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September 19 - Evening

"I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it...Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem..." - Zechariah 14:1-4

The Lord Will Fight On That Day


Zechariah was a member of a prominent priestly family that returned from Babylon in 537 BC. In 520 Zechariah spoke of a final battle that would take place in Jerusalem before the Lord’s appearance to establish his earthly kingdom.  The invasion of Jerusalem at this future time occurs because God “will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it.” In the early stages of this future battle it appears that the invasion by the nations will be successful since half of the city quickly falls to the conquering nations. It is clear for several reasons that Zechariah refers here to a future event that has not yet occurred:
1. It cannot refer to the Babylonian destruction since:
  1. This text was written in 520 BC and Babylon’s invasion has already occurred in 586 BC.
  2. Babylon took the first half of the city and also the second half of the city. The Lord
    did not intervene. Jerusalem was totally overrun
2. It cannot refer to the Roman destruction in 70 AD since:
  1. Jerusalem of 70 AD was completely destroyed.
  2. The Lord did not appear and fight in defense of Jerusalem
  3. There was no earthquake and no splitting of Mount Olives
  4. To allegorize these locations (Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem)
    and these events (gathered nations,  fighting, exile, taken from city, the people,
    the Lord will go out, his feet will stand) in order to find some spiritual meaning
    makes this text senseless and its meaning the victim of personal interpretation.
3. It cannot refer to a historical event during church history since it is clear from world history over the last 150 years and current events that Jerusalem is not in a state that could be described as a kingdom ruled and controlled by the Lord seated in Jerusalem.
This future day is unlike the Babylonian captivity from which the Jews had recently returned. In 586 the whole city was taken into exile, but during the invasion Zechariah refers to the second half of the population “will not be taken from the city.” This time there will not be exile, but instead there will be deliverance.
On this day the Lord’s “feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem” and a new age will have begun. At Jesus’ ascension into heaven in Acts 1 the angels referred to this future event when they spoke to the disciples who were watching Jesus rise into the air. The angles said to the disciples on the Mount of Olives in 30 AD as Jesus ascended:
”Two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘Men of Galilee, they said, why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven." – Acts 1:10-11
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Arrabon (Gr) - "Earnest" (KJ) or "a deposit Guaranteeing" (NIV) – The word Arrabon came to the Greeks from the Phoenician traders meaning “first installment, down payment, deposit.” To the Phoenicians and the Greeks arrabon was not a pledge or a promise of a future action or transaction, but was instead actually a portion of the purchase price or the first installment. This means the transaction was complete and the contract was legally valid, binding and unbreakable. Arrabon was a legal term used in Greek business and trade. So, when Paul writes in Ephesian 1:14 that the Holy Spirit in our lives today “is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession,” (or, in the KJ, “is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession”) he is saying that our salvation is a legal, unbreakable contract with God. The fact that the Holy Spirit (the arrabon) has come to us today is the guarantee from God that this transaction is legal and complete. Our salvation is not a promise for the future, but is a present possession and reality.
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Do I recognize God's wisdom during the day? I will listen and look for wisdom to manifest today.



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Bible Reading Descriptions Here

Narrative

(morning only)

Complete Text

General Text




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Personal

Organization of house and home management

Church

Electronics, sound board, mics, amps, etc.
Families
Niger - the least reached people groups there



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Water fall from the springs of En Gedi which was one of David's hideouts near the Dead Sea while fleeing from Saul. (click on image for larger size)
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The Greek alphabet (click on image for larger size)




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Someone to Quote

"God is not silent. It is the nature of God to speak. The second person of the Holy Trinity is called "The Word." – A.W. Tozer

Something to Ponder

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The Muratorian Canon from 190 AD was discovered and made public in 1740, and it reveals that by 190 AD believers had organized the New Testament letters and set them alongside the Old Testament.

Here’s a Fact

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Assyrian King Sennacherib attacks Judah in 701 BC according to 2 Kings 18:13-16. In the Annals of Sennacherib recorded on the Sennacherib Prism the Assyrian king records the same invasion when he writes:
“As for Hezekiah the Judahite, who did not submit to my yoke…like a caged bird I shut up in Jerusalem, his royal city.”

Proverb

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"Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square."
Proverbs 1:20

Coach’s Corner

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What you talk about and how you communicate creates the atmosphere you live in.

