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August 4 - 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.



Bible Reading Descriptions Here

Narrative

(morning only)

Complete Text

General Text




Personal

An elderly person

Church

Vision of potential
Local economy
Germany



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.

Proverb

"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.

"Who is this coming from Edom, from Bozrah, with his garments stained crimson? Who is this, robed in splendor, striding forward in the greatness of his strength?

'It is I, proclaiming victory, mighty to save.'

'Why are your garments red, like those of one treading the winepress?'

'I have trodden the winepress alone; from the nations no one was with me. I trampled them in my anger and trod them down in my wrath; their blood spattered my garments, and I stained all my clothing. It was for me the day of vengeance; the year for me to redeem had come. I looked, but there was no one to help, I was appalled that no one gave support; so my own arm achieved salvation for me, and my own wrath sustained me. I trampled the nations in my anger; in my wrath I made them drunk and poured their blood on the ground.' "
- Isaiah 63:1-6

The Deliverer Returns for Vengeance



63:1 The watchman asks who is coming. Someone is approaching Israel from Bozrah in Edom. Bozrah was the capital of Edom.  Edom was Israel’s southern enemy.

“It is I” or simply “I” and is the word used by God to identify himself.  See (43:25) “Speaking” is the character of the LORD.  Throughout scripture God speaks:
“Righteousness”  - His speech is done from the character of righteousness.
“Mighty” – He is strong “Save” – He can deliver

It is clear that he will be able to deliver his people from their enemies because:
  • He is present
  • He is active and speaking.  He is not an inactive, mute idol.
  • What he says is right, true or based in reality.  This is not the case of his enemies.
  • He is the strong one
  • He has the power to save and deliver.

When he appears he brings salvation to his people.  The antithesis of salvation for his people is destruction of the enemies.

63:2 The watchman can see the returning warriors garments are stained red.

63:3-6 The Servant/Warrior answers the watchmen from verses 63:1-2. Four things are made clear:
  • He has been treading a winepress (63:3) and the nations are being trampled (63:6)
  • He trampled them in anger and in wrath for it was the day of vengeance. (63:3-4)
  • He did the work alone (63:3, 5)
  • He did it for redemption (63:4) and salvation (63:5)

God has emotions.  His love for his people is balanced by his anger for his (and their) enemies.

We can see in Isaiah 53 (the defeat of our inner enemy sin) and 63 (the defeat of the outer enemies the nations) that without a Messiah we would never be able to overcome.

“To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God.” - Isaiah 61:2

Who could help?  No one.

Notice the anger of God and the vengeance of God are not to get even but to work his plan of salvation. 

Verse 4 indicates that this act involved planning and waiting through the years:
  • “. . .was in my heart” indicates his plan and purpose that he has been working on
  •  “the year of my redemption has come” shows many years and seasons have gone before but not it is time for redemption.
  • Redemption and Vengeance are opposites in this case.  Redemption for his people, Vengeance for his enemies.

63:6 The winepress image of “made them drunk” and “poured their blood on the ground” is a picture of the enemies being so deep in blood that they drown.

In 49:26 the oppressors of God’s people “will be drunk on their own blood, as with wine.”

Isaiah 53:12 describes the Servant shedding his own blood (“pouring out his soul”) to save these enemies from themselves and their world by making them righteous.  They refuse to be changed by the gift and so now die in their own blood.

“For if, when we were God’s enemies we were reconciled to him. . .” - Romans 5:10

Israel now reflects on what Isaiah has just promised (63:7-14) Israel’s obvious question is “If 63:1-6 are true, why are we still in this mess?
  • God is Good
  • We have sinned


Stulos (Gr) – pillar (Eng) – the Greek word stulos refers to the column that supports the weight of a building. Stulos is used to refer to the leaders of the church in Galatians 2:9.
I will rejoice today because I have a deliverer who has saved me and will continue to deliver me now and in eternity.


