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July 25 - Evening

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July 1 - Evening

"As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, 'Where is your God?' These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng. Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God."
- Psalms 42:1-5

Longing to Once Again Join the Worship Band

Psalm 42 begins “Book Two” of the collection of Hebrew psalms (Psalms 42-72). It is an accepted interpretation that Psalm 42 and 43 were originally one psalm. The reason for their division is unknown, but it could have been for liturgical purposes. The several reasons for understanding them to be two parts of the same psalm is:

1. Psalm 42 is titled, but Psalm 43 is not titled. You will notice that all of the psalms in “Book Two” of the psalms (Psalms 42-72) have titles with the only other exception being the next to last psalm in “Book Two,” which is Psalm 71. But, even Psalm 71 seems to be connected to Psalm 70 since it serves as an introduction to Psalm 71.
2. Hebrew manuscripts themselves exist that present Psalm 42 and 43 as a single psalm.
3. The same chorus is repeated three times after each of the three sets of verses which are presented like this:
  1. Stanza #1 (Psalm 42:1-4)
  2. Chorus (Psalm 42:5)
  3. Stanza #2 (Psalm 42:6-10)
  4. Chorus repeated (Psalm 42:11)
  5. Stanza #3 (Psalm 43:1-4)
  6. Chorus repeated (Psalm 43:5)

Psalm 42 is about someone being separated from the worship of God for some reason. It appears the separated writer was one of the Levites from the family of Korah who may have been physically removed from worshipping the presence of the Lord at the temple in Jerusalem because of exile, expulsion, uncleanness, sickness, travel or some other unknown reason.

The second best thing to being there for the Levitical worship service was the memory of having once been part of the “procession to the house of God….among the festive throng.” (Psalm 42:4) At least this person could recall better times of being in the midst of the crowd worshipping God as he sang and performed skillfully on his musical instrument.

This Levite compares his desire to worship God to the desire of a deer for water. This water is called “streams of water” which is known as moving water or living water in contrast to stagnant pools of stale water. So, of course, the psalmist compares the deer searching for streams of living water to his soul’s desire “for God, for the living God.” (Psalm 42:1-2) It is interesting to note that in this second book of Psalms the writers typically refer to “God”, or Elohim, instead of “Lord”, YHWH.

The chorus that is repeated three times voices the hope of the psalmist as he speaks to his own self that he will again “yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” (Psalm 42:5, 11 and Psalm 43:5)
Hupodeiknumi (Gr) – Warn (Eng) – a Greek word which comes from hupo meaning “under” and deiknumi meaning “to show.” Together hupo-deiknumi, “to show under” means “to give information,” “to share a private tip,” and “to point out” (as in Luke 3:7). The idea of hupodeiknumi can refer to thoughts making their way into the mind where they can be understood.
Today I will begin to be thankful for the great things that have happened in my past. I will remember the goodness of the Lord that I have already experience.

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Original stone carvings and decoration from Herod's New Testament Temple time in the jamb of the Triple Gate in the south wall of the Temple Mount retaining wall. People visiting the Temple in the New Testament would have walked past this decorated gate jamb and ascended the stairs behind the blocked entrance on the right side of this photo to enter the Jewish Temple courts. (Details, Photo)
Details of the account of Deborah in
Judges chapter 4 on a map

Someone to Quote

(On taking an oath to uphold Magna Carta in 1253...)
"All these things shall I keep faithfully and undiminished, as a man, as a Christian, as a soldier, and as a king, crowned and anointed."
- Henry III (1207-1272),
King of England

Something to Ponder

Use these online flash cards to study and review the names of the Assyrian gods, then take the test -
Flash Cards and Test HERE

Here’s a Fact

Critics of Moses’ authorship of Exodus in 1400 BC instead assign the origins of the book of Exodus to the Jewish exiles in Babylon around 500-400 BC. The problem with the critics rejecting a 1400 BC date is the overwhelming amount of accurate details of Egyptian life, culture and land (slave-labor practice, royal court proceedings, Flora, fauna, language, geography of Egyptian) from the time of the Exodus. It is hard to imagine an author in Babylon 1000 years after the exodus writing a story that contains such an apparent familiarity with a land he had never seen from an age he had never lived in.


"The way of the Lord is a refuge for the righteous,
but it is the ruin of those who do evil."

