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March 28 - Morning

"Nahash the Ammonite went up and besieged Jabesh Gilead. And all the men of Jabesh said to him,
'Make a treaty with us, and we will be subject to you.'

But Nahash the Ammonite replied,
'I will make a treaty with you only on the condition
 that I gouge out the right eye of every one of you and so bring disgrace on all Israel.'

The elders of Jabesh said to him,
'Give us seven days so we can send messengers throughout Israel; if no one comes to rescue us,
we will surrender to you.'

When the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul and reported these terms to the people, they all wept aloud.

Just then Saul was returning from the fields,
behind his oxen, and he asked,
'What is wrong with everyone? Why are they weeping?'

Then they repeated to him what the
men of Jabesh had said.

When Saul heard their words, the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him, and he burned with anger. He took a pair of oxen, cut them into pieces, and sent the pieces by messengers throughout Israel, proclaiming, 'This is what will be done to the oxen of anyone who does not follow Saul and Samuel.'

Then the terror of the Lord fell on the people, and they came out together as one."

- First Samuel 11:1-7

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King Saul Delivers Jabesh Gilead    

Samuel will live for several more years and will continue to serve Israel as a prophet and as a religious leader, but with the establishment of Saul as the king of Israel and the success of Saul’s first military encounter with the Ammonites, Samuel’s leadership as a judge has ended.

On the east side of the Jordan River the Ammonite King Nahash was willing to cut a covenant, or a vassal treaty, with the people of Jabesh Gilead by cutting out their right eye (instead of cutting animals to secure the covenant.) Jabesh Gilead is on the east side of the Jordan River, south of the Sea of Galilee and opposite of Beth Shean and Shechem. In Judges 19-21 four hundred women were taken from Jabesh Gilead to become wives for some of the six hundred surviving men from the tribe of Benjamin. This family connection was most likely the cause of the weeping in Gibeah, Saul’s hometown, when the news of Nahash’s oppression of Jabesh Gilead reached them.

When Saul returned from working in the fields and heard the news of the oppression in Jabesh Gilead the anointing of the Spirit of God stirred him to action. Saul followed a custom of his day, as is documented in the Nuzi Tablets from Mesopotamia, by dismembered his oxen and sending the pieces throughout the land of Israel summoning the troops to assemble for battle.

Within 2-3 days the Israelite troops had assembled at Bezek, which was about 17 miles north of Gibeah of Saul and 9 miles west of the Jordan River directly across from Jabesh Gilead which sets of the east side. From there Saul led a successful military campaign to deliver the eastern portion of Israel from the Ammonites. With this military victory the Lord established Saul as the rightful and worthy king of Israel.

  Christian Quote from Church History
""From the perspective of the latest physical theories, Christianity is not a mere religion, but an experimentally testable science."
- Frank Tipler, professor of Mathematical Physics
Something to Ponder??
Internal Evidence for the Early Date of Acts
1. No mention of the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD.
2. No mention of the burning of Rome in 64 AD.
3. No hint of Roman/Jewish relationships deteriorating from the war of 66-70 AD
4. No hint of Roman/Christian relationships deteriorating due to Nero’s 65–67 persecution.
5. Gallio’s judgment (Acts 18:14-17) set a precedent that legitimized Christianity
during this time period.
6. No hint of James’ (Jesus brother) martyrdom 67 AD.
7. The Sadducees are portrayed as still having authority, unlikr pody- 70 AD.
8. Peter not yet in Rome.
9. Peter (died 65 AD) and John (died after 96 AD) seems to be alive in Acts. No
details are given about any of the disciples’ deaths except James (died 44 AD).
10. There were still Gentiles in the synagogues. Few would be after 70 AD.
11. The temple is still standing with no hint of attack
12. There is a tone of normal life, unlike after 65 & 70 AD.
13. Acts ends as if the events at the end of the book were still occurring. The
ending leaves Paul alive with no hint of his martyrdom.
14. Nowhere in the book does the author try to predict any of these key events.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

She’erit (Hb) – Remnant (Eng) – she’erit is the Hebrew word that means “the rest,” “remnant,” “residue.” Even though Israel faced discipline, judgment and persecution that took them near extinction as a national identity, there would be a she'erit that would take this people into the future plan of God. (2 Kings 19:31; Ezra 9:14; Jeremiah 42:2; Isaiah 37:32; Micah 2:12 and 4:7)


Asa (2 Ch. 15:8-17), Hezekiah (2 Ch. 31:1) and Josiah (2 Chr. 34:3-7) destroyed Asherah poles and other cultic objects and inscriptions dedicated to the goddess Asherah. Asherah was often associated with the Lord and was worshipped as the consort
of Yahweh. This is seen in a 700 BC inscription 8 miles west of Hebron on a pillar of a man’s burial chamber. The inscription claims that the Lord had blessed and delivered the man “by his Asherah.” (Details here and here. Photos here and here. Another sample here.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Have I focused my life on temporal goals?
Am I using temporary building materials to build myself and my purpose for life?
I will focus on goals with eternal value and build my life with the Word of God.
  "Evildoers do not understand what is right,
    but those who seek the Lord understand it fully."
- Proverbs 28:5
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Numbers 22 1 Samuel 6 Joshua 19-20
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem
The corner of the synagogue showing the base of a basalt pilaster in ancient Chorazin (Korazin) in northern Israel. (More details here, here and here.)
(click on image for larger size.)
Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
  Coins of Herod Philip. Details can be gained from the text on the image. See Herod's family tree here.
(click on image for larger size)
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