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August 22 - 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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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.

"The word of the Lord came to me:

'What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel:

“The parents eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?

As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel. For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child — both alike belong to me. The one who sins is the one who will die.' "

- Ezekiel 18:1-4

A Catchy, Popular Proverb that was False


Ezekiel corrects a false understanding of God and his justice system that was embraced by the Jewish exiles in Babylon and supported by a catchy, but twisted proverb. The Jewish captives held to the worldview that God would punish the children and the grandchildren for the wickedness of their parents and their grandparents. This false view, which is called transgenerational accountability, was summed up in this erroneous proverb:         “The parents eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.” - Ezekiel 18:2 In this proverb the parents commit the action of eating grapes, but it is the children who experience the bitterness of the grape. The parents commit the action, but the children experience the result. The point was that the Babylonian captives had been punished because of their parents? sins, but the captives themselves were innocent victims. Jeremiah saw the day when people would realize they are responsible for their own fate when he spoke in Jeremiah 31:

“In those days people will no longer say, ‘The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’ ”
- Jeremiah 31:29

The exiles found comfort in their false doctrine of fatalism. Their inability to alter the cosmic events was confirmed by their hopeless situation. Indeed, Ezekiel and Jeremiah were not ignoring the fact that children tend to behave as their parents. (This truth is presented in Ezekiel 16:44; Exodus 34:6-7; Deut. 5:9) But, a child behaving like their parents is not the same thing as the children being punished for their parent’s behavior. In fact, the children are being punished for behaving like their parents. A man has the freedom to respond to his world and his God differently than his parents. Ezekiel gives three illustrations of a children making their own decisions that determine their own fate in Ezekiel 18:5-18. The Jewish captives were not innocently suffering for the sins of their parents, but were suffering the results of their own choices and lifestyle. This generation of exiles in Babylon needed to repent of their own sins. This repentance needed to begin with a correction of their own false views of God.


Yayin (Hb) - wine (Eng) - The Hebrew word yayin means “wine” which refers to a drink from naturally fermented grapes. Yayin is a fermented drink capable of causing intoxication if used in excess. The drinking of yayin was part of the celebration in Jerusalem by Israel assigned by the Lord. Deuteronomy 14:26 Exodus 29:40
I will not accept quotes as statements of truth simply because they are catchy, clever or cute.
I will test popular slogans by comparing them to the truth and reality.


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Esther 3 (474 BC)


