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August 11 - Evening

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August 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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An elderly person


Vision of potential
Local economy

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.

"The army of the king of Babylon was then besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was confined in the courtyard of the guard in the royal palace of Judah....Jeremiah said,

'The word of the Lord came to me: Hanamel son of Shallum your uncle is going to come to you and say, ‘Buy my field at Anathoth, because as nearest relative it is your right and duty to buy it.’

Then, just as the Lord had said, my cousin Hanamel came to me in the courtyard of the guard and said, ‘Buy my field at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. Since it is your right to redeem it and possess it, buy it for yourself.’

I knew that this was the word of the Lord; so I bought the field at Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel and weighed out for him seventeen shekels of silver. I signed and sealed the deed, had it witnessed, and weighed out the silver on the scales. I took the deed of purchase — the sealed copy containing the terms and conditions, as well as the unsealed copy — and I gave this deed to Baruch son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, in the presence of my cousin Hanamel and of the witnesses who had signed the deed and of all the Jews sitting in the courtyard of the guard.

In their presence I gave Baruch these instructions:

‘This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Take these documents, both the sealed and unsealed copies of the deed of purchase, and put them in a clay jar so they will last a long time. For this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Houses, fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land.’ "

- Jeremiah 32:2, 6-15

Jeremiah's Prophetic Purchase of a Field in Anathoth

During the final siege of Jerusalem which began in February of 587 BC, Jeremiah was confined to the prison of the guard in Jerusalem (Jeremiah 32:2-5). Here Jeremiah received and recorded in 587 BC the comforting words for the people of Israel that are contained in Jeremiah 30-34.

Nebuchadnezzar’s army was besieging the city while under the command of Nebuzaradan. When Pharoah Hophra led his Egyptian forces north into Judah to assist King Zedekiah against the Babylonians there was a break in the Babylonians siege against the walls of Jerusalem. While Nebuzaradan turned his attention on driving the Egyptian forces back into Egypt Jeremiah is told by the Lord to buy some property in Anathoth.

It was at this time that Jeremiah’s cousin Hanamel came into the courtyard of the guard to sell Jeremiah some family property, saying:

“Buy my field at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. Since it is your right to redeem it and possess it, buy it for yourself.” Jeremiah 32:8

It is interesting to read about the signing of the scrolls, the weighing out of the silver in the scales, the production of an unsealed copy of the document that could be read without breaking the seal of the official document and the calling of witnesses to observe and verify the transaction.

It is also important to note that the field that Jeremiah is purchasing is about three miles northeast of Jerusalem. This area is likely occupied by Babylonian troops who were about a year away from capturing Jerusalem, burning it to the ground and taking the people captive.

Why buy this field? This was a prophetic act from God speaking of the future of Israel. And, this was Jeremiah’s personal commitment to his message of comfort that he had been speaking during Jerusalem’s final days in 587 BC. The prophetic message was given in the presence of the witnesses who came to witness the legal property transfer. In other words, the witnesses came to serve two purposes. One was to verify the legal transfer of property. The second was to hear and confirm Jeremiah’s prophecy of comfort concerning Israel’s future back in the land after the captivity:

“This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Take these documents, both the sealed and unsealed copies of the deed of purchase, and put them in a clay jar so they will last a long time.’ For this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel says: ‘Houses, fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land.’ ”Jeremiah 32:14-15

Ainos (Gr) – praise (Eng) – the Greek word ainos means “a tale,” and “a narration.” It was the telling of the account or the deeds of someone. Ainos came to mean “praise.” Ainos is used only of God as the subject in the NT as in Matthew 21:16 and Luke 18:43. The addition of the prefix epi (“upon”) to ainos creates the Greek word epainos which is a stronger word for praise. This word epainos is used in Ephesians 1:12; Romans 2:29; 1 Peter 1:7 and Philippians 4:8
I will do something today for my future.

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Haggai 1 (Aug. 29, 520 BC)


