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August 15 - Morning

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August 1 - Morning

"I said, 'I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.'

So I remained utterly silent, not even saying anything good. But my anguish increased; my heart grew hot within me. While I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue:

'Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.' "

- Psalms 39:1-5

Think Before You Spew Out Your Questions


The superscript of David’s Psalm 39 contains the name Jeduthun:
            “For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.”

Jeduthun is mentioned in First Chronicles 16:42 as being one of two Levites “responsible for the sounding of the trumpets and cymbals and for the playing of the other instruments for sacred song.” Jeduthun was a Levites who ministered in song during the days of Zadok the high priest when the tabernacle was set up at the high place in Gibeon around 1000 BC. Even though the Ark of the Covenant had been brought into Jerusalem and set inside the tent of David, the Levite Jeduthun led the music in the tabernacle courts in order to give thanks to the Lord during the daily sacrifices 7 miles to the north of Jerusalem at the High Place of Gibeon. (See First Chronicles 16)

The psalm begins with David realizing that he has to watch what he says since he is being challenged emotionally and intellectually concerning the true meaning of life and wicked people. David realizes if he simply allows his thoughts to burst out in words he will be sinning with his mouth. So, instead David vows to “put a muzzle” on his mouth in order to prevent a bad situation from becoming worse. (Psalm 39:1)

Yet, the anguish of his thoughts and the questions he had concerning life and wicked men burned in his soul. He sought a logical balance in life between purpose, sinful behavior and the justice of God. (Psalm 39:2-3)

Ultimately David has to speak and he begins by not spewing out his rash conclusion, but instead begins his quest by first establishing a perspective. David begins by asking to see or understand the length and limits of a human life. Now, from this lofty vantage point David can begin to analyze with a proper perspective all the issues that are bothering him. (Psalm 39:3-8)
Kbd (Hb) – to be heavy (Eng) – Kbd is a Semitic root that means “to be heavy.” The adjective kabed means “heavy” and kabod means “weight, honor, majesty.” Kabed, “heavy in weight,” is used in 1 Samuel 4:18 to refer to the overweight high priest Eli. In Exodus 17:12 kabed is used in reference to Moses’ tired arms. Kbd was used negatively to refer to the weight of a burden on a person. Positively kbd can refer to the | weight of honor a person deserves or to the majesty of God.  
I will focus on thinking about the effect my words will have on others, on situations and on myself before I speak. I will put a muzzle on and | give myself a chance to analyze my thoughts before they become spoken words.



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Physical strength

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Local mayors and city officials
Germany



Warren's fallen ashlar stone seen by Charles Warren in 1873 (photographed here in 2012) in the city gutter (or, sewer) under the road that ran along the Western Wall of Herod's temple mount. This is below Robinson's Arch and was probably the result of a construction accident around 10 BC during Herod's construction of Robinson's Arch. The ashlar fell during construction, but was never retrieved. (I wonder if there was a follow-up inspection and fines assigned by OSHA?) See Warren's 1873 image here.
Three phases of salvations work in our lives.




Someone to Quote

"Christianity is a battle, not a dream."
- Wendell Phillips

Something to Ponder

"On average, an ordained Protestant pastor serving a small congregation received a median salary and housing package of $31,234, according to a study by sociologist Jackson Carroll."
(source)

Here’s a Fact

An ancient Egyptian document from 1300 BC, “Destruction of Mankind”, describes a group of people who were not Egyptian fleeing from the Land of Goshen (eastern Nile Delta area), but pursued by the armies of Pharaoh. Within this document is the Egyptian root. YWY, which is the name of the Hebrew God YHWH, or, I AM THAT I AM. (Hieroglyphic text) (Translated text)

Proverb

"Whoever listens to me (wisdom) will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."
- Proverbs 1:33

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.

When Baruch son of Neriah wrote on a scroll the words Jeremiah the prophet dictated in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, Jeremiah said this to Baruch:

'This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to you, Baruch:

You said, ‘Woe to me! The Lord has added sorrow to my pain; I am worn out with groaning and find no rest.’

But the Lord has told me to say to you, ‘This is what the Lord says:
I will overthrow what I have built and uproot what I have planted, throughout the earth. Should you then seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them! For I will bring disaster on all people, declares the Lord, but wherever you go I will let you escape with your life.’

