east side of the mountains of Lebanon.

When David and his troops returned to Jerusalem from this northern campaign they found Edom had invaded the land of Judah from the south. This insurgence had occurred during the absence of David and his military while they were in the north.

According to Psalm 60, it appears that before David marched north for his campaign in Mesopotamia he had set up his defenses in Judah, and entrusted the land and the city of Jerusalem to God’s protection. But, Edom used David’s absence as an opportunity to invade Judah. The psalmist in Psalm 60 considers Edom’s military success against Judah as an indication that God was displeased with Israel, for he writes in 60:1-4:

“You have rejected us, God, and burst upon us;     you have been angry—now restore us! You have shaken the land and torn it open;     mend its fractures, for it is quaking. You have shown your people desperate times;     you have given us wine that makes us stagger. But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner     to be unfurled against the bow.”

This portion of questioning, complaining and accepting God’s discipline ends with SELAH for a time of meditation and reflection, before the writer burst into a petition for help and receives an oracle from God reclaiming his territory.

Verses 60:6-8 record the oracle from the Lord in response to the intercession of 60:5. The Lord announces that he will help David against Edom and intends to reclaim his good land and disregard the lands of Edom and Moab while triumphing over Philistia.

  • “I will parcel out Shechem” (60:6), which is the laying out of ones property for development. Shechem is in the center of Israel on the west side of the Jordan.
  • “I will measure off the Valley of Succoth” (60:6), likewise, Succoth is in the heart of Israel territory on the eastside of the Jordan. This land will be measured off, the first steps an owner takes when preparing to make plans and use their property.
  • “Gilead is mine” (60:7), not only the west side and east side of the Jordan (Shechem and Succoth), but also the land to the north on the east side is claimed by God
  • “Ephraim is my helmet” (60:7), God’s claim to this land will be defended militarily.
  • “Judah my scepter” (60:7), God plans to rule the land through the tribe of Judah.

But, concerning the surrounding foreign lands:

  • “Moab is my wash basin,” which is where a person’s feet are washed by a servant.
  • “I toss my sandal upon Edom,” which was a gesture of contempt that dismisses them as a threat and insults their culture.
  • “I shout in triumph over Philistia” (60:8)

After the oracle from the Lord, the battle into Edom is announced in 60:9 and the question is asked by David:

            “Who will bring me to (Edom’s) fortified city?               Who will lead me into Edom?”

The answer, of course, is God (60:10). With this oracle and confirmation 2 Samuel 8:13-14 was fulfilled by General Joab (see subscript Psalm 60) and his brother Abishai (see 1 Chronicles 18:12-13) as Edom was driven back and subdued by David:

“And David became famous after he returned from striking down eighteen thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt. He put garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomites became subject to David. The Lord gave David victory wherever he went.”
Ysr (Hb) – to chastise (Eng) – Ysr is a root word that has the basic idea of a parent or a teacher chastising or educating a child as an authority for the benefit of the child. Ysr is used to refer to legal punishment in Deuteronomy 22:18 and prophetic judgment in Jeremiah 2:30, Isaiah 26:16 and Zephaniah 3:2.
Have I done things that brought divine discipline and just judgment form God? I will learn from my mistakes. I will trust God’s correction and guidance. I will seek to walk in God’s ways today.

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Proclamation of the truth would be clear
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Covered water channel that connects Hezekiah's Tunnel to the Pool of Siloam. The water flows from the Gihon Springs through Hezekiah's Tunnel through this stone covered water channel and then emptied into the Pool of Siloam.
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Church of the Holy Sepulchur and floor plan diagram showing the location of Jesus' tomb.

Below is Galyn's video of the History and Introduction to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher :

Someone to Quote

"Happiness is found in the practice of virtue."
- Clement of Alexandria,
190 AD

Something to Ponder

In John 18:5-19:23 Jesus was… Betrayed by Hypocrites (18:5) Defended by Emotional men (18:10-11) Smitten by the Unreasonable (18:21-23) Denied by Cowardly men (18:25) Shunned by Self-righteous (18:28) Questioned by Power-seekers (18:33-19:1) Mocked by Frivolous men (19:20-23)

Here’s a Fact

2 Kings 18:13-14 records Assyrian king Sennacherib’s 701 BC siege of Lachish, one of Judah’s fortified cities. Assyrian wall reliefs in the palace in Nineveh (Details 1, 2) and Assyrian records from this time document the violence the Assyrians brought to Lachish. In addition to this excavations at Lachish have uncovered siege ramps piled against the city walls. These siege ramps are covered with a large amount of Assyrian arrowheads. There is a mass grave filled with about 1,600 victims from this Assyrian siege at Lachish. (Details)


"Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?
Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched?
So is he who sleeps with another man's wife;
no one who touches her will go unpunished."

