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July 31 - Morning

"In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said,

'This is what the Lord says:
"Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” '

Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord,

'Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.'

And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah:
'Go and tell Hezekiah, "This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says:

I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city. This is the Lord’s sign to you that the Lord will do what he has promised: I will make the shadow cast by the sun go back the ten steps it has gone down on the stairway of Ahaz." '

So the sunlight went back the ten steps it had gone down."

- Isaiah 38:1-8

Speak with Boldness and Listen with Humility

First of all, it is important to realize that Isaiah’s words were bold and independent for this age and for the role of the prophet. Royal prophets, or those who had access to the king, would seek a better word and a more positive omen to pronounce than, “You are going to die; you will not recover.” This is an indication of Isaiah’s willingness to speak for the Lord to men instead of speaking for men.

Isaiah’s bold words will cause him great difficulties including martyrdom when spoken to a man in rebellion to God, for example, Hezekiah’s son, Manasseh). But, life altering events occur when the bold truth is spoken to a man of God who takes seriously the things of the Lord.

Hezekiah repents, calls on the promises of God and Isaiah does get a more favorable word from the Lord.

We must remember to speak the truth with confidence and with hope. We must learn to hear the truth with humbleness and anticipation of God’s good intervention.
Mul (Hb) - circumcise (Eng) - The Hebrew word mul means “to circumcise,” “cut off.”
I will speak and hear the Truth with confidence and humility.

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Heal the broken
Military and National Defense

Near the Gaza/Israel border a few miles east of the city of Gaza.
Details of archaeological finds visible along the west wall of the Old City from the Citadel to the southwest corner.
(Details of this west city wall of the Old City Jerusalem.)

Someone to Quote

"A woman rushed up to famed violinist Fritz Kreisler after a concert and cried: "I'd give my life to play as beautifully as you do." Kreisler replied, "I did." Even nature teaches us that results require long, hard, patient, careful work. The Christian life is no different."

Something to Ponder

24.5% of Americans now say their primary form of spiritual nourishment is meeting with a small group of 20 or less people every week. This is taken from a quote from an online article:

“(a recently finished) study on alternative faith communities…found that a growing number of people are finding Christian discipleship and community in places other than their local churches. The study found that 24.5% of Americans now say their primary form of spiritual nourishment is meeting with a small group of 20 or less people every week. About 6 million people meet weekly with a small group and never or rarely go to church," Stetzer says. "There is a significant movement happening."

(Research by Ed Stetzer, missiologist and director of the Center for Missional Research at the North American Mission Board (namb.net) of the Southern Baptist Convention)

Here’s a Fact

An elaborate tomb system belonging to the priestly family named Bene Hezir (or, sons of Hezir) can be easily seen when viewing the Kidron Valley from outside the Eastern Wall of the Old City Jerusalem. The priestly family of Hezir is mentioned in 1 Chronicles 24:15 as being in the line of Aaron and serving during the days of David. The inscription in the tomb lists the names of the priests and says they were priests of the Hezir family. This tomb was in use during Jesus’ time.
(Photo 1, 2. Diagram. Details 1, 2, 3)


"Fear the Lord and the king, my son, and do not join with rebellious officials,
for those two will send sudden destruction on them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?"

