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August 7 - Evening

"(Jeremiah prays and intercedes for Judah:)
"Have you rejected Judah completely?
Do you despise Zion?
Why have you afflicted us
so that we cannot be healed?
We hoped for peace
but no good has come,
for a time of healing
but there is only terror.
We acknowledge our wickedness, Lord,
and the guilt of our ancestors;
we have indeed sinned against you.
For the sake of your name do not despise us;
do not dishonor your glorious throne.
Remember your covenant with us
and do not break it..."

(The Lord's reply:)
"Then the Lord said to me:
'Even if Moses and Samuel were to stand before me,

my heart would not go out to this people.
Send them away from my presence!
Let them go! And if they ask you,
"Where shall we go?"
tell them, This is what the Lord says:

"Those destined for death, to death;
those for the sword, to the sword;
those for starvation, to starvation;
those for captivity, to captivity." '

'I will send four kinds of destroyers against them,' declares the Lord, 'the sword to kill and the dogs to drag away and the birds and the wild animals to devour and destroy.'

- Jeremiah 14:19-21; 15:1-3

Hopelessness Occurs When the Lord Decides it is Hopeless

Jeremiah prays for Judah. Jeremiah sincerely voices the necessary elements of a prayer of repentance and a call for God to rise up to fulfill his covenant obligations.

  • Confession of sin (14:20)
  • God’s Reputation is at stake (14:21)
  • Concern for the weak people (14:21)
  • An appeal to the Lord’s covenant with Israel (14:21)

Jeremiah’s words are similar to the words prayed by the people of Judah in Jeremiah 14:7-9. But, this time it does not work. The Lord has already made his decision and the process of judgment has begun.

The people of Judah are praying because judgment is moving into their lives. They are feeling the early stages of the social confusion, the economic collapse and the pains of famine have set in. (Jeremiah 14:1-6)

The Lord tells Jeremiah that no prayer or repentance can save this people. The judgment has been decreed and the decision for each of individual has been decided. (This is not speaking of predestination, but of a judicial sentence that has now been decreed.)

This calamity is not a matter of faith or a need for more fervent prayer. The Lord says that even if men who prayed like Moses and Samuel (both of whom received answers to prayer for a generation of people that the Lord had announced judgment) where now interceding the decision to send judgment has already been made and the process has begun.

All that is left now is the manifestation of the judgment decreed. The people may ask the prophet: "If the Lord is not going to answer, where should we go?" (Jeremiah 15:2-3). The Lord gives them a very sarcastic answer:

  • Those who have been sentenced to death should go to death
  • Those who have been sentenced to death by the sword should go to the sword
  • Those who have been sentenced to death by starvation should go to starvation
  • Those who have been sentenced to be taken captive into Babylon should go to Babylon

For the individuals in Jeremiah’s generation things are hopeless! God is not answering the prayers of this nation.
Theomachos (Gr) – God-fighters (Eng) – the Greek word theomachos comes two Greek words in compound form. The first part of theomachos is theos which means “God. The second part of theomachos is from the Greek noun mache which means “fight” and “strife.” Theomachos appears in Acts 5:39.
I will pray for my nation.
I will pray for my culture.
I will pray and seek God as I sow seeds of righteousness and proclaim the Truth of God's revelation in his written Word.

Bible Reading Descriptions Here


(morning only)

Complete Text

General Text

Daniel 9 (539 BC)


Discernment concerning truth and deception


Spiritual growth
Government reform

Toni in Hezekiah's Tunnel. (More details)
An information sign posted at the Gihon Spring in the City of David. (Details)

Someone to Quote

"According to Carl Sagan, the universe (cosmos) 'is all that is or ever was or ever will be.' However, the idea that the universe is all is not a scientific fact, but an assumption based upon materialistic naturalism. Since Carl Sagan's death in 1996, new discoveries in physics and cosmology bring into questions Sagan's assumption about the universe. Evidence shows that the constants of physics have been finely tuned to a degree not possible through human engineering."
- Rich Deem (more)

Something to Ponder

Cholera and Typhoid is transmitted by drinking contaminated water. With the advancement of modern science and the development of the twentieth-century sanitation the impact of these diseases fell sharply. When God was establishing rules and guidelines for his new nation of Israel in Leviticus 11:33-36 he forbid them to drink stagnant, standing water or water in a vessel that had been in contact with a dead animal.

