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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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Personal

Physical strength

Church

Outreach
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.

"Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.

The Lord looked and was displeased that there was no justice. He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm achieved salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him.

He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak.

According to what they have done, so will he repay wrath to his enemies and retribution to his foes; he will repay the islands their due.

From the west, people will fear the name of the Lord, and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory.

For he will come like a pent-up flood that the breath of the Lord drives along.

'The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,' declares the Lord."

- Isaiah 59:15-20

The Mighty Deliverer Will Come To Slay the Enemies Sin and Death


Isaiah describes a culture that is in rebellion to the ways of God in Isaiah 59:1-14. He provides these details concerning their cultural situation in those fourteen verses:

59:1 The problem with prayers not being heard and needs not being met is not because God cannot do something.

59:2 The problem is sin of the people: “iniquities have separated you from your God
  • The word “separated” is the word for “barrier” and is used only one other time in the OT
  • Genesis 1:6, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.”
  • Point: God is holy and sin will always be separated from God.  If we live in sin we are living behind a barrier away from God.

59:3-8 A list of the sins that are forming the barrier between man and God is provided in Isaiah 59:3-8

59:3 Actions come from the Words
  • Hands to the fingers
  • Lips to the tongue

59:4 This verse describes a society that is empty of justice in the courts, because society is empty of the concept of justice in the hearts of the people. The leaders’ concept of justice is to explain their case and their motivations with no integrity (they deceive and do not reveal the whole truth)
  • “Rely on empty arguments” is what we call in political “spin”. “Spin” is also known here as “lies”
  • These “empty arguments” and “spinning the truth” conceive “trouble” and “give birth to evil” in society.
  • The legal system is only there to help the strong get stronger.
  • Society is without justice and a collapse is near.

59:5-6 Describes the results in the social fabric

59:7-8 All social restraints are gone. Anarchy rules.

59:9-15a The hopelessness of men left without justice and truth personally and as a culture.

59:15b God, the mighty warrior, will arise again. This time it is not to deliver from Egypt, slay Assyria or overthrow Babylon. Who is this enemy?  It is sin.  It is the people’s inability to live a godly life.  It is man himself who cannot honor God.
Sin is the final enemy and with the defeat of sin is the victory over death.

59:16one to intervene” is fulfilled in Isaiah 53.  There was no national leaders to fill this gap. “appalled” is not a word for “surprised” as if he couldn’t believe no human stepped in to help. “appalled” speaks of his holy horror of sin and its devastating results on mankind.

59:17 The armor of God is developed in Ephesians 6:13-17
Equipment of Salvation:
  • breastplate of righteousness
  • helmet of salvation
Weapons of Destruction for enemies:
  • garments of vengeance
  • cloak of zeal

59:18 repay” is the verb salam and comes from salom or peace God will give “peace” to those who fear him but he will “bring peace” or “settle the accounts” with his enemies.

The Lord will provide ultimate deliverance from sin and death! At that time culture and society will be firmly established in righteousness.

For he will come like a pent-up flood that the breath of the Lord drives along. 'The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,' declares the Lord.


Cagar (Hb) - shut (Eng) - The Hebrew word cagar means “to shut,” “to close,” “to shut up,” and “to imprison.” In Joshua 2:7 the gate in Jericho is cagar. A wall that David had broken down to expand the city is said to be cagar when it is fixed by Solomon in 1 Kings 11:27. In Judges 3:22 Ehud’s sword is lost when the fat of the king is said to cagar around the sword and handle.
Until the ultimate day of salvation and deliverance, I will do my part to establish justice and integrity in society by being just, honest and walking in righteousness today.


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Jeremiah 44 (585 BC)


Personal

Ask God to convict you of sin, error

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Discernment
North Korea
Political parties


