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September 6 - Morning

"The sun will be turned to darknes and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance." - Joel 2:31-32

Deliverance on Mount Zion in Jerusalem

Today’s devotional verses refer to the time of universal judgment known as “The Day of the Lord.” It is the third of three judgments referred to by Joel. The first was the contemporary locust invasion of the land of Judah (sometime between 828-700 BC) that was occurring as Joel wrote his prophecy. The second was the prophesied Assyrian invasion of northern Israel coming in 723-721 BC or the Babylonian invasion of southern Judah that would occur in three waves: 605, 597 and 588-586 BC. The third is the Lord’s return to earth to “dwell in Zion” which is the “holy hill” in Jerusalem (Joel 3:17) where “there will be deliverance” (Joel 2:32) “on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem.”

The Day of the Lord will be proceeded by “wonders in the heavens” (Joel 2:30) which include “the sun will be turned to darkness” and “the moon to blood.” These signs indicate at some level and at some point in time God’s direct and dramatic supernatural intervention into the history of mankind. The darkened sun could refer to an eclipse which was a terrifying event and a bad omen in the ancient world. The red moon could be caused by earthquakes that proceed and accompany the Lord’s return. The Day of the Lord will be a day of judgment on the unbelieving nations and unrepentant Israel, but also a day of physical deliverance and fulfilled spiritual salvation for “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord” including the re-gathered and restored nation of Israel.
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Beriyt (Hb) - Covenant (Eng) - Beriyt comes from the parent root word bar meaning grain. This bar or, grain, was fed to livestock to fatten them up to prepare them for slaughter. Two other Hebrew words come from bar:
beriy translated fat;
barut translated meat.
bar, beriy and barut all refer to livestock and slaughtering them.
The phrase "make a covenant" in Hebrew is this phrase is
karat beriyt.
The word
karat means to cut.
Beriyt refers to the animal cut for the covenant.
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Do I call on God during the day? Today I will call on God for help, direction and for opportunities.

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Bible Reading Descriptions Here


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General Text

Matthew 3 (26 AD)

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Food and healthy diet


Vision of potential
USA and Israel relationship
Morocco - is stable and open to western influence

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In the upper city of Arad is an Israelite Temple, or High Place, of worship. These were a violation of the Law of God. This picture was taken in the outer court with the altar being the square formation to the center. There is a stone slab on top. This had been covered with dirt around 701 BC during Hezekiah's reform. (click on image for larger size)
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A labeled model of the Temple Mount viewed from the southwest looking north/northeast as it would have appeared in 70 AD or around the time of the NT.
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Someone to Quote

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“The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.” – G. K. Chesterton

Something to Ponder

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Gabriel and Michael are the only two angels (besides, Satan) named in the Bible. Both are mentioned in the New Testament, but only Gabriel makes both a OT and NT appearance.

Here’s a Fact

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Belshazzar’s royal palace in Babylon that was the site of the feast and handwriting on the wall in Daniel 5 has been located and excavated.


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"My son, keep your father's commands and do not forsake your mothers' teaching."
Proverbs 6:20

Coach’s Corner

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You yourself have been created by God. Now use that creation for the purpose God intended.

Daniel 1
New International Version (NIV)
Daniel’s Training in Babylon
In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia and put in the treasure house of his god.
Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility— young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians. The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service.
Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.
But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”
11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.
15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.
17 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.
18 At the end of the time set by the king to bring them into his service, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. 19 The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service. 20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.
21 And Daniel remained there until the first year of King Cyrus.
Matthew 3
New International Version (NIV)
John the Baptist Prepares the Way
In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:
“A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord,     make straight paths for him.’”
John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
11 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
The Baptism of Jesus
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Ezekiel 32
New International Version (NIV)
A Lament Over Pharaoh
32 In the twelfth year, in the twelfth month on the first day, the word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, take up a lament concerning Pharaoh king of Egypt and say to him:
“‘You are like a lion among the nations;     you are like a monster in the seas thrashing about in your streams,     churning the water with your feet     and muddying the streams.
“‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“‘With a great throng of people     I will cast my net over you,     and they will haul you up in my net.

