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April 29 - Evening

"The king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Kuthah, Avva, Hamath and Sepharvaim (Map HERE) and settled them in the towns of Samaria to replace the Israelites. They took over Samaria and lived in its towns. When they first lived there, they did not worship the Lord; so he sent lions among them and they killed some of the people. It was reported to the king of Assyria:

'The people you deported and resettled in the towns of Samaria do not know what the god of that country requires. He has sent lions among them, which are killing them off, because the people do not
know what he requires.'

Then the king of Assyria gave this order:

'Have one of the priests you took captive from Samaria go back to live there and teach the people
what the god of the land requires.'

So one of the priests who had been exiled from Samaria came to live in Bethel and taught them how to worship the Lord.Nevertheless, each national group made its own gods in the several towns where they settled, and set them up in the shrines the people of Samaria had made at the high places."

- Second Kings 17:24-29

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 The Genius and the Problem of Assyrian Deportation/Importation Policy


The King of Assyria was Sargon II (722-705). He followed the Assyrian practice of deporting conquered people to the other lands he had conquered. Likewise, when Israel was deported from their land Sargon imported other conquered people into the land of Israel to live with the few Israelites who had not been deported. This was a military strategy that followed the familiar maxim “divide and conqueror.” The idea being a mixed people group with different culture, different language and different religion will be unable to organize a unified rebellion against the empire.

Eventually the Gentile people that Assyria imported into Israel intermarried with the Israelite people who were left in the land. The descendants of these Gentile/Israel marriages lived in this land called Samaria, or the former kingdom of Israel. This Gentile/Jewish mixed people are known as Samaritans in the New Testament.

When the imported Gentiles first lived in the land of northern Israel they did not worship the Lord, nor did they know how to worship the Lord according to his regulations given to Moses. As a result the land was overrun with wild animals including lions that attacked the people who worked in the fields and travel on the roads.

To remedy this situation Sargon had one of the captive priests that had been taken from Samaria sent back to teach the new immigrants how to worship the God of the land of Israel. This was a lose/lose situation since this priest himself had been taken captive from a nation that had been destroyed by the Lord for not worshipping or living righteously in the Lord’s land. It is fairly certain this priest did not do much to help the situation since his information was faulty to begin with. It seems the immigrants also thought this priest was useless since they ignored him and simply instituted the worship of the pagan god that they had brought from their destroyed homeland from where they had been captured and deported by Assyria.

So, the land of Israel became a land of varied worship to numerous gods including the deviant Samaritan worship that began with Jeroboam’s two golden calves in Bethel and Dan set up after the death of Solomon. This is the religious heritage of the Samaritans of the days of the New Testament.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"The question is, can we say, simply, honestly, not because we feel that as evangelicals we ought to, but because it is a plain matter of fact, that we have known God, and that because we have known God, the unpleasantness we have had or the pleasantness we have not had, through being Christians does not matter to us?" - J.I. Packer




Something to Ponder??
The Bible is the number one shoplifted book in America.
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Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Phrear tes Abyssou (Gr) – Shaft of the Abyss (Bottomless Pit) (Eng) – Phrear tes Abyssou is a Greek phrase. Phrear means “well” and Abyssou means “bottomless” in classic Greek. According to common Greek use of Abyssou it describes the abode of the dead. In the New Testament abyssos is a holding place for demons (Revelation 9:1-2; 9:11; 11:7; 17:8; 20:1; 20:3; Luke 8:13)


In Luke 3:1-3 these men are mentioned by Luke:

- Tiberius Caesar
- Pontius Pilate
- Herod Antipas
- Herod Philip
- Lysanias of Abilene
- Annas
- Caiaphas
- John the Baptist

Josephus also mentions all of these same men in his writing of Jewish history in his work entitled "Jewish Antiquities" written 70-90 AD.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Do I know how to worship the Lord? Do I understand the lifestyle the Lord desires?
Or, do I simply demonstrate a local style of worship combined with my personal lifestyle preference?
Is my religion merely a deviant form of Christianity currently popular among my people? My culture?

  "Mockers stir up a city,
    but the wise turn
away anger."

- Proverbs 29:8
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Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) First Chronicles 27 First Chronicles 9-10
Prayer for Today
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Eyes to see needs that you can meet

Deacons and deaconesses


Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Roman (Byzantine) pavement from 135 AD is seen outside the south wall of the Old City of Jerusalem's south wall. The Dung Gate can be seen in the background.

Details of 2 Kings 8:7-15 concerning Elisha and Ben-Hadad located on a map.

Details of 2 Kings 8:7-15 concerning Elisha and Ben-Hadad located on a map.

Roman (Byzantine) pavement from 135 AD is seen outside the
south wall of the Old City of Jerusalem's south wall.
The Dung Gate can be seen in the background.
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