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June 23 - Morning

"When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dreamed!
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy!

Then it was said among the nations,
'The Lord has done great things for them.'

The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.

Restore our fortunes, Lord, like streams in the Negev.

Those who sow with tears
will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with them."

- Psalms 126:1-6

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Restoring Fortunes in the Past and the Future    

In Psalm 126 two verses 1 and 4 refer to a reversal of fortunes.

  • 126:1, “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion…”
  • 126:4, “Restore the fortunes, Lord…”

“Fortunes” refers to a previous condition that had existed at one time being restored. The time of the event in verse one could be the Babylonian return that has already taken place when this psalm was written. And, the time of the event in verse four could refer to Israel waiting again for the Lord to restore them in the midst of another national tragedy sometime after their return from Babylon in
537 BC. Verse four could also be referring to an event in the future of a greater prophetic restoration
of Israel.

In any case verses 1-3 are recounting a historic occurrence from the past as a basis for a present hope of a similar or greater restoration in the future which is described in verses 4-6.

This psalm serves as a source of encouragement for believers in every age. God has restored and renewed in the past and God has promised ultimate restoration and renewal in the future. So, God is able to use situations in our lives to renew us like he fills the dry river beds with rain. And, likewise, our sorrows and tears of today can be the seeds we sow in faith and obedience that will produce in us the growth that in the future will becomes the harvest of joy in our lives.
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Something to Ponder??

The Apocrypha comes from the Greek word apokryphos which is built on the Greek word krypto which means “secret or hidden”. They were given this name by Jerome around 400 AD because they are books that are rarely seen. They were written between 300-30 BC after the inspired Old Testament canon was closed. Old Testament revelation can be traced through a series of prophets who form a prophetic chain through the Old Testament beginning with Moses (1440 BC) and ending with Nehemiah who compiled
the final books after Malachi closed Old Testament Revelation around 432 BC. Scripture identifies these prophets as Moses, Joshua, Samuel, Nathan, Ahijah, Iddo, Jehu, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, Ezra and Nehemiah.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Hrs (Heres) (Hb) – to be silent (Eng) - The Hebrew root word Hrs means “to be deaf” and
“to be dumb.” Heres can mean “deaf” or “silence.”  In Joshua 2:1 heres means “secretly.”
In Psalm 28:1 and Psalm 35:22 the psalmist asks God to not be heres or not “be silent.”


Sepphoris is a city that began to be rebuilt by Herod Antipas in 4 BC. Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth is only 4 miles south of Sepphoris which means it was within walking distance for Joseph and his sons to join the labor force of masons and carpenters that built the city of Sepphoris. It would be common for the laborers to live in villages around a growing city like Sepphoris. Many of the remains of the city of Sepphoris have been excavated and are easily accessible to visit or to see photos.
(see map of walk HERE)
(photos HERE and HERE
and HERE and HERE )

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fear of the Lord."

- Proverbs 23:17
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Ruins of Samaria or Sebaste

Barclay's Gate labeled o a diagram of

Barclay's Gate labeled o a diagram of
the Temple Mount retaining wall.

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Ruins in Herodian Samaria renamed Sebaste to honor Emperor Augustus who gave the city to Herod in 30 BC. The Greek word Sebaste is the feminine form of the Greek word for "Augustus."  
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