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August 6 - 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.

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An elderly person


Vision of potential
Local economy

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.


"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.

"Because the Lord revealed their plot to me, I knew it, for at that time he showed me what they were doing. I had been like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter; I did not realize that they had plotted against me, saying,

'Let us destroy the tree and its fruit;     let us cut him off from the land of the living,     that his name be remembered no more.'

But you, Lord Almighty, who judge righteously     and test the heart and mind, let me see your vengeance on them,     for to you I have committed my cause.

Therefore this is what the Lord says about the people of Anathoth who are threatening to kill you, saying,

'Do not prophesy in the name of the Lord or you will die by our hands!'

— therefore this is what the Lord Almighty says:
'I will punish them. Their young men will die by the sword, their sons and daughters by famine. Not even a remnant will be left to them, because I will bring disaster on the people of Anathoth in the year of their punishment.' ”

- Jeremiah 11:18-23

Hometown Haters Will Hate the Hometown Prophet

There was a plan to kill Jeremiah that the Lord revealed to Jeremiah. Even though the Lord warned Jeremiah at the beginning of his ministry by telling him that his words would not be accepted and people would oppose him (Jeremiah 1:17-19), Jeremiah like all of us, assumed that people would be ready to hear the truth and pleased with the hope the Lord offers to those who embrace his Word. So, Jeremiah is caught off-guard when his life is threatened by the people of his own hometown, the priestly village of Anathoth.

“I had been like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter; I did not realize that they had plotted against me.” - Jeremiah 11:19

The reason for the hatred of the local boy by his own townsfolk would include the fact that Jeremiah had sided with King Josiah’s reforms. These reforms included the shutting down of the high places located in all the villages and towns throughout the land of Judah. The shutting down of the Anathoth high place religious center effected the economy, the prestige and the job opportunities.

In his twelfth year he (King Josiah) began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of high places, Asherah poles and idols. Under his direction the altars of the Baals were torn down; he cut to pieces the incense altars that were above them, and smashed the Asherah poles and the idols. These he broke to pieces and scattered over the graves of those who had sacrificed to them. He burned the bones of the priests on their altars, and so he purged Judah and Jerusalem. - 2 Chronicles 34:3-5

In this case, imagine Jeremiah as a talk show host that supported the president’s policy!

The people realized Jeremiah was speaking words as a prophet and that his words would either have a supernatural effect and come to pass, or Jeremiah’s words would have a social effect and turn public opinion. Jeremiah’s priestly relatives knew the only way to stop a prophet and the influence of his words (be it spiritual or social) was to “destroy” the prophet himself. In other words, uproot the tree in order to prevent the fruit from forming.

Eidolon (Gr) – idol (Eng) – the Greek word eidolon is translated “idol” in Acts 7:41 and 1 Corinthians 12:2. The meaning of the word eidolon is “phantom” and “likeness.” Eidolon is built on the Greek word eidos which literally means “that which is seen.”
Am I willing to give up public support and friendly relationships for the speaking the Truth?
I will speak the Truth in Love with the understanding that no matter how gracious I am some times the only thing people want from me is silence.

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Daniel 8 (551 BC)


Greater desire to know God


Avoid legalism
South Korea

A view of the inside of the walls of Jerusalem as you walk along the top.
Details of Jesus' first tour of Galilee from Luke 4, John 5-6, Mark 1 and Matthew 4.
Daniel 8 New International Version (NIV)
Daniel’s Vision of a Ram and a Goat
In the third year of King Belshazzar’s reign, I, Daniel, had a vision, after the one that had already appeared to me. In my vision I saw myself in the citadel of Susa in the province of Elam; in the vision I was beside the Ulai Canal. I looked up, and there before me was a ram with two horns, standing beside the canal, and the horns were long. One of the horns was longer than the other but grew up later. I watched the ram as it charged toward the west and the north and the south. No animal could stand against it, and none could rescue from its power. It did as it pleased and became great.
As I was thinking about this, suddenly a goat with a prominent horn between its eyes came from the west, crossing the whole earth without touching the ground. It came toward the two-horned ram I had seen standing beside the canal and charged at it in great rage. I saw it attack the ram furiously, striking the ram and shattering its two horns. The ram was powerless to stand against it; the goat knocked it to the ground and trampled on it, and none could rescue the ram from its power. The goat became very great, but at the height of its power the large horn was broken off, and in its place four prominent horns grew up toward the four winds of heaven.
Out of one of them came another horn, which started small but grew in power to the south and to the east and toward the Beautiful Land. 10 It grew until it reached the host of the heavens, and it threw some of the starry host down to the earth and trampled on them. 11 It set itself up to be as great as the commander of the army of the Lord; it took away the daily sacrifice from the Lord, and his sanctuary was thrown down. 12 Because of rebellion, the Lord’s people and the daily sacrifice were given over to it. It prospered in everything it did, and truth was thrown to the ground.
13 Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to him, “How long will it take for the vision to be fulfilled—the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, the rebellion that causes desolation, the surrender of the sanctuary and the trampling underfoot of the Lord’s people?”
14 He said to me, “It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be reconsecrated.”
The Interpretation of the Vision
15 While I, Daniel, was watching the vision and trying to understand it, there before me stood one who looked like a man. 16 And I heard a man’s voice from the Ulai calling, “Gabriel, tell this man the meaning of the vision.”
17 As he came near the place where I was standing, I was terrified and fell prostrate. “Son of man,” he said to me, “understand that the vision concerns the time of the end.”
18 While he was speaking to me, I was in a deep sleep, with my face to the ground. Then he touched me and raised me to my feet.
19 He said: “I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end. 20 The two-horned ram that you saw represents the kings of Media and Persia. 21 The shaggy goat is the king of Greece, and the large horn between its eyes is the first king. 22 The four horns that replaced the one that was broken off represent four kingdoms that will emerge from his nation but will not have the same power.
23 “In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a fierce-looking king, a master of intrigue, will arise. 24 He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy those who are mighty, the holy people. 25 He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power.
26 “The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future.”
27 I, Daniel, was worn out. I lay exhausted for several days. Then I got up and went about the king’s business. I was appalled by the vision; it was beyond understanding.
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Zephaniah 3 New International Version (NIV)