I will throw you on the land     and hurl you on the open field. I will let all the birds of the sky settle on you     and all the animals of the wild gorge themselves on you.

I will spread your flesh on the mountains     and fill the valleys with your remains.

I will drench the land with your flowing blood     all the way to the mountains,     and the ravines will be filled with your flesh.

When I snuff you out, I will cover the heavens     and darken their stars; I will cover the sun with a cloud,     and the moon will not give its light.

All the shining lights in the heavens     I will darken over you;     I will bring darkness over your land, declares the Sovereign Lord.

I will trouble the hearts of many peoples     when I bring about your destruction among the nations,     among lands you have not known.
I will cause many peoples to be appalled at you,     and their kings will shudder with horror because of you     when I brandish my sword before them. On the day of your downfall     each of them will tremble     every moment for his life.
11 “‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“‘The sword of the king of Babylon     will come against you.
I will cause your hordes to fall     by the swords of mighty men—     the most ruthless of all nations. They will shatter the pride of Egypt,     and all her hordes will be overthrown.
I will destroy all her cattle     from beside abundant waters no longer to be stirred by the foot of man     or muddied by the hooves of cattle.
Then I will let her waters settle     and make her streams flow like oil, declares the Sovereign Lord.
When I make Egypt desolate     and strip the land of everything in it, when I strike down all who live there,     then they will know that I am the Lord.’
16 “This is the lament they will chant for her. The daughters of the nations will chant it; for Egypt and all her hordes they will chant it, declares the Sovereign Lord.”
Egypt’s Descent Into the Realm of the Dead
17 In the twelfth year, on the fifteenth day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me: 18 “Son of man, wail for the hordes of Egypt and consign to the earth below both her and the daughters of mighty nations, along with those who go down to the pit. 19 Say to them, ‘Are you more favored than others? Go down and be laid among the uncircumcised.’ 20 They will fall among those killed by the sword. The sword is drawn; let her be dragged off with all her hordes. 21 From within the realm of the dead the mighty leaders will say of Egypt and her allies, ‘They have come down and they lie with the uncircumcised, with those killed by the sword.’
22 “Assyria is there with her whole army; she is surrounded by the graves of all her slain, all who have fallen by the sword. 23 Their graves are in the depths of the pit and her army lies around her grave. All who had spread terror in the land of the living are slain, fallen by the sword.
24 “Elam is there, with all her hordes around her grave. All of them are slain, fallen by the sword. All who had spread terror in the land of the living went down uncircumcised to the earth below. They bear their shame with those who go down to the pit. 25 A bed is made for her among the slain, with all her hordes around her grave. All of them are uncircumcised, killed by the sword. Because their terror had spread in the land of the living, they bear their shame with those who go down to the pit; they are laid among the slain.
26 “Meshek and Tubal are there, with all their hordes around their graves. All of them are uncircumcised, killed by the sword because they spread their terror in the land of the living. 27 But they do not lie with the fallen warriors of old, who went down to the realm of the dead with their weapons of war—their swords placed under their heads and their shields resting on their bones—though these warriors also had terrorized the land of the living.
28 “You too, Pharaoh, will be broken and will lie among the uncircumcised, with those killed by the sword.
29 “Edom is there, her kings and all her princes; despite their power, they are laid with those killed by the sword. They lie with the uncircumcised, with those who go down to the pit.
30 “All the princes of the north and all the Sidonians are there; they went down with the slain in disgrace despite the terror caused by their power. They lie uncircumcised with those killed by the sword and bear their shame with those who go down to the pit.
31 “Pharaoh—he and all his army—will see them and he will be consoled for all his hordes that were killed by the sword, declares the Sovereign Lord. 32 Although I had him spread terror in the land of the living, Pharaoh and all his hordes will be laid among the uncircumcised, with those killed by the sword, declares the Sovereign Lord.”

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