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April 5 - Evening

"David took up this lament concerning Saul and his son Jonathan, and he ordered that the people of Judah be taught this lament of the bow
(it is written in the Book of Jashar):

'A gazelle lies slain on your heights, Israel.
How the mighty have fallen!
Tell it not in Gath,
proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon,
lest the daughters of the Philistines be glad,
lest the daughters of the uncircumcised rejoice
...' "

- Second Samuel 1:17-20


Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
David Laments Saul and Jonathan's Death    

Upon hearing of Saul and Jonathan’s death David writes a very moving song of lamentation to honor Israel’s King and Prince. In spite of all the hardships Saul brought to David, and to the people of Israel in general, David still finds several things worthy of honoring in Saul’s life.

David’s words concerning Jonathan are particularly moving since Jonathan was one of David’s closest friends. Jonathan was also a likeminded believer in the Lord who demonstrated faith and tremendous confidence because of his relationship with the Lord. It would have certainly been interesting to see Jonathan grow old and serve alongside David in his new united kingdom in Jerusalem.

The “Book of Jashar” was a book of early Hebrew poetry and lyrics that recognized and recorded the heroic acts of God-fearing people. The “Book of Jashar” is also mentioned in Joshua 10:12-13. No copies or manuscripts of this book have been found, but the Bible does preserve a quote from this ancient book concerning a song from one of Joshua’s battles (Jos. 10:12-13).

In David’s lamentation Saul and Jonathan are identified as “the mighty” and as “weapons of war.” David desires that news of Saul and Jonathan’s death not reach the Philistines or else there would be gladness and rejoicing in the streets of Gath and Ashkelon. These were two of the five Philistine cities that made up the Pentapolis (or, the five major cities of Philistia) along with Ashdod, Gaza and Ekron.

David's respect for Saul, the Lord's anointed king, was more of a reflection of David's reverence for the Lord than it was for his admiration for the man and character of Saul. David’s attitude toward God was reflected in his attitude toward people both in respect and in judgment.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“Neither of the two fundamental axioms of Darwin’s macroevolutionary theory…[has] been validated by one single empirical discovery or scientific advance since 1859.”
– Michael Denton

Something to Ponder??
In 1173 Peter Waldo set aside an adequate amount of money for his wife and placed his two daughters in a convent. Waldo then gave the rest of his estate to the poor and began traveling to teaching the common people about Jesus Christ. People began to follow and imitate Waldo. These traveling teachers were called the Poor Men of Lyons or Waldensians. They traveled as twos and taught the Bible to people gathered in the marketplaces. Because the New Testament teaching revealed by the Walensians was so contrary to the teaching of the church and the way the church was currently operating the official church ordered them to stop, excommunicated Peter Waldo and outlawed unofficial Bible teaching.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Protos (Gr) – first (Eng) – protos is Greek word that identifies that which is “the first” or “the chief.” Protos is used to refer to leaders of a city or a community in Mark 6:21; Acts 13:50 and 17:4.

  Forty-two foot long timber and shorter pieces found in secondary use on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem have been tested to show they originally came from the Forests of Lebanon have been dated from 100 BC to 884 BC. These timbers could have been used in buildings on the Temple Mount built by Herod. One beam was dated to 884 BC (+/- 180 years) could have been from Solomon's Temple or the surrounding buildings. (Details here, here and here.
Photos here ... Video here.)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Do I allow my reverence for God to be displayed in my respect for people in authority and
for all people in general?
I will speak well of others and honor those around me as an indication of my reverence for the Lord and my faith in his will.

  "Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and
with crafty intent.
(She is unruly and defiant,
    her feet never stay at home; now in the street, now in the squares,
at every corner she lurks.)"
- Proverbs 7:10-12
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
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 Samuel 22 Judges 18
Prayer for Today
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Relationships at work

Long for Christ’s return


Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram

Waters at Caesarea Philippi near the Gates of Hades.

Waters at Caesarea Philippi near the Gates of Hades.
These are some of the original waters that feed into the Sea of Galilee and become the Jordan River. (More details here.)

A list of 35 battles that have been fought in the Jezreel Valley (or, Megiddo Valley or Armageddon)

(click on image for larger size)

Galyn's video of the Gates of Hades at Caeserea Philippi below:

A list of 35 battles that have been fought in the
Jezreel Valley (or, Megiddo Valley or Armageddon)
(click on image for larger size)
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