Luke 13
New International Version (NIV)
Repent or Perish
13 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’
“‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”
Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath
10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
14 Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.”
15 The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? 16 Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”
17 When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.
The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast
18 Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? 19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.”
20 Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? 21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
The Narrow Door
22 Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. 23 Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?”
He said to them,
24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’
“But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’
26 “Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’
27 “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’
28 “There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. 29 People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. 30 Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.”
Jesus’ Sorrow for Jerusalem
31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.”
32 He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ 33 In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!
34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. 35 Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”
Ezra 6
New International Version (NIV)
The Decree of Darius
King Darius then issued an order, and they searched in the archives stored in the treasury at Babylon. A scroll was found in the citadel of Ecbatana in the province of Media, and this was written on it:
Memorandum:
In the first year of King Cyrus, the king issued a decree concerning the temple of God in Jerusalem:
Let the temple be rebuilt as a place to present sacrifices, and let its foundations be laid. It is to be sixty cubits high and sixty cubits wide,
with three courses of large stones and one of timbers. The costs are to be paid by the royal treasury. Also, the gold and silver articles of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple in Jerusalem and brought to Babylon, are to be returned to their places in the temple in Jerusalem; they are to be deposited in the house of God.
Now then, Tattenai, governor of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar-Bozenai and you other officials of that province, stay away from there. Do not interfere with the work on this temple of God. Let the governor of the Jews and the Jewish elders rebuild this house of God on its site.
Moreover, I hereby decree what you are to do for these elders of the Jews in the construction of this house of God:
Their expenses are to be fully paid out of the royal treasury, from the revenues of Trans-Euphrates, so that the work will not stop.
Whatever is needed—young bulls, rams, male lambs for burnt offerings to the God of heaven, and wheat, salt, wine and olive oil, as requested by the priests in Jerusalem—must be given them daily without fail, 10 so that they may offer sacrifices pleasing to the God of heaven and pray for the well-being of the king and his sons.
11 Furthermore, I decree that if anyone defies this edict, a beam is to be pulled from their house and they are to be impaled on it. And for this crime their house is to be made a pile of rubble. 12 May God, who has caused his Name to dwell there, overthrow any king or people who lifts a hand to change this decree or to destroy this temple in Jerusalem.
I Darius have decreed it. Let it be carried out with diligence.
Completion and Dedication of the Temple
13 Then, because of the decree King Darius had sent, Tattenai, governor of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar-Bozenai and their associates carried it out with diligence. 14 So the elders of the Jews continued to build and prosper under the preaching of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah, a descendant of Iddo. They finished building the temple according to the command of the God of Israel and the decrees of Cyrus, Darius and Artaxerxes, kings of Persia. 15 The temple was completed on the third day of the month Adar, in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.
16 Then the people of Israel—the priests, the Levites and the rest of the exiles—celebrated the dedication of the house of God with joy. 17 For the dedication of this house of God they offered a hundred bulls, two hundred rams, four hundred male lambs and, as a sin offering for all Israel, twelve male goats, one for each of the tribes of Israel. 18 And they installed the priests in their divisions and the Levites in their groups for the service of God at Jerusalem, according to what is written in the Book of Moses.
The Passover
19 On the fourteenth day of the first month, the exiles celebrated the Passover. 20 The priests and Levites had purified themselves and were all ceremonially clean. The Levites slaughtered the Passover lamb for all the exiles, for their relatives the priests and for themselves. 21 So the Israelites who had returned from the exile ate it, together with all who had separated themselves from the unclean practices of their Gentile neighbors in order to seek the Lord, the God of Israel. 22 For seven days they celebrated with joy the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because the Lord had filled them with joy by changing the attitude of the king of Assyria so that he assisted them in the work on the house of God, the God of Israel.
Psalm 137
New International Version (NIV)
Psalm 137

By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept     when we remembered Zion.

There on the poplars     we hung our harps,

for there our captors asked us for songs,     our tormentors demanded songs of joy;     they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

How can we sing the songs of the Lord     while in a foreign land?

If I forget you, Jerusalem,     may my right hand forget its skill.

May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth     if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem     my highest joy.

Remember, Lord, what the Edomites did     on the day Jerusalem fell. “Tear it down,” they cried,     “tear it down to its foundations!”

Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,     happy is the one who repays you     according to what you have done to us.

Happy is the one who seizes your infants     and dashes them against the rocks.

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