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August 7 - Morning

(Jeremiah said:)
“You are always righteous, Lord,
    when I bring a case before you.
Yet I would speak with you about your justice:
    Why does the way of the wicked prosper?
    Why do all the faithless live at ease?
You have planted them, and they have taken root;
    they grow and bear fruit.
You are always on their lips
    but far from their hearts.
Yet you know me, Lord;
    you see me and test my thoughts about you.
Drag them off like sheep to be butchered!
    Set them apart for the day of slaughter!
How long will the land lie parched
    and the grass in every field be withered?
Because those who live in it are wicked,
    the animals and birds have perished.
Moreover, the people are saying,

‘He will not see what happens to us.’ ”

(The Lord replies to Jeremiah’s complaint:) “If you have raced with men on foot

    and they have worn you out,
    how can you compete with horses?
If you stumble in safe country,
    how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?
Your relatives, members of your own family —
    even they have betrayed you;
    they have raised a loud cry against you!
Do not trust them,
    though they speak well of you.”

- Jeremiah 12:1-7

Life is Unfair and Then It Gets Worse

Jeremiah brings a complaint to the Lord concerning how unfair life is, but the Lord simply says,

“You are stumbling over things natural men stumble over. Toughen up! If you are going to be a prophet you will be dealing with supernatural unfairness!...oh, and by the way, your natural situation is worse than you know!” (A very loose paraphrase of Jeremiah 12:1-7)

The first illustration the Lord uses compares Jeremiah’s complaining to Jeremiah being worn out racing on foot against other men (natural). But, Jeremiah the prophet will be called upon to race on foot against horses (spiritual)! Jeremiah will have to move beyond complaining about his natural limitations and learn to access supernatural strength.

The second illustration pictures Jeremiah stumbling and struggling while he runs in an open place and on a level surface. In his life before the Lord, Jeremiah has been like a fatigued runner constantly tripping and falling as he attempts to run on an oval track marked with running lanes. Then, the Lord asks how Jeremiah will do when he is called upon to run his race through the overgrown thickets in the uneven, unmarked wilderness along the winding Jordan River if Jeremiah thinks running on a level surface with marked running lanes was too difficult?

The Lord then gives Jeremiah something else to handle. Jeremiah will either continue to worry
and complain like a natural man, or he will learn to handle these situations. Instead of a word of encouragement, the Lord shares this inside information: Jeremiah’s own family members are plotting to kill him!
Rum (Hb) - exalted (Eng) - The Hebrew word rum means “to be high” and “to be exalted.” Rum can be used to communicate:

• Give honor in Isaiah 52:13
• Moving hand upward in Genesis 14:22
• Arrogance in 2 Samuel 22:28
• Large physical stature in Deuteronomy 1:28
I will focus on my task, my mission and my job instead of the obstacles. I will finish my work instead finding reasons why I can't do my work.

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Daniel 5 (539 BC)


Guidance and direction in the roles you have in life


Discovery of true Spiritual gifting
Global Presence

A view of the Kidron Valley as seen from above the Jebusite Wall (Millo) and beside David's Palace with the Mount of Olives in the background.
The stretchers and headers that have secured the southwest corner of the Temple Mount are highlighted in this photo. This stretcher and header construction was a common building style for corner construction.

Someone to Quote

“Are you hastening toward your heavenly home? Then with Christ’s help, keep this little rule that we have written for beginners…Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else. You are not to act in anger or nurse a grudge. Rid your heart of all deceit.” – Benedict in his book “The Rule” written as a guide for monasteries and handbook to living the Christian life around 515 AD (read the book)

Something to Ponder

Jonah 2:5-6 describes the mountains at the bottom of the ocean. It wasn’t until the twentieth-century that mankind actually descended to the depths of the ocean to view what the Bible describes in seventh-century BC.

Here’s a Fact

The Philistine city of Ekron referred to in 1 Samuel 5:10 has been discovered. It was positively identified as Ekron in 1997 by an inscription found in the remains of a temple dedicated to Baal. The inscription mentions the name of a goddess who was of Greek origin which agrees with Jeremiah's biblical identification of the Philistines as of being of Greek origin (Jeremiah 47:4) (Details 1, 2, 3. Photos.)