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Palm trees on the shore of the Dead Sea.
(Details and photos of the Dead Sea.)
Details on a map of Paul's possible travels to Spain in the "far-west" during the years 62-68 AD as he alluded to in Romans 15:24, 28 and recorded by Eusibius which is in agreement with Clement and the Muratorian Canon.
2 Kings 6 New International Version (NIV)
An Axhead Floats
The company of the prophets said to Elisha, “Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole; and let us build a place there for us to meet.”
And he said, “Go.”
Then one of them said, “Won’t you please come with your servants?”
“I will,” Elisha replied.
And he went with them.
They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees.
As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water. “Oh no, my lord!” he cried out. “It was borrowed!”
The man of God asked, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float. “Lift it out,” he said. Then the man reached out his hand and took it.
Elisha Traps Blinded Arameans
Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, “I will set up my camp in such and such a place.”
The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: “Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there.” 10 So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places.
11 This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, “Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?”
12 “None of us, my lord the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.”
13 “Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” 14 Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.
15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.
16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.
19 Elisha told them, “This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for.” And he led them to Samaria.
20 After they entered the city, Elisha said, “Lord, open the eyes of these men so they can see.” Then the Lord opened their eyes and they looked, and there they were, inside Samaria.
21 When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, “Shall I kill them, my father? Shall I kill them?”
22 “Do not kill them,” he answered. “Would you kill those you have captured with your own sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master.” 23 So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. So the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel’s territory.
Famine in Besieged Samaria
24 Some time later, Ben-Hadad king of Aram mobilized his entire army and marched up and laid siege to Samaria. 25 There was a great famine in the city; the siege lasted so long that a donkey’s head sold for eighty shekels of silver, and a quarter of a cab of seed pods for five shekels.
26 As the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried to him, “Help me, my lord the king!”
27 The king replied, “If the Lord does not help you, where can I get help for you? From the threshing floor? From the winepress?” 28 Then he asked her, “What’s the matter?”
She answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Give up your son so we may eat him today, and tomorrow we’ll eat my son.’
29 So we cooked my son and ate him. The next day I said to her, ‘Give up your son so we may eat him,’ but she had hidden him.”
30 When the king heard the woman’s words, he tore his robes. As he went along the wall, the people looked, and they saw that, under his robes, he had sackcloth on his body. 31 He said, “May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if the head of Elisha son of Shaphat remains on his shoulders today!”
32 Now Elisha was sitting in his house, and the elders were sitting with him. The king sent a messenger ahead, but before he arrived, Elisha said to the elders, “Don’t you see how this murderer is sending someone to cut off my head? Look, when the messenger comes, shut the door and hold it shut against him. Is not the sound of his master’s footsteps behind him?” 33 While he was still talking to them, the messenger came down to him.
The king said, “This disaster is from the Lord. Why should I wait for the Lord any longer?”
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Esther 3 New International Version (NIV)
Haman’s Plot to Destroy the Jews
After these events, King Xerxes honored Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, elevating him and giving him a seat of honor higher than that of all the other nobles. All the royal officials at the king’s gate knelt down and paid honor to Haman, for the king had commanded this concerning him. But Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor.
Then the royal officials at the king’s gate asked Mordecai, “Why do you disobey the king’s command?” Day after day they spoke to him but he refused to comply. Therefore they told Haman about it to see whether Mordecai’s behavior would be tolerated, for he had told them he was a Jew.
When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he was enraged. Yet having learned who Mordecai’s people were, he scorned the idea of killing only Mordecai. Instead Haman looked for a way to destroy all Mordecai’s people, the Jews, throughout the whole kingdom of Xerxes.
In the twelfth year of King Xerxes, in the first month, the month of Nisan, the pur (that is, the lot) was cast in the presence of Haman to select a day and month. And the lot fell on the twelfth month, the month of Adar.
Then Haman said to King Xerxes, “There is a certain people dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom who keep themselves separate. Their customs are different from those of all other people, and they do not obey the king’s laws; it is not in the king’s best interest to tolerate them. If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued to destroy them, and I will give ten thousand talents of silver to the king’s administrators for the royal treasury.”
10 So the king took his signet ring from his finger and gave it to Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews. 11 “Keep the money,” the king said to Haman, “and do with the people as you please.”
12 Then on the thirteenth day of the first month the royal secretaries were summoned. They wrote out in the script of each province and in the language of each people all Haman’s orders to the king’s satraps, the governors of the various provinces and the nobles of the various peoples. These were written in the name of King Xerxes himself and sealed with his own ring. 13 Dispatches were sent by couriers to all the king’s provinces with the order to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews—young and old, women and children—on a single day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, and to plunder their goods. 14 A copy of the text of the edict was to be issued as law in every province and made known to the people of every nationality so they would be ready for that day.
15 The couriers went out, spurred on by the king’s command, and the edict was issued in the citadel of Susa. The king and Haman sat down to drink, but the city of Susa was bewildered.
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Jeremiah 46-47New International Version (NIV)
A Message About Egypt
46 This is the word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the nations:
Concerning Egypt:
This is the message against the army of Pharaoh Necho king of Egypt, which was defeated at Carchemish on the Euphrates River by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah:

“Prepare your shields, both large and small,     and march out for battle!

Harness the horses,     mount the steeds! Take your positions     with helmets on! Polish your spears,     put on your armor!

What do I see?     They are terrified, they are retreating,     their warriors are defeated. They flee in haste     without looking back,     and there is terror on every side,” declares the Lord.

“The swift cannot flee     nor the strong escape. In the north by the River Euphrates     they stumble and fall.

“Who is this that rises like the Nile,     like rivers of surging waters?

Egypt rises like the Nile,     like rivers of surging waters. She says, ‘I will rise and cover the earth;     I will destroy cities and their people.’

