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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

May 26 - Morning

"Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?

'The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others;
who despises a vile person
but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
and does not change their mind;
who lends money to the poor without interest;
who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

Whoever does these things
will never be shaken."

- Psalms 15:1-5

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
"Who May Live On Your Holy Mountain?"    

The holy mountain is Mount Zion which was Mount Moriah and Jerusalem of the Old Testament. There are two different Hebrew verbs used for “may dwell” and “may live” and both refer to two different locations: the tabernacle (“sacred tent”) and the temple (“holy mountain”). The first verb, “may dwell” (Heb. “gur”) speaks of a temporary stay similar to the nomad culture and is used with “tent.” The second verb “may live” (Heb. “sh-k-n”) presents a more permanent residence and is paired with the holy mountain where the Temple building stood.

Some commentators consider this Psalm to be a dialogue between a worshipper entering the temple courts and a priest or Levite at the entrance guarding the gate. Or, Psalm 15 may come from the wisdom literature of Israel to serve as a teaching on morality and true spirituality that is collected in a memory list of ten things.

How the question, “Who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?” is NOT answered is revealing. The answer is NOT:

  1. Covenant relationship (Abrahamic, Mosaic, etc.)
  2. Religious ritual (sacrifice, offering, etc.)

The answer to “Who may dwell in the Lord’s presence?” is a clear list of moral qualities presented without the clutter of metaphors or emotional appeal. Simply put the list includes ten conditions:

  1. Blameless
  2. Righteous
  3. Speaks truth
  4. No slander
  5. No wrong to neighbor
  6. No slur
  7. Despise vile people/honor those who fear God
  8. Keep oaths
  9. Lend money to poor without interest
  10. Reject bribes

The answer to who may enter the Lord’s presence involves both positive actions and avoidance of negative conditions. The man of God must be active in righteousness while also avoiding evil. The list includes good deeds, guiltlessness, speech, interaction with other people and money.

The Psalm ends with the promise that a lifestyle that incorporates these characteristics will be blessed because it will never be shaken. The concept is that this man cannot be shaken from the presence of the Lord. Only a man’s own actions and words can separate him from the divine presence.

Psalm 15 can be divided into three parts:

  1. Entrance Question
  2. Answer(s)
  3. Promise

Isaiah writes in similar fashion in Isaiah 33:14-17:

“The sinners in Zion are terrified; trembling grips the godless:

‘Who of us can dwell with the consuming fire?
Who of us can dwell with everlasting burning?’

  • Those who walk righteously and
  • speak what is right,
  • who reject gain from extortion and
  • keep their hands from accepting bribes,
  • who stop their ears against plots of murder and
  • shut their eyes against contemplating evil—

they are the ones who will dwell on the heights,
whose refuge will be the mountain fortress.
Their bread will be supplied, and
water will not fail them.
Your eyes will see the king in his beauty and
view a land that stretches afar.”

  Christian Quote from Church History
"Sow a thought, reap an act; sow an act, reap a habit;
sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character,
reap a destiny."
- Stephen Covey
Something to Ponder??

Cosmological Argument
used to Prove God exists:

1. Limited, changing beings
exist (example: you)

2. The present existence of
every limited, changing being
 is caused by another. So, this existence comes from
another existing being.

3. These causes cannot
be infinite. There cannot
be an infinite regress of
causes of these existing beings.

4. There is a first Cause of
the present existence of
these beings.

5. This first cause must be:
 …an eternal being

6. This model argument
exactly matches the
God of Scripture

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Qasam (Hb) – divination (Eng) – qasam is the Hebrew word that means "to divine" and "to practice divination." Qasam is forbidden in Deuteronomy 18:10, 14-15. Qasam is the practice of seeking demons, or the foreign gods, for information, favor or details about the future (Joshua 13:32). Qasam is also used in 1 Samuel 28:8 and Ezekiel 21:21.  

King Ahab (1 Kings 16:28-33 and 21:1,21 and 22:39) is also mentioned by his contemporaries or in archaeological records here:

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Even though I am a believer in Jesus Christ and indwelt by the Holy Spirit, am I living a godly life of morality? Or, do I make excuses for my moral failures? I will pursue the Lord and his Word in order to prepare my heart for the transforming power of the Holy Spirit so that my moral life will reflect the glorious salvation that has been given to me.

  "Like a thornbush in a drunkard’s hand
    is a proverb in the mouth
of a fool."

- Proverbs 26:9
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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
First Samuel 4 Hosea 3 Psalm 131, 138, 139
Prayer for Today
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Fruit and production

Political parties

Frence Guiana
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A view of a wadi in the Negev in Israel

Positional and conditional aspects of salvation, diagram, sonship and fellowship

Comparing positional and conditional aspects of salvation. This includes the contrast of our eternal sonship while seated today in heavenly places and our continue striving to be walking in the light in our temporal time on earth.

A view of a wadi in the Negev in Israel  
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