Here’s a Fact

The bulla, a seal impression in clay, of an Ammonite king named Barak'el from around 675 BC has been clearly identified. His name has been added to a list of ten kings of Ammon, several of which are identified in the Bible.
(Details 1, 2. Photo)


"Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest."
- Proverbs 6:6-8

Coach’s Corner

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

Daniel 9 New International Version (NIV)
Daniel’s Prayer
In the first year of Darius son of Xerxes (a Mede by descent), who was made ruler over the Babylonian kingdom— in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.
I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed:
“Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments,
we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land.
“Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame—the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far, in all the countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you. We and our kings, our princes and our ancestors are covered with shame, Lord, because we have sinned against you. The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him; 10 we have not obeyed the Lord our God or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets. 11 All Israel has transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you.
“Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against you.
12 You have fulfilled the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing on us great disaster. Under the whole heaven nothing has ever been done like what has been done to Jerusalem. 13 Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come on us, yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth. 14 The Lord did not hesitate to bring the disaster on us, for the Lord our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him.
15 “Now, Lord our God, who brought your people out of Egypt with a mighty hand and who made for yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong. 16 Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from Jerusalem, your city, your holy hill. Our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors have made Jerusalem and your people an object of scorn to all those around us.
17 “Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. 18 Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. 19 Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”
The Seventy “Sevens”
20 While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the Lord my God for his holy hill— 21 while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. 22 He instructed me and said to me, “Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. 23 As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the word and understand the vision:
24 “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.
25 “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26 After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. 27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”
New International Version (NIV)
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Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Jeremiah 3 New International Version (NIV)

“If a man divorces his wife     and she leaves him and marries another man, should he return to her again?     Would not the land be completely defiled? But you have lived as a prostitute with many lovers—     would you now return to me?” declares the Lord.

“Look up to the barren heights and see.     Is there any place where you have not been ravished? By the roadside you sat waiting for lovers,     sat like a nomad in the desert. You have defiled the land     with your prostitution and wickedness.

Therefore the showers have been withheld,     and no spring rains have fallen. Yet you have the brazen look of a prostitute;     you refuse to blush with shame.

Have you not just called to me:     ‘My Father, my friend from my youth,

will you always be angry?     Will your wrath continue forever?’ This is how you talk,     but you do all the evil you can.”
Unfaithful Israel
During the reign of King Josiah, the Lord said to me, “Have you seen what faithless Israel has done? She has gone up on every high hill and under every spreading tree and has committed adultery there. I thought that after she had done all this she would return to me but she did not, and her unfaithful sister Judah saw it. I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of all her adulteries. Yet I saw that her unfaithful sister Judah had no fear; she also went out and committed adultery. Because Israel’s immorality mattered so little to her, she defiled the land and committed adultery with stone and wood. 10 In spite of all this, her unfaithful sister Judah did not return to me with all her heart, but only in pretense,” declares the Lord.
11 The Lord said to me, “Faithless Israel is more righteous than unfaithful Judah. 12 Go, proclaim this message toward the north:
“‘Return, faithless Israel,’ declares the Lord,     ‘I will frown on you no longer, for I am faithful,’ declares the Lord,     ‘I will not be angry forever.
Only acknowledge your guilt—     you have rebelled against the Lord your God, you have scattered your favors to foreign gods     under every spreading tree,     and have not obeyed me,’” declares the Lord.
14 “Return, faithless people,” declares the Lord, “for I am your husband. I will choose you—one from a town and two from a clan—and bring you to Zion. 15 Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding. 16 In those days, when your numbers have increased greatly in the land,” declares the Lord, “people will no longer say, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord.’ It will never enter their minds or be remembered; it will not be missed, nor will another one be made. 17 At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne of the Lord, and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the Lord. No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts. 18 In those days the people of Judah will join the people of Israel, and together they will come from a northern land to the land I gave your ancestors as an inheritance.
19 “I myself said,
“‘How gladly would I treat you like my children     and give you a pleasant land,     the most beautiful inheritance of any nation.’ I thought you would call me ‘Father’     and not turn away from following me.
But like a woman unfaithful to her husband,     so you, Israel, have been unfaithful to me,” declares the Lord.
A cry is heard on the barren heights,     the weeping and pleading of the people of Israel, because they have perverted their ways     and have forgotten the Lord their God.
“Return, faithless people;     I will cure you of backsliding.”
“Yes, we will come to you,
    for you are the Lord our God.
Surely the idolatrous commotion on the hills     and mountains is a deception; surely in the Lord our God     is the salvation of Israel.
From our youth shameful gods have consumed     the fruits of our ancestors’ labor— their flocks and herds,     their sons and daughters.
Let us lie down in our shame,     and let our disgrace cover us. We have sinned against the Lord our God,     both we and our ancestors; from our youth till this day     we have not obeyed the Lord our God.”
New International Version (NIV)
Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by
Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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