Charge, you horses!     Drive furiously, you charioteers! March on, you warriors—men of Cush and Put who carry shields,     men of Lydia who draw the bow.
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But that day belongs to the Lord, the Lord Almighty—     a day of vengeance, for vengeance on his foes. The sword will devour till it is satisfied,     till it has quenched its thirst with blood. For the Lord, the Lord Almighty, will offer sacrifice     in the land of the north by the River Euphrates.
11 
“Go up to Gilead and get balm,     Virgin Daughter Egypt. But you try many medicines in vain;     there is no healing for you.
12 
The nations will hear of your shame;     your cries will fill the earth. One warrior will stumble over another;     both will fall down together.”
13 This is the message the Lord spoke to Jeremiah the prophet about the coming of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to attack Egypt:
14 
“Announce this in Egypt, and proclaim it in Migdol;     proclaim it also in Memphis and Tahpanhes: ‘Take your positions and get ready,     for the sword devours those around you.’
15 
Why will your warriors be laid low?     They cannot stand, for the Lord will push them down.
16 
They will stumble repeatedly;     they will fall over each other. They will say, ‘Get up, let us go back     to our own people and our native lands,     away from the sword of the oppressor.’
17 
There they will exclaim,     ‘Pharaoh king of Egypt is only a loud noise;     he has missed his opportunity.’
18 
“As surely as I live,” declares the King,     whose name is the Lord Almighty, “one will come who is like Tabor among the mountains,     like Carmel by the sea.
19 
Pack your belongings for exile,     you who live in Egypt, for Memphis will be laid waste     and lie in ruins without inhabitant.
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“Egypt is a beautiful heifer,     but a gadfly is coming     against her from the north.
21 
The mercenaries in her ranks     are like fattened calves. They too will turn and flee together,     they will not stand their ground, for the day of disaster is coming upon them,     the time for them to be punished.
22 
Egypt will hiss like a fleeing serpent     as the enemy advances in force; they will come against her with axes,     like men who cut down trees.
23 
They will chop down her forest,” declares the Lord,     “dense though it be. They are more numerous than locusts,     they cannot be counted.
24 
Daughter Egypt will be put to shame,     given into the hands of the people of the north.”
25 The Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “I am about to bring punishment on Amon god of Thebes, on Pharaoh, on Egypt and her gods and her kings, and on those who rely on Pharaoh. 26 I will give them into the hands of those who want to kill them—Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and his officers. Later, however, Egypt will be inhabited as in times past,” declares the Lord.
27 
“Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant;     do not be dismayed, Israel. 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.
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Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant,     for I am with 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.”
A Message About the Philistines
47 This is the word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the Philistines before Pharaoh attacked Gaza:
This is what the Lord says:
“See how the waters are rising in the north;     they will become an overflowing torrent. They will overflow the land and everything in it,     the towns and those who live in them. The people will cry out;     all who dwell in the land will wail

at the sound of the hooves of galloping steeds,     at the noise of enemy chariots     and the rumble of their wheels. Parents will not turn to help their children;     their hands will hang limp.

For the day has come     to destroy all the Philistines and to remove all survivors     who could help Tyre and Sidon. The Lord is about to destroy the Philistines,     the remnant from the coasts of Caphtor.

Gaza will shave her head in mourning;     Ashkelon will be silenced. You remnant on the plain,     how long will you cut yourselves?

“‘Alas, sword of the Lord,     how long till you rest? Return to your sheath;     cease and be still.’

But how can it rest     when the Lord has commanded it, when he has ordered it     to attack Ashkelon and the coast?”
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“If you will here stop, and ask yourselves, why you are not as pious as the primitive Christians were, your own heart will tell you, that it is neither through ignorance nor inability, but purely because you never thoroughly intended it.” – William Law in his book “A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life” written in 1728 (Read the book; details on William Law.)


Ten major things happen personally to every believer through the Holy Spirit:

1. Indwelling – The Holy Spirit lives in every believer
(John 7:37-39; Acts 11:16-17; Romans 5:5; This indwelling is permanent and eternal.

2. Sealing – A seal is placed on every believer indicating two things: God’s ownership and a guarantee of the ultimate salvation (2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30)

3. Baptizing – Baptism by the Spirit refers to the work of the Spirit in baptizing us into Christ or into the body of Christ at the point of our salvation, and it is never repeated (1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:4, 5).

4. Gifting – Each believer is given one or more gifts at the point of their new birth. These are spiritual gifts or supernatural endowments in addition to our natural talents (1 Corinthians 12; 1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 4:11-13).

5. Filling – The filling of the Spirit requires the believer to be obedient, walk in the light.

6. Teaching – The Spirit is in the believer to reveal truth and teach them (John 14:26).

7. Leading – Leading the believer in truth and God’s plan (Jn.16:13; Rom 8:14).

8. Assuring – The Spirit will testify to you that you are a believer and a child of God (Rom. 8:16; 1 Jn 5:6-10).

9. Praying – The Spirit, along with Jesus, prays for us (Rom. 8:26; Eph. 6:18).

10. Sanctifying – Sanctify means to set apart. The Holy Spirit sets us apart as God’s possession and for God’s purposes (1 Cor. 1:2; 6:11).


A pool in ancient Samaria is likely the pool where Ahab’s blood was washed out of his chariot as recorded in 1 Kings 22:37-38.


"Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him."
- Proverbs 22:15




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