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July 26 - Morning

"Your choicest valleys are full of chariots,
and horsemen are posted at the city gates.

The Lord stripped away the defenses of Judah,
and you looked in that day
to the weapons in the Palace of the Forest.

You saw that the walls of the City of David
were broken through in many places;
you stored up water in the Lower Pool.
You counted the buildings in Jerusalem
and tore down houses to strengthen the wall.
You built a reservoir between the two walls
for the water of the Old Pool,
but you did not look to the One who made it,
or have regard for the One who planned it long ago.

The Lord, the Lord Almighty,
called you on that day to weep and to wail,
to tear out your hair and put on sackcloth.
But see, there is joy and revelry,
slaughtering of cattle and killing of sheep,
eating of meat and drinking of wine!
'Let us eat and drink,' you say,
'for tomorrow we die!'

The Lord Almighty has revealed this in my hearing:
'Till your dying day this sin will not be atoned for,'
says the Lord, the Lord Almighty."

- Isaiah 22:7-14

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Hezekiah Inspects His City, but Fails to Lead the People to Seek the Lord    

Isaiah rebukes the godly king Hezekiah for first looking to make physical preparations for defense against the Assyrians, instead of looking first to the Lord. The physical preparations were not wrong, they just should have been prioritized after having sought the Lord.

The wide valleys of Judah were full of Assyrain chariots. The Assyrians had sent men on horses to the various gates of the cities of Judah in preparation for negotiations and communication lines.

Judah’s defenses had been stripped away and the people were held up inside their cities.

In the midst of this national crisis Hezekiah inspects his city and evaluates its physical preparations for a siege and battle with the Assyrians.

The Broad Wall was built during Hezekiah’s expansion of the city. Jews from the northern tribes of Israel, who had been overrun by the Assyrians in 721 BC, migrated down to Judah and the city of Jerusalem for protection at this time. They settled outside the city walls to the west on the Western Hill. To protect them and their residences Hezekiah fortified the western part of this newly expanded city around 721 BC with a wall. The uncovered remains of this wall are 23 feet wide and 213 feet long. This portion of the wall ran west from the Temple Mount toward the western corner of the southwestern hill (which would be the Citadel today).  Evidence uncovered during excavation seems to indicate that Hezekiah had to destroy some homes in order to build it. Isaiah addresses this very issue here in chapter 22:7-14.

“You looked in that day to the weapons in the Palace of the Forest” - King Solomon’s Palace of the Forest of Lebanon on the Temple Mount (1 Kings 7:2-6) made of extensive use of cedar columns and cedar wood paneling. The weapons were stored here (Isaiah 39:2; 1 Kings 10:17;
2 Chronicles 9:20).  

“You saw that the City of David had many breaches in its defenses” - gaps and weaknesses in the wall were identified.  
“You counted the buildings in Jerusalem and tore down houses to strengthen the wall” - The new expansion to the west required a counting of the new residences and the building of a wall. Some of the houses would be tore down in order finish the wall. This is seen at the excavation of the broad wall which was built through houses that had to be removed at this time in order to build it.

Water Supply:
“You stored up water in the Lower Pool” which may be the Pool of Siloam which was filled with water from Hezekiah’s Tunnel that brought water from the Gihon Spirngs…
“You built a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the Old Pool” which is possibly the Upper Pool referred to in Isaiah 7 when Isaiah met Ahaz.

Presence of the Lord:
“You did not look to the One who made it, or have regard for the One who planned it long ago.”

Instead of seeking the Lord and mourning with sacrifices and offerings, the people turned to party with the attitude similar to, “You only live once!”

The Lord says both the people and the king failed this test! And, he will not forget it.

  Christian Quote from Church History
" 'Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God'. That is whence faith comes. It is not for me to sit down and wait for faith to come stealing over me with a strong sensation, but is for me to take God at His Word."
- D.L. Moody
Something to Ponder??

Delilah tied the seven fresh bowstrings made of tendons of sheep or cow into Samson’s hair (Judges 16:8).

Delilah took new ropes and tied Samson with them (Judges 16:12).

And while Samson was sleeping one time Delilah took the seven braids of his hair and wove them into the fabric with a loom and secured them with a pin (Judges 16:13).

But, one thing Delilah
DID NOT DO was cut Samson’s hair.

Judges 16:19 says,
“Having put him to sleep on her lap, she called a man to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him.”

A Philistine man shaved Samson's hair.
(Read the story here
Judges 16:4-22)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Maal (Hb) - trespass (Eng) - The Hebrew word maal means “to trespass” and “to act unfaithfully.”
In Leviticus 5:15 maal is to trespass or sin
In Leviticus 6:2 maal is to act unfaithfully to a neighbor
In Leviticus 26:40 maal is to be unfaithful to God


After Joshua’s destruction of Hazor around 1400 BC there was a letter written on a table that was sent to Egypt from northern Israel in 1380 BC. The letter/tablet is part of a collection of clay tablets written in cuneiform and found in Amarna, Egypt. These are known as the Amarna Tablets (or, Amarna Letters) which are mostly correspondence between officials in the Egyptian administration with their representatives in Canaan. One of these tablets is addressed to the pharaoh and is from an Egyptian envoy in northern Israel dated 1380 BC. This tablet says:
“Let my lord the king recall what Hazor had its king have already endured.”
This is likely a reference to Joshua’s destruction of Hazor just 20 years before. (HERE)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will care for my physcial needs and concerns, but my priority will be to seek the Lord.
I will seek God before I seek my own will.
  "The sluggard says,
'There is a lion in the road,
a fierce lion roaming
the streets!' "

- Proverbs 26:13
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circular, cone-shaped pits used to support a water jar as it was being filled up at the Pool of Siloam

Pavement around the Pool of Siloam with circular, cone-shaped pits used to support a water jar as it was being filled up. (Details here. Photo here.)

Process from the Eternal Word into the men's faith.
(click on image for larger size) Process from the Eternal Word into the men's faith.
This chart is from Galyn's book:
The Word: Apparatus for Salvation, Renewal & Maturity
(Book details here. Download book here.)
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