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July 16 - Morning

"Better a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer knows how to heed a warning.
The youth may have come from prison to the kingship, or he may have been born in poverty within his kingdom. I saw that all who lived and walked under the sun followed the youth, the king’s successor.

There was no end to all the people who were before them. But those who came later were
not pleased with the successor.

This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind."

- Ecclesiastes 4:13-16

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People are Fickle    

Indeed, a young man who has no experience, but is willing to learn is better than an experienced king who has stopped listening to advice. Yet, these are not exclusive character traits. It is possible to have an older king who is both experienced and wise. There are kings who can be old and still be willing to listen to advice.

But, Solomon says, it doesn’t matter because popular culture is always going to side with the youth. The new idea always sounds better and the new opportunity gets people involved. This was the case for the young man Solomon who was preceded by the great King David. Be it good or bad, at least, the young Solomon had this principle in his favor:

“I saw that all who lived and walked under the sun followed the youth, the king’s successor.” - Ecclesiastes 4:15

But, Solomon knew the cycle would continue. He knew his day of public popularity would eventually fade. There would be a new generation who would favor a younger successor (or, an insurgent such as Jeroboam!) who had new ideas. Solomon knew that “there was no end to all the people who” supported him early on in his reign, but Solomon also knew certain trends were true:

“Those who came later were not pleased with the successor.” – Ecclesiastes 4:16

Time will move on. Popularity ratings will change. Opinions will be swayed. A king can gain experience, rule well and continue to take advice, but people are fickle and will eventually turn on
their leader in order to support someone new. So, it is good to know ahead of time that:

“This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind." –Ecclesiastes 4:16

The people you lead are fickle. Their opinion of you will change.
  Christian Quote from Church History
"Perhaps what the heretics allege might be credible, if - in the first place - the Holy Scriptures did not contradict them!"
- Caius, 215 AD (quoted by Eusibius around 320 AD)
Something to Ponder??
Modalists (or, Sabellianism) is a Trinitarian Heresy from 190-268 AD that states that God is a single person. They believe that God revealed himself in the Old Testament as the Father, in the Gospels he manifested as the Son, after Jesus ascension God takes the form of the Holy Spirit. In this thinking the Father, Son and Holy Spirit never existed at the same time. Some modern groups still hold to this. They deny the Trinity, they claim that the name of God is Jesus and accuse Trinitarians of having three gods. Council of Antioch condemns it in 268.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Chepets (Hb) - Pleasure (Eng) - The Hebrew word chepets means “pleasure,” “delight,”
“desire,” “request,” “affair,” and “thing.”
In 2 Samuel 23:5 chepets refers to what someone wants.
In 1 Kings 5:8 chepets is King Hiram fulfilling King Solomon's desire for help building the Temple.


Two of the largest buildings ever discovered from the
time of David are a royal storehouse and a royal residence (a palace) in the ancient city of Khirbet Qeiyafa in the hill country of Judah. Khirbet Qeiyafa (the biblical Shaaraim) was a fortified
city set in the hills of Judah overlooking the Elah Valley where Israel often had to
face Philistine invasions
from the west.

This royal fortification today called Khirbet Qeiyafa was
the biblical Shaaraim (meaning “two gates”) mentioned several times in the Bible. Archaeologists have uncovered almost the entire city wall which encircled the city in David’s time with two gates, just like the meaning of the name. In Joshua 15:36 Shaaraim is mentioned along with Sokoh and Azekah. There was a road running from the land of the Philistines to Shaaraim that is mentioned in 1 Samuel 17:52 when the Israelites routed the Philistines after David killed Goliath in the Valley of Elah.

It appears that after establishing his rule in Judah, King David fortified the city of Khirbet Qeiyafa (Shaaraim) with walls, fortifications, a governmental storehouse and a royal palace to serve as a headquarters when it was necessary to defend his territory from the Philistine advances that were typical for this area of the country. The remains of the walls, fortifications, storehouse and palace have been uncovered along with the two gates.
(Details HERE and HERE.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
As a leader I will try to act in wisdom, gain experience and continue to listen to advice.
As a follower I will try to continue supporting those in leadership without being swayed by
the "latest and greatest" new trends.

"Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth."
- Proverbs 16:13

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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
2 Samuel 24 Ezekiel 15 Isaiah 13-14
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns

Compassion for the poor and needy

Understanding and Discovery of
Spiritual Gifts


Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram

Prayer at the Western Wall

Prayer at the Western Wall

Details of the Temple Mount today.
(click on image for larger size) Details of the Temple Mount today.
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