- Proverbs 10:29

Coach’s Corner

The greatest miracle is salvation. The godliest spiritual manifestation is the transformed soul.

"In the year that the supreme commander, sent by Sargon king of Assyria, came to Ashdod and attacked and captured it — at that time the Lord spoke through Isaiah son of Amoz. He said to him,

'Take off the sackcloth from your body and the sandals from your feet.'

And he did so, going around stripped and barefoot.

Then the Lord said, 'Just as my servant Isaiah has gone stripped and barefoot for three years, as a sign and portent against Egypt and Cush, so the king of Assyria will lead away stripped and barefoot the Egyptian captives and Cushite exiles, young and old, with buttocks bared—to Egypt’s shame. Those who trusted in Cush and boasted in Egypt will be dismayed and put to shame. In that day the people who live on this coast will say,

"See what has happened to those we relied on, those we fled to for help and deliverance from the king of Assyria! How then can we escape?” ' "

- Isaiah 20

The Naked Prophet

Isaiah chapter 20 is a record of events from 712 BC and continued for 3 years until 709 BC.

Sargon (721-705 BC) is mentioned only here in the Bible. This battle siege at Ashdod is recorded in Assyrian documents and is clearly seen in the archaeological layers which preserved the Assyrian victory stela.

Isaiah’s ministry began in 740 BC, but by 712 BC he is wearing sackcloth which is a symbol of mourning. The Lord instructs Isaiah to give the people of Jerusalem a symbolic prophetic image to think about. This is the only symbolic action used by Isaiah. Jeremiah and Ezekiel have many.

The Lord tells Isaiah to remove his sackcloth and his sandals. The impression is that Isaiah went about in private and in public naked and barefoot. Some commentators seem to feel it is necessary to give Isaiah a loin cloth or some covering, but this seems to mute the point and compromise the image.

The removal of foot coverings was a sign of humiliation and punishment. An ancient Hittite text describes the punishment for a guard who neglected his duty as the removal of the guard’s shoe.

Clearly prisoners of war where led away naked. This is seen in full graphic detail in the images on inscriptions and monuments from this time. Sometimes the dignitaries were led away completely stripped naked, but still wearing their crowns or hats that indicated their position of royalty. (Details 1, 2, 3, 4)

At the end of three years the Lord revealed the meaning and gave the interpretation of Isaiah’s actions. The men and the nations that Judah had trusted in would be captured and led away naked by the Assyrians. Judah had failed to trust the Lord. They had instead trusted these international treaties and promises of men who would be walking away into captivity naked and humiliated. Judah’s hope in men was hopeless and disgraceful.

Proskuneo (Gr) – worship (Eng) – the Greek word proskuneo means “to worship”, “to make obeisance,” and “do reverence to.”
Proskuneo is a compound Greek word from pros meaning “towards” and kuneo which means “pay homage” or “reverence.”
Proskuneo is used in 1 Corinthians 14:25 and John 9:38 along with many other places in the Bible.
Today I will pray for someone who is not listening to the Lord and has rejected his Truth.

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Boat in the Sea of Galilee
(Photos and details of Sea of Galilee)
Details of Zechariah 14 located on a map.
Ezekiel 30 New International Version (NIV)
A Lament Over Egypt
30 The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“‘Wail and say,     “Alas for that day!”

For the day is near,     the day of the Lord is near— a day of clouds,     a time of doom for the nations.

A sword will come against Egypt,     and anguish will come upon Cush.[a] When the slain fall in Egypt,     her wealth will be carried away     and her foundations torn down.
Cush and Libya, Lydia and all Arabia, Kub and the people of the covenant land will fall by the sword along with Egypt.
“‘This is what the Lord says:
“‘The allies of Egypt will fall     and her proud strength will fail. From Migdol to Aswan     they will fall by the sword within her, declares the Sovereign Lord.

“‘They will be desolate     among desolate lands, and their cities will lie     among ruined cities.

