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May 27 - Morning

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world."
- Psalms 19:1-4

The Unavoidable, Unmistakable Divine Witness in the Solar System


 Psalm 19 is similar to Psalm 8 in its beginning. But, where Psalm 8 turns to discuss man as another of God’s great creations, Psalm 19 switches to discuss the other source of God’s revelation, the written word (Ps. 19:7-11). C.H. Spurgeon wrote:

“He is wisest who reads both the world-book and the Word-book as two volumes of the same work, and feels concerning them, ‘My Father wrote them both.’ ”

Just as life on earth cannot occur without the sun and the solar system (the speechless book of Psalm 19:1-6), neither can life on earth occur without the written revelation of God’s word (the written revelation of Psalm 19:7-14). But, just like both the sun and the written revelation can bring the light and warmth needed for life, they can also both bring the exposing spotlight of judgment and the fiery heat of destruction/purification.

C. S. Lewis wrote concerning Psalm 19:
            “I take this to be the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world.”

The subscript of the title says that Psalm 19 was written by David “for the director of music” which indicates the words of Psalm 19 were originally lyrics set to be sung along with the sound of Hebrew music current in 1000 BC.

The created solar system has been a testimony to God the creator since the beginning. Paul expresses this thought in Romans 1:20:

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

The heavens are in a continuous state of declaring God’s existence, power, wisdom and character. The endless expanse presents our best image of infinity. Divine wisdom begins to be perceived when considering the symphonic precision of the orbits of the planets, galaxies and unmeasurable universes. A demonstration of the omnipotent-power is declared in the brightness, size and the harnessed weight of the celestial bodies. If for no other reason the expanding vastness of the universe serves one purpose: To declare the glory of God!

Psalm 19 says literally that “no speech, no words, their voice is not heard.” This means to say that the glorious images portrayed by these unfathomable creations successfully communicate without words and without speech to man in every language, in every generation and in every location simply through the physical senses that perceive by sight and feel.
Hamon (Hb) – multitude (Eng) – hamon is the Hebrew word that means “multitude,” but also “lively commotion,” “tumult,” “turmoil,” noise,” “crowd,” and “abundance.” In Isaiah 63:15 hamon is used to communicate “agitation.” In 2 Samuel 18:29 hamon refers to the stirring of a crowd.
Does the worldly systems and the carnal distractions block my view the glory of the Lord in the physical reality he has created? I will seek to see the glory, wonder and power of the Lord in his creation in spite of the darkness of this age.



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Narrative

General Text




Personal

Wisdom and insight

Church

A spirit of worship
Children
Gabon



This is the excavated steps and walkway leading away from the Pool of Siloam north towards the Temple Mount. The blind man that Jesus sent to wash the mud out of his eyes at the Pool of Siloam in John 9:1-8.
Details of Esther chapter one on a map.




Someone to Quote

"Is prayer your steering wheel or spare tire?" - Corrie Ten Boom

Something to Ponder

Although the majority of the books in the New Testament are Paul's letters, the largest portion of the New Testament is occupied by Luke’s writing in his two books: - Gospel of Luke - Acts of the Apostles

Here’s a Fact

There are 5,500 sites to be excavated in Israel, and only a few hundred have been examined. Likewise, further to the East in the birthplace of the Bible story, and the land of Jewish captivity, there are still 1,000’s of potential sites with rich archaeological secrets to reveal. Finances, favorable political climates and sheer man power are all needed to pursue these finds.

Proverb

"Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart,
    and the pleasantness of a friend
    springs from their heartfelt advice."

- Proverbs 27:9

Coach’s Corner

Beware!
Dreams are easier than daily life.
Emotions have more influence than reason.
Illusions seem more rewarding than reality.