Fruitfulness in your personal ministry


Recognition of error
International relationships

A bath house at Masada. The floor (missing) was supported on the pillars and steam filled the area below the floor to make the bath room or steam room warm. (Details)
Diagram of the Protestant church family line developed.
Haggai 1 New International Version (NIV)
A Call to Build the House of the Lord
In the second year of King Darius, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest:
This is what the Lord Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord’s house.’”
Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”
Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”
This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the Lord. “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house. 10 Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. 11 I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on people and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”
12 Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the whole remnant of the people obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the message of the prophet Haggai, because the Lord their God had sent him. And the people feared the Lord.
13 Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, gave this message of the Lord to the people: “I am with you,” declares the Lord. 14 So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people. They came and began to work on the house of the Lord Almighty, their God, 15 on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month.
The Promised Glory of the New House
In the second year of King Darius,
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Jeremiah 16-17New International Version (NIV)
Day of Disaster
16 Then the word of the Lord came to me: “You must not marry and have sons or daughters in this place.” For this is what the Lord says about the sons and daughters born in this land and about the women who are their mothers and the men who are their fathers: “They will die of deadly diseases. They will not be mourned or buried but will be like dung lying on the ground. They will perish by sword and famine, and their dead bodies will become food for the birds and the wild animals.”
For this is what the Lord says: “Do not enter a house where there is a funeral meal; do not go to mourn or show sympathy, because I have withdrawn my blessing, my love and my pity from this people,” declares the Lord. “Both high and low will die in this land. They will not be buried or mourned, and no one will cut themselves or shave their head for the dead. No one will offer food to comfort those who mourn for the dead—not even for a father or a mother—nor will anyone give them a drink to console them.
“And do not enter a house where there is feasting and sit down to eat and drink. For this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Before your eyes and in your days I will bring an end to the sounds of joy and gladness and to the voices of bride and bridegroom in this place.
10 “When you tell these people all this and they ask you, ‘Why has the Lord decreed such a great disaster against us? What wrong have we done? What sin have we committed against the Lord our God?’ 11 then say to them, ‘It is because your ancestors forsook me,’ declares the Lord, ‘and followed other gods and served and worshiped them. They forsook me and did not keep my law. 12 But you have behaved more wickedly than your ancestors. See how all of you are following the stubbornness of your evil hearts instead of obeying me. 13 So I will throw you out of this land into a land neither you nor your ancestors have known, and there you will serve other gods day and night, for I will show you no favor.’
14 “However, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when it will no longer be said, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,’ 15 but it will be said, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.’ For I will restore them to the land I gave their ancestors.
16 “But now I will send for many fishermen,” declares the Lord, “and they will catch them. After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks. 17 My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes. 18 I will repay them double for their wickedness and their sin, because they have defiled my land with the lifeless forms of their vile images and have filled my inheritance with their detestable idols.”
Lord, my strength and my fortress,     my refuge in time of distress, to you the nations will come     from the ends of the earth and say, “Our ancestors possessed nothing but false gods,     worthless idols that did them no good.
Do people make their own gods?     Yes, but they are not gods!”
“Therefore I will teach them—     this time I will teach them     my power and might. Then they will know     that my name is the Lord.
“Judah’s sin is engraved with an iron tool,     inscribed with a flint point, on the tablets of their hearts     and on the horns of their altars.

Even their children remember     their altars and Asherah poles beside the spreading trees     and on the high hills.

My mountain in the land     and your wealth and all your treasures I will give away as plunder,     together with your high places,     because of sin throughout your country.

Through your own fault you will lose     the inheritance I gave you. I will enslave you to your enemies     in a land you do not know, for you have kindled my anger,     and it will burn forever.”
This is what the Lord says:
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,     who draws strength from mere flesh     and whose heart turns away from the Lord.

That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;     they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert,     in a salt land where no one lives.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,     whose confidence is in him.

They will be like a tree planted by the water     that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes;     its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought     and never fails to bear fruit.”

The heart is deceitful above all things     and beyond cure.     Who can understand it?
“I the Lord search the heart     and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct,     according to what their deeds deserve.”
Like a partridge that hatches eggs it did not lay     are those who gain riches by unjust means. When their lives are half gone, their riches will desert them,     and in the end they will prove to be fools.
A glorious throne, exalted from the beginning,     is the place of our sanctuary.
Lord, you are the hope of Israel;     all who forsake you will be put to shame. Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust     because they have forsaken the Lord,     the spring of living water.
Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed;     save me and I will be saved,     for you are the one I praise.
They keep saying to me,     “Where is the word of the Lord?     Let it now be fulfilled!”
I have not run away from being your shepherd;     you know I have not desired the day of despair.     What passes my lips is open before you.
Do not be a terror to me;     you are my refuge in the day of disaster.
Let my persecutors be put to shame,     but keep me from shame; let them be terrified,     but keep me from terror. Bring on them the day of disaster;     destroy them with double destruction.
Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy
19 This is what the Lord said to me: “Go and stand at the Gate of the People, through which the kings of Judah go in and out; stand also at all the other gates of Jerusalem. 20 Say to them, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, you kings of Judah and all people of Judah and everyone living in Jerusalem who come through these gates. 21 This is what the Lord says: Be careful not to carry a load on the Sabbath day or bring it through the gates of Jerusalem. 22 Do not bring a load out of your houses or do any work on the Sabbath, but keep the Sabbath day holy, as I commanded your ancestors. 23 Yet they did not listen or pay attention; they were stiff-necked and would not listen or respond to discipline. 24 But if you are careful to obey me, declares the Lord, and bring no load through the gates of this city on the Sabbath, but keep the Sabbath day holy by not doing any work on it, 25 then kings who sit on David’s throne will come through the gates of this city with their officials. They and their officials will come riding in chariots and on horses, accompanied by the men of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, and this city will be inhabited forever. 26 People will come from the towns of Judah and the villages around Jerusalem, from the territory of Benjamin and the western foothills, from the hill country and the Negev, bringing burnt offerings and sacrifices, grain offerings and incense, and bringing thank offerings to the house of the Lord. 27 But if you do not obey me to keep the Sabbath day holy by not carrying any load as you come through the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle an unquenchable fire in the gates of Jerusalem that will consume her fortresses.’”
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"A congregation that is not deeply and earnestly involved in the worldwide proclamation of the gospel does not understand the nature of salvation." 
- Ted Engstrom

David’s son Absalom cut his hair each year simply because it became too heavy not to cut. Absalom’s hair weighed 5 pounds at his annual hair cutting according to 2 Samuel 14:26.

Three jar handles from 590’s BC, the time of Jehoiachin and Zedekiah have been found in southern Judah with the inscription, “Belonging to Eliakim, the servant of Jehoiachin.” Preserved Babylonian records (4x) considered Jehoiachin king of Judah even while he was in captivity, as does Ezekiel (who merely calls Zedekiah “regent prince”) and Jeremiah 52:31-34 and 2 Kings 25:27-30. It would appear then from these jar handles that Eliakim was Babylon’s administrator serving in Jehoiachin’s place since King Jehoichin had been taken captive back to Babylon. (Details 1, 2.)

"A kindhearted woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth." - Proverbs 11:16

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