- Proverbs 6:27-29

Coach’s Corner

Fishermen get wet catching fish. Labors get sweaty and mechanics get greasy. Every attempt to manipulate will cause a responsive effect in ourselves.

1 Samuel 15
New International Version (NIV)
The Lord Rejects Saul as King
15 Samuel said to Saul, “I am the one the Lord sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the Lord. This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’”
So Saul summoned the men and mustered them at Telaim—two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand from Judah. Saul went to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the ravine. Then he said to the Kenites, “Go away, leave the Amalekites so that I do not destroy you along with them; for you showed kindness to all the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt.” So the Kenites moved away from the Amalekites.
Then Saul attacked the Amalekites all the way from Havilah to Shur, near the eastern border of Egypt. He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword. But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs—everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.
10 Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel: 11 “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the Lord all that night.
12 Early in the morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul, but he was told, “Saul has gone to Carmel. There he has set up a monument in his own honor and has turned and gone on down to Gilgal.”
13 When Samuel reached him, Saul said, “The Lord bless you! I have carried out the Lord’s instructions.”
14 But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?”
15 Saul answered, “The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the Lord your God, but we totally destroyed the rest.”
16 “Enough!” Samuel said to Saul. “Let me tell you what the Lord said to me last night.”
“Tell me,” Saul replied.
17 Samuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The Lord anointed you king over Israel. 18 And he sent you on a mission, saying, ‘Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; wage war against them until you have wiped them out.’ 19 Why did you not obey the Lord? Why did you pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the Lord?”
20 “But I did obey the Lord,” Saul said. “I went on the mission the Lord assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king. 21 The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the Lord your God at Gilgal.”
22 But Samuel replied:
“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices     as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice,     and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is like the sin of divination,     and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,     he has rejected you as king.”
24 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men and so I gave in to them. 25 Now I beg you, forgive my sin and come back with me, so that I may worship the Lord.”
26 But Samuel said to him, “I will not go back with you. You have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you as king over Israel!”
27 As Samuel turned to leave, Saul caught hold of the hem of his robe, and it tore. 28 Samuel said to him, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to one of your neighbors—to one better than you. 29 He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a human being, that he should change his mind.”
30 Saul replied, “I have sinned. But please honor me before the elders of my people and before Israel; come back with me, so that I may worship the Lord your God.” 31 So Samuel went back with Saul, and Saul worshiped the Lord.
32 Then Samuel said, “Bring me Agag king of the Amalekites.”
Agag came to him in chains. And he thought, “Surely the bitterness of death is past.”
33 But Samuel said,
“As your sword has made women childless,     so will your mother be childless among women.”
And Samuel put Agag to death before the Lord at Gilgal.
34 Then Samuel left for Ramah, but Saul went up to his home in Gibeah of Saul. 35 Until the day Samuel died, he did not go to see Saul again, though Samuel mourned for him. And the Lord regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel.
Isaiah 7
New International Version (NIV)
The Sign of Immanuel
When Ahaz son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, was king of Judah, King Rezin of Aram and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel marched up to fight against Jerusalem, but they could not overpower it.
Now the house of David was told, “Aram has allied itself with Ephraim”; so the hearts of Ahaz and his people were shaken, as the trees of the forest are shaken by the wind.
Then the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out, you and your son Shear-Jashub, to meet Ahaz at the end of the aqueduct of the Upper Pool, on the road to the Launderer’s Field. Say to him, ‘Be careful, keep calm and don’t be afraid. Do not lose heart because of these two smoldering stubs of firewood—because of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram and of the son of Remaliah. Aram, Ephraim and Remaliah’s son have plotted your ruin, saying, “Let us invade Judah; let us tear it apart and divide it among ourselves, and make the son of Tabeel king over it.” Yet this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“‘It will not take place,     it will not happen,

for the head of Aram is Damascus,     and the head of Damascus is only Rezin. Within sixty-five years     Ephraim will be too shattered to be a people.