- Jeremiah 45

A Personal Prophecy for Jeremiah's Scribe

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Jeremiah 45 records an event from the year 605 BC.
It appears that the scribe Baruch son of Neriah was not only a professionally trained scribe, but was in the upper class and, was likely, a royal scribe of King Josiah that had been appointed to assist Jeremiah and record his prophecies.(click map) 

The events in the year 605 BC where monumental in the history of the Middle East. In 609 BC Nebuchadnezzar had defeated the Assyrian Empire at Carchemish, but Pharaoh Neco had come out of Egypt to drive Nebuchadnezzar back into Babylon. Now four years later in 605 Nebuchadnezzar, who was still the general of his father’s military forces, returns in early August to Syria and, in a surprise attack, defeats Pharaoh Neco at Carchemish.  (2 Kings 24:1) Nebuchadnezzar sweeps through Syria, Phoenicia and Israel as he drives Neco back across the Egyptian border. On August 16 Nebuchadnezzar’s father, the Babylonian king Nebopolazzar dies. When news reaches Nebuchadnezzar he immediately returns to Babylon, but not until he has given orders for royal captives (including Daniel, Daniel 1:1-13Jeremiah 46:2Jeremiah 52:28-30) from each of the countries he has defeated, be to taken back to Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar is back in Babylon by September 7.

It is in the midst of the turmoil of this year that the Lord speaks to Baruch through Jeremiah concerning Baruch’s own ambitions, life plans and fears. It appears that the young man Baruch had personal plans that Jeremiah describes as “great things for yourself.” Baruch may have been planning of expanding his scribal skills into a business or seeking clients who could pay him a more lucrative salary than he earned as a public servant or working for the prophet Jeremiah. Whatever Baruch’s personal plans were, he is told in the year 605 to stop complaining. Baruch’s good life in the palace was upset when the good King Josiah was killed in 609 BC, and became worse now in 605 when King Jehoiakim had been taken as a temporary captive into Babylon along with the many members of the royal family. Many of these might have been friends of Baruch who will never return.
(For example, Baruch's brother, Seraiah, accompanied King Zedekiah to Babylon in 594 BC when Nebuchadnezzar desires to question Zedekiah concerning rumors of a Judean revolt: Jer. 51:59)

As Baruch writes the words Jeremiah is dictating concerning more national judgment in the near future, Baruch realizes his life is not going to be what he had grown to expect and his future was not going to be as he had planned. While Jeremiah was dictating Baruch either thought or said,

“Woe to me! The Lord has added sorrow to my pain; I am worn out with groaning and find no rest.” – Jeremiah 45:3

And, the Lord responded to Baruch with a rebuke, a warning and a promise. Baruch was free to respond or rebel to Jeremiah’s words just like the people of Judah were. The Lord said to Baruch that day:

“I will overthrow what I have built and uproot what I have planted, throughout the earth. Should you then seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them! For I will bring disaster on all people, declares the Lord, but wherever you go I will let you escape with your life.”  Jeremiah 45:4-5

The Lord was doing something bigger than Baruch's plans could handle. Baruch would have to adjust or perish.

(Baruch's seal impression has been found on a bulla - Images 1, 2. Details 1, 2.)


‘Ashah (Hb) - work (Eng) - The Hebrew word ‘ashah means “to make,” “to do” and “to create.” The general use of ‘ashah is to refer to the production of things.
Genesis 1:11‘ashah fruit
Exodus 20:4‘ashah images
Isaiah 44:17‘ashah idols
Genesis 12:2‘ashah Abram into a nation
I will encourage someone today.


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Zechariah 6 (520-519 BC)


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Libya
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Tomb of Pharaoh's Daughter - This tomb is further south under the village of Silwan and is known as the Tomb of Pharaoh's Daughter. This tomb was cut during, or right after, the  Hasmonean age but is unidentified. Originally this tomb, which looks like a small house, was topped with a pyramid roof cut from a single rock. 
Sometime after 700 AD the pyramid roof was cut up into blocks to be reused. The process caused great damage to the tomb. More damage was caused by a hermit who used this tomb as a home. There was an ancient Hebrew inscription in the upper left corner of the entrance, but now only two letters remain. The rest of the inscription was destroyed when the hermit widened the doorway. (More tombs in the Kidron.)

Diagram of the historically correct view of the Trinity.
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More teaching. False views of the Trinity.)