1 Samuel 5
New International Version (NIV)
The Ark in Ashdod and Ekron
After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. Then they carried the ark into Dagon’s temple and set it beside Dagon. When the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord! They took Dagon and put him back in his place. But the following morning when they rose, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord! His head and hands had been broken off and were lying on the threshold; only his body remained. That is why to this day neither the priests of Dagon nor any others who enter Dagon’s temple at Ashdod step on the threshold.
The Lord’s hand was heavy on the people of Ashdod and its vicinity; he brought devastation on them and afflicted them with tumors. When the people of Ashdod saw what was happening, they said, “The ark of the god of Israel must not stay here with us, because his hand is heavy on us and on Dagon our god.” So they called together all the rulers of the Philistines and asked them, “What shall we do with the ark of the god of Israel?”
They answered, “Have the ark of the god of Israel moved to Gath.” So they moved the ark of the God of Israel.
But after they had moved it, the Lord’s hand was against that city, throwing it into a great panic. He afflicted the people of the city, both young and old, with an outbreak of tumors. 10 So they sent the ark of God to Ekron.
As the ark of God was entering Ekron, the people of Ekron cried out, “They have brought the ark of the god of Israel around to us to kill us and our people.”
11 So they called together all the rulers of the Philistines and said, “Send the ark of the god of Israel away; let it go back to its own place, or it will kill us and our people.” For death had filled the city with panic; God’s hand was very heavy on it. 12 Those who did not die were afflicted with tumors, and the outcry of the city went up to heaven.
Hosea 5
New International Version (NIV)
Judgment Against Israel

“Hear this, you priests!     Pay attention, you Israelites! Listen, royal house!     This judgment is against you: You have been a snare at Mizpah,     a net spread out on Tabor.

The rebels are knee-deep in slaughter.     I will discipline all of them.

I know all about Ephraim;     Israel is not hidden from me. Ephraim, you have now turned to prostitution;     Israel is corrupt.

“Their deeds do not permit them     to return to their God. A spirit of prostitution is in their heart;     they do not acknowledge the Lord.

Israel’s arrogance testifies against them;     the Israelites, even Ephraim, stumble in their sin;     Judah also stumbles with them.

When they go with their flocks and herds     to seek the Lord, they will not find him;     he has withdrawn himself from them.

They are unfaithful to the Lord;     they give birth to illegitimate children. When they celebrate their New Moon feasts,     he will devour their fields.

“Sound the trumpet in Gibeah,     the horn in Ramah. Raise the battle cry in Beth Aven;     lead on, Benjamin.

