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September 9 - Evening

"You should not gloat over your brother in the day of his misfortune,  nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction,  nor boast so much in the day of their trouble.  You should not march through the gates of my people in the day of their disaster, nor gloat over them in their calamity in the day of their disaster, nor seize their wealth in the day of their disaster. You should not wait at the crossroads to cut down their fugitives,  nor hand over their survivors in the day of their trouble." - Obadiah 12-14

Obadiah Rebukes Edom's Gloating and Violence

When Jerusalem and Judah where destroyed and burnt during the Babylonian invasion of 588-586 BC and while the people of Judah where slaughtered or taken into captivity to Babylon, the descendants of Jacob's twin brother Esau, the Edomites, watched, waited, gloated, and rejoiced. And, then when they had an opportunity to act they “cut down the fugitive” Jews who were escaping the Babylonians, captured them to “hand over” to Nebuchadnezer's forces and “marched through the gates” of the burnt cities to plunder and “seize the wealth” that was left behind.
In three verses Obadiah uses eight negatives to identify what Edom should not have done along with nine descriptions of what they did do. Obadiah then uses the Hebrew word yom, or “day,” along with eight descriptive words to identify what kind of “Day” it was for Judah that Edom took advantage. These were the days of Judah's misfortune, destruction, trouble, disaster and calamity. Edom demonstrated a hostile attitude that manifested in physical violence against God's people. Obadiah tells Edom their days are numbered because of this behavior. According to Jeremiah 27:3 Edom was still an independent nation in 594 BC. Although Ammon and Moab where overrun by the Babylonians soon after Judah was overrun, there is no reference to Edom ever being taken by Nebuchadnezzar. One assumption is that they followed Jeremiah's message of advice sent to Edom in Jeremiah 27:3, 6-7. (Jer. 49:7-22) and simply submitted to Nebuchadnezzar as Jeremiah repeatedly told the leaders of Judah to do. The Nabateans, a nomadic Arab tribe took the land of Edom around 450 BC. By 312 BC Petra (an important city in the rocky crags of Edom) was occupied by the Nabataeans and Edom had been removed from history never to rise again.
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Apologia (Gr) - Defense (Eng) – the Greek word apologia means “to defend” or “to make a defense.” It was used in the Greek language to refer to the argument for the defense in court during a judicial interrogation.  The word apologia also refers to an informal explanation or defense of one’s position concerning politics or religion. Peter uses to describe the answer given to the skeptical, abusive inquires of anti-christian citizens.
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Could I give a defense for the Truth of Scripture in a court room? to a friend?
Does my life reflect the life, resurrection and character of the Lord?
I will prepare myself to defend the Truth of scripture and demonstrate the life of Jesus in me.

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Bible Reading Descriptions Here


(morning only)

Complete Text

General Text

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My neighbors


Experience God's presence
Myanmar - Buddhism is entrenched; refuges gone to many countries

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Pool of Bethesda - It was not until 1888 that a group of archeologist uncovered this pool. Critics of the authenticity of the Bible had doubted the existence of this site. Some had attributed the 5 colonnades mentioned by John to be symbolic of the first 5 books of the Bible. In 1888 K. Schick found twin pools here: one 55 feet, a second 65 feet long. The five covered colonnades mentioned by John were also discovered. (click on image for larger size)
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Lintel over the Double Gate that led from the south side up to the surface of the Temple Mount in Jesus' day.
Notice the four trapezoidal stones forming the arch of the Double Gate from the days of Herod, and the large horizontal lintel directly below them with the wide margin and boss also part of the original gate lintel from the 19 BC-70 AD.
The decorative arch attached to the face of the wall is from the late 600’s AD. Also notice the square stone that sets immediately to the right (east) of the fourth trapezoidal stone, even with the top of the arch. This stone is etched with a Roman inscription and was placed in the wall upside down. It is the base of a Roman statue that sat on the Temple Mount in the days of Hadrian after the second Jewish revolt was quenched in 135 AD. To the left behind the Crusader wall, the rest of the gate can be seen (click on image for larger size)

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Someone to Quote

"The acid test of our love for God is obedience to His Word." - Bob Jones, Sr

Something to Ponder

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In the 46th Psalm of the original King James, which was printed in1611 AD, William Shakespeare’s 46th year, the 46th word from the beginning is “shake” and the 46th word from the end is “spear.” Seems like the language scholars wanted to impress one of their contemporary celebrities with their translation work!

