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July 27 - Morning

"See, the Lord is going to lay waste the earth and devastate it; he will ruin its face and scatter its inhabitants—

it will be the same for priest as for people, for the master as for his servant, for the mistress as for her servant, for seller as for buyer, for borrower as for lender, for debtor as for creditor.

The earth will be completely laid waste and totally plundered.

The Lord has spoken this word.

The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the heavens languish with the earth.

The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant.

Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left.

The new wine dries up and the vine withers; all the merrymakers groan. The joyful timbrels are stilled, the noise of the revelers has stopped, the joyful harp is silent. No longer do they drink wine with a song; the beer is bitter to its drinkers. The ruined city lies desolate; the entrance to every house is barred."

- Isaiah 24:1-10

God's Destruction of the Earth

Outline of Isaiah chapter 24: Destruction is mentioned 16 times in this chapter
24:1 "lay waste" Hb. signifies "emptying" "he will ruin its face" indicates an earthquake "ruin" means "to twist" "face" speaks of the earth's surface "scatter inhabitants" similar to the tower of Babel

24:2 Society is effected:
  • religiously
  • all social life
  • financially

No one can stop it

24:5 Modern society is concerned with physical pollution. God is concerned about moral pollution. God will destroy the physical planet because of the moral corruption.

"disobeyed the laws" refers to the knowledge of God's law that is written on men's hearts and revealed through General Revelation (Romans 2:14-16)

"everlasting covenant" refers to God's covenant with Noah for mankind in Genesis 9:16

24:7  The wine dries up in judgment. The best wine is restored in Isaiah 25:6

24:10 "the ruined city" is a general reference to the cities of man. "desolate" is tohu in the Hebrew or "chaos" as in Genesis 1:2

"houses barred" because of crime. The home is the last line of defense when the nation is overrun and the city is captured.

24:12 The city gate has been broken down.

24:14 This begins the rejoicing of the believers and godly survivors It is a song of Thansgiving.
Chapters 24-27 are a mix of judgments and songs of rejoicing

This song begins in the West. Isaiah heard it from there first. Then the East is exhorted to join and also the islands. This refers to rejoicing Gentiles.

They raise their voices, they shout for joy; from the west they acclaim the Lord’s majesty.
Therefore in the east give glory to the Lord; exalt the name of the Lord, the God of Israel, in the islands of the sea.
From the ends of the earth we hear singing: Glory to the Righteous One.”
But I said, “I waste away, I waste away! Woe to me!
The treacherous betray! With treachery the treacherous betray!”
- Isaiah 24:14-16
Pasha (Hb) – to transgress (Eng) - The Hebrew word pasha means “to transgress” and “to rebel.” If pasha is used in reference to nations it is translated as “rebel” as in 2 Kings 1:1 and 2 Kings 8:20. If pasha is used in reference to our relationship with the Lord the meaning is “transgress” as in Hosea 7:13 and Isaiah 66:24.
I will live in righteousness by being honorable and keeping my word.
I will avoid being deceitful and flee immorality.

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Challenging sermons
Vice President

The monumental stair case used by worshippers in the New Testament to access the Temple Gates and enter the Temple Courts on the south side of the Temple Mount. (Details)
Details of 2 Kings 23:36-24:1 and 2 Chronicles 36:5-8 when Nebuchadnezzar suffered extensive losses on the Plain of Gaza vs. the Egyptians. This encouraged Jehoiakim to rebel against Nebuchadnezzar 601 BC even though Jeremiah sternly warned him not to (Jeremiah 36).