Harvest outside Ashkelon on the costal plain.
Map identifying the eight gates of the Old City Jerusalem with Zion Gate highlighted.
(Zion Gate)
1 Kings 10 New International Version (NIV)
The Queen of Sheba Visits Solomon
10 When the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relationship to the Lord, she came to test Solomon with hard questions. Arriving at Jerusalem with a very great caravan—with camels carrying spices, large quantities of gold, and precious stones—she came to Solomon and talked with him about all that she had on her mind. Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her. When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon and the palace he had built, the food on his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he made at the temple of the Lord, she was overwhelmed.
She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true. But I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth you have far exceeded the report I heard. How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king to maintain justice and righteousness.”
10 And she gave the king 120 talents of gold, large quantities of spices, and precious stones. Never again were so many spices brought in as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
11 (Hiram’s ships brought gold from Ophir; and from there they brought great cargoes of almugwood and precious stones. 12 The king used the almugwood to make supports for the temple of the Lord and for the royal palace, and to make harps and lyres for the musicians. So much almugwood has never been imported or seen since that day.)
13 King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all she desired and asked for, besides what he had given her out of his royal bounty. Then she left and returned with her retinue to her own country.
Solomon’s Splendor
14 The weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents, 15 not including the revenues from merchants and traders and from all the Arabian kings and the governors of the territories.
16 King Solomon made two hundred large shields of hammered gold; six hundred shekels of gold went into each shield. 17 He also made three hundred small shields of hammered gold, with three minas of gold in each shield. The king put them in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon.
18 Then the king made a great throne covered with ivory and overlaid with fine gold. 19 The throne had six steps, and its back had a rounded top. On both sides of the seat were armrests, with a lion standing beside each of them. 20 Twelve lions stood on the six steps, one at either end of each step. Nothing like it had ever been made for any other kingdom. 21 All King Solomon’s goblets were gold, and all the household articles in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold. Nothing was made of silver, because silver was considered of little value in Solomon’s days. 22 The king had a fleet of trading ships at sea along with the ships of Hiram. Once every three years it returned, carrying gold, silver and ivory, and apes and baboons.
23 King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth. 24 The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart. 25 Year after year, everyone who came brought a gift—articles of silver and gold, robes, weapons and spices, and horses and mules.
26 Solomon accumulated chariots and horses; he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses, which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem. 27 The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills. 28 Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt and from Kue—the royal merchants purchased them from Kue at the current price. 29 They imported a chariot from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty. They also exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and of the Arameans.
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Jeremiah 44 New International Version (NIV)
Disaster Because of Idolatry
44 This word came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews living in Lower Egypt—in Migdol, Tahpanhes and Memphis—and in Upper Egypt: “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You saw the great disaster I brought on Jerusalem and on all the towns of Judah. Today they lie deserted and in ruins because of the evil they have done. They aroused my anger by burning incense to and worshiping other gods that neither they nor you nor your ancestors ever knew. Again and again I sent my servants the prophets, who said, ‘Do not do this detestable thing that I hate!’ But they did not listen or pay attention; they did not turn from their wickedness or stop burning incense to other gods. Therefore, my fierce anger was poured out; it raged against the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem and made them the desolate ruins they are today.
“Now this is what the Lord God Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Why bring such great disaster on yourselves by cutting off from Judah the men and women, the children and infants, and so leave yourselves without a remnant? Why arouse my anger with what your hands have made, burning incense to other gods in Egypt, where you have come to live? You will destroy yourselves and make yourselves a curse and an object of reproach among all the nations on earth. Have you forgotten the wickedness committed by your ancestors and by the kings and queens of Judah and the wickedness committed by you and your wives in the land of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem? 10 To this day they have not humbled themselves or shown reverence, nor have they followed my law and the decrees I set before you and your ancestors.
11 “Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I am determined to bring disaster on you and to destroy all Judah. 12 I will take away the remnant of Judah who were determined to go to Egypt to settle there. They will all perish in Egypt; they will fall by the sword or die from famine. From the least to the greatest, they will die by sword or famine. They will become a curse and an object of horror, a curse and an object of reproach. 13 I will punish those who live in Egypt with the sword, famine and plague, as I punished Jerusalem. 14 None of the remnant of Judah who have gone to live in Egypt will escape or survive to return to the land of Judah, to which they long to return and live; none will return except a few fugitives.”
15 Then all the men who knew that their wives were burning incense to other gods, along with all the women who were present—a large assembly—and all the people living in Lower and Upper Egypt, said to Jeremiah, 16 “We will not listen to the message you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord! 17 We will certainly do everything we said we would: We will burn incense to the Queen of Heaven and will pour out drink offerings to her just as we and our ancestors, our kings and our officials did in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. At that time we had plenty of food and were well off and suffered no harm. 18 But ever since we stopped burning incense to the Queen of Heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have had nothing and have been perishing by sword and famine.”
19 The women added, “When we burned incense to the Queen of Heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, did not our husbands know that we were making cakes impressed with her image and pouring out drink offerings to her?”
20 Then Jeremiah said to all the people, both men and women, who were answering him, 21 “Did not the Lord remember and call to mind the incense burned in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem by you and your ancestors, your kings and your officials and the people of the land? 22 When the Lord could no longer endure your wicked actions and the detestable things you did, your land became a curse and a desolate waste without inhabitants, as it is today. 23 Because you have burned incense and have sinned against the Lord and have not obeyed him or followed his law or his decrees or his stipulations, this disaster has come upon you, as you now see.”
24 Then Jeremiah said to all the people, including the women, “Hear the word of the Lord, all you people of Judah in Egypt. 25 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You and your wives have done what you said you would do when you promised, ‘We will certainly carry out the vows we made to burn incense and pour out drink offerings to the Queen of Heaven.’
“Go ahead then, do what you promised! Keep your vows!
26 But hear the word of the Lord, all you Jews living in Egypt: ‘I swear by my great name,’ says the Lord, ‘that no one from Judah living anywhere in Egypt will ever again invoke my name or swear, “As surely as the Sovereign Lord lives.” 27 For I am watching over them for harm, not for good; the Jews in Egypt will perish by sword and famine until they are all destroyed. 28 Those who escape the sword and return to the land of Judah from Egypt will be very few. Then the whole remnant of Judah who came to live in Egypt will know whose word will stand—mine or theirs.
29 “‘This will be the sign to you that I will punish you in this place,’ declares the Lord, ‘so that you will know that my threats of harm against you will surely stand.’ 30 This is what the Lord says: ‘I am going to deliver Pharaoh Hophra king of Egypt into the hands of his enemies who want to kill him, just as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the enemy who wanted to kill him.’”
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Nahum 1-2New International Version (NIV)
A prophecy concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
The Lord’s Anger Against Nineveh

