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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

August 8 - Morning

"This is what the Lord says (to Jeremiah):
'Go and buy a clay jar from a potter. 
Take along some of the elders of the people and of the priests and go out to the Valley of Ben Hinnom, near the entrance of the Potsherd Gate.
There proclaim the words I tell you, and say,

"Hear the word of the Lord, you kings of Judah and people of Jerusalem. This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says:

Listen! I am going to bring a disaster on this place that will make the ears of everyone who hears of it tingle.  For they have forsaken me and made this a place of foreign gods; they have burned incense in it to gods that neither they nor their ancestors nor the kings of Judah ever knew, and they have filled this place with the blood of the innocent.  They have built the high places of Baal to burn their children in the fire as offerings to Baal—something I did not command or mention, nor did it enter my mind.  So beware, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when people will no longer call this place Topheth or the Valley of Ben Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter…"

…Then break the jar while those who go with you are watching, and say to them, This is what the Lord Almighty says:

"I will smash this nation and this city just as this potter’s jar is smashed and cannot be repaired. They will bury the dead in Topheth until there is
no more room…"

…Jeremiah then returned from Topheth, where the Lord had sent him to prophesy, and stood in the court of the Lord’s temple and said to all the people, 

“This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Listen! I am going to bring on this city and all the villages around it every disaster I pronounced against them, because they were stiff-necked and would not listen to my words.' "

- Jeremiah 19:1-6, 10-11, 14-15

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
An Object Lesson in the Hinnom Valley to Help the Leaders and Priests Understand    

603 BC - This is one of Jeremiah’s bold object lessons. Jeremiah had been preaching, at this point of his ministry, for 45 years (648-603 BC). This is not the first time Jeremiah had said these things. Jeremiah had proclaimed his message at the gates of the Temple. Jeremiah had proclaimed his message privately to individuals and to crowds at the city gates. Jeremiah had written his message and had the scrolls delivered to leaders in the priesthood, in the palace, and, even to foreign countries.

This time the Lord tells Jeremiah to do the following things in an attempt to communicate the message to the leadership of the nation of Judah.

  • Go buy a clay jar
  • Take some of the governmental leaders and some of the priests who are willing to go with you
  • Go outside the Potsherd Gate and into the Hinnom Valley
  • When you get there I will give you a message.

Jeremiah does the above and then in the presence of some leaders and some priests Jeremiah proclaims the Lord's message again, but in a new way. The message is basically this:

  • A spine tingling disaster is coming
  • People have turned to foreign gods
  • False gods have been worshipped here in the Hinnom Valley
  • Altars have been built in the Hinnom Valley
  • The innocent blood of children has been sacrificed to Baal here in the Hinnom Valley
  • So, the Lord will fill this Hinnom Valley with the bodies of slaughtered people from Jerusalem

Then, after these initial statements Jeremiah throws down the clay jar as a visual aid to
communicate his next words:

“I will smash this city…like the jar it cannot be fixed…this Hinnom Valley will be so full
of dead bodies that there is no more room for another dead body.”

After his meeting with the leaders and the priests in the Hinnom Valley, Jeremiah was told to take
the same message (probably without the breaking of the jar) to the Temple courts for the people to hear and think about.

The word Topheth means “the burner” and probably refers to the type of altar that was used to
burn alive the children sacrificed in the Hinnom Valley around 603 BC. (Hinnom Valley is HERE)

  Christian Quote from Church History
"To stay here and disobey God — I can't afford to take the consequence. I would rather go and obey God than to stay here and know that I disobeyed." 
- Amanda Berry Smith
Something to Ponder??

When Israel is at war and has defeated an enemy nation Deuteronomy 21:10-13 explains the steps an Israeli warrior must take if he “notices among the captives a beautiful woman and is attracted to her.”
If the Israeli warrior wants to marry the captive woman these are the details that must be followed:
1 - bring her to his home
2 - shave her head
3 - trim her nails
4 - give her some clean clothes
5 - let her live under your
care for a month
6 - let her mourn for a month the loss of her father and mother (basically the
fall of her culture and
the death of her family)
7 - After a month the Israeli warrior may take the
captive woman to
be his wife

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Har (Hb) - mountain (Eng) - The Hebrew word har refers to a “mountain range,” a “mountain,”
and a “mountainous region.” Har does not only refer to a mountain,
but it is also used to refer to any elevated geographical area including hills.


An ancient rock altar from the time period of the Book of Judges has been found in Zorah. Samson was from Zorah (Judges 13:2) and Samson’s father, Manoah, is recorded as having offered a sacrifice on an altar in Zorah where the angel of the Lord appeared to him
(Judges 13:19-20).
(Details HERE. Photos HERE)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will take advantage of the provisions God has given me such as fellowship with believers,
words of encouragement from others, the presence of the Holy Spirit and Bible teaching.
I will provide encouraging words of truth and refreshing fellowship for other believers.
  "The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old."
- Proverbs 8:22
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
1 Kings 14 Ezra 1 (538 BC) Jeremiah 4-5
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns

Contacts with people and network building

Christ-like attitudes
and actions


Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
A Roman pillar with the inscription identifying the 10th Legion.

Details from Judges 11 located on a map concerning the days of the judge Jephthah.

Details from Judges 11 located on a map concerning the days of the judge Jephthah.

A Roman pillar with the inscription identifying the 10th Legion (Leg X). This Roman column was set in place around 200 AD near the camp of the Tenth Roman Legion, which had been stationed in Jerusalem since 70 AD. Today this pillar is located in the Christian Quarter at an intersection of four covered streets, which is up a narrow road going north, just inside the Jaffa Gate. The inscription reads:

Marco lunio
Legato Augustorum
Legionis X Fretensis
C. Domitius Sergius
Strator eius

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