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July 20 - Morning

(The Boy Friend)
"How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes behind your veil are doves. Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from the hills of Gilead. Your teeth are like a flock of sheep just shorn, coming up from the washing. Each has its twin; not one of them is alone. Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon; your mouth is lovely. Your temples behind your veil are like the halves of a pomegranate. Your neck is like the tower of David, built with courses of stone; on it hang a thousand shields, all of them shields of warriors. Your breasts are like two fawns, like twin fawns of a gazelle that browse among the lilies. Until the day breaks and the shadows flee, I will go to the mountain of myrrh and to the hill of incense. You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you. Come with me from Lebanon, my bride, come with me from Lebanon. Descend from the crest of Amana, from the top of Senir, the summit of Hermon, from the lions’ dens and the mountain haunts of leopards."
- Song of Solomon 4:1-8

She Has All Her Teeth, and They're White!

The metaphors of admiration need deciphered and decoded for us 3,000 years later. Here is one way of understanding his descriptive comments of praise of his woman’s physical beauty.
  • Eyes behind veil are doves = Even though her eyes are behind a veil they are communicating love or sexual arousal.
  • Hair is like a flock of goats descending = A flock of goats jostling down a hill together look like moving, waving hair.
  • Teeth are like a flock of sheep just shorn = the sheep are not shaggy and uneven, but white and tight like shorn sheep. And, clean. Each has its twin = no teeth are missing, a difficult thing to maintain without modern dentistry.
  • Lips like scarlet ribbon = close enough to our use of lipstick to be understood
  • Temples like halves of a pomegranate = pomegranates were a desirable, delicious fruit.
  • Neck like the tower of David with a thousand shields = though she is beautiful and desirable, she will not be easy to conquer. She has self-respect. His reference to the shields of David’s might men tell her that he understands that she has been victorious in many previous battles against other “warriors” like himself, but she was able to hold her line of defense to protect her dignity and purity
  • Breasts like two fawns browsing among lilies = reference to the fawns must speak of gentleness, youthfulness and innocence.

The young man now begins to speak of his intentions and offers her an invitation. The following all are an appeal for her to descend her lofty abode with its pleasant fragrances and beautiful view and join him. The reference to lions and leopards again speaks, in a good way, of the guarded protection she has built around herself.
• Mountain of myrrh
• Hill of incense  
• Come with me from Lebanon  
• Descend the crest of Amana (and Senir, Hermon, lions’ dens, etc.)
Ns (Hb) – to lift (Eng) - The verb ns is common in Semitic languages.
Ns means “to lift,” “to bear,” “to bear away.”
Ns occurs 654 x in the OT in the Hebrew and 3x in the Aramaic.
In Jeremiah 4:6 the people ns a standard
In Genesis 7:17 rising water ns a ship.
In Ezekiel 23:27 Israel had been ns to Egypt instead of God
In Psalm 121:1 eyes are ns to the hills looking for God's coming help.
I will speak of sensitive subjects with class and in good taste.

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Desire to know Christ better

Large storage jars called pithoi (singular "pithos") 3.75 feet tall were found by Eilat Mazar in her excavations on the Ophel which included excavation of Solonomic walls and Old Testament gates. (Details)
Ten concepts concerning the Word of God and spiritual growth from Galyn's book:
The Word: Apparatus for Salvation, Renewal & Maturity
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Someone to Quote

"Our compassion spends more in the streets than yours does in the temples!” – Tertullian to the pagan critics in 197 AD

Something to Ponder

Cerastes is a serpent from Greek legend that is flexible because it has no spine and small horns above its eyes (Leonardo da Vinci says it had four horns that could move). Cerastes hides in the sand with only the small horns protruding out of the surface in order to deceive animals and birds to think it is much smaller and to approach the small horns that look like bugs or worms in the sand for food. When the animal approaches Cerastes.

Jacob’s prophecy about his son Dan and the tribe of Dan may allude to the practice of Cerastes when Jacob says:

“Dan will be a snake by the roadside, a viper along the path, that bites the horse’s heels so that its rider tumbles backward.” (Genesis 49:17)

Here’s a Fact

Sometime between the years 73-220 AD a Syrian by the name of Mara Bar-Serapion wrote a letter to his son from prison. Mara was writing to encourage his son to continue his pursuit of wisdom in spite of opposition. Mara used Jesus Christ along with Socrates and Pythagoras as examples of wise men who continued in wisdom even though people around them rejected their words and persecuted them. The text gives us an indication of what the common pagans outside the church and outside Judaism believed about Jesus 1-3 generations after he was crucified:

“What advantage did the Jews gain from executing their wise King? It was just after this that their kingdom was abolished. God justly avenged these three wise men: the Athenians died of hunger; the Samians were overwhelmed by the sea; the Jews ruined and driven from their land, live in dispersion.” 