"Her house is a highway to the grave leading down to the chambers of death."
- Proverbs 7:27

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.

1 Kings 13 New International Version (NIV)
The Man of God From Judah
13 By the word of the Lord a man of God came from Judah to Bethel, as Jeroboam was standing by the altar to make an offering. By the word of the Lord he cried out against the altar: “Altar, altar! This is what the Lord says: ‘A son named Josiah will be born to the house of David. On you he will sacrifice the priests of the high places who make offerings here, and human bones will be burned on you.’” That same day the man of God gave a sign: “This is the sign the Lord has declared: The altar will be split apart and the ashes on it will be poured out.”
When King Jeroboam heard what the man of God cried out against the altar at Bethel, he stretched out his hand from the altar and said, “Seize him!” But the hand he stretched out toward the man shriveled up, so that he could not pull it back. Also, the altar was split apart and its ashes poured out according to the sign given by the man of God by the word of the Lord.
Then the king said to the man of God, “Intercede with the Lord your God and pray for me that my hand may be restored.” So the man of God interceded with the Lord, and the king’s hand was restored and became as it was before.
The king said to the man of God, “Come home with me for a meal, and I will give you a gift.”
But the man of God answered the king, “Even if you were to give me half your possessions, I would not go with you, nor would I eat bread or drink water here. For I was commanded by the word of the Lord: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water or return by the way you came.’” 10 So he took another road and did not return by the way he had come to Bethel.
11 Now there was a certain old prophet living in Bethel, whose sons came and told him all that the man of God had done there that day. They also told their father what he had said to the king. 12 Their father asked them, “Which way did he go?” And his sons showed him which road the man of God from Judah had taken. 13 So he said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me.” And when they had saddled the donkey for him, he mounted it 14 and rode after the man of God. He found him sitting under an oak tree and asked, “Are you the man of God who came from Judah?”
“I am,” he replied.
15 So the prophet said to him, “Come home with me and eat.”
16 The man of God said, “I cannot turn back and go with you, nor can I eat bread or drink water with you in this place. 17 I have been told by the word of the Lord: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water there or return by the way you came.’”
18 The old prophet answered, “I too am a prophet, as you are. And an angel said to me by the word of the Lord: ‘Bring him back with you to your house so that he may eat bread and drink water.’” (But he was lying to him.) 19 So the man of God returned with him and ate and drank in his house.
20 While they were sitting at the table, the word of the Lord came to the old prophet who had brought him back. 21 He cried out to the man of God who had come from Judah, “This is what the Lord says: ‘You have defied the word of the Lord and have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. 22 You came back and ate bread and drank water in the place where he told you not to eat or drink. Therefore your body will not be buried in the tomb of your ancestors.’”
23 When the man of God had finished eating and drinking, the prophet who had brought him back saddled his donkey for him. 24 As he went on his way, a lion met him on the road and killed him, and his body was left lying on the road, with both the donkey and the lion standing beside it. 25 Some people who passed by saw the body lying there, with the lion standing beside the body, and they went and reported it in the city where the old prophet lived.
26 When the prophet who had brought him back from his journey heard of it, he said, “It is the man of God who defied the word of the Lord. The Lord has given him over to the lion, which has mauled him and killed him, as the word of the Lord had warned him.”
27 The prophet said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me,” and they did so. 28 Then he went out and found the body lying on the road, with the donkey and the lion standing beside it. The lion had neither eaten the body nor mauled the donkey. 29 So the prophet picked up the body of the man of God, laid it on the donkey, and brought it back to his own city to mourn for him and bury him. 30 Then he laid the body in his own tomb, and they mourned over him and said, “Alas, my brother!”
31 After burying him, he said to his sons, “When I die, bury me in the grave where the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones. 32 For the message he declared by the word of the Lord against the altar in Bethel and against all the shrines on the high places in the towns of Samaria will certainly come true.”
33 Even after this, Jeroboam did not change his evil ways, but once more appointed priests for the high places from all sorts of people. Anyone who wanted to become a priest he consecrated for the high places. 34 This was the sin of the house of Jeroboam that led to its downfall and to its destruction from the face of the earth.
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Daniel 5 New International Version (NIV)
The Writing on the Wall
King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his nobles and drank wine with them. While Belshazzar was drinking his wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them. So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them. As they drank the wine, they praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.
Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his legs became weak and his knees were knocking.
The king summoned the enchanters, astrologers and diviners. Then he said to these wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing and tells me what it means will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around his neck, and he will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom.”
Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or tell the king what it meant. So King Belshazzar became even more terrified and his face grew more pale. His nobles were baffled.
10 The queen, hearing the voices of the king and his nobles, came into the banquet hall. “May the king live forever!” she said. “Don’t be alarmed! Don’t look so pale! 11 There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdom like that of the gods. Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners. 12 He did this because Daniel, whom the king called Belteshazzar, was found to have a keen mind and knowledge and understanding, and also the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles and solve difficult problems. Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means.”
13 So Daniel was brought before the king, and the king said to him, “Are you Daniel, one of the exiles my father the king brought from Judah? 14 I have heard that the spirit of the gods is in you and that you have insight, intelligence and outstanding wisdom. 15 The wise men and enchanters were brought before me to read this writing and tell me what it means, but they could not explain it. 16 Now I have heard that you are able to give interpretations and to solve difficult problems. If you can read this writing and tell me what it means, you will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around your neck, and you will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom.”
17 Then Daniel answered the king, “You may keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else. Nevertheless, I will read the writing for the king and tell him what it means.
18 “Your Majesty, the Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar sovereignty and greatness and glory and splendor. 19 Because of the high position he gave him, all the nations and peoples of every language dreaded and feared him. Those the king wanted to put to death, he put to death; those he wanted to spare, he spared; those he wanted to promote, he promoted; and those he wanted to humble, he humbled. 20 But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. 21 He was driven away from people and given the mind of an animal; he lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like the ox; and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and sets over them anyone he wishes.
22 “But you, Belshazzar, his son, have not humbled yourself, though you knew all this. 23 Instead, you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways. 24 Therefore he sent the hand that wrote the inscription.
25 “This is the inscription that was written:

mene, mene, tekel, parsin

26 “Here is what these words mean:
Mene: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.
27 Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.
28 Peres: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”
29 Then at Belshazzar’s command, Daniel was clothed in purple, a gold chain was placed around his neck, and he was proclaimed the third highest ruler in the kingdom.
30 That very night Belshazzar, king of the Babylonians, was slain, 31 and Darius the Mede took over the kingdom, at the age of sixty-two.
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Jeremiah 1-2New International Version (NIV)
The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. The word of the Lord came to him in the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah, and through the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, down to the fifth month of the eleventh year of Zedekiah son of Josiah king of Judah, when the people of Jerusalem went into exile.
The Call of Jeremiah
The word of the Lord came to me, saying,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,     before you were born I set you apart;     I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”
11 The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?”
“I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied.
12 The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.”
13 The word of the Lord came to me again: “What do you see?”
“I see a pot that is boiling,” I answered. “It is tilting toward us from the north.”
14 The Lord said to me, “From the north disaster will be poured out on all who live in the land. 15 I am about to summon all the peoples of the northern kingdoms,” declares the Lord.
“Their kings will come and set up their thrones     in the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem; they will come against all her surrounding walls     and against all the towns of Judah.
I will pronounce my judgments on my people     because of their wickedness in forsaking me, in burning incense to other gods     and in worshiping what their hands have made.
17 “Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them. 18 Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
Israel Forsakes God
The word of the Lord came to me: “Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem:
“This is what the Lord says:
“‘I remember the devotion of your youth,     how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the wilderness,     through a land not sown.

Israel was holy to the Lord,     the firstfruits of his harvest; all who devoured her were held guilty,     and disaster overtook them,’” declares the Lord.