Someone to Quote

"Kindness makes a person attractive. If you would win the world, melt it, do not hammer it."
- Alexander Maclaren

Something to Ponder

One analyst of Church attendance poll numbers made the following comment concerning the drop in church attendance and declining churches in America over the last twenty years, "I"m somewhat comforted by the idea that Americans have left dead churches." (details)

Here’s a Fact

The names of Abraham's, brother, grandfather and great grandfather (Nahor 2x, Serug) have been found in the excavations of ancient Haran. Abraham spent five years in Haran with his father Terah.
(Genesis 11:22-25;
Genesis 11:27;
Genesis 11:31-32;
Genesis 12:4-5)

(Details 1, 2)


"Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if he does it for a wayward woman."
- Proverbs 27:13

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 Kings 2New International Version (NIV)
David’s Charge to Solomon
When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son.
“I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, act like a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go and that the Lord may keep his promise to me: ‘If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’
“Now you yourself know what Joab son of Zeruiah did to me—what he did to the two commanders of Israel’s armies, Abner son of Ner and Amasa son of Jether. He killed them, shedding their blood in peacetime as if in battle, and with that blood he stained the belt around his waist and the sandals on his feet. Deal with him according to your wisdom, but do not let his gray head go down to the grave in peace.
“But show kindness to the sons of Barzillai of Gilead and let them be among those who eat at your table. They stood by me when I fled from your brother Absalom.
“And remember, you have with you Shimei son of Gera, the Benjamite from Bahurim, who called down bitter curses on me the day I went to Mahanaim. When he came down to meet me at the Jordan, I swore to him by the Lord: ‘I will not put you to death by the sword.’ But now, do not consider him innocent. You are a man of wisdom; you will know what to do to him. Bring his gray head down to the grave in blood.”
10 Then David rested with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. 11 He had reigned forty years over Israel—seven years in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem. 12 So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David, and his rule was firmly established.
Solomon’s Throne Established
13 Now Adonijah, the son of Haggith, went to Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother. Bathsheba asked him, “Do you come peacefully?”
He answered, “Yes, peacefully.”
14 Then he added, “I have something to say to you.”
“You may say it,” she replied.
15 “As you know,” he said, “the kingdom was mine. All Israel looked to me as their king. But things changed, and the kingdom has gone to my brother; for it has come to him from the Lord. 16 Now I have one request to make of you. Do not refuse me.”
“You may make it,” she said.
17 So he continued, “Please ask King Solomon—he will not refuse you—to give me Abishag the Shunammite as my wife.”
18 “Very well,” Bathsheba replied, “I will speak to the king for you.”
19 When Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him for Adonijah, the king stood up to meet her, bowed down to her and sat down on his throne. He had a throne brought for the king’s mother, and she sat down at his right hand.
20 “I have one small request to make of you,” she said. “Do not refuse me.”
The king replied, “Make it, my mother; I will not refuse you.”
21 So she said, “Let Abishag the Shunammite be given in marriage to your brother Adonijah.”
22 King Solomon answered his mother, “Why do you request Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? You might as well request the kingdom for him—after all, he is my older brother—yes, for him and for Abiathar the priest and Joab son of Zeruiah!”
23 Then King Solomon swore by the Lord: “May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if Adonijah does not pay with his life for this request! 24 And now, as surely as the Lord lives—he who has established me securely on the throne of my father David and has founded a dynasty for me as he promised—Adonijah shall be put to death today!” 25 So King Solomon gave orders to Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and he struck down Adonijah and he died.
26 To Abiathar the priest the king said, “Go back to your fields in Anathoth. You deserve to die, but I will not put you to death now, because you carried the ark of the Sovereign Lord before my father David and shared all my father’s hardships.” 27 So Solomon removed Abiathar from the priesthood of the Lord, fulfilling the word the Lord had spoken at Shiloh about the house of Eli.
28 When the news reached Joab, who had conspired with Adonijah though not with Absalom, he fled to the tent of the Lord and took hold of the horns of the altar. 29 King Solomon was told that Joab had fled to the tent of the Lord and was beside the altar. Then Solomon ordered Benaiah son of Jehoiada, “Go, strike him down!”
30 So Benaiah entered the tent of the Lord and said to Joab, “The king says, ‘Come out!’”
But he answered, “No, I will die here.”
Benaiah reported to the king, “This is how Joab answered me.”
