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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

July 14 - Morning

"The sayings of King Lemuel —
an inspired utterance his mother taught him.

'Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!
Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!

Do not spend your strength on women,
your vigor on those who ruin kings.
It is not for kings, Lemuel —

it is not for kings to drink wine,
not for rulers to crave beer,
lest they drink and forget what has been decreed,
and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.

(Let beer be for those who are perishing,
wine for those who are in anguish!
Let them drink and forget their poverty
and remember their misery no more.)

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.

Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy."

- Proverbs 31:1-9

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Advice to a King...from his mother    

It is possible that Lemuel was a king from a northern Arabian nation called Masa (a different translation of “an inspired utterance” or “oracle) (Details here). These verses may be Arabian wisdom brought into Jerusalem from a land southeast of Israel. It would make sense that Arabian wisdom literature had an influence on Israel’s wisdom literature just like the wisdom literature of Egypt left its mark (Remember “Instructions of Amen-emOpet").

Queens in Arabian nations were influential at home, in government and in international affairs. This is attested to in Assyrian documents and in the biblical text. (Consider the Queen of Sheba as an example, 1 Kings 10.)

King Lemuel’s mother, the queen mother, reminds the king of two things:

  1. He is her son a son she cares for.
  2. He was born as an answer to prayer, so he has a destiny and she has a vow to fulfill

The Queen mother’s first wise warning to her son of destiny concerns women. This advice is not concerning a wife, but concerning women. Most likely the harem. She tells her son not to waste his strength on woman. Don’t use your position as king to serve yourself by spending your time and all your energy in the harem. As a son of destiny, King Lemuel needs to attend to more important matters. A ruler has responsibility and doesn’t have the luxury of a life of frills and entertainment.  Neither does he get to enjoy the pleasure of numbing his senses. This leads to point number two.

Her second wise warning concerns the numbing effects of alcohol. A ruler who reigns with justice and is responsible to his people doesn’t get to drink his problems away. The ruler needs to be at the top of his game serving people. Now, some of the people the king is responsible for are the very people who deserve the alcohol because they have no other escape and they have no answer. At least beer will help them through their miserable state in society. With the mention of these poor miserable people suffering through life the queen moves to her third point: The king needs to help the suffering people in his realm.

The third wise bit of advice concerns the original intent of government. Serve the people. The king is to use his energy and his time speaking for those who have no rights and serving those who are unable to help themselves.

So in three quick and precise lines of instruction the Queen mother has laid down the basics for a king to provide a just and effective government:

  1. Don’t use your power to serve yourself
  2. Keep your head clear so you can see and judge fairly
  3. Serve the powerless and speak for those who have no voice

The king is to refrain from being distracted by his power and instead serve the people.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"Let us revert to the Scriptural proof furnished by those apostles who did also write the gospel."
- Irenaeus, 180 AD
Something to Ponder??

313  Edict of Milan

• Constantine had granted toleration of Christianity and restitution of property taken from Christians in the lands
of Gaul, Spain and
Britain in 306.

• By 310 Maxentius had done the same in Italy and Africa.

• In 311 Galerius and Licinius decreed tolerance to Christianity in the Balkans and began restitution in 313.

• The Edict of Milan came in 313 when emperors Constantine and Licinius proclaimed religious tolerance throughout the Roman Empire to include newly acquired land taken from Maximinus.

• The Edict of Milan came in the form of a letter from Licinius to the Governor of Bithynia in June of 313. It was sent on behalf of Emperor Licinius in the East and Emperor Constantine in the West. It was to be circulated to the governors throughout the east.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Cherpah (Hb) - reproach (Eng) - The Hebrew word cherpah means “reproach” that can be a
disgrace such as an unmarried woman in Isaiah 4:1 or a condition of failure and weakness such
as Israel experienced in the Babylonian captivity as described by Daniel in Daniel 9:16.


The many believers baptized in Acts on the Day of Pentecost (Acts2:40-41) would have been baptized in the mikvah located around the south side of the Temple Mount and at the base of the southern stairs (Image).
(Image of Mikvah on south side of Temple Mount
(Southside details HERE)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will not use my life serving myself.
I will not spend time numbing myself and neglecting my responsibilities.
I will live my life with purpose and fulfill the responsibilities God has destined me to have.
  "Even in laughter the heart may ache,
and joy may end in grief."

- Proverbs 14:13
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A Roman mile marker still stands beside a cistern and a water trough along a modern road in Israel.

A Roman mile marker still stands beside a cistern and a water trough along a modern road in Israel.

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Details of 1 Samuel 24 where Saul pursues David to En Gedi

Details of 1 Samuel 24 where Saul pursues David to En Gedi

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