- Proverb 24:21-22

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 6New International Version (NIV)
Solomon Builds the Temple
In the four hundred and eightieth[a] year after the Israelites came out of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, the second month, he began to build the temple of the Lord.
The temple that King Solomon built for the Lord was sixty cubits long, twenty wide and thirty high.[b] The portico at the front of the main hall of the temple extended the width of the temple, that is twenty cubits,[c] and projected ten cubits[d] from the front of the temple. He made narrow windows high up in the temple walls. Against the walls of the main hall and inner sanctuary he built a structure around the building, in which there were side rooms. The lowest floor was five cubits[e] wide, the middle floor six cubits[f] and the third floor seven.[g] He made offset ledges around the outside of the temple so that nothing would be inserted into the temple walls.
In building the temple, only blocks dressed at the quarry were used, and no hammer, chisel or any other iron tool was heard at the temple site while it was being built.
The entrance to the lowest[h] floor was on the south side of the temple; a stairway led up to the middle level and from there to the third. So he built the temple and completed it, roofing it with beams and cedar planks. 10 And he built the side rooms all along the temple. The height of each was five cubits, and they were attached to the temple by beams of cedar.
11 The word of the Lord came to Solomon: 12 “As for this temple you are building, if you follow my decrees, observe my laws and keep all my commands and obey them, I will fulfill through you the promise I gave to David your father. 13 And I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel.”
14 So Solomon built the temple and completed it. 15 He lined its interior walls with cedar boards, paneling them from the floor of the temple to the ceiling, and covered the floor of the temple with planks of juniper. 16 He partitioned off twenty cubits at the rear of the temple with cedar boards from floor to ceiling to form within the temple an inner sanctuary, the Most Holy Place. 17 The main hall in front of this room was forty cubits[i] long. 18 The inside of the temple was cedar, carved with gourds and open flowers. Everything was cedar; no stone was to be seen.
19 He prepared the inner sanctuary within the temple to set the ark of the covenant of the Lord there. 20 The inner sanctuary was twenty cubits long, twenty wide and twenty high. He overlaid the inside with pure gold, and he also overlaid the altar of cedar. 21 Solomon covered the inside of the temple with pure gold, and he extended gold chains across the front of the inner sanctuary, which was overlaid with gold. 22 So he overlaid the whole interior with gold. He also overlaid with gold the altar that belonged to the inner sanctuary.
23 For the inner sanctuary he made a pair of cherubim out of olive wood, each ten cubits high. 24 One wing of the first cherub was five cubits long, and the other wing five cubits—ten cubits from wing tip to wing tip. 25 The second cherub also measured ten cubits, for the two cherubim were identical in size and shape. 26 The height of each cherub was ten cubits. 27 He placed the cherubim inside the innermost room of the temple, with their wings spread out. The wing of one cherub touched one wall, while the wing of the other touched the other wall, and their wings touched each other in the middle of the room. 28 He overlaid the cherubim with gold.
29 On the walls all around the temple, in both the inner and outer rooms, he carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers. 30 He also covered the floors of both the inner and outer rooms of the temple with gold.
31 For the entrance to the inner sanctuary he made doors out of olive wood that were one fifth of the width of the sanctuary. 32 And on the two olive-wood doors he carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers, and overlaid the cherubim and palm trees with hammered gold. 33 In the same way, for the entrance to the main hall he made doorframes out of olive wood that were one fourth of the width of the hall. 34 He also made two doors out of juniper wood, each having two leaves that turned in sockets. 35 He carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers on them and overlaid them with gold hammered evenly over the carvings.
36 And he built the inner courtyard of three courses of dressed stone and one course of trimmed cedar beams.
37 The foundation of the temple of the Lord was laid in the fourth year, in the month of Ziv. 38 In the eleventh year in the month of Bul, the eighth month, the temple was finished in all its details according to its specifications. He had spent seven years building it.
  1. 1 Kings 6:1 Hebrew; Septuagint four hundred and fortieth
  2. 1 Kings 6:2 That is, about 90 feet long, 30 feet wide and 45 feet high or about 27 meters long, 9 meters wide and 14 meters high
  3. 1 Kings 6:3 That is, about 30 feet or about 9 meters; also in verses 16 and 20
  4. 1 Kings 6:3 That is, about 15 feet or about 4.5 meters; also in verses 23-26
  5. 1 Kings 6:6 That is, about 7 1/2 feet or about 2.3 meters; also in verses 10 and 24
  6. 1 Kings 6:6 That is, about 9 feet or about 2.7 meters
  7. 1 Kings 6:6 That is, about 11 feet or about 3.2 meters
  8. 1 Kings 6:8 Septuagint; Hebrew middle
  9. 1 Kings 6:17 That is, about 60 feet or about 18 meters
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Lamentations 2New International Version (NIV)

[a]How the Lord has covered Daughter Zion     with the cloud of his anger[b]! He has hurled down the splendor of Israel     from heaven to earth; he has not remembered his footstool     in the day of his anger.

Without pity the Lord has swallowed up     all the dwellings of Jacob; in his wrath he has torn down     the strongholds of Daughter Judah. He has brought her kingdom and its princes     down to the ground in dishonor.

In fierce anger he has cut off     every horn[c][d] of Israel. He has withdrawn his right hand     at the approach of the enemy. He has burned in Jacob like a flaming fire     that consumes everything around it.

Like an enemy he has strung his bow;     his right hand is ready. Like a foe he has slain     all who were pleasing to the eye; he has poured out his wrath like fire     on the tent of Daughter Zion.

The Lord is like an enemy;     he has swallowed up Israel. He has swallowed up all her palaces     and destroyed her strongholds. He has multiplied mourning and lamentation     for Daughter Judah.