31 Then the king commanded Benaiah, “Do as he says. Strike him down and bury him, and so clear me and my whole family of the guilt of the innocent blood that Joab shed. 32 The Lord will repay him for the blood he shed, because without my father David knowing it he attacked two men and killed them with the sword. Both of them—Abner son of Ner, commander of Israel’s army, and Amasa son of Jether, commander of Judah’s army—were better men and more upright than he. 33 May the guilt of their blood rest on the head of Joab and his descendants forever. But on David and his descendants, his house and his throne, may there be the Lord’s peace forever.”
34 So Benaiah son of Jehoiada went up and struck down Joab and killed him, and he was buried at his home out in the country. 35 The king put Benaiah son of Jehoiada over the army in Joab’s position and replaced Abiathar with Zadok the priest.
36 Then the king sent for Shimei and said to him, “Build yourself a house in Jerusalem and live there, but do not go anywhere else. 37 The day you leave and cross the Kidron Valley, you can be sure you will die; your blood will be on your own head.”
38 Shimei answered the king, “What you say is good. Your servant will do as my lord the king has said.” And Shimei stayed in Jerusalem for a long time.
39 But three years later, two of Shimei’s slaves ran off to Achish son of Maakah, king of Gath, and Shimei was told, “Your slaves are in Gath.” 40 At this, he saddled his donkey and went to Achish at Gath in search of his slaves. So Shimei went away and brought the slaves back from Gath.
41 When Solomon was told that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath and had returned, 42 the king summoned Shimei and said to him, “Did I not make you swear by the Lord and warn you, ‘On the day you leave to go anywhere else, you can be sure you will die’? At that time you said to me, ‘What you say is good. I will obey.’ 43 Why then did you not keep your oath to the Lord and obey the command I gave you?”
44 The king also said to Shimei, “You know in your heart all the wrong you did to my father David. Now the Lord will repay you for your wrongdoing. 45 But King Solomon will be blessed, and David’s throne will remain secure before the Lord forever.”
46 Then the king gave the order to Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and he went out and struck Shimei down and he died.
The kingdom was now established in Solomon’s hands.
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Jeremiah 39New International Version (NIV)
In the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon marched against Jerusalem with his whole army and laid siege to it. And on the ninth day of the fourth month of Zedekiah’s eleventh year, the city wall was broken through. Then all the officials of the king of Babylon came and took seats in the Middle Gate: Nergal-Sharezer of Samgar, Nebo-Sarsekim a chief officer, Nergal-Sharezer a high official and all the other officials of the king of Babylon. When Zedekiah king of Judah and all the soldiers saw them, they fled; they left the city at night by way of the king’s garden, through the gate between the two walls, and headed toward the Arabah.[a]
But the Babylonian[b] army pursued them and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho. They captured him and took him to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon at Riblah in the land of Hamath, where he pronounced sentence on him. There at Riblah the king of Babylon slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes and also killed all the nobles of Judah. Then he put out Zedekiah’s eyes and bound him with bronze shackles to take him to Babylon.
The Babylonians[c] set fire to the royal palace and the houses of the people and broke down the walls of Jerusalem. Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard carried into exile to Babylon the people who remained in the city, along with those who had gone over to him, and the rest of the people. 10 But Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard left behind in the land of Judah some of the poor people, who owned nothing; and at that time he gave them vineyards and fields.
11 Now Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had given these orders about Jeremiah through Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard: 12 “Take him and look after him; don’t harm him but do for him whatever he asks.” 13 So Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard, Nebushazban a chief officer, Nergal-Sharezer a high official and all the other officers of the king of Babylon 14 sent and had Jeremiah taken out of the courtyard of the guard. They turned him over to Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, to take him back to his home. So he remained among his own people.
15 While Jeremiah had been confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the Lord came to him: 16 “Go and tell Ebed-Melek the Cushite, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I am about to fulfill my words against this city—words concerning disaster, not prosperity. At that time they will be fulfilled before your eyes. 17 But I will rescue you on that day, declares the Lord; you will not be given into the hands of those you fear. 18 I will save you; you will not fall by the sword but will escape with your life, because you trust in me, declares the Lord.’”
  1. Jeremiah 39:4 Or the Jordan Valley
  2. Jeremiah 39:5 Or Chaldean
  3. Jeremiah 39:8 Or Chaldeans
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Isaiah 44-46New International Version (NIV)
Israel the Chosen
“But now listen, Jacob, my servant,     Israel, whom I have chosen.