Ephraim will be laid waste     on the day of reckoning. Among the tribes of Israel     I proclaim what is certain.
10 
Judah’s leaders are like those     who move boundary stones. I will pour out my wrath on them     like a flood of water.
11 
Ephraim is oppressed,     trampled in judgment,     intent on pursuing idols.
12 
I am like a moth to Ephraim,     like rot to the people of Judah.
13 
“When Ephraim saw his sickness,     and Judah his sores, then Ephraim turned to Assyria,     and sent to the great king for help. But he is not able to cure you,     not able to heal your sores.
14 
For I will be like a lion to Ephraim,     like a great lion to Judah. I will tear them to pieces and go away;     I will carry them off, with no one to rescue them.
15 
Then I will return to my lair     until they have borne their guilt     and seek my face— in their misery     they will earnestly seek me.”
1 Chronicles 26-27
New International Version (NIV)
The Gatekeepers
26 The divisions of the gatekeepers:
From the Korahites: Meshelemiah son of Kore, one of the sons of Asaph.
Meshelemiah had sons:
Zechariah the firstborn,
Jediael the second,
Zebadiah the third,
Jathniel the fourth,
Elam the fifth,
Jehohanan the sixth
and Eliehoenai the seventh.
Obed-Edom also had sons:
Shemaiah the firstborn,
Jehozabad the second,
Joah the third,
Sakar the fourth,
Nethanel the fifth,
Ammiel the sixth,
Issachar the seventh
and Peullethai the eighth.
(For God had blessed Obed-Edom.)
Obed-Edom’s son Shemaiah also had sons, who were leaders in their father’s family because they were very capable men. The sons of Shemaiah: Othni, Rephael, Obed and Elzabad; his relatives Elihu and Semakiah were also able men. All these were descendants of Obed-Edom; they and their sons and their relatives were capable men with the strength to do the work—descendants of Obed-Edom, 62 in all.
Meshelemiah had sons and relatives, who were able men—18 in all.
10 Hosah the Merarite had sons: Shimri the first (although he was not the firstborn, his father had appointed him the first), 11 Hilkiah the second, Tabaliah the third and Zechariah the fourth. The sons and relatives of Hosah were 13 in all.
12 These divisions of the gatekeepers, through their leaders, had duties for ministering in the temple of the Lord, just as their relatives had. 13 Lots were cast for each gate, according to their families, young and old alike.
14 The lot for the East Gate fell to Shelemiah. Then lots were cast for his son Zechariah, a wise counselor, and the lot for the North Gate fell to him. 15 The lot for the South Gate fell to Obed-Edom, and the lot for the storehouse fell to his sons. 16 The lots for the West Gate and the Shalleketh Gate on the upper road fell to Shuppim and Hosah.
Guard was alongside of guard:
17 There were six Levites a day on the east, four a day on the north, four a day on the south and two at a time at the storehouse. 18 As for the court to the west, there were four at the road and two at the court itself.
19 These were the divisions of the gatekeepers who were descendants of Korah and Merari.
The Treasurers and Other Officials
20 Their fellow Levites were in charge of the treasuries of the house of God and the treasuries for the dedicated things.
21 The descendants of Ladan, who were Gershonites through Ladan and who were heads of families belonging to Ladan the Gershonite, were Jehieli, 22 the sons of Jehieli, Zetham and his brother Joel. They were in charge of the treasuries of the temple of the Lord.
23 From the Amramites, the Izharites, the Hebronites and the Uzzielites:
24 Shubael, a descendant of Gershom son of Moses, was the official in charge of the treasuries. 25 His relatives through Eliezer: Rehabiah his son, Jeshaiah his son, Joram his son, Zikri his son and Shelomith his son. 26 Shelomith and his relatives were in charge of all the treasuries for the things dedicated by King David, by the heads of families who were the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and by the other army commanders. 27 Some of the plunder taken in battle they dedicated for the repair of the temple of the Lord. 28 And everything dedicated by Samuel the seer and by Saul son of Kish, Abner son of Ner and Joab son of Zeruiah, and all the other dedicated things were in the care of Shelomith and his relatives.
29 From the Izharites: Kenaniah and his sons were assigned duties away from the temple, as officials and judges over Israel.
30 From the Hebronites: Hashabiah and his relatives—seventeen hundred able men—were responsible in Israel west of the Jordan for all the work of the Lord and for the king’s service. 31 As for the Hebronites, Jeriah was their chief according to the genealogical records of their families. In the fortieth year of David’s reign a search was made in the records, and capable men among the Hebronites were found at Jazer in Gilead. 32 Jeriah had twenty-seven hundred relatives, who were able men and heads of families, and King David put them in charge of the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh for every matter pertaining to God and for the affairs of the king.