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"Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right."
- Proverbs 20:11

Coach’s Corner

Personal growth increases your personal potential. The failure to learn and the refusal to change is the rejection of increasing your opportunity for success.

1 Chronicles 24 New International Version (NIV)
The Divisions of Priests
24 These were the divisions of the descendants of Aaron:
The sons of Aaron were Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.
But Nadab and Abihu died before their father did, and they had no sons; so Eleazar and Ithamar served as the priests. With the help of Zadok a descendant of Eleazar and Ahimelek a descendant of Ithamar, David separated them into divisions for their appointed order of ministering. A larger number of leaders were found among Eleazar’s descendants than among Ithamar’s, and they were divided accordingly: sixteen heads of families from Eleazar’s descendants and eight heads of families from Ithamar’s descendants. They divided them impartially by casting lots, for there were officials of the sanctuary and officials of God among the descendants of both Eleazar and Ithamar.
The scribe Shemaiah son of Nethanel, a Levite, recorded their names in the presence of the king and of the officials: Zadok the priest, Ahimelek son of Abiathar and the heads of families of the priests and of the Levites—one family being taken from Eleazar and then one from Ithamar.
The first lot fell to Jehoiarib,
the second to Jedaiah,
the third to Harim,
the fourth to Seorim,
the fifth to Malkijah,
the sixth to Mijamin,
10 the seventh to Hakkoz,
the eighth to Abijah,
11 the ninth to Jeshua,
the tenth to Shekaniah,
12 the eleventh to Eliashib,
the twelfth to Jakim,
13 the thirteenth to Huppah,
the fourteenth to Jeshebeab,
14 the fifteenth to Bilgah,
the sixteenth to Immer,
15 the seventeenth to Hezir,
the eighteenth to Happizzez,
16 the nineteenth to Pethahiah,
the twentieth to Jehezkel,
17 the twenty-first to Jakin,
the twenty-second to Gamul,
18 the twenty-third to Delaiah
and the twenty-fourth to Maaziah.
19 This was their appointed order of ministering when they entered the temple of the Lord, according to the regulations prescribed for them by their ancestor Aaron, as the Lord, the God of Israel, had commanded him.
The Rest of the Levites
20 As for the rest of the descendants of Levi:
from the sons of Amram: Shubael;
from the sons of Shubael: Jehdeiah.
21 As for Rehabiah, from his sons:
Ishiah was the first.
22 From the Izharites: Shelomoth;
from the sons of Shelomoth: Jahath.
23 The sons of Hebron: Jeriah the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third and Jekameam the fourth.
24 The son of Uzziel: Micah;
from the sons of Micah: Shamir.
25 The brother of Micah: Ishiah;
from the sons of Ishiah: Zechariah.
26 The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi.
The son of Jaaziah: Beno.
27 The sons of Merari:
from Jaaziah: Beno, Shoham, Zakkur and Ibri.
28 From Mahli: Eleazar, who had no sons.
29 From Kish: the son of Kish:
30 And the sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder and Jerimoth.
These were the Levites, according to their families. 31 They also cast lots, just as their relatives the descendants of Aaron did, in the presence of King David and of Zadok, Ahimelek, and the heads of families of the priests and of the Levites. The families of the oldest brother were treated the same as those of the youngest.
Ezekiel 23 New International Version (NIV)
Two Adulterous Sisters
23 The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, there were two women, daughters of the same mother. They became prostitutes in Egypt, engaging in prostitution from their youth. In that land their breasts were fondled and their virgin bosoms caressed. The older was named Oholah, and her sister was Oholibah. They were mine and gave birth to sons and daughters. Oholah is Samaria, and Oholibah is Jerusalem.
“Oholah engaged in prostitution while she was still mine; and she lusted after her lovers, the Assyrians—warriors clothed in blue, governors and commanders, all of them handsome young men, and mounted horsemen. She gave herself as a prostitute to all the elite of the Assyrians and defiled herself with all the idols of everyone she lusted after. She did not give up the prostitution she began in Egypt, when during her youth men slept with her, caressed her virgin bosom and poured out their lust on her.
“Therefore I delivered her into the hands of her lovers, the Assyrians, for whom she lusted. 10 They stripped her naked, took away her sons and daughters and killed her with the sword. She became a byword among women, and punishment was inflicted on her.
11 “Her sister Oholibah saw this, yet in her lust and prostitution she was more depraved than her sister. 12 She too lusted after the Assyrians—governors and commanders, warriors in full dress, mounted horsemen, all handsome young men. 13 I saw that she too defiled herself; both of them went the same way.
14 “But she carried her prostitution still further. She saw men portrayed on a wall, figures of Chaldeans portrayed in red, 15 with belts around their waists and flowing turbans on their heads; all of them looked like Babylonian chariot officers, natives of Chaldea. 16 As soon as she saw them, she lusted after them and sent messengers to them in Chaldea. 17 Then the Babylonians came to her, to the bed of love, and in their lust they defiled her. After she had been defiled by them, she turned away from them in disgust. 18 When she carried on her prostitution openly and exposed her naked body, I turned away from her in disgust, just as I had turned away from her sister. 19 Yet she became more and more promiscuous as she recalled the days of her youth, when she was a prostitute in Egypt. 20 There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses. 21 So you longed for the lewdness of your youth, when in Egypt your bosom was caressed and your young breasts fondled.
