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August 3 - Evening

"Israel’s watchmen are blind,
they all lack knowledge;
they are all mute dogs,
they cannot bark;
they lie around and dream,
they love to sleep.
They are dogs with mighty appetites;
they never have enough.
They are shepherds who lack understanding;
they all turn to their own way,
they seek their own gain.

'Come,' each one cries,
'let me get wine!
Let us drink our fill of beer!
And tomorrow will be like today,
or even far better.' "

- Isaiah 56:10-12

How Leadership Fails the People

56:10 The leadership is described as:
  • Watchmen  (the prophets)
  • Guard dogs  (possibly the priests)
  • Shepherds (possibly the kings)
 “watchmen” – If they cannot see the enemy the people probably won’t. The watchman were apointed by the Lord and held responsible. The "watchmen" were to serve the people for the Lord:
 “dogs” – they cannot bark and so they are useless to defend the nation. This would refer to lacking the sound or anointing to communicate.  

56:11 Not only are they:
  • unconscious or unknowing
  • useless to perform their duty. . .they also:
  • have unsatisfied desires
 This leadership does not:
  • know their purpose or their situation (56:10)
  • fulfill their responsibility (56:10)
  • know how to satisfy their desires (56:11)
  • understand the problem (56:11)
POINT:  Since they do not know their PURPOSE and do not fulfill the MISSION they can find no satisfaction in life.  

56:12 All of their efforts are on satisfying these desires with less and less results. They end up in slavery:
  • first, self-induced slavery to addictions and desires
  • second, national slavery because their culture becomes too weak because they are too distracted by the first slavery, self-induced.

57:1 Righteous are perishing and no one notices  

57:2 The righteous are taken to peace and away from the evil and its results.
Pterugion (Gr) – pinnacle (Eng) – the Greek word pterugion means “a little wing,” “a small tower on top of a larger tower” and “a small tower at the corner of a building, wall or castle.” Pterugion is used in Matthew 4:5 and Luke 4:9.
I will identify my gift and my responsibility.
I will fulfill my duty and do what the Lord has assigned to me.
I will serve others in the position God has entrusted to me.

Bible Reading Descriptions Here


(morning only)

Complete Text

General Text

Jeremiah 43 (585 BC)


Ask Holy Spirit to move through you


Submission to God's Plan and Direction
Equal Rights
North Korea

Inside the Arch of Titus in Rome the Temple furniture (Lampstand and Table of Shewbread) and treasures (silver trumpets, urns, etc.) can be seen being carried into Rome after the 70 AD destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple.
Details of Sennacherib's invasion of Judah recorded in 2 Kings 19 and Isaiah 37 from 701 BC.

Someone to Quote

"I find it as difficult to understand a scientist who does not acknowledge the presence of a superior rationality behind the existence of the universe as it is to comprehend a theologian who would deny the advances of science." 
- Wernher von Braun,
pioneer rocket engineer

Something to Ponder

An unexamined faith is not worth keeping. When opposition comes, an unexamined belief system or blind faith will quickly collapse and be replaced by something that seems more defendable. Evidence of the truth will produce faith. Romans 10:17 says:
“Faith comes from hearing the message.”

Here’s a Fact

Ishtar Gate and Nebuchadnezzar's Inscription
This two-towered gate had an 82 foot high arch. The Ishtar Gate led onto the Processional Way which was the main street that ran past Nebucahnezzar's palace into the inner city. The inscription found on the gate reads:

"(Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, son of) Nabopolassar (King of Babylon am I). The gate of Nana (Ishtar . . . I built) with (blue) enameled bricks ... for Marduk my lord. Lusty bulls of bronze and mighty figures of serpents I placed at their thresholds, with slabs (?) of limestone (and . . . ) of stone I . . . the enclosure of the bulls (...?) Marduk, exalted lord . . . eternal life . . . give as a gift" 

(Photo, Details)


"Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act."
- Proverbs 3:27

Coach’s Corner

The greatest miracle is salvation. The godliest spiritual manifestation is the transformed soul.