Hear the word of the Lord, you descendants of Jacob,     all you clans of Israel.
This is what the Lord says:
“What fault did your ancestors find in me,     that they strayed so far from me? They followed worthless idols     and became worthless themselves.

They did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord,     who brought us up out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness,     through a land of deserts and ravines, a land of drought and utter darkness,     a land where no one travels and no one lives?’

I brought you into a fertile land     to eat its fruit and rich produce. But you came and defiled my land     and made my inheritance detestable.

The priests did not ask,     ‘Where is the Lord?’ Those who deal with the law did not know me;     the leaders rebelled against me. The prophets prophesied by Baal,     following worthless idols.

“Therefore I bring charges against you again,” declares the Lord.     “And I will bring charges against your children’s children.
Cross over to the coasts of Cyprus and look,     send to Kedar and observe closely;     see if there has ever been anything like this:
Has a nation ever changed its gods?     (Yet they are not gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their glorious God     for worthless idols.
Be appalled at this, you heavens,     and shudder with great horror,” declares the Lord.
“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me,     the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns,     broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
Is Israel a servant, a slave by birth?     Why then has he become plunder?
Lions have roared;     they have growled at him. They have laid waste his land;     his towns are burned and deserted.
Also, the men of Memphis and Tahpanhes     have cracked your skull.
Have you not brought this on yourselves     by forsaking the Lord your God     when he led you in the way?
Now why go to Egypt     to drink water from the Nile? And why go to Assyria     to drink water from the Euphrates?
Your wickedness will punish you;     your backsliding will rebuke you. Consider then and realize     how evil and bitter it is for you when you forsake the Lord your God     and have no awe of me,” declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.
“Long ago you broke off your yoke     and tore off your bonds;     you said, ‘I will not serve you!’ Indeed, on every high hill     and under every spreading tree     you lay down as a prostitute.
I had planted you like a choice vine     of sound and reliable stock. How then did you turn against me     into a corrupt, wild vine?
Although you wash yourself with soap     and use an abundance of cleansing powder,     the stain of your guilt is still before me,” declares the Sovereign Lord.
“How can you say, ‘I am not defiled;     I have not run after the Baals’? See how you behaved in the valley;     consider what you have done. You are a swift she-camel     running here and there,
a wild donkey accustomed to the desert,     sniffing the wind in her craving—     in her heat who can restrain her? Any males that pursue her need not tire themselves;     at mating time they will find her.
Do not run until your feet are bare     and your throat is dry. But you said, ‘It’s no use!     I love foreign gods,     and I must go after them.’
“As a thief is disgraced when he is caught,     so the people of Israel are disgraced— they, their kings and their officials,     their priests and their prophets.
They say to wood, ‘You are my father,’     and to stone, ‘You gave me birth.’ They have turned their backs to me     and not their faces; yet when they are in trouble, they say,     ‘Come and save us!’
Where then are the gods you made for yourselves?     Let them come if they can save you     when you are in trouble! For you, Judah, have as many gods     as you have towns.
“Why do you bring charges against me?     You have all rebelled against me,” declares the Lord.
“In vain I punished your people;     they did not respond to correction. Your sword has devoured your prophets     like a ravenous lion.
31 “You of this generation, consider the word of the Lord:
“Have I been a desert to Israel     or a land of great darkness? Why do my people say, ‘We are free to roam;     we will come to you no more’?
Does a young woman forget her jewelry,     a bride her wedding ornaments? Yet my people have forgotten me,     days without number.
How skilled you are at pursuing love!     Even the worst of women can learn from your ways.
On your clothes is found     the lifeblood of the innocent poor,     though you did not catch them breaking in. Yet in spite of all this
    you say, ‘I am innocent;     he is not angry with me.’ But I will pass judgment on you     because you say, ‘I have not sinned.’
Why do you go about so much,     changing your ways? You will be disappointed by Egypt     as you were by Assyria.
You will also leave that place     with your hands on your head, for the Lord has rejected those you trust;     you will not be helped by them.
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