1 Kings 21 New International Version (NIV)
Naboth’s Vineyard
21 Some time later there was an incident involving a vineyard belonging to Naboth the Jezreelite. The vineyard was in Jezreel, close to the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. Ahab said to Naboth, “Let me have your vineyard to use for a vegetable garden, since it is close to my palace. In exchange I will give you a better vineyard or, if you prefer, I will pay you whatever it is worth.”
But Naboth replied, “The Lord forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my ancestors.”
So Ahab went home, sullen and angry because Naboth the Jezreelite had said, “I will not give you the inheritance of my ancestors.” He lay on his bed sulking and refused to eat.
His wife Jezebel came in and asked him, “Why are you so sullen? Why won’t you eat?”
He answered her, “Because I said to Naboth the Jezreelite, ‘Sell me your vineyard; or if you prefer, I will give you another vineyard in its place.’ But he said, ‘I will not give you my vineyard.’”
Jezebel his wife said, “Is this how you act as king over Israel? Get up and eat! Cheer up. I’ll get you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.”
So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name, placed his seal on them, and sent them to the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth’s city with him. In those letters she wrote:
“Proclaim a day of fasting and seat Naboth in a prominent place among the people.
10 But seat two scoundrels opposite him and have them bring charges that he has cursed both God and the king. Then take him out and stone him to death.”
11 So the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth’s city did as Jezebel directed in the letters she had written to them. 12 They proclaimed a fast and seated Naboth in a prominent place among the people. 13 Then two scoundrels came and sat opposite him and brought charges against Naboth before the people, saying, “Naboth has cursed both God and the king.” So they took him outside the city and stoned him to death. 14 Then they sent word to Jezebel: “Naboth has been stoned to death.”
15 As soon as Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned to death, she said to Ahab, “Get up and take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite that he refused to sell you. He is no longer alive, but dead.” 16 When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, he got up and went down to take possession of Naboth’s vineyard.
17 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite: 18 “Go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who rules in Samaria. He is now in Naboth’s vineyard, where he has gone to take possession of it. 19 Say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Have you not murdered a man and seized his property?’ Then say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: In the place where dogs licked up Naboth’s blood, dogs will lick up your blood—yes, yours!’”
20 Ahab said to Elijah, “So you have found me, my enemy!”
“I have found you,” he answered, “because you have sold yourself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord.
21 He says, ‘I am going to bring disaster on you. I will wipe out your descendants and cut off from Ahab every last male in Israel—slave or free. 22 I will make your house like that of Jeroboam son of Nebat and that of Baasha son of Ahijah, because you have aroused my anger and have caused Israel to sin.’
23 “And also concerning Jezebel the Lord says: ‘Dogs will devour Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.’
24 “Dogs will eat those belonging to Ahab who die in the city, and the birds will feed on those who die in the country.”
25 (There was never anyone like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, urged on by Jezebel his wife. 26 He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites the Lord drove out before Israel.)
27 When Ahab heard these words, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and fasted. He lay in sackcloth and went around meekly.
28 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite: 29 “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.”
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Zechariah 6 New International Version (NIV)
Four Chariots
I looked up again, and there before me were four chariots coming out from between two mountains—mountains of bronze. The first chariot had red horses, the second black, the third white, and the fourth dappled—all of them powerful. I asked the angel who was speaking to me, “What are these, my lord?”
The angel answered me, “These are the four spirits of heaven, going out from standing in the presence of the Lord of the whole world. The one with the black horses is going toward the north country, the one with the white horses toward the west, and the one with the dappled horses toward the south.”
When the powerful horses went out, they were straining to go throughout the earth. And he said, “Go throughout the earth!” So they went throughout the earth.
Then he called to me, “Look, those going toward the north country have given my Spirit rest in the land of the north.”
A Crown for Joshua
The word of the Lord came to me: 10 “Take silver and gold from the exiles Heldai, Tobijah and Jedaiah, who have arrived from Babylon. Go the same day to the house of Josiah son of Zephaniah. 11 Take the silver and gold and make a crown, and set it on the head of the high priest, Joshua son of Jozadak. 12 Tell him this is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Here is the man whose name is the Branch, and he will branch out from his place and build the temple of the Lord. 13 It is he who will build the temple of the Lord, and he will be clothed with majesty and will sit and rule on his throne. And he will be a priest on his throne. And there will be harmony between the two.’ 14 The crown will be given to Heldai, Tobijah, Jedaiah and Hen son of Zephaniah as a memorial in the temple of the Lord. 15 Those who are far away will come and help to build the temple of the Lord, and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. This will happen if you diligently obey the Lord your God.”
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Jeremiah 30 New International Version (NIV)
Restoration of Israel
30 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you. The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will bring my people Israel and Judah back from captivity and restore them to the land I gave their ancestors to possess,’ says the Lord.”
These are the words the Lord spoke concerning Israel and Judah: “This is what the Lord says:
“‘Cries of fear are heard—     terror, not peace.

Ask and see:     Can a man bear children? Then why do I see every strong man     with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor,     every face turned deathly pale?

How awful that day will be!     No other will be like it. It will be a time of trouble for Jacob,     but he will be saved out of it.

“‘In that day,’ declares the Lord Almighty,     ‘I will break the yoke off their necks and will tear off their bonds;     no longer will foreigners enslave them.