Bible Reading Descriptions Here

Narrative

(morning only)

Complete Text



Personal

Ask God to show you habits and practices and values that need to change

Church

Time of refreshing
North Korea
Families


On the tel of the Old Testament remains of Beth Shean.
This tree was the actual tree used to film the suicide of Judas in the 1970's movie "Jesus Christ Superstar."
(Details of Beth Shean. Photos of tree 1, 2)
Locations important to the book of Jeremiah detailed on a map.
2 Kings 25:27-30New International Version (NIV)
Jehoiachin Released
27 In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the year Awel-Marduk became king of Babylon, he released Jehoiachin king of Judah from prison. He did this on the twenty-seventh day of the twelfth month. 28 He spoke kindly to him and gave him a seat of honor higher than those of the other kings who were with him in Babylon. 29 So Jehoiachin put aside his prison clothes and for the rest of his life ate regularly at the king’s table. 30 Day by day the king gave Jehoiachin a regular allowance as long as he lived.
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Psalm 137 New International Version (NIV)
Psalm 137

By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept     when we remembered Zion.

There on the poplars     we hung our harps,

for there our captors asked us for songs,     our tormentors demanded songs of joy;     they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

How can we sing the songs of the Lord     while in a foreign land?

If I forget you, Jerusalem,     may my right hand forget its skill.

May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth     if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem     my highest joy.

Remember, Lord, what the Edomites did     on the day Jerusalem fell. “Tear it down,” they cried,     “tear it down to its foundations!”

Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,     happy is the one who repays you     according to what you have done to us.

Happy is the one who seizes your infants     and dashes them against the rocks.
New International Version (NIV)
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Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Nahum 3 New International Version (NIV)
Woe to Nineveh

Woe to the city of blood,     full of lies, full of plunder,     never without victims!

The crack of whips,     the clatter of wheels, galloping horses     and jolting chariots!

Charging cavalry,     flashing swords     and glittering spears! Many casualties,     piles of dead, bodies without number,     people stumbling over the corpses—

all because of the wanton lust of a prostitute,     alluring, the mistress of sorceries, who enslaved nations by her prostitution     and peoples by her witchcraft.

“I am against you,” declares the Lord Almighty.     “I will lift your skirts over your face. I will show the nations your nakedness     and the kingdoms your shame.

I will pelt you with filth,     I will treat you with contempt     and make you a spectacle.

All who see you will flee from you and say,     ‘Nineveh is in ruins—who will mourn for her?’     Where can I find anyone to comfort you?”

Are you better than Thebes,     situated on the Nile,     with water around her? The river was her defense,     the waters her wall.

Cush and Egypt were her boundless strength;     Put and Libya were among her allies.
10 
Yet she was taken captive     and went into exile. Her infants were dashed to pieces     at every street corner. Lots were cast for her nobles,     and all her great men were put in chains.
11 
You too will become drunk;     you will go into hiding     and seek refuge from the enemy.
12 
All your fortresses are like fig trees     with their first ripe fruit; when they are shaken,     the figs fall into the mouth of the eater.
13 
Look at your troops—     they are all weaklings. The gates of your land     are wide open to your enemies;     fire has consumed the bars of your gates.
14 
Draw water for the siege,     strengthen your defenses! Work the clay,     tread the mortar,     repair the brickwork!
15 
There the fire will consume you;     the sword will cut you down—     they will devour you like a swarm of locusts. Multiply like grasshoppers,     multiply like locusts!
16 
You have increased the number of your merchants     till they are more numerous than the stars in the sky, but like locusts they strip the land     and then fly away.
17 
Your guards are like locusts,     your officials like swarms of locusts     that settle in the walls on a cold day— but when the sun appears they fly away,     and no one knows where.
18 
King of Assyria, your shepherds slumber;     your nobles lie down to rest. Your people are scattered on the mountains     with no one to gather them.
19 
Nothing can heal you;     your wound is fatal. All who hear the news about you     clap their hands at your fall, for who has not felt     your endless cruelty?
New International Version (NIV)
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Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
"When James Calvert went out as a missionary to the cannibals of the Fiji Islands, the ship captain tried to turn him back, saying,
'You will lose your life and the lives of those with you if you go among such savages.'
To that, Calvert replied,
'We died before we came here.'


Nations Only four generations after the flood, people were divided into different cultures with various languages in separate lands; each of these nations had developed its own government. Genesis 10 lists the original seventy nations that came about as a result of God developing this new institution. Nationalism remains a safeguard for the world today. It stops us from having a corrupt one-world government. Now, when one nation goes astray, God can deal with that nation directly through a cycle of discipline over a period of generations. If that nation remains unwilling to repent, God can eliminate them from human history without wiping out everything as he was forced to do in the worldwide flood.


A list with images and details of over 30 seal impressions (bulla) from Bible times.

A list from Wikipedia of biblical people identified in sources outside the Bible.


"The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day."
- Proverbs 4:18




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