This is what the Lord says—     he who made you, who formed you in the womb,     and who will help you: Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant,     Jeshurun,[a] whom I have chosen.

For I will pour water on the thirsty land,     and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring,     and my blessing on your descendants.

They will spring up like grass in a meadow,     like poplar trees by flowing streams.

Some will say, ‘I belong to the Lord’;     others will call themselves by the name of Jacob; still others will write on their hand, ‘The Lord’s,’     and will take the name Israel.
The Lord, Not Idols

“This is what the Lord says—     Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty: I am the first and I am the last;     apart from me there is no God.

Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it.     Let him declare and lay out before me what has happened since I established my ancient people,     and what is yet to come—     yes, let them foretell what will come.

Do not tremble, do not be afraid.     Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me?     No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.”

All who make idols are nothing,     and the things they treasure are worthless. Those who would speak up for them are blind;     they are ignorant, to their own shame.
Who shapes a god and casts an idol,     which can profit nothing?
People who do that will be put to shame;     such craftsmen are only human beings. Let them all come together and take their stand;     they will be brought down to terror and shame.
The blacksmith takes a tool     and works with it in the coals; he shapes an idol with hammers,     he forges it with the might of his arm. He gets hungry and loses his strength;     he drinks no water and grows faint.
The carpenter measures with a line     and makes an outline with a marker; he roughs it out with chisels     and marks it with compasses. He shapes it in human form,     human form in all its glory,     that it may dwell in a shrine.
He cut down cedars,     or perhaps took a cypress or oak. He let it grow among the trees of the forest,     or planted a pine, and the rain made it grow.
It is used as fuel for burning;     some of it he takes and warms himself,     he kindles a fire and bakes bread. But he also fashions a god and worships it;     he makes an idol and bows down to it.
Half of the wood he burns in the fire;     over it he prepares his meal,     he roasts his meat and eats his fill. He also warms himself and says,     “Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.”
From the rest he makes a god, his idol;     he bows down to it and worships. He prays to it and says,     “Save me! You are my god!”
They know nothing, they understand nothing;     their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see,     and their minds closed so they cannot understand.
No one stops to think,     no one has the knowledge or understanding to say, “Half of it I used for fuel;     I even baked bread over its coals,     I roasted meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left?     Shall I bow down to a block of wood?”
Such a person feeds on ashes; a deluded heart misleads him;     he cannot save himself, or say,     “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?”
“Remember these things, Jacob,     for you, Israel, are my servant. I have made you, you are my servant;     Israel, I will not forget you.
I have swept away your offenses like a cloud,     your sins like the morning mist. Return to me,     for I have redeemed you.”
Sing for joy, you heavens, for the Lord has done this;     shout aloud, you earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains,     you forests and all your trees, for the Lord has redeemed Jacob,     he displays his glory in Israel.
Jerusalem to Be Inhabited
“This is what the Lord says—     your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb:
I am the Lord,
    the Maker of all things,     who stretches out the heavens,     who spreads out the earth by myself,
who foils the signs of false prophets     and makes fools of diviners, who overthrows the learning of the wise     and turns it into nonsense,
who carries out the words of his servants     and fulfills the predictions of his messengers,
who says of Jerusalem, ‘It shall be inhabited,’
    of the towns of Judah, ‘They shall be rebuilt,’     and of their ruins, ‘I will restore them,’
who says to the watery deep, ‘Be dry,     and I will dry up your streams,’
who says of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd     and will accomplish all that I please; he will say of Jerusalem, “Let it be rebuilt,”     and of the temple, “Let its foundations be laid.”’
“This is what the Lord says to his anointed,     to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him     and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him     so that gates will not be shut:

I will go before you     and will level the mountains[b]; I will break down gates of bronze     and cut through bars of iron.

I will give you hidden treasures,     riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord,     the God of Israel, who summons you by name.

For the sake of Jacob my servant,     of Israel my chosen, I summon you by name     and bestow on you a title of honor,     though you do not acknowledge me.

I am the Lord, and there is no other;     apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you,     though you have not acknowledged me,

so that from the rising of the sun     to the place of its setting people may know there is none besides me.     I am the Lord, and there is no other.