22 “Therefore, Oholibah, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will stir up your lovers against you, those you turned away from in disgust, and I will bring them against you from every side— 23 the Babylonians and all the Chaldeans, the men of Pekod and Shoa and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them, handsome young men, all of them governors and commanders, chariot officers and men of high rank, all mounted on horses. 24 They will come against you with weapons, chariots and wagons and with a throng of people; they will take up positions against you on every side with large and small shields and with helmets. I will turn you over to them for punishment, and they will punish you according to their standards. 25 I will direct my jealous anger against you, and they will deal with you in fury. They will cut off your noses and your ears, and those of you who are left will fall by the sword. They will take away your sons and daughters, and those of you who are left will be consumed by fire. 26 They will also strip you of your clothes and take your fine jewelry. 27 So I will put a stop to the lewdness and prostitution you began in Egypt. You will not look on these things with longing or remember Egypt anymore.
28 “For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am about to deliver you into the hands of those you hate, to those you turned away from in disgust. 29 They will deal with you in hatred and take away everything you have worked for. They will leave you stark naked, and the shame of your prostitution will be exposed. Your lewdness and promiscuity 30 have brought this on you, because you lusted after the nations and defiled yourself with their idols. 31 You have gone the way of your sister; so I will put her cup into your hand.
32 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“You will drink your sister’s cup,     a cup large and deep; it will bring scorn and derision,     for it holds so much.
You will be filled with drunkenness and sorrow,     the cup of ruin and desolation,     the cup of your sister Samaria.
You will drink it and drain it dry     and chew on its pieces—     and you will tear your breasts.
I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.
35 “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Since you have forgotten me and turned your back on me, you must bear the consequences of your lewdness and prostitution.”
36 The Lord said to me: “Son of man, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah? Then confront them with their detestable practices, 37 for they have committed adultery and blood is on their hands. They committed adultery with their idols; they even sacrificed their children, whom they bore to me, as food for them. 38 They have also done this to me: At that same time they defiled my sanctuary and desecrated my Sabbaths. 39 On the very day they sacrificed their children to their idols, they entered my sanctuary and desecrated it. That is what they did in my house.
40 “They even sent messengers for men who came from far away, and when they arrived you bathed yourself for them, applied eye makeup and put on your jewelry. 41 You sat on an elegant couch, with a table spread before it on which you had placed the incense and olive oil that belonged to me.
42 “The noise of a carefree crowd was around her; drunkards were brought from the desert along with men from the rabble, and they put bracelets on the wrists of the woman and her sister and beautiful crowns on their heads. 43 Then I said about the one worn out by adultery, ‘Now let them use her as a prostitute, for that is all she is.’ 44 And they slept with her. As men sleep with a prostitute, so they slept with those lewd women, Oholah and Oholibah. 45 But righteous judges will sentence them to the punishment of women who commit adultery and shed blood, because they are adulterous and blood is on their hands.
46 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Bring a mob against them and give them over to terror and plunder. 47 The mob will stone them and cut them down with their swords; they will kill their sons and daughters and burn down their houses.
48 “So I will put an end to lewdness in the land, that all women may take warning and not imitate you. 49 You will suffer the penalty for your lewdness and bear the consequences of your sins of idolatry. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.”
Hosea 1-4New International Version (NIV)
The word of the Lord that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the reign of Jeroboam son of Jehoash king of Israel:
Hosea’s Wife and Children
When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.” So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.
Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call him Jezreel, because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel. In that day I will break Israel’s bow in the Valley of Jezreel.”
Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means “not loved”), for I will no longer show love to Israel, that I should at all forgive them. Yet I will show love to Judah; and I will save them—not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but I, the Lord their God, will save them.”
After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son. Then the Lord said, “Call him Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”), for you are not my people, and I am not your God.
10 “Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted. In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ they will be called ‘children of the living God.’ 11 The people of Judah and the people of Israel will come together; they will appoint one leader and will come up out of the land, for great will be the day of Jezreel.
“Say of your brothers, ‘My people,’ and of your sisters, ‘My loved one.’
Israel Punished and Restored

“Rebuke your mother, rebuke her,     for she is not my wife,     and I am not her husband. Let her remove the adulterous look from her face     and the unfaithfulness from between her breasts.