He has laid waste his dwelling like a garden;     he has destroyed his place of meeting. The Lord has made Zion forget     her appointed festivals and her Sabbaths; in his fierce anger he has spurned     both king and priest.

The Lord has rejected his altar     and abandoned his sanctuary. He has given the walls of her palaces     into the hands of the enemy; they have raised a shout in the house of the Lord     as on the day of an appointed festival.

The Lord determined to tear down     the wall around Daughter Zion. He stretched out a measuring line     and did not withhold his hand from destroying. He made ramparts and walls lament;     together they wasted away.

Her gates have sunk into the ground;     their bars he has broken and destroyed. Her king and her princes are exiled among the nations,     the law is no more, and her prophets no longer find     visions from the Lord.
The elders of Daughter Zion     sit on the ground in silence; they have sprinkled dust on their heads     and put on sackcloth. The young women of Jerusalem     have bowed their heads to the ground.
My eyes fail from weeping,     I am in torment within; my heart is poured out on the ground     because my people are destroyed, because children and infants faint     in the streets of the city.
They say to their mothers,     “Where is bread and wine?” as they faint like the wounded     in the streets of the city, as their lives ebb away     in their mothers’ arms.
What can I say for you?     With what can I compare you,     Daughter Jerusalem? To what can I liken you,     that I may comfort you,     Virgin Daughter Zion? Your wound is as deep as the sea.     Who can heal you?
The visions of your prophets     were false and worthless; they did not expose your sin     to ward off your captivity. The prophecies they gave you     were false and misleading.
All who pass your way     clap their hands at you; they scoff and shake their heads     at Daughter Jerusalem: “Is this the city that was called     the perfection of beauty,     the joy of the whole earth?”
All your enemies open their mouths     wide against you; they scoff and gnash their teeth     and say, “We have swallowed her up. This is the day we have waited for;     we have lived to see it.”
The Lord has done what he planned;     he has fulfilled his word,     which he decreed long ago. He has overthrown you without pity,     he has let the enemy gloat over you,     he has exalted the horn[e] of your foes.
The hearts of the people     cry out to the Lord. You walls of Daughter Zion,     let your tears flow like a river     day and night; give yourself no relief,     your eyes no rest.
Arise, cry out in the night,     as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water     in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him     for the lives of your children, who faint from hunger     at every street corner.
“Look, Lord, and consider:     Whom have you ever treated like this? Should women eat their offspring,     the children they have cared for? Should priest and prophet be killed     in the sanctuary of the Lord?
“Young and old lie together     in the dust of the streets; my young men and young women     have fallen by the sword. You have slain them in the day of your anger;     you have slaughtered them without pity.
“As you summon to a feast day,     so you summoned against me terrors on every side. In the day of the Lord’s anger     no one escaped or survived; those I cared for and reared     my enemy has destroyed.”
  1. Lamentations 2:1 This chapter is an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
  2. Lamentations 2:1 Or How the Lord in his anger / has treated Daughter Zion with contempt
  3. Lamentations 2:3 Or off / all the strength; or every king
  4. Lamentations 2:3 Horn here symbolizes strength.
  5. Lamentations 2:17 Horn here symbolizes strength.
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Isaiah 59-61New International Version (NIV)
Sin, Confession and Redemption
Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save,     nor his ear too dull to hear.

But your iniquities have separated     you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you,     so that he will not hear.

For your hands are stained with blood,     your fingers with guilt. Your lips have spoken falsely,     and your tongue mutters wicked things.

No one calls for justice;     no one pleads a case with integrity. They rely on empty arguments, they utter lies;     they conceive trouble and give birth to evil.

They hatch the eggs of vipers     and spin a spider’s web. Whoever eats their eggs will die,     and when one is broken, an adder is hatched.

Their cobwebs are useless for clothing;     they cannot cover themselves with what they make. Their deeds are evil deeds,     and acts of violence are in their hands.

Their feet rush into sin;     they are swift to shed innocent blood. They pursue evil schemes;     acts of violence mark their ways.

The way of peace they do not know;     there is no justice in their paths. They have turned them into crooked roads;     no one who walks along them will know peace.