The head of Ephraim is Samaria,     and the head of Samaria is only Remaliah’s son. If you do not stand firm in your faith,     you will not stand at all.’”
10 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, 11 “Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.”
12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask; I will not put the Lord to the test.”
13 Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. 15 He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, 16 for before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste. 17 The Lord will bring on you and on your people and on the house of your father a time unlike any since Ephraim broke away from Judah—he will bring the king of Assyria.”
Assyria, the Lord’s Instrument
18 In that day the Lord will whistle for flies from the Nile delta in Egypt and for bees from the land of Assyria. 19 They will all come and settle in the steep ravines and in the crevices in the rocks, on all the thornbushes and at all the water holes. 20 In that day the Lord will use a razor hired from beyond the Euphrates River—the king of Assyria—to shave your head and private parts, and to cut off your beard also. 21 In that day, a person will keep alive a young cow and two goats. 22 And because of the abundance of the milk they give, there will be curds to eat. All who remain in the land will eat curds and honey. 23 In that day, in every place where there were a thousand vines worth a thousand silver shekels, there will be only briers and thorns. 24 Hunters will go there with bow and arrow, for the land will be covered with briers and thorns. 25 As for all the hills once cultivated by the hoe, you will no longer go there for fear of the briers and thorns; they will become places where cattle are turned loose and where sheep run.
Proverbs 10-11
New International Version (NIV)
Proverbs of Solomon
10 The proverbs of Solomon:
A wise son brings joy to his father,     but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.

Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value,     but righteousness delivers from death.

The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,     but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.

Lazy hands make for poverty,     but diligent hands bring wealth.

He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,     but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

Blessings crown the head of the righteous,     but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.

The name of the righteous is used in blessings,     but the name of the wicked will rot.

The wise in heart accept commands,     but a chattering fool comes to ruin.

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,     but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.
Whoever winks maliciously causes grief,     and a chattering fool comes to ruin.
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,     but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
Hatred stirs up conflict,     but love covers over all wrongs.
Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning,     but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.
The wise store up knowledge,     but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
The wealth of the rich is their fortified city,     but poverty is the ruin of the poor.
The wages of the righteous is life,     but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.
Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life,     but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.
Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips     and spreads slander is a fool.
Sin is not ended by multiplying words,     but the prudent hold their tongues.
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver,     but the heart of the wicked is of little value.
The lips of the righteous nourish many,     but fools die for lack of sense.
The blessing of the Lord brings wealth,     without painful toil for it.
A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes,     but a person of understanding delights in wisdom.
What the wicked dread will overtake them;     what the righteous desire will be granted.
When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone,     but the righteous stand firm forever.
As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,     so are sluggards to those who send them.
The fear of the Lord adds length to life,     but the years of the wicked are cut short.
The prospect of the righteous is joy,     but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.
The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless,     but it is the ruin of those who do evil.
The righteous will never be uprooted,     but the wicked will not remain in the land.
From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom,     but a perverse tongue will be silenced.
The lips of the righteous know what finds favor,     but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.
The Lord detests dishonest scales,     but accurate weights find favor with him.

When pride comes, then comes disgrace,     but with humility comes wisdom.

The integrity of the upright guides them,     but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.

Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath,     but righteousness delivers from death.

The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight,     but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.

The righteousness of the upright delivers them,     but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.

Hopes placed in mortals die with them;     all the promise of their power comes to nothing.

The righteous person is rescued from trouble,     and it falls on the wicked instead.

With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors,     but through knowledge the righteous escape.
When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices;     when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.
Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,     but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.
Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense,     but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.
A gossip betrays a confidence,     but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.
For lack of guidance a nation falls,     but victory is won through many advisers.
Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer,     but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe.
A kindhearted woman gains honor,     but ruthless men gain only wealth.
Those who are kind benefit themselves,     but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.
A wicked person earns deceptive wages,     but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.
Truly the righteous attain life,     but whoever pursues evil finds death.
The Lord detests those whose hearts are perverse,     but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.
Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished,     but those who are righteous will go free.
Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout     is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.
The desire of the righteous ends only in good,     but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.
One person gives freely, yet gains even more;     another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
A generous person will prosper;     whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
People curse the one who hoards grain,     but they pray God’s blessing on the one who is willing to sell.
Whoever seeks good finds favor,     but evil comes to one who searches for it.
Those who trust in their riches will fall,     but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.
Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind,     and the fool will be servant to the wise.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,     and the one who is wise saves lives.
If the righteous receive their due on earth,     how much more the ungodly and the sinner!

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