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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

January 7 - Morning

"The Lord had said to Abram,
“Go from your country, your people and your
father’s household to the land I will show you:

“I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.
 I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.”

- Genesis 12:1-3

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The Call of Abram to Separate and Be Blessed    

The separation of Israel from the other nations begins in Genesis 12:1. Abram is to be the first of the nation of Israel so he is told to leave his country (the region of Ur and that of Haran), his people (his ethnic group) and his father’s household (his extended family identified in the genealogy of chapter 11). Abram is isolated so that he can develop and be unique free from residence and oppression
from his culture.

Abram’s wife’s name, Sarai, was the name of the moon god’s consort, and it means “princess” in Hebrew and “queen” in Akkadian. Lot’s sister’s name (the wife of Abram’s brother, Nahor) was
Milcah and it means “queen, the title of the moon god’s daughter.’ Joshua 24:2 and 24:15 clearly says Abram’s father, Terah, was a worshipper of the moon god. If Abraham had stayed in his
region among the ethnic group he would have been expected to continue participation with this father’s household in the community’s worship of the moon god. If Abram had refrained because
of his allegiance to the Lord, any disaster or hardship that the people of Haran or in his father’s household faced would have been traced back to Abram’s lack of devotion to the moon god.
Abram had to leave; there could be no mixing of the past with the future.

Not only did God call Abram, but he also gave Abram his Word. God made promises to Abram
that would extend through Abram’s life and far into the distant future. And, these promises were
not merely words of blessing to Abram and curses on the idol worshiping nations. These were blessing to Abram with the purpose of blessing the other nations with redemption and restoration.
The phrase “All peoples on earth will be blessed through you,” means the people of the nations
will “find or obtain blessing” through Abram and the promises God has made to the one he
called out from the nations.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"If Jesus, the sinless and perfect Son of God, limited Himself to speaking
nothing during His
incarnation except the truth
He received from His Father, how much more should those who have been called into ministry speak only on the authority of divine Scripture."
- John MacArthur
Something to Ponder??

Atheism rejects the existence of God (or, theism) because it is felt there is no enough evidence to prove God exists.  But, this erroneously leaves the impression that there is proof that God does NOT exist. Saying, “No one can prove God exists!” is not the same thing as saying, “We can prove God does NOT exist.” It is logically impossible to say, “It has been proven that God does not exist,” because not every option has been examined and not everything thing is known. It is more reasonable and the evidence is manageable to show the existence of God. First, life does exist. Second, life must originate from God’s special creation or by chance life emerged out of the chaos. Does life exist because of God or chance, or is there a third option? It is provable that life does not come from chance, so the only option is that it comes from God since there is not third alternative. Atheism is illogical, while theism is based in logic.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


'amal (Hb) - Labor (Eng) - 'amal is the Hebrew verb translated “ to toil,” “to labor,” “to work,”
“to make.” In Psalms 127:1 ‘amal is the labor of the construction of a building or the labor
involved with agriculture in Jonah 4:10 and Proverbs 16:26. In Ecclesiastes 5:18-19 ‘amal is fruitful labor that is productive and good. But, in Jeremiah 20:18 ‘amal is trouble and burdensome.


The Garden Tomb, also known as Gordon's Calvary, on the north side of Jerusalem outside the Damascus Gate is often considered to be a possible location for the burial and resurrection of Jesus. It is not. Archaeology has shown that this tomb is one of several tombs cut in this area during 600-800 BC. It was not a new tomb even in Jeremiah’s later years, so it could not have been a freshly cut tomb in Jesus day. (John 19:41) The tombs in the church of the Holy Sepulcher were new tombs in Jesus day.
(Garden Tomb Here; Church of Holy Sepulcher Here)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Are there things and people I need to separate from so that I can fully follow God?
I will take steps to insure that I will not hesitate to do what is right.
  "My son, keep my words
    and store up my commands within you.
 Keep my commands and
you will live;

    guard my teachings as
the apple of your eye.
Bind them on your fingers;
    write them on the
tablet of your heart."
- Proverbs 7:1-3
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
Genesis 8 Genesis 13 Job 14-15
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Family friends and their children Health of leadership Foreign Policy Water supply
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

The remains of the Canaanite Temple/Palace that Joshua burned
in 1400 BC according to Joshua 11:13:

"Yet Israel did not burn any of the cities built on their
mounds—except Hazor, which Joshua burned."

The combination of oil, timber and wind created the very hot fire of 1300 C (2372 F) degrees.  The burnt ash layer reached 3 feet and the basalt stones (as seen in photo above) cracked in the heat. Inside the burtn Canaanite palace archeologists found ivory plaques, cylinder seals, figurines, jewelry,
and a large basalt stone statue standing over three feet tall.
 (click on image for larger size)

This is a model of the west side of the Temple from the New Testament times. The actual wall of the west side is seen in the background and is circled on the model.
(click on image for larger size)
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