So justice is far from us,     and righteousness does not reach us. We look for light, but all is darkness;     for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows.
Like the blind we grope along the wall,     feeling our way like people without eyes. At midday we stumble as if it were twilight;     among the strong, we are like the dead.
We all growl like bears;     we moan mournfully like doves. We look for justice, but find none;     for deliverance, but it is far away.
For our offenses are many in your sight,     and our sins testify against us. Our offenses are ever with us,     and we acknowledge our iniquities:
rebellion and treachery against the Lord,     turning our backs on our God, inciting revolt and oppression,     uttering lies our hearts have conceived.
So justice is driven back,     and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets,     honesty cannot enter.
Truth is nowhere to be found,     and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.
The Lord looked and was displeased
    that there was no justice.
He saw that there was no one,     he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm achieved salvation for him,     and his own righteousness sustained him.
He put on righteousness as his breastplate,     and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance     and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak.
According to what they have done,     so will he repay wrath to his enemies     and retribution to his foes;     he will repay the islands their due.
From the west, people will fear the name of the Lord,     and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory. For he will come like a pent-up flood     that the breath of the Lord drives along.[a]
“The Redeemer will come to Zion,     to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,” declares the Lord.
21 “As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the Lord.
The Glory of Zion
“Arise, shine, for your light has come,     and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.

See, darkness covers the earth     and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you     and his glory appears over you.

Nations will come to your light,     and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

“Lift up your eyes and look about you:     All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar,     and your daughters are carried on the hip.

Then you will look and be radiant,     your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you,     to you the riches of the nations will come.

Herds of camels will cover your land,     young camels of Midian and Ephah. And all from Sheba will come,     bearing gold and incense     and proclaiming the praise of the Lord.

All Kedar’s flocks will be gathered to you,     the rams of Nebaioth will serve you; they will be accepted as offerings on my altar,     and I will adorn my glorious temple.

“Who are these that fly along like clouds,     like doves to their nests?

Surely the islands look to me;     in the lead are the ships of Tarshish,[b] bringing your children from afar,     with their silver and gold, to the honor of the Lord your God,     the Holy One of Israel,     for he has endowed you with splendor.
“Foreigners will rebuild your walls,     and their kings will serve you. Though in anger I struck you,     in favor I will show you compassion.
Your gates will always stand open,     they will never be shut, day or night, so that people may bring you the wealth of the nations—     their kings led in triumphal procession.
For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish;     it will be utterly ruined.
“The glory of Lebanon will come to you,     the juniper, the fir and the cypress together, to adorn my sanctuary;     and I will glorify the place for my feet.
The children of your oppressors will come bowing before you;     all who despise you will bow down at your feet and will call you the City of the Lord,     Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
“Although you have been forsaken and hated,     with no one traveling through, I will make you the everlasting pride     and the joy of all generations.
You will drink the milk of nations     and be nursed at royal breasts. Then you will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior,     your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
Instead of bronze I will bring you gold,     and silver in place of iron. Instead of wood I will bring you bronze,     and iron in place of stones. I will make peace your governor     and well-being your ruler.
No longer will violence be heard in your land,     nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation     and your gates Praise.
The sun will no more be your light by day,     nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light,     and your God will be your glory.
Your sun will never set again,     and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light,     and your days of sorrow will end.
Then all your people will be righteous     and they will possess the land forever. They are the shoot I have planted,     the work of my hands,     for the display of my splendor.
The least of you will become a thousand,     the smallest a mighty nation. I am the Lord;     in its time I will do this swiftly.”
The Year of the Lord’s Favor
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,     because the Lord has anointed me     to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,     to proclaim freedom for the captives     and release from darkness for the prisoners,[c]

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor     and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,

    and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty     instead of ashes, the oil of joy     instead of mourning, and a garment of praise     instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness,     a planting of the Lord     for the display of his splendor.

They will rebuild the ancient ruins     and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities     that have been devastated for generations.

Strangers will shepherd your flocks;     foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.

And you will be called priests of the Lord,     you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations,     and in their riches you will boast.

Instead of your shame     you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace     you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,     and everlasting joy will be yours.

“For I, the Lord, love justice;     I hate robbery and wrongdoing. In my faithfulness I will reward my people     and make an everlasting covenant with them.

Their descendants will be known among the nations     and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge     that they are a people the Lord has blessed.”
I delight greatly in the Lord;     my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation     and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,     and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
For as the soil makes the sprout come up     and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness     and praise spring up before all nations.
  1. Isaiah 59:19 Or When enemies come in like a flood, / the Spirit of the Lord will put them to flight
  2. Isaiah 60:9 Or the trading ships
  3. Isaiah 61:1 Hebrew; Septuagint the blind
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