The Lord is a jealous and avenging God;     the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The Lord takes vengeance on his foes     and vents his wrath against his enemies.

The Lord is slow to anger but great in power;     the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm,     and clouds are the dust of his feet.

He rebukes the sea and dries it up;     he makes all the rivers run dry. Bashan and Carmel wither     and the blossoms of Lebanon fade.

The mountains quake before him     and the hills melt away. The earth trembles at his presence,     the world and all who live in it.

Who can withstand his indignation?     Who can endure his fierce anger? His wrath is poured out like fire;     the rocks are shattered before him.

The Lord is good,     a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,

    but with an overwhelming flood he will make an end of Nineveh;     he will pursue his foes into the realm of darkness.

Whatever they plot against the Lord     he will bring to an end;     trouble will not come a second time.
10 
They will be entangled among thorns     and drunk from their wine;     they will be consumed like dry stubble.
11 
From you, Nineveh, has one come forth     who plots evil against the Lord     and devises wicked plans.
12 This is what the Lord says:
“Although they have allies and are numerous,     they will be destroyed and pass away. Although I have afflicted you, Judah,     I will afflict you no more.
13 
Now I will break their yoke from your neck     and tear your shackles away.”
14 
The Lord has given a command concerning you, Nineveh:     “You will have no descendants to bear your name. I will destroy the images and idols     that are in the temple of your gods. I will prepare your grave,     for you are vile.”
15 
Look, there on the mountains,     the feet of one who brings good news,     who proclaims peace! Celebrate your festivals, Judah,     and fulfill your vows. No more will the wicked invade you;     they will be completely destroyed.
Nineveh to Fall

An attacker advances against you, Nineveh.     Guard the fortress,     watch the road,     brace yourselves,     marshal all your strength!

The Lord will restore the splendor of Jacob     like the splendor of Israel, though destroyers have laid them waste     and have ruined their vines.

The shields of the soldiers are red;     the warriors are clad in scarlet. The metal on the chariots flashes     on the day they are made ready;     the spears of juniper are brandished.

The chariots storm through the streets,     rushing back and forth through the squares. They look like flaming torches;     they dart about like lightning.

Nineveh summons her picked troops,     yet they stumble on their way. They dash to the city wall;     the protective shield is put in place.

The river gates are thrown open     and the palace collapses.

It is decreed that Nineveh     be exiled and carried away. Her female slaves moan like doves     and beat on their breasts.

Nineveh is like a pool     whose water is draining away. “Stop! Stop!” they cry,     but no one turns back.

Plunder the silver!     Plunder the gold! The supply is endless,     the wealth from all its treasures!
10 
She is pillaged, plundered, stripped!     Hearts melt, knees give way,     bodies tremble, every face grows pale.
11 
Where now is the lions’ den,     the place where they fed their young, where the lion and lioness went,     and the cubs, with nothing to fear?
12 
The lion killed enough for his cubs     and strangled the prey for his mate, filling his lairs with the kill     and his dens with the prey.
13 
“I am against you,”     declares the Lord Almighty. “I will burn up your chariots in smoke,     and the sword will devour your young lions.     I will leave you no prey on the earth. The voices of your messengers     will no longer be heard.”
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“False teachers load the doctrinal dice in order to roll out of the verse the interpretation they desire.” - Galyn Wiemers


In 1631 the Royal Printers of London, Robert Barker and Martin Lucas, forgot the NOT in Exodus 20:14. So, one of the Ten Commandments mistakenly read: "Thou shalt commit adultery." This edition of the printed KJ Bible became known as “The Wicked Bible”. The printers were fined 300 pounds (almost 34,000 pounds today or $50,000) by England, and they had their printing licenses revoked. (More 1, 2)


The NT city of Antipatris mentioned in Acts 23:31-33 when Paul was transported from Jerusalem to Caesarea while under arrest has been identified. This is the OT city of Aphek. (Details 1, 2, 3. Photos of the NT city built by Herod 1, 2.)
See Antipatris in Video


"They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence."
- Proverbs 4:17




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