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March 14 - Morning

“The angel of the Lord went up from Gilgal to
Bokim and said,

'I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the
land I swore to give to your ancestors.
I said, ‘I will never break my covenant with you,
and you shall not make a covenant with the people of this land, but you shall break down their altars.

Yet you have disobeyed me. Why have you done this?' And I have also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; they will become traps for you, and their gods will become snares to you.’

When the angel of the Lord had spoken these things to all the Israelites, the people wept aloud, and they called that place Bokim. There they offered sacrifices to the Lord.

...After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.”
- Judges 2:1-5, 10

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Emotional Reactions and the Vacuum of an Empty Soul    

The tribes of Israel did not continue to eliminate the Canaanites as the Lord had commanded, but instead made treaties with them. This behavior was a violation of the Covenant that Israel had with the Lord. The presence of the Lord came up out of the tabernacle that was, at this time, still set up in Gilgal and manifested to the people at a place called Bokim. This presence of the Angel of the Lord is called a theophany, or an appearance of the God himself. In the understanding of Trinitarian Christianity this is the manifestation of the Second Member of the Trinity, the Son of God himself. The Hebrew phrase for “Angel of the Lord” is mal’ak YHWH. The Hebrew word mal’ak does not refer to a “Precious-Moments-feathery-winged-creature-with-a-halo” as the English word “angel” so often implies, but mal’ak means “messenger” and “envoy” and refers to a diplomatic representative who speaks and acts on behalf of the party who sent them. This is the Son of God speaking to his covenant people, and He is not happy!

The Lord is very upset because his covenant with Israel had been set aside unlawfully by Israel in order that they might secure a lesser covenant with the Canaanites, the enemies of the Lord. Israel had not destroyed the wicked Canaanites and they had not torn down their altars to the false, demonic gods. Instead, Israel had joined with the cursed people and corrupted their worship of the Lord with idolatry.  Because the people did not keep their end of the Covenant and had instead betrayed the Lord by siding with his enemies the Lord would no longer use Israel to drive the Canaanites out of the land. Indeed, the Lord could not use Israel any longer since they themselves had become like the Canaanites.

At Bokim the Angel of the Lord reminds the people that he is simply doing what he said he would do. All of the actions of the Lord, both the blessings and the curses, are detailed in the covenant they made with him at Sinai and confirmed at Shechem. They should not be surprised; the Lord is simply following the contract.

Though the people respond to this bitter news with emotional weeping and quick, reactionary recommencing of the sacrifices their true intentions have been set. Their hearts have been revealed by the covenants they were making with the Canaanites. Their emotional outburst and reactionary response is just that: an emotional reaction. There is no substance or genuine quality of repentance contained in their response.

The emptiness of an emotional reaction is proven by the fact that by the time the generation that had entered the Promised Land had died the culture had completely forgotten the Lord. The next generation was unfamiliar with the Exodus, the forty years in the wilderness and the conquest of the Promised Land. Surely, there must have been the remains of some traditions, liturgies and holidays in the Israelite culture that echoed the ghostly memory of the days of Moses and Joshua, but the priests had failed to teach (Lev. 10:9-11), the parents had failed to share the true meaning of the stories (Dt. 4:9; 6:7; 11:19) and the leaders had failed to honor the covenant. This lack of knowledge and void of understanding left a vacuum in the soul of the nation of Israel that sucked in the false realities, demonic gods and corrupt practices of the Canaanites, the enemies of the Lord, to replace the glory of the Lord, the God Almighty.

A soul that is unoccupied with truth will fill itself with false realties to satisfy the void.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“It is mainly the deeds of a love so noble that lead many to label us. 'See,' they say, 'How they love one another!' For themselves are animated by mutual hatred. 'How they are ready even to die for one another!' For they themselves will sooner put to death. ... the family possessions, which generally destroy brotherhood among you, create fraternal bonds among us. One in mind and soul, we do not hesitate to share our earthly goods
with one another.”

– Tertullian, 200 AD

Something to Ponder??

Between 1910-1915
The Fundamentals
are published and distributed free of charge by the president of the Union Oil Company, Lyman Stewart, who was concerned about the rising tide of liberal thinking and teaching of the American churches.
• Lyman put together $300,000 to publish booklets that covered:
basic Christian doctrine,
evil of socialism,
evil of evolution and the
danger of materialism
• Some of the editing was done by R. A. Torrey.
• 3,000,000 copies were printed and distributed for free between 1910 and 1915.
• These booklets were published in a set of books called The Fundamentals and distributed at no charge to pastors, evangelists, missionaries, theological students, Sunday school superintendents, YMCA and YWCA secretaries.
The Fundamentals educated and united believers with a core conservative view of Scriptures that resisted the modern wave of liberal Christian theology and began the Fundamentalist movement.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

‘Or (Hb) – Light (Eng) – ‘or is the Hebrew word that means “to become light,” “lighted from day break,” “give light,” “cause light to shine.” ‘Or is used in Genesis 44:3 and Numbers 8:2.
But, in Isaiah 5:20 and 5:30 ‘or refers to darkness, the opposite of light.


The Apostle Paul’s teacher of Judaism was Gamaliel according to Luke’s record in Acts 22:3. Gamaliel is well known in Judaism and one of the greatest teachers in Jewish thought. He was one of the first seven Jewish rabbis to receive the honored title Rabban, “Our Rabbi.” Gamaliel’s grandfather was Hillel, the founder of one of the main schools of thought among Pharisees. Gamaliel’s and Hillel’s teachings and lives are well documented and preserved from the ancient world.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I respond to the Lord with emotional reactions, or can I respond with understanding that
manifests in my life as commitment and obedience?
I will fill my soul with Truth and understanding so I can respond to life with wisdom and action
instead of reacting with mere emotional outbursts.
  "An honest witness does
not deceive,

    but a false witness
pours out lies."
- Proverbs 14:5
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Leviticus 10 Judges 3 Deuteronomy 8-9
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram

Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem

Right in the middle of the Rotunda in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
is the Holy Sepulcher, the Tomb of Jesus. 
The original rock that surrounded the tomb was removed by Constantine 
beginning in 326 so that only a large square rock block was left surrounding
the tomb. In 1009 the Muslim Caliph from Egypt, al-Hakim, completely 
destroyed the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and crushed the stone block 
around the tomb that was left by Constantine. The only portion of the tomb 
that was spared was the burial bench because it was covered in the rubble. 
Today the burial bench exists but is covered with a marble slab to preserve 
what is left from visiting Christians who chipped away at it in order to get a 
piece of the tomb. (Details here) (click on image for larger size)

Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

In 1 Kings 12:1-19 the northern ten tribes of Israel rebelled against Solomon's son, Rehoboam, when he became king. This map gives some details. (click on image for larger size)

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