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May 24 - Evening

"In the Lord I take refuge.
How then can you say to me:

'Flee like a bird to your mountain.
For look, the wicked bend their bows;
they set their arrows against the strings
to shoot from the shadows
at the upright in heart.
When the foundations are being destroyed,
what can the righteous do?'

The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
He observes everyone on earth;
his eyes examine them.
The Lord examines the righteous,
but the wicked, those who love violence,
he hates with a passion.
On the wicked he will rain
fiery coals and burning sulfur;
a scorching wind will be their lot.
For the Lord is righteous,
he loves justice;
the upright will see his face."

- Psalms 11:1-7

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Even When the Foundations are Destroyed,
the Lord is in his Temple in Jerusalem and on his Throne in Heaven

In Psalm 11 the writer is being threatened by a wicked adversary, and the writer is advised to flee in order to seek a natural place of refuge. We know that there are times to flee opposition, but this situation demanded that the righteous psalmists merely refocus his attention and stand in faith trusting the Lord. It appears the very core (or, called “foundations”) of social order were collapsing, so instead of seeking a natural place of refuge, the psalmist responded with a statement of confidence: “In the Lord I take refuge!”

This situation that involved the righteous being pursued by the wicked is described with a hunting analogy. The hunter is stalking his prey from the cover of dark shadows with an arrow placed on the string of his bent bow. The trouble was from a wicked opponent hiding in a place of concealment with his weapon loaded as he waited to shoot his prey – the righteous man.

The psalmist does not pray to the Lord, but instead refuses to fear the natural opposition by recognizing some basic theology. The Lord is both “in his holy temple” in Jerusalem among men and “the Lord is on his heavenly throne” beyond men. In other words, the Lord is both immanent (present among men and involved in their affairs) and transcendent (outside of time, creation and completely independent of man).

The Lord is described in terms of fire. Presumably, when the psalmists writes, “The Lord examines the righteous man,” he is considering the trials and distresses of life being used by the Lord as a refiner’s fire to purify righteous people. In contrast to this purifying work of fire in the lives of the righteous, this same fire becomes “fiery coals and burning sulfur” that consume the wicked leaving them with nothing but “a scorching wind” that covers what used to be their place of existence.

This psalmist is confident in the Lord because his focus is on the Lord’s truth. This helps the psalmist determine when to take a stand and trust the Lord, and when it is time to simply walk away. Jesus demonstrated this same confidence, but with righteous restraint in Matthew 4:1-7 when he allowed himself face examination and testing for forty days, but refused to even consider Satan’s challenge to jump from the pinnacle of the Temple.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"I would go to the deeps a hundred times to cheer a downcast spirit. It is good for me to have been afflicted, that I might know how to speak a word in season to one that is weary."
- Charles Spurgeon
Something to Ponder??

The Eastern Church accepted the New Testament as we know it in 367AD when Athanasius wrote his 39th Easter letter. We still have a copy of this letter (See text here and here.) The Western (Roman) Church followed after Pope Damasus called a synod together in Rome in 382 AD. (More details here and here.)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Threskeia (Gr) – Worship (Eng) – a Greek word which means “worship” in Colossians 2:18.
It is used in Colossians 2:23 with the preface ethelo- (meaning “to will”) which converts threskeia (“worship”) into ethelothreskeia or “will-worship” which means “self-chosen worship.”


Critic of Intelligent Design
 “I challenge any Intelligent Design proponent to demonstrate a single predictive model that Intelligent Design can make regarding living organisms and their present day ecosystems. There are no models, the Intelligent Design proponents got nothing but faith."

Response: Predictive model: Animals were designed by an intelligent designer and have genetic limits outside which they are no longer viable. These limits will constrain the fossil record to be composed of clearly delineated familial forms rather than
transitional forms.
Experimental evidence:
the fossil record.
Now it’s your turn. Please explain the cambrian explosion in purely
Darwinian terms.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Do I trust the Lord’s presence and protection as much as I fear man’s intimidation and threats? I will trust in the Lord while I contemplate and live my life in confidence and peace.


"Know also that wisdom
is like honey for you:
If you find it, there is a
future hope for you,
 and your hope will
not be cut off."

- Proverbs 24:14

Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
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
(morning only) Amos 8 Psalm 110
Prayer for Today
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Love and selflessness

Social Security

Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Shiloh, potsherds, pottery Bet She'an, Beth Shean, public latrine, toilet, restroom
Details of a public latrine, or public restroom, from 63 BC through the New Testament times in Beth Shean Israel outside the public theater in the city.
Galyn points at some potsherds at an excavation in Shiloh. These are some late bronze/early iron age pottery that would be dated to the time of the book of Judges when this location of Shiloh was the site of the Israelite's Tabernacle until it was destroyed by the Philistines around 1100BC.  
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