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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

June 22 - Morning

"I lift up my eyes to you,
to you who sit enthroned in heaven.
As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
till he shows us his mercy."

- Psalms 123:1-2

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Looking to the Higher Power


Psalm 123 is also in the collection of psalms known as the “Songs of Ascent” sung by worshippers and visiting pilgrims as they made their way up the southern stairs during the processional portion of the temple ceremony and into the temple courts. (See photo of steps on south side below.)

This Psalm appears to have been written and originally performed after a lengthy period of community affliction and oppression (123:3-4). Psalm 123 was likely written during the Jew’s time in Babylon (exilic period) or after their return to Jerusalem (post-exilic period).

This psalm served as a source of encouragement for the community as public profession of faith in God was made by the individual and the whole community. In verse 123:1 the singular individual is likely the officiating priest. And, the plural of verse 123:2 is the response of the community.

The statement to “lift up my eyes” is reference to prayer. And, the comparison to male slaves looking to their master and female slaves looking to their mistress is an all-inclusive call to everyone in the community to pray since we all are dependent on the Lord.

The lyrics of Psalm 123 focus on the fact that the people on earth are completely dependent on the God who is above. The people below look upward toward their God who is not merely above them, but is also “enthroned” in “heaven” above their afflictions and ruling over the powers that oppress them below on earth.

Steps on south side of Temple Mount
Stairs used by worshippers to ascend Mount Moriah and access to
Temple gates to enter the Temple courts in Jerusalem.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"A yearning for physical wealth has replaced our longing for spiritual maturity."
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Something to Ponder??
Men are significantly more likely than women to claim no religious affiliation. Nearly one-in-five (or, about 20%) men say they have no formal religious affiliation, compared with roughly 13% of women.
(The Pew Forum,
source here)
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Yisrael (Hb) - Israel (Eng) – Yisrael is a sentence name whose oldest discovered inscription has been found in the Egyptian victory song inscribed in Merneptah’s 1225 BC burial temple at Thebes. The Hebrew word for God, El, is identifiable in Yisra-el. Genesis 32:29 and Hosea 12:4 make
(“God”) the object of the sentence name Yisrael so it means “striver with El” or “the one who contends with El.” Other interpretations make El the subject and interpret the verb part of Yisra-el (Isra-el) to mean “upright,” “shines,” “heals,” “rules,” “contends.” This would interpret Yisrael to mean “El is upright” or “El rules.” Some have suggested Yisrael was a war cry such as “May El contend.” Yisrael (Israel) is used more than 2,500x in the OT.

  Critic of Intelligent Design: Simple question: sum up for me how Intelligent Design describes the functionality and modeling of an ecosystem?

 Simple answer. Almost exactly the same way evolutionists would describe the functionality and modeling of an ecosystem.
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but he frustrates the words
of the unfaithful."
- Proverbs 22:12
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Dr. Carl Rasmussen in a field in the Hill Country of Benjamin in June.
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Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
  Details of 1 Kings 15:25-34 concerning the conflict between Baasha of Judah and Nadab of Israel.
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