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January 9 - Morning

"After this, the word of the Lord came
to Abram in a vision:

“Do not be afraid, Abram.
    I am your shield,
    your very great reward."

- Genesis 15:1

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Abram's Unseen Shield and Reward    

Abram had just returned from a victorious battle against four kings of the East. Before Abram returned to the great tree of Mamre in Hebron he stopped by Salem to pay honor to the Lord and give the Priest of God Most High, Melchizedek, a tithe of the plunder gained in the battle. But, when Bera, the cowardly King of Sodom, feigns an appearance of blessing Abram by "allowing" him to keep the plunder, Abram renounces any ties with Sodom and its fateful future when he says:

"I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, and have taken an oath that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the thong of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’ " - Genesis 14:22-23

"After this" in Genesis 15:1 refers to the time immediately after Abram had returned home to Hebron. It is at this time that Abram might have began to realize the seriousness of his actions over the past few weeks.

  1. Abram had just engaged four of the great and powerful kings of the ruling Eastern countries and defeated them while taking their plunder. These kings would surely contemplate
    retaliation and return to settle the score with Abram.
  2. Then, after having rescued the property and people of Sodom, Abram renounced any claim to ownership of the plunder, and instead put his fate and his wealth in the hands of "the Lord, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth." Abram insults King Bera of Sodom by saying,

    "I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the thong of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, 'I made Abram rich.' "

In this situation God appears again to Abram to tell him two things:

  1. "Do not be afraid...I am your shield" against the kings from the East and anyone else!
  2. "Do not be afraid...I am your very great reward" that is worth far more than the wealth you left at the feet of Bera, king of Sodom!

The Lord is telling Abram that he did the right thing in going to war, in rescuing the people, and in walking away from the wealth of Sodom. Abram is still living by faith. He is not trying to appease the invading kings. Nor is he trying to gain wealth and advancement in a land God has promised will be given to his descendants in the future.


  Christian Quote from Church History
"Had it been published by a voice from heaven, that twelve poor men, taken out of boats and creeks, without any help of learning, should conquer
the world to the cross,
it might have been thought
an illusion against all
reason of men; yet we know
it was undertaken and accomplished by them."

- Stephen Charnock
Something to Ponder??

The Council of Chalcedon met in 451 to resolve the church’s understanding of the nature of Jesus Christ. Believers in Alexandria, Egypt were influenced by Greek philosophy and emphasized Christ as the Divine Word (logos) that over shadowed his humanity. Apollinarius even taught that the logos took the place of the human soul of Jesus. The school of thought in Antioch, Syria focused on his humanity being fully human. They were accused of saying Jesus had two natures. From a monastery in Constantinople Eutyches taught that Jesus’ human nature was lost in the Divine like a drop of honey dissolves in the sea. In 451 at the Council of Chalcedon Pope Leo’s proposal was incorporated into the final statement of faith:

Jesus Christ is
acknowledged in two natures, without confusion, without change, without division, without separation...the characteristic property of
each nature being preserved, and coming together
to form one person.”

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information



Zamar (Hb) - Sing Praise (Eng) - zamar is the Hebrew word that means “to make music” or
“produce music.” Zamar is used often in the book of Psalms. In Psalm 47:6 zamar is used
four times at the beginning and ending of two lines:

" Sing praises (zamar) to God, sing praises (zamar) ;
    sing praises (zamar) to our King, sing praises (zamar)."

This verb, zamar , was used to build these words in Hebrew:

- zimrah means “melody” and “sing”
- zamir means “song”
- mizmor” means “melody" and it is a
technical musical term
used to identify “psalms”


Bryant Wood examined archaeology evidence from Jericho and found these facts:

1. Jericho was srongly fortified around 1400 BC (Joshua 2:5; 2:7; 2:15; 6:5; 6:20)

2. Jericho was destroyed by a massive fire around 1400 BC. (Joshua 6:24)

3. Something like an earthquake caused teh fortification walls to collapse at the time the city was destroyed around 1400 BC. (Joshua 6:20)

4. The large amount of grain stored in the city indicates the destruction occurred in the spring harvest time.
(Joshua 2:6; 3:15; 5:10)

5. The seige of Jericho was not an attempt to starve the people out since it happen quickly and there was stilled stored grain in the city (Joshua 6:15; 6:20)

6. The grain of the city was not plundered by the invading enemy which would have been the normal practice of war. (Joshua 6:17-18)

7. Jericho was not rebuilt and was not occupied for many years after the 1400 destruction. (Joshua 6:26)


Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I fear people? Do I fear losing the wealth of the world?
I will fear God and trust God to provide opportunities to earn provisions.
  "Wisdom has built her house;
    she has hewn out its
seven pillars.
She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;
    she has also set her table."
- Proverbs 9:1-2
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 11 Genesis 17 Job 21-22
Prayer for Today
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Confess sin Avoid self-righteous attitudes Immigration Church’s commitment
to Jesus 
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
This is one of the graves of the two architects who were responsible for building the wall around Jerusalem. They failed to include Mount Zion which resulted in their decapitation by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1541 AD.
This tomb is found just inside the Joppa Gate. (click on image for larger size)
Details of the process the Romans used to build their roads. Many of these are still in existence today and in several cases, still functioning. (click on image for larger size)
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