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July 1 - Evening

"Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
When will you get up from your sleep?

A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest —
and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man."

- Proverbs 6:6-11

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The Curse of Laziness    

In Proverbs 6 wisdom directly connects poverty and scarcity with the sleep, slumber and
resting of the sluggard.

Wisdom advises men to model themselves after the ant whose drive to work is not motivated by an overseer and whose need to prepare for winter is not neglected during the pleasant summer and fall season. Instead, the ant works without supervision and prepares without distraction.

The references to poverty coming on the sluggard “like a thief” and “like an armed man” might better be translated (according to Albright and noted by Garrett) as “homeless vagabond” and “beggar.” This is because the Hebrew word translated “thief” means a man who “walks about,” which seems more like a homeless man than a thief. The Hebrew word translated by the NIV as “an armed man” includes the Hebrew word meaning “beg.” It is easier to justify the translation of “beggar” here instead of “man of a shield,” or “armed man.” The idea is that poverty is like a homeless man who has nowhere to go. And, scarcity is like a beggar who can never be given enough since his only source of provision is continual begging. Homelessness and begging are the destiny of the sluggard who will not diligently work hard.

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"Before there can be faith there must be knowledge. And this knowledge must be heard, not mystically perceived."
- Galyn Wiemers
Something to Ponder??

The sculpted creatures on the Ark of the Covenant were most likely very similar to the winged sphinxes that are found at holy sites, temples, shrines and palaces as guardians of entrances.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Euperistatos (Gr) – surrounding, besetting, skillfully surrounding (Eng) – the Greek word euperistatos is used in Hebrews 12:1:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off
everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles (euperistatos).
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

There are the things in the believer’s life that hinders their progress, but there is also
“the sin that euperistatos.” Although it is difficult to define, euperistatos seems to refer
to “surrounding.” And, this “surrounding” is done is done actively and skillfully.
Hebrews 12:1 then is talking about things that hinder and the sin that actively encircles
us with skill and a strategy to interfere with our spiritual growth and production.


During repairs to Saint Catherine’s Monastery at the base of Mount Sinai in 1975 eight pages of the book of Genesis was found inside a monastery wall. This is the same monastery where Tischendorf discovered 43 pages of a 350 AD manuscript of the Old Testament in a basket being used to start fires. In 1859 Tischendorf found at the same monastery a manuscript from around 350 AD that contained the entire Bible except form some missing pages at the front and back that is now called Codex Sinaiticus. The eight pages found in 1975 match the Codex Sinaiticus exactly and contain passages that are missing from Codex Sinaiticus. It is reasonable to believe that this document was one of the fifty copies of the Bible commissioned by Emperor Constantine in
331 AD. (Details)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

I will manage my time, be diligent and motivate myself to work hard and labor for the future.

  "I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness."
- Ecclesiastes 2:13
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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
(morning only) Jeremiah 15 Psalm 82-83
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Glaci of Askelon's 2000-1550 BC rampart walls. The shrine of the calf god

Masada model

Model of Masada. A labeled image here.
(More details and photos here.)

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Glaci of Askelon's 2000-1550 BC rampart walls. The shrine of the calf god and the location where the calf image and it's temple/house/box was found is located by the post located 1/3 of the way up the rampart. The Mediterranean Sea can be seen in the background of this Canaanite/Philistine city from the days fo the Old Testament.
(Details of the calf-god found in this rampart are here, here, here and here.)
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