Army Divisions
27 This is the list of the Israelites—heads of families, commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and their officers, who served the king in all that concerned the army divisions that were on duty month by month throughout the year. Each division consisted of 24,000 men.
In charge of the first division, for the first month, was Jashobeam son of Zabdiel. There were 24,000 men in his division. He was a descendant of Perez and chief of all the army officers for the first month.
In charge of the division for the second month was Dodai the Ahohite; Mikloth was the leader of his division. There were 24,000 men in his division.
The third army commander, for the third month, was Benaiah son of Jehoiada the priest. He was chief and there were 24,000 men in his division. This was the Benaiah who was a mighty warrior among the Thirty and was over the Thirty. His son Ammizabad was in charge of his division.
The fourth, for the fourth month, was Asahel the brother of Joab; his son Zebadiah was his successor. There were 24,000 men in his division.
The fifth, for the fifth month, was the commander Shamhuth the Izrahite. There were 24,000 men in his division.
The sixth, for the sixth month, was Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite. There were 24,000 men in his division.
10 The seventh, for the seventh month, was Helez the Pelonite, an Ephraimite. There were 24,000 men in his division.
11 The eighth, for the eighth month, was Sibbekai the Hushathite, a Zerahite. There were 24,000 men in his division.
12 The ninth, for the ninth month, was Abiezer the Anathothite, a Benjamite. There were 24,000 men in his division.
13 The tenth, for the tenth month, was Maharai the Netophathite, a Zerahite. There were 24,000 men in his division.
14 The eleventh, for the eleventh month, was Benaiah the Pirathonite, an Ephraimite. There were 24,000 men in his division.
15 The twelfth, for the twelfth month, was Heldai the Netophathite, from the family of Othniel. There were 24,000 men in his division.
Leaders of the Tribes
16 The leaders of the tribes of Israel:
over the Reubenites: Eliezer son of Zikri;
over the Simeonites: Shephatiah son of Maakah;
17 over Levi: Hashabiah son of Kemuel;
over Aaron: Zadok;
18 over Judah: Elihu, a brother of David;
over Issachar: Omri son of Michael;
19 over Zebulun: Ishmaiah son of Obadiah;
over Naphtali: Jerimoth son of Azriel;
20 over the Ephraimites: Hoshea son of Azaziah;
over half the tribe of Manasseh: Joel son of Pedaiah;
21 over the half-tribe of Manasseh in Gilead: Iddo son of Zechariah;
over Benjamin: Jaasiel son of Abner;
22 over Dan: Azarel son of Jeroham.
These were the leaders of the tribes of Israel.
23 David did not take the number of the men twenty years old or less, because the Lord had promised to make Israel as numerous as the stars in the sky. 24 Joab son of Zeruiah began to count the men but did not finish. God’s wrath came on Israel on account of this numbering, and the number was not entered in the book of the annals of King David.
The King’s Overseers
25 Azmaveth son of Adiel was in charge of the royal storehouses.
Jonathan son of Uzziah was in charge of the storehouses in the outlying districts, in the towns, the villages and the watchtowers.
26 Ezri son of Kelub was in charge of the workers who farmed the land.
27 Shimei the Ramathite was in charge of the vineyards.
Zabdi the Shiphmite was in charge of the produce of the vineyards for the wine vats.
28 Baal-Hanan the Gederite was in charge of the olive and sycamore-fig trees in the western foothills.
Joash was in charge of the supplies of olive oil.
29 Shitrai the Sharonite was in charge of the herds grazing in Sharon.
Shaphat son of Adlai was in charge of the herds in the valleys.
30 Obil the Ishmaelite was in charge of the camels.
Jehdeiah the Meronothite was in charge of the donkeys.
31 Jaziz the Hagrite was in charge of the flocks.
All these were the officials in charge of King David’s property.
32 Jonathan, David’s uncle, was a counselor, a man of insight and a scribe. Jehiel son of Hakmoni took care of the king’s sons.
33 Ahithophel was the king’s counselor.
Hushai the Arkite was the king’s confidant.
34 Ahithophel was succeeded by Jehoiada son of Benaiah and by Abiathar.
Joab was the commander of the royal army.
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Psalm 127
New International Version (NIV)
Psalm 127
A song of ascents. Of Solomon.

Unless the Lord builds the house,     the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city,     the guards stand watch in vain.

In vain you rise early     and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—     for he grants sleep to those he loves.

Children are a heritage from the Lord,     offspring a reward from him.

Like arrows in the hands of a warrior     are children born in one’s youth.

Blessed is the man     whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame     when they contend with their opponents in court.


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