Woe to the city of oppressors,     rebellious and defiled!

She obeys no one,     she accepts no correction. She does not trust in the Lord,     she does not draw near to her God.

Her officials within her     are roaring lions; her rulers are evening wolves,     who leave nothing for the morning.

Her prophets are unprincipled;     they are treacherous people. Her priests profane the sanctuary     and do violence to the law.

The Lord within her is righteous;     he does no wrong. Morning by morning he dispenses his justice,     and every new day he does not fail,     yet the unrighteous know no shame.
Jerusalem Remains Unrepentant

“I have destroyed nations;     their strongholds are demolished. I have left their streets deserted,     with no one passing through. Their cities are laid waste;     they are deserted and empty.

Of Jerusalem I thought,     ‘Surely you will fear me     and accept correction!’ Then her place of refuge would not be destroyed,     nor all my punishments come upon her. But they were still eager     to act corruptly in all they did.

Therefore wait for me,”     declares the Lord,     “for the day I will stand up to testify. I have decided to assemble the nations,     to gather the kingdoms and to pour out my wrath on them—     all my fierce anger. The whole world will be consumed     by the fire of my jealous anger.
Restoration of Israel’s Remnant

“Then I will purify the lips of the peoples,     that all of them may call on the name of the Lord     and serve him shoulder to shoulder.
From beyond the rivers of Cush     my worshipers, my scattered people,     will bring me offerings.
On that day you, Jerusalem, will not be put to shame     for all the wrongs you have done to me, because I will remove from you     your arrogant boasters. Never again will you be haughty     on my holy hill.
But I will leave within you     the meek and humble. The remnant of Israel     will trust in the name of the Lord.
They will do no wrong;     they will tell no lies. A deceitful tongue     will not be found in their mouths. They will eat and lie down     and no one will make them afraid.”
Sing, Daughter Zion;     shout aloud, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,     Daughter Jerusalem!
The Lord has taken away your punishment,     he has turned back your enemy. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you;     never again will you fear any harm.
On that day     they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, Zion;     do not let your hands hang limp.
The Lord your God is with you,     the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you;     in his love he will no longer rebuke you,     but will rejoice over you with singing.”
“I will remove from you     all who mourn over the loss of your appointed festivals,     which is a burden and reproach for you.
At that time I will deal     with all who oppressed you. I will rescue the lame;     I will gather the exiles. I will give them praise and honor     in every land where they have suffered shame.
At that time I will gather you;     at that time I will bring you home. I will give you honor and praise     among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes     before your very eyes,” says the Lord.
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“The purpose of the government is to maintain order not impose the Christian faith.” - Galyn Wiemers

93% of John’s material in the Gospel of John does not appear in the synoptic gospels (Mt., Mk., Lk.). The gospel of John was written for both believing and non-believing Greek readers. John’s introduction is full of Greek thought. Clearly John is writing to a non-Jewish group sometime after the destruction of the temple in 70 AD since he explains Jewish customs, translates Jewish names, and locates sites in Israel. John’s purpose is to present Jesus as divine. He begins his book by saying “the Word became flesh” (1:1) and ends by quoting Thomas as saying, “My Lord and My God” (20:28). John’s purpose statement can befound in 20:30-31:
“These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
John records seven signs done by Jesus and follows each of them up with a discourse taught by Jesus to explain the intended meaning of the sign.

The altar used by Joshua may have been uncovered in 1980 by Prof. Adam Zertal. He discovered an altar dated to 1250 AD with the remains of animal bones. This is a Hebrew altar and may be the one Joshua built or it is built on top of Joshua's original altar. (Details 1, 2, 3. Photo)

"Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life."
- Proverbs 6:25-26

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