Instead, they will serve the Lord their God     and David their king,     whom I will raise up for them.
10 
“‘So do not be afraid, Jacob my servant;     do not be dismayed, Israel,’ declares the Lord. ‘I will surely save you out of a distant place,     your descendants from the land of their exile. Jacob will again have peace and security,     and no one will make him afraid.
11 
I am with you and will save you,’     declares the Lord. ‘Though I completely destroy all the nations     among which I scatter you,     I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you but only in due measure;     I will not let you go entirely unpunished.’
12 “This is what the Lord says:
“‘Your wound is incurable,     your injury beyond healing.
13 
There is no one to plead your cause,     no remedy for your sore,     no healing for you.
14 
All your allies have forgotten you;     they care nothing for you. I have struck you as an enemy would     and punished you as would the cruel, because your guilt is so great     and your sins so many.
15 
Why do you cry out over your wound,     your pain that has no cure? Because of your great guilt and many sins     I have done these things to you.
16 
“‘But all who devour you will be devoured;     all your enemies will go into exile. Those who plunder you will be plundered;     all who make spoil of you I will despoil.
17 
But I will restore you to health     and heal your wounds,’ declares the Lord, ‘because you are called an outcast,     Zion for whom no one cares.’
18 “This is what the Lord says:
“‘I will restore the fortunes of Jacob’s tents     and have compassion on his dwellings; the city will be rebuilt on her ruins,     and the palace will stand in its proper place.
19 
From them will come songs of thanksgiving     and the sound of rejoicing. I will add to their numbers,     and they will not be decreased; I will bring them honor,     and they will not be disdained.
20 
Their children will be as in days of old,     and their community will be established before me;     I will punish all who oppress them.
21 
Their leader will be one of their own;     their ruler will arise from among them. I will bring him near and he will come close to me—     for who is he who will devote himself     to be close to me?’ declares the Lord.
22 
“‘So you will be my people,     and I will be your God.’”
23 
See, the storm of the Lord     will burst out in wrath, a driving wind swirling down     on the heads of the wicked.
24 
The fierce anger of the Lord will not turn back     until he fully accomplishes     the purposes of his heart. In days to come     you will understand this.
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“We must be persuaded not only that as God once formed the world, so he sustains it by his boundless power, governs it by his wisdom, preserves it by his goodness, in particular, rules the human race with justice and judgment, bears with them in mercy, shields them by his protection; but also that not a particle of light, or wisdom, or justice, or power, or rectitude, or genuine truth, will anywhere be found, which does not flow from him, and of which he is not the cause; in this way we must learn to expect and ask all things from him, and thankfully ascribe to him whatever we receive. For this sense of the divine perfections is the proper master to teach us piety, out of which religion springs.” – John Calvin in “Institutes of the Christian Religion” (read)


It is important to realize our limitations in our own personal knowledge of Greek but at the same time recognize the inexhaustible supply of resources we have available to study Greek. There has never been a time (like the 20th/21st century), in which so many accurate study tools written by well-trained Greek scholars have been readily available for a believer who wants to gain insight into God’s written revelation.
Here are some of the Greek study tools:

1. Greek Text – Scholars have worked through all the appropriate Greek manuscripts to produce the best Greek New Testament.
2. Greek/English Interlinear – A translator has taken the Greek text and translated each line word for word into English.
3. Greek Grammars – A textbook by a Greek teacher that takes you step by step through the process of learning the Greek language.
4. Greek Concordance – Scholars have taken every Greek word in the Greek New Testament and listed them in alphabetical order along with each of its Scripture references.
5. English Concordance – Each English word from a particular translation is listed alphabetically along each of its Scripture references.
6. Greek Lexicon – Is a dictionary, but also provides examples of how the word was used in other writings written during the time of the New Testament.
7. Greek Dictionary – A Greek Dictionary can provide a simple one-to-three word definition, which is good for a quick reference.
8. Greek Reference Sets – Are similar to commentaries but the author focuses on the exegetical work from the meaning of the Greek and linguistic insights.
9. Other Reference Tools – Other useful books are word study, lexical aids, linguistic keys, and reference works that help bring the Greek New Testament a little closer to the reader.


Ezekiel 2:10 says that the title of the scroll was written on both sides. This was done so the contents of the scroll can be identified even when it is rolled up. This practice was similar to putting the title of a book on its spine. According to Ezekiel 2:10 the title of Ezekiel’s scroll was “Words of Lament and Mourning and Woe.” The Dead Sea Scrolls followed the same practice when they would summarize the content on the inside of the scroll with a few words (or, the title) on the outside of the scroll. For example, one particular scroll from the Dead Sea discoveries had written on the outside, so that it could still be seen and read when the scroll was rolled up, was “The Manual of Discipline.”


"All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast."
- Proverbs 15:15




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