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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

July 12 - Evening

"When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers,
but a ruler with discernment and
knowledge maintains order.

A ruler who oppresses the poor
is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.

Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked,
but those who heed it resist them.

Evildoers do not understand what is right,
but those who seek the Lord understand it fully."

- Proverbs 28:2-5

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The Discerning Citizen    

What timely insight we receive in the series of wise sayings preserved in Proverbs 28:2-5.

28:2 – A wise ruler does not leave any reason for people to desire to rebel and overthrow his leadership.

28:3 – In contrast to a wise ruler who promotes the people’s production and ingenuity, the oppressive ruler prevents people from rising social standing, productivity and wealth. Instead, the oppressive ruler beats the people down like “driving rain” which makes it impossible for the people to flourish, produce and prosper.

28:4 – This verse returns to the rebellion of 28:2. Citizens without wisdom sill not understand the downside of the wicked, oppressive government, because for a brief season they will gain money and status. Because of this and because of their lack of insight those without wisdom will praise the wicked government’s evil philosophy. But, because of insight and in an attempt to avoid the failure of their society the wise will resist the very government and evil philosophy the people with no insight praise.

The difference between wisdom and foolishness, between understanding and ignorance, between insight and deception is the knowledge of the Lord. Those who seek the Lord will have the knowledge to discern, those who reject the Lord will not be able to discern good from evil, right from wrong. This is the central theme of Proverbs:

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”Proverbs 1:7

The fear of YHWH is the beginning of knowledge, growth and prosperity the:

  • Man
  • Business owner
  • Citizen
  • Friend
  • Governmental leader

Without the fear of YHWH evil philosophies will lead the man into becoming a wicked business owner, citizen, friend and leader.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“He became what we are that He might make us what He is.”
- Athanasius, 295-373 AD

Something to Ponder??

In Israel during the Old Testament times men were chosen to fill three basic offices:

  • king
  • priest
  • prophet.

Each generation of Israelites would have one or more king, priest, or prophet anointed with oil. The oil represented the Holy Spirit coming upon these men to enable them to serve in these offices. Once these men were anointed into an office they also entered into a new type of relationship with God. They were no longer just men, they were men who stood before God as the king, or the high priest, or as a prophet.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Mulos (Gr) – millstone (Eng) – the Greek word mulos is a hand mill that is made of two circular stones. The top stone rotates on the lower stone that does not move. Grain is dropped into a hole
that extends through the top stone and is crushed as the upper stone rotates on it until it appears
as powder on the lower stone. Mulos is used in Mark 9:42 and Luke 17:2.


The pinnacle of the Temple Mount mentioned in Luke 4:9 where Jesus was tempted by Satan was likely the southeast corner of the Temple Mount Wall or the south east corner of the building that stood along that same south wall. The height of either location would have increased the height of Mount Moriah and its view looking down into the steep Kidron Valley. Concerning this location, Josephus wrote, the “height of the portico standing over it was so very great that if anyone looked down from its rooftop, combining the two elevations, he would become dizzy and his vision would be unable to reach the end of so measureless a depth.  

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Confession to Action   Facts and Information

I will seek the Lord and receive his wisdom so that I might be a
wise man, a wise business owner, a wise teacher, a wise husband, a wise employee,
a wise citizen, a wise father, a wise governmental leader, a wise friend, a wise community member.

  "From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him."
- Proverbs 12:14
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Prayer for Today
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Efficient at work

Humility among

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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Palm trees at Jericho

The location of Calvary marked on the floor plans of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

The location of Calvary marked on the floor plans of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

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Palm trees at Jericho. The source of their water can be seen in the middle of the photo coming from the Springs of Elisha. This water source has always made Jericho an oasis in the Judean Wilderness.  
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