I form the light and create darkness,     I bring prosperity and create disaster;     I, the Lord, do all these things.

“You heavens above, rain down my righteousness;     let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide,     let salvation spring up, let righteousness flourish with it;     I, the Lord, have created it.

“Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker,     those who are nothing but potsherds     among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter,     ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say,     ‘The potter has no hands’?
Woe to the one who says to a father,     ‘What have you begotten?’ or to a mother,     ‘What have you brought to birth?’
“This is what the Lord says—     the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Concerning things to come,     do you question me about my children,     or give me orders about the work of my hands?
It is I who made the earth     and created mankind on it. My own hands stretched out the heavens;     I marshaled their starry hosts.
I will raise up Cyrus[c] in my righteousness:     I will make all his ways straight. He will rebuild my city     and set my exiles free, but not for a price or reward,     says the Lord Almighty.”
14 This is what the Lord says:
“The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush,[d]     and those tall Sabeans— they will come over to you     and will be yours; they will trudge behind you,     coming over to you in chains. They will bow down before you     and plead with you, saying, ‘Surely God is with you, and there is no other;     there is no other god.’”
Truly you are a God who has been hiding himself,     the God and Savior of Israel.
All the makers of idols will be put to shame and disgraced;     they will go off into disgrace together.
But Israel will be saved by the Lord     with an everlasting salvation; you will never be put to shame or disgraced,     to ages everlasting.
For this is what the Lord says— he who created the heavens,     he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth,     he founded it; he did not create it to be empty,     but formed it to be inhabited— he says: “I am the Lord,     and there is no other.
I have not spoken in secret,     from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacob’s descendants,     ‘Seek me in vain.’ I, the Lord, speak the truth;     I declare what is right.
“Gather together and come;     assemble, you fugitives from the nations. Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood,     who pray to gods that cannot save.
Declare what is to be, present it—     let them take counsel together. Who foretold this long ago,     who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the Lord?     And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior;     there is none but me.
“Turn to me and be saved,     all you ends of the earth;     for I am God, and there is no other.
By myself I have sworn,     my mouth has uttered in all integrity     a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow;     by me every tongue will swear.
They will say of me, ‘In the Lord alone     are deliverance and strength.’” All who have raged against him     will come to him and be put to shame.
But all the descendants of Israel     will find deliverance in the Lord     and will make their boast in him.
Gods of Babylon
Bel bows down, Nebo stoops low;     their idols are borne by beasts of burden.[e] The images that are carried about are burdensome,     a burden for the weary.

They stoop and bow down together;     unable to rescue the burden,     they themselves go off into captivity.

“Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob,     all the remnant of the people of Israel, you whom I have upheld since your birth,     and have carried since you were born.

Even to your old age and gray hairs     I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you;     I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

“With whom will you compare me or count me equal?     To whom will you liken me that we may be compared?

Some pour out gold from their bags     and weigh out silver on the scales; they hire a goldsmith to make it into a god,     and they bow down and worship it.

They lift it to their shoulders and carry it;     they set it up in its place, and there it stands.     From that spot it cannot move. Even though someone cries out to it, it cannot answer;     it cannot save them from their troubles.

“Remember this, keep it in mind,     take it to heart, you rebels.

Remember the former things, those of long ago;     I am God, and there is no other;     I am God, and there is none like me.
I make known the end from the beginning,     from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand,     and I will do all that I please.’
From the east I summon a bird of prey;     from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about;     what I have planned, that I will do.
Listen to me, you stubborn-hearted,     you who are now far from my righteousness.
I am bringing my righteousness near,     it is not far away;     and my salvation will not be delayed. I will grant salvation to Zion,     my splendor to Israel.
  1. Isaiah 44:2 Jeshurun means the upright one, that is, Israel.
  2. Isaiah 45:2 Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint; the meaning of the word in the Masoretic Text is uncertain.
  3. Isaiah 45:13 Hebrew him
  4. Isaiah 45:14 That is, the upper Nile region
  5. Isaiah 46:1 Or are but beasts and cattle
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