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May 18 - Morning

"Then Job replied:

'Indeed, I know that this is true.
But how can mere mortals prove their
innocence before God?
Though they wished to dispute with him,
they could not answer him one time out of a thousand.
His wisdom is profound, his power is vast.
Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?
He moves mountains without their knowing it
and overturns them in his anger.
He shakes the earth from its place
and makes its pillars tremble.'

- Job 9:1-6

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It’s a Communication Problem


Job replies with statements of truth and agreement concerning God’s greatness and glory in chapter nine. He contrasts God’s lofty, eternal state with man’s low, fragile state. And, this contrast reveals the real problem: lack of communication. In all good relationships communication is the key. But, because of the vast abyss between God’s glorious nature in the heavenlies and man’s mortal existence in dirt, “How can mere mortals prove their innocence before God?” Later in the chapter
Job will say:

“He is not a man like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court.” – Job 9:32

Job desires someway of restraining God’s overpowering presence and God’s mortality-melting wisdom. If these divine attributes could be contained for a moment of communication, Job says,

“Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with me, I cannot.”
– Job 9:35

Throughout chapter 9 Job lists all the splendid things God does and the omnipotent power he displays, but Job honestly concludes that all this glory and earth-shaking splendor does create the communication problem between God and man. They simply cannot understand each other. Indeed, as surely as man cannot understand God, neither can God understand man! And, since God is the creator and the mature person in the relationship, Job thinks it is God’s responsibility to fill this communication gap. Job makes a simple suggestion: Find someone to stand in the middle ground. Find someone who understands God, but also can relate to man. Then, that arbitrator could communicate for both God and Job. It is a reasonable solution!

“If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more.”
– Job 9:33-34

  Christian Quote from Church History
"Faith, as Paul saw it, was a living, flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commandments of Christ."
- A. W. Tozer
Something to Ponder??

The way of salvation is both simple and very deep with
the richness of God’s
wisdom and power.

The Roman Road:
The Way of Salvation

Romans 5:12
Death came to all men

Romans 3:23
All men have sinned

Romans 3:20
No one will be declared righteous by obedience

Romans 5:8
Christ died for us

Romans 4:25
Christ died for our sins;
Christ rose because we
were justified

Romans 6:23
Wages of sin is death;
God’s gift is eternal life

Romans 3:21
Righteousness from
God through faith

Romans 1:16
Gospel is the power of God for everyone who believes

Romans 10:9
Confess Jesus and be saved

Romans 6:14
Sin shall not be your master

Romans 8:28
All things work together for good of those who love God

(See blog here)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Lacham (Hb) – Fight (Eng) – the Hebrew word lacham means “to fight,” “to do battle,” and “to engage in combat.” (Numbers 21:23; Joshua 10:5). Lacham refers to hand to hand combat in 1 Samuel 17:32-33. In Deuteronomy 20:4 God himself does lacham.  

Three clay cooking pots and a small ceramic oil lamp where discovered inside a cistern in the sewer that runs from the Pool of Siloam to the Temple Mound in Jerusalem. These items indicate that someone around the time of 70 AD was eating food while they and the food were hidden in the underground tunnels. These were likely used by Jews hiding food from other Jews during the Roman siege of Jerusalem (69-70 AD) or hiding from the Romans themselves.
(details here and here;
photos here and here.)

Josephus records that the Jews hid in the underground tunnels and sewers to eat their food during the Roman siege of Jerusalem in 70 AD
to hide their food sources and the fact that they were eating from the others to prevent being attacked. See Josephus's words here:

“As the famine grew worse, the frenzy of the partisans increased with it….For as nowhere was there corn to be seen, men broke into the houses and ransacked them. If they found some they maltreated the occupants for saying there was none; if they did not, they suspected them of having hidden it more carefully and tortured them.” 
“Many secretly exchanged their possessions for one measure of corn-wheat if they happened to be rich, barley if they were poor. They shut themselves up in the darkest corners of the their houses, where some through extreme hunger ate their grain as it was, others made bread, necessity and fear being their only guides. Nowhere was a table laid…”
(Josephus The Jewish War)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Have I accepted God's mediator, Jesus Christ, as my personal representative from God and to God?
Have I taken time to read the material God had men record in order to communicate with man?
I will accept Jesus Christ as my savior and as the way, the truth and the light.
I will read and study the text of scripture that reveals God and his way.

  "One who is slack in his work
    is brother to one who destroys."

- Proverbs 18:9
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Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
Judges 21 Second Kings 13 Psalm 26, 40, 58
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Compassion for the poor and needy


Vice President

Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
machicolation, pour hot oil, boiling water

Tombs in Silwan

Tombs in Silwan as viewed from the City of David over the Kidron Valley with the Mount of Olives in the background.

machicolation, typical of castles and fortifications fo the Middle Ages, where hot oil or rocks were dropped on the invading enemy below.

One of the features of medieval warfare was the machicolation—a porch in the wall with openings between the supports (corbels) where hot oil, boiling water or stones could be poured or dropped through the floor down onto the invading troops below. The use of animal fat and oil was very dangerous for the defenders to use because it could reach 400 degrees F. The oil would not be boiled since the smoking point of oil (the temperature at which the oil begins
to break down) is lower than its boiling point. This means it would start smoking before it started to boil. This would make it difficult to reach the boiling point since the smoke would be extremely irritating to the eyes and throats of those who were heating it as a defensive weapon.

Josephus records the use of this technique in the following account:

They (Romans) began already to get upon the wall. Then did Josephus take necessity for his counselor in this utmost distress, and gave orders to pour scalding oil upon those whose shields protected them ...they (Jews) brought being a great quantity also, and poured it on all sides upon the Romans, and they threw down their vessels as they were still hissing from the heat of the fire: this so burnt the Romans, that it dispersed that united band, who now tumbled down from the wall with horrid pains, for the oil did easily run down the whole body from head to foot, under their entire armor, and fed upon their flesh like flame itself.

-Josephus, The Great Roman-Jewish War, III.7.27-28

See photos of machicolations here and here.

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