Here’s a Fact

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Mordecai, Esther’s cousin, sat in the gate in Susa (Esther 2:21). This gate has been excavated


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"It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity."
Proverbs 17:26

Coach’s Corner

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Part of the heart of a man is his mind and his intellect. You can’t love what you do not know. You cannot be passionate about that which you are ignorant. True love and useful passion do not exist outside of reality. 

Luke 5
New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Calls His First Disciples
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”
11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy
12 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.
14 Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”
15 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man
17 One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. 18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.
20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 23 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. 26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”
Jesus Calls Levi and Eats With Sinners
27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, 28 and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.
29 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Jesus Questioned About Fasting
33 They said to him, “John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.”
34 Jesus answered, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? 35 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.”
36 He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. 37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 39 And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, ‘The old is better.’”
Ezekiel 41
New International Version (NIV)
41 Then the man brought me to the main hall and measured the jambs; the width of the jambs was six cubits on each side. The entrance was ten cubits wide, and the projecting walls on each side of it were five cubits wide. He also measured the main hall; it was forty cubits long and twenty cubits wide.
Then he went into the inner sanctuary and measured the jambs of the entrance; each was two cubits wide. The entrance was six cubits wide, and the projecting walls on each side of it were seven cubits wide. And he measured the length of the inner sanctuary; it was twenty cubits, and its width was twenty cubits across the end of the main hall. He said to me, “This is the Most Holy Place.”
Then he measured the wall of the temple; it was six cubits thick, and each side room around the temple was four cubits wide. The side rooms were on three levels, one above another, thirty on each level. There were ledges all around the wall of the temple to serve as supports for the side rooms, so that the supports were not inserted into the wall of the temple. The side rooms all around the temple were wider at each successive level. The structure surrounding the temple was built in ascending stages, so that the rooms widened as one went upward. A stairway went up from the lowest floor to the top floor through the middle floor.
I saw that the temple had a raised base all around it, forming the foundation of the side rooms. It was the length of the rod, six long cubits. The outer wall of the side rooms was five cubits thick. The open area between the side rooms of the temple 10 and the priests’ rooms was twenty cubits wide all around the temple. 11 There were entrances to the side rooms from the open area, one on the north and another on the south; and the base adjoining the open area was five cubits wide all around.
12 The building facing the temple courtyard on the west side was seventy cubits wide. The wall of the building was five cubits thick all around, and its length was ninety cubits.
13 Then he measured the temple; it was a hundred cubits long, and the temple courtyard and the building with its walls were also a hundred cubits long. 14 The width of the temple courtyard on the east, including the front of the temple, was a hundred cubits.
15 Then he measured the length of the building facing the courtyard at the rear of the temple, including its galleries on each side; it was a hundred cubits.
The main hall, the inner sanctuary and the portico facing the court,
16 as well as the thresholds and the narrow windows and galleries around the three of them—everything beyond and including the threshold was covered with wood. The floor, the wall up to the windows, and the windows were covered. 17 In the space above the outside of the entrance to the inner sanctuary and on the walls at regular intervals all around the inner and outer sanctuary 18 were carved cherubim and palm trees. Palm trees alternated with cherubim. Each cherub had two faces: 19 the face of a human being toward the palm tree on one side and the face of a lion toward the palm tree on the other. They were carved all around the whole temple. 20 From the floor to the area above the entrance, cherubim and palm trees were carved on the wall of the main hall.
21 The main hall had a rectangular doorframe, and the one at the front of the Most Holy Place was similar. 22 There was a wooden altar three cubits high and two cubits square; its corners, its base and its sides were of wood. The man said to me, “This is the table that is before the Lord.” 23 Both the main hall and the Most Holy Place had double doors. 24 Each door had two leaves—two hinged leaves for each door. 25 And on the doors of the main hall were carved cherubim and palm trees like those carved on the walls, and there was a wooden overhang on the front of the portico. 26 On the sidewalls of the portico were narrow windows with palm trees carved on each side. The side rooms of the temple also had overhangs.

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