Otherwise I will strip her naked     and make her as bare as on the day she was born; I will make her like a desert,     turn her into a parched land,     and slay her with thirst.

I will not show my love to her children,     because they are the children of adultery.

Their mother has been unfaithful     and has conceived them in disgrace. She said, ‘I will go after my lovers,     who give me my food and my water,     my wool and my linen, my olive oil and my drink.’

Therefore I will block her path with thornbushes;     I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way.

She will chase after her lovers but not catch them;     she will look for them but not find them. Then she will say,     ‘I will go back to my husband as at first,     for then I was better off than now.’

She has not acknowledged that I was the one     who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil, who lavished on her the silver and gold—     which they used for Baal.

“Therefore I will take away my grain when it ripens,     and my new wine when it is ready. I will take back my wool and my linen,     intended to cover her naked body.
So now I will expose her lewdness     before the eyes of her lovers;     no one will take her out of my hands.
I will stop all her celebrations:     her yearly festivals, her New Moons,     her Sabbath days—all her appointed festivals.
I will ruin her vines and her fig trees,     which she said were her pay from her lovers; I will make them a thicket,     and wild animals will devour them.
I will punish her for the days     she burned incense to the Baals; she decked herself with rings and jewelry,     and went after her lovers,     but me she forgot,” declares the Lord.
“Therefore I am now going to allure her;     I will lead her into the wilderness     and speak tenderly to her.
There I will give her back her vineyards,     and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will respond as in the days of her youth,     as in the day she came up out of Egypt.
“In that day,” declares the Lord,     “you will call me ‘my husband’;     you will no longer call me ‘my master.’
I will remove the names of the Baals from her lips;     no longer will their names be invoked.
In that day I will make a covenant for them     with the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky     and the creatures that move along the ground. Bow and sword and battle     I will abolish from the land,     so that all may lie down in safety.
I will betroth you to me forever;     I will betroth you in righteousness and justice,     in love and compassion.
I will betroth you in faithfulness,     and you will acknowledge the Lord.
“In that day I will respond,”     declares the Lord— “I will respond to the skies,     and they will respond to the earth;
and the earth will respond to the grain,     the new wine and the olive oil,     and they will respond to Jezreel.
I will plant her for myself in the land;     I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one.’ I will say to those called ‘Not my people,’ ‘You are my people’;     and they will say, ‘You are my God.’”
Hosea’s Reconciliation With His Wife
The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”
So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley. Then I told her, “You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will behave the same way toward you.”
For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or household gods. Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the Lord and to his blessings in the last days.
The Charge Against Israel

Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites,     because the Lord has a charge to bring     against you who live in the land: “There is no faithfulness, no love,     no acknowledgment of God in the land.

There is only cursing, lying and murder,     stealing and adultery; they break all bounds,     and bloodshed follows bloodshed.

Because of this the land dries up,     and all who live in it waste away; the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky     and the fish in the sea are swept away.

“But let no one bring a charge,     let no one accuse another, for your people are like those     who bring charges against a priest.

You stumble day and night,     and the prophets stumble with you. So I will destroy your mother—

    my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.
“Because you have rejected knowledge,
    I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God,     I also will ignore your children.

The more priests there were,     the more they sinned against me;     they exchanged their glorious God for something disgraceful.

They feed on the sins of my people     and relish their wickedness.

And it will be: Like people, like priests.     I will punish both of them for their ways     and repay them for their deeds.
“They will eat but not have enough;     they will engage in prostitution but not flourish, because they have deserted the Lord     to give themselves 11 to prostitution; old wine and new wine     take away their understanding.
My people consult a wooden idol,     and a diviner’s rod speaks to them. A spirit of prostitution leads them astray;     they are unfaithful to their God.
They sacrifice on the mountaintops     and burn offerings on the hills, under oak, poplar and terebinth,     where the shade is pleasant. Therefore your daughters turn to prostitution     and your daughters-in-law to adultery.
“I will not punish your daughters     when they turn to prostitution, nor your daughters-in-law     when they commit adultery, because the men themselves consort with harlots     and sacrifice with shrine prostitutes—     a people without understanding will come to ruin!
“Though you, Israel, commit adultery,     do not let Judah become guilty.
“Do not go to Gilgal;
    do not go up to Beth Aven.     And do not swear, ‘As surely as the Lord lives!’
The Israelites are stubborn,     like a stubborn heifer. How then can the Lord pasture them     like lambs in a meadow?
Ephraim is joined to idols;     leave him alone!
Even when their drinks are gone,     they continue their prostitution;     their rulers dearly love shameful ways.
A whirlwind will sweep them away,     and their sacrifices will bring them shame.

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