Then they will know that I am the Lord,     when I set fire to Egypt     and all her helpers are crushed.
“‘On that day messengers will go out from me in ships to frighten Cush out of her complacency. Anguish will take hold of them on the day of Egypt’s doom, for it is sure to come.
10 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“‘I will put an end to the hordes of Egypt     by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.
He and his army—the most ruthless of nations—     will be brought in to destroy the land. They will draw their swords against Egypt     and fill the land with the slain.
I will dry up the waters of the Nile     and sell the land to an evil nation; by the hand of foreigners     I will lay waste the land and everything in it.
I the Lord have spoken.
13 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“‘I will destroy the idols     and put an end to the images in Memphis. No longer will there be a prince in Egypt,     and I will spread fear throughout the land.
I will lay waste Upper Egypt,     set fire to Zoan     and inflict punishment on Thebes.
I will pour out my wrath on Pelusium,     the stronghold of Egypt,     and wipe out the hordes of Thebes.
I will set fire to Egypt;     Pelusium will writhe in agony. Thebes will be taken by storm;     Memphis will be in constant distress.
The young men of Heliopolis and Bubastis     will fall by the sword,     and the cities themselves will go into captivity.
Dark will be the day at Tahpanhes     when I break the yoke of Egypt;     there her proud strength will come to an end. She will be covered with clouds,     and her villages will go into captivity.
So I will inflict punishment on Egypt,     and they will know that I am the Lord.’”
Pharaoh’s Arms Are Broken
20 In the eleventh year, in the first month on the seventh day, the word of the Lord came to me: 21 “Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt. It has not been bound up to be healed or put in a splint so that it may become strong enough to hold a sword. 22 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt. I will break both his arms, the good arm as well as the broken one, and make the sword fall from his hand. 23 I will disperse the Egyptians among the nations and scatter them through the countries. 24 I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon and put my sword in his hand, but I will break the arms of Pharaoh, and he will groan before him like a mortally wounded man. 25 I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, but the arms of Pharaoh will fall limp. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I put my sword into the hand of the king of Babylon and he brandishes it against Egypt. 26 I will disperse the Egyptians among the nations and scatter them through the countries. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”
  1. Ezekiel 30:4 That is, the upper Nile region; also in verses 5 and 9
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Isaiah 39 New International Version (NIV)
Envoys From Babylon
39 At that time Marduk-Baladan son of Baladan king of Babylon sent Hezekiah letters and a gift, because he had heard of his illness and recovery. Hezekiah received the envoys gladly and showed them what was in his storehouses—the silver, the gold, the spices, the fine olive oil—his entire armory and everything found among his treasures. There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.
Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked, “What did those men say, and where did they come from?”
“From a distant land,” Hezekiah replied. “They came to me from Babylon.”
The prophet asked, “What did they see in your palace?”
“They saw everything in my palace,” Hezekiah said. “There is nothing among my treasures that I did not show them.”
Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord Almighty: The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the Lord. And some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.”
“The word of the Lord you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied. For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my lifetime.”
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Psalm 76 New International Version (NIV)
Psalm 76[a]
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of Asaph. A song.

God is renowned in Judah;     in Israel his name is great.

His tent is in Salem,     his dwelling place in Zion.

There he broke the flashing arrows,     the shields and the swords, the weapons of war.[b]

You are radiant with light,     more majestic than mountains rich with game.

The valiant lie plundered,     they sleep their last sleep; not one of the warriors     can lift his hands.

At your rebuke, God of Jacob,     both horse and chariot lie still.

It is you alone who are to be feared.     Who can stand before you when you are angry?

From heaven you pronounced judgment,     and the land feared and was quiet—

when you, God, rose up to judge,     to save all the afflicted of the land.
Surely your wrath against mankind brings you praise,     and the survivors of your wrath are restrained.[c]
Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them;     let all the neighboring lands     bring gifts to the One to be feared.
He breaks the spirit of rulers;     he is feared by the kings of the earth.
  1. Psalm 76:1 In Hebrew texts 76:1-12 is numbered 76:2-13.
  2. Psalm 76:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 9.
  3. Psalm 76:10 Or Surely the wrath of mankind brings you praise, / and with the remainder of wrath you arm yourself
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"Nobody's perfect...Well, there was this one guy, but we killed him..."
- Christopher Moore

Damascus is the oldest continuously inhabited city on earth. It has never been completely destroyed although it has faced war many times. Isaiah addresses the complete destruction of Damascus in Isaiah 17:1 when he says, “See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins.”

A name similar to Zechariah ben-Benaiah in 2 Chronicles 20:14 was found inscribed in ancient Hebrew under the rim of a bowl from the 600's BC. The broken piece of pottery only says "--riah son of Banah"
(Details 1, 2, 3. Image)

"Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is the man who gives false testimony against his neighbor."
- Proverbs 25:18

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