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April 29 - Morning

"(King Ahaz of Judah) followed the ways of the kings of Israel and even sacrificed his son in the fire, engaging in the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites. He offered sacrifices and burned incense at the high places, on the hilltops and under every spreading tree...
...Ahaz sent messengers to say to
Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria,

'I am your servant and vassal. Come up and save me out of the hand of the king of Aram and of the king of Israel, who are attacking me.'

And Ahaz took the silver and gold found in the temple of the Lord and in the treasuries of the royal palace and sent it as a gift to the king of Assyria. The king of Assyria complied by attacking Damascus and capturing it. He deported its inhabitants to Kir and put Rezin to death. Then King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria. He saw an altar in Damascus and sent to Uriah the priest a sketch of the altar, with detailed plans for its construction. So Uriah the priest built an altar in accordance with all the plans that King Ahaz had sent from Damascus and finished it before King Ahaz returned. When the king came back from Damascus and saw the altar, he approached it and presented offerings on it. He offered up his burnt offering and grain offering, poured out his drink offering, and splashed the blood of his fellowship offerings against the altar. As for the bronze altar that stood before the Lord, he brought it from the front of the temple—from between the new altar and the temple of the Lord—and put it on the north side of the new altar.

King Ahaz then gave these orders to Uriah the priest:

'On the large new altar, offer the morning burnt offering and the evening grain offering, the king’s burnt offering and his grain offering, and the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their grain offering and their
drink offering. Splash against this altar the blood
of all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.
But I will use the bronze altar for seeking guidance.'

And Uriah the priest did just as King Ahaz had ordered."

- Second Kings 16:3-4;7-16

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Judah's King Ahaz Brings Assyrian Forces and Influence to Jerusalem    

Ahaz became king of Judah when he was twenty years old and did not do what was right. He cast idols of Baal and burned sacrifices in the Valley of Ben Hinnom on the south side of Jerusalem including sacrificing his sons in the fire. The Arameans defeated him and took many of his people to Damascus. Also, Pekah of Israel, son of Remaliah, killed 120,000 soldiers of Judah in one day. An Ephraimite warrior named Zicri killed the king’s son and 200,000 wives, sons and daughters were taken north into Israel.

A prophet named Obed confronted the army of Israel as they led the people of Judah away as slaves and warned them that they also were guilty before the Lord and should send the people from Judah back. The leaders of Israel agreed and did not want to face the wrath of God so they clothed the naked prisoners with clothes from the plunder, put the weak on donkeys and provided the prisoners with sandals, food, drink and salve before they took them back to Jericho.

Isaiah spoke to Ahaz in chapter seven of the book of Isaiah telling him to stand firm in his faith and not go to Assyria for help against Israel and Aram but Ahaz went to Tiglath-pileser III of Assyria for help around the year 733 BC. Isaiah warned Ahaz that Tiglath–pileser III would be “a razor hired from beyond the River to shave your head and the hair of your legs, and to take off your beards also.” (Isaiah 7:20)

Tiglath-pileser III did come to Jerusalem and Ahaz gave him things from the temple and from the royal palace. Ahaz shut down the temple of the Lord and removed the furnishings. Instead, Ahaz began to worship the gods of Damascus since they had helped the Arameans. But according to the word of Isaiah in chapter 7 of his book, by the time Ahaz died Israel and Aram had been completely overrun by the Assyrians and were no longer a threat to worry about.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“Too many Christian young people are ill prepared to take the lead in proclaiming and defending the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout society.” - David A. Noebel, Understanding the Times

Something to Ponder??

Reconciliation – Reconciliation means “to cause to conform to a standard” or “to be adjusted to a specified standard.” When a person adjusts the clock in their car to the satellite time shown on their cell phone they have reconciled the clock in the car to the time on the cell phone. If a person does not keep track of the use of their debit card they will not be reconciled with their bank statement at the end of the month. Their checking account will be out of balance. The world is out of balance with God. We are unable to reconcile ourselves with God (Romans 5:6-9). But, in this condition God came through Jesus Christ and reconciled us to himself (Romans 5:10). God reset us; he realigned us; he caused us to come into conformity with him (Romans 5:20-21;
2 Corinthians 5:18-20).
Redemption – Redemption is what occurs when a slave is purchased by someone who has the intention of setting that slave free. No one can set a slave free unless they are willing to pay the debt for the price of the slave, that is, to redeem the slave.
Jesus Christ purchased us from sin by paying the penalty for our sin
(1 Peter 3:18;
Revelation 5:11, 12;
Galatians 3:13;
Romans 3:22-24).

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

‘Azab (Hb) – Forsake (Eng) – ‘azab is the Hebrew word that means “to leave,” “to forsake,” “to depart from,” “to neglect.” The basic meaning of ‘azab is found in Genesis 2:24 when it says, “a man shall ‘azab his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife.” In Genesis 39:15 Joseph left (‘azab) his garment when he fled from Potiphar’s wife.” In Psalm 9:10 the Lord will not ‘azab those who seek him.


In Judges 6:5 Gideon faced invaders riding camels. A military on camels could cover a distance 5x that of an army on foot. They could travel a steady 25 mph for up to one hour at a time and run twice as fast as the best sprinters of our day. Gideon both shocked and neutralized the Midianites when he attacked at night while the troops were asleep and not on their camels.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
In my times of need, fear, distress or disappointment I will continue to trust the Lord and wait for him.
I will not turn to unrighteous ways and unrighteous sources for strength when I am fearful.
  "The righteous care about justice for the poor,
    but the wicked have no such concern."

- Proverbs 29:7
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Excavation on the Ophel south of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Details and photos of the silver shekel that was given to Judas to betray Jesusaccording to Matthew 26:15.
Excavation on the Ophel south of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
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Details and photos of the silver shekel that was
given to Judas to betray Jesus according to Matthew 26:15.
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