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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

July 21 - Evening

"See how the faithful city
has become a prostitute!
She once was full of justice;
righteousness used to dwell in her—
but now murderers!
Your silver has become dross,
your choice wine is diluted with water.
Your rulers are rebels,
partners with thieves;
they all love bribes
and chase after gifts.
They do not defend the cause of the fatherless;
the widow’s case does not come before them.
Therefore the Lord, the Lord Almighty,
the Mighty One of Israel, declares:

'Ah! I will vent my wrath on my foes
and avenge myself on my enemies.
I will turn my hand against you;
I will thoroughly purge away your dross
and remove all your impurities.
I will restore your leaders as in days of old,
your rulers as at the beginning.
Afterward you will be called
the City of Righteousness,
the Faithful City.'

Zion will be delivered with justice,
her penitent ones with righteousness."

- Isaiah 1:21-27

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Warning of Judgment; Promise of Refining    

The book Isaiah begins by describing the decline of God’s people, and particularly, the rebellion of the culture in the city of Jerusalem. But, along with the warning of judgment at the beginning of his book Isaiah includes the promising that God will use his judgment and wrath as a refining process to produce deliverance and righteousness.

The faithful people have become prostitutes to other gods and worldly philosophies. The men of justice and the people of righteousness are now murderers.

Things have gone so bad that the refining process has been reversed. The pure silver has taken on dross and impurities have been added. Likewise, the great wine has been diluted with water. The people have become more like pagans and have lost their purpose.

The men who rule the land are rebels. The leaders partnered with criminals to gain bribes. They exchange political favors for gifts.

This generation has taken on the status of a cursed generation by oppressing the needy – the fatherless children and the widowed women.

The Lord says in 1:24 that action will be taken. The Lord tells this people through Isaiah that his wrath will be expressed and he will have vengeance. Those who suffer will be God’s own people who are now known to the Lord as his foes and his enemies.

Although the destruction will be great and the suffering so unbearable that entire generations will be destroyed, the Lord’s wrath will reset the purifying process of refining his people into pure silver again.

  • The dross will again be purged from the silver
  • The impurities in the people will be removed

After this purification process is complete, and it will take many years, Israel will once again have leaders and rulers who are righteous. The city of Jerusalem will be called:

  • City of Righteousness
  • Faithful city

This judgment will become the refining process that will manifest deliverance from sin, not merely deliverance from a foreign power. In the end people will actually BE righteous.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"The gospel is a declaration, not a debate."
- James S. Stewart
Something to Ponder??
In 64 AD Peter refers to Paul's letters as "Scripture" in 2 Peter 3:15-16 and places them on equal footing with the Old Testament.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Tharseo (Gr) – courage (Eng) – the Greek word tharseo means “to have confidence,”
“be unafraid,” and “courage.” The verb tharseo means courage in the midst of danger or trial
which could vary from martyrdom to mockery to anything that is against our desires or requires difficult work while facing uncertain results.

We see the NT using tharseo in these ways:

  • Acts 23:11 - The Lord says to Paul, "Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.”
  • Luke 23:43 - Jesus says to the thief on the cross, "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Due to some work on the Temple Mount the original line of stones that made up the Herodian north wall of the Temple Mount may have been discovered.

Details HERE, HERE.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will allow God's refining process to produce faithfulness and righteousness in my life.
I will not rebell against the Lord nor will I follow worldly philosophies.
  "A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies
great wrath."

- Proverbs 21:14
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
(morning only) Jeremiah 21 Hosea 12-14
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns


Compassion for
the world


Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram

view fron Mount of Olives

A view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives on the east.

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Here is proof that Pilate did live and did have the title the Bible gives him.

Here is proof that Pilate did live and did have the title the Bible gives him. The lines in Latin read:

"Tiberium. . .
Pontius Pilate,
Prefect of Judea. . ."

This was originally a dedication of something Pilate had built in Caesarea to honor the emperor Tiberius. This slab calles Pontius Pilate the Prefect of Judea.

It was discovered having been reused to built the temple.

(Dr. Carl Rasmussen's details here.)

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