Jeremiah 43 New International Version (NIV)
43 When Jeremiah had finished telling the people all the words of the Lord their God—everything the Lord had sent him to tell them— Azariah son of Hoshaiah and Johanan son of Kareah and all the arrogant men said to Jeremiah, “You are lying! The Lord our God has not sent you to say, ‘You must not go to Egypt to settle there.’ But Baruch son of Neriah is inciting you against us to hand us over to the Babylonians, so they may kill us or carry us into exile to Babylon.”
So Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers and all the people disobeyed the Lord’s command to stay in the land of Judah. Instead, Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers led away all the remnant of Judah who had come back to live in the land of Judah from all the nations where they had been scattered. They also led away all those whom Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard had left with Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan—the men, the women, the children and the king’s daughters. And they took Jeremiah the prophet and Baruch son of Neriah along with them. So they entered Egypt in disobedience to the Lord and went as far as Tahpanhes.
In Tahpanhes the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: “While the Jews are watching, take some large stones with you and bury them in clay in the brick pavement at the entrance to Pharaoh’s palace in Tahpanhes. 10 Then say to them, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will send for my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and I will set his throne over these stones I have buried here; he will spread his royal canopy above them. 11 He will come and attack Egypt, bringing death to those destined for death, captivity to those destined for captivity, and the sword to those destined for the sword. 12 He will set fire to the temples of the gods of Egypt; he will burn their temples and take their gods captive. As a shepherd picks his garment clean of lice, so he will pick Egypt clean and depart. 13 There in the temple of the sun in Egypt he will demolish the sacred pillars and will burn down the temples of the gods of Egypt.’”
2 Chronicles 33 New International Version (NIV)
Manasseh King of Judah
33 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, following the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites. He rebuilt the high places his father Hezekiah had demolished; he also erected altars to the Baals and made Asherah poles. He bowed down to all the starry hosts and worshiped them. He built altars in the temple of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, “My Name will remain in Jerusalem forever.” In both courts of the temple of the Lord, he built altars to all the starry hosts. He sacrificed his children in the fire in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, practiced divination and witchcraft, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing his anger.
He took the image he had made and put it in God’s temple, of which God had said to David and to his son Solomon, “In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name forever. I will not again make the feet of the Israelites leave the land I assigned to your ancestors, if only they will be careful to do everything I commanded them concerning all the laws, decrees and regulations given through Moses.” But Manasseh led Judah and the people of Jerusalem astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites.
10 The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention. 11 So the Lord brought against them the army commanders of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh prisoner, put a hook in his nose, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon. 12 In his distress he sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his ancestors. 13 And when he prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God.
14 Afterward he rebuilt the outer wall of the City of David, west of the Gihon spring in the valley, as far as the entrance of the Fish Gate and encircling the hill of Ophel; he also made it much higher. He stationed military commanders in all the fortified cities in Judah.
15 He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the Lord, as well as all the altars he had built on the temple hill and in Jerusalem; and he threw them out of the city. 16 Then he restored the altar of the Lord and sacrificed fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it, and told Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel. 17 The people, however, continued to sacrifice at the high places, but only to the Lord their God.
18 The other events of Manasseh’s reign, including his prayer to his God and the words the seers spoke to him in the name of the Lord, the God of Israel, are written in the annals of the kings of Israel. 19 His prayer and how God was moved by his entreaty, as well as all his sins and unfaithfulness, and the sites where he built high places and set up Asherah poles and idols before he humbled himself—all these are written in the records of the seers. 20 Manasseh rested with his ancestors and was buried in his palace. And Amon his son succeeded him as king.
Amon King of Judah
21 Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem two years. 22 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, as his father Manasseh had done. Amon worshiped and offered sacrifices to all the idols Manasseh had made. 23 But unlike his father Manasseh, he did not humble himself before the Lord; Amon increased his guilt.
24 Amon’s officials conspired against him and assassinated him in his palace. 25 Then the people of the land killed all who had plotted against King Amon, and they made Josiah his son king in his place.

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