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May 26 - Evening

"Hear me, Lord, my plea is just;
listen to my cry.
Hear my prayer—
it does not rise from deceitful lips.
Let my vindication come from you;
may your eyes see what is right.
Though you probe my heart,
though you examine me at night and test me,
you will find that I have planned no evil;
my mouth has not transgressed.
Though people tried to bribe me,
I have kept myself from the ways of the violent
through what your lips have commanded.
My steps have held to your paths;
my feet have not stumbled.
I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;
turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
Show me the wonders of your great love,
you who save by your right hand
those who take refuge in your from their foes.
Keep me as the apple of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings
from the wicked who assail me,
from my mortal enemies who surround me."

- Psalms 17:1-9

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
David's Prayer for Divine Deliverance from Public Slander    

This psalm is titled as a prayer of David who claims he prays with integrity. David apparently has spent sleepless nights evaluating himself since he claims here he has been proven innocent by the Lord’s probing, examining and testing of his heart at night. David is under distress it appears for having stood faithful to God’s ways and true to God’s words, instead of having compromised his righteousness by accepting bribes and following the words of men.

Now that the situation has become difficult and men have complicated life, David turns confidently to the Lord for vindication. David asks that God show him “the wonders of your great love!” The word translated “love” here is the covenant love or the covenant faithfulness the Lord had promised to Israel. David has confidently obeyed the Lord, so he now confidently asks his covenant partner for divine deliverance.

David asks the Lord for vindication from those who have misrepresented or lied about David. He asks the Lord “may your eyes see what is right” instead seeing the twisted image David’s adversaries present of David. David knows that men can mislead other men by publicly slandering David, but the attacks of wicked men who assail David have no bearing on the Lord’s opinion. Thus, David asks the Lord to show his covenant faithfulness and “keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.”

  Christian Quote from Church History
"You can never change the past. But by the grace of God, you can win the future. So remember those things which will help you forward, but forget those things which will only hold you back." -Richard C. Woodsome
Something to Ponder??

As the seeds of rebellion against the church began to spread in the 1400’s the Roman Catholic Church turned to physical force, intimidation and torture to crush the heretics by establishing the Spanish Inquisition in 1478. This system had begun back in 1184 when the Pope required all bishops to question their people concerning their faith and to excommunicate those in disagreement. By 1229 many of the “heretics” had accessed the Scriptures, so the Dominican friars where charged with using force to find and punish these “heretics.” If civil authorities stood in the way they were stripped of their power and excommunicated. In 1252 Pope Innocent IV authorized the use of torture to secure a confession of heresy or to get information.

In Spain King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella asked to become the inquisitors in Spain so that they could insure God’s blessing on their nation. Of course, many Jews and Muslims in Spain converted to Christianity at this time. The legendary Dominican friar named Tomas de Torquemada was named Inquisitor General in Spain. The intimidation was so successful that Protestantism never took hold in Spain. The effect is still visible in Spain and countries Spain influenced in the new word today.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Anazunnumi (Gr) – Prepare (Eng) – a Greek word which means “to bind up, to gather up, to gird up.” (ana- means “up” and zonnumi means “to gird up the long robes.”) This refers to the gathering up of the garments for physical activity such as running or working. Used in 1 Peter 1:13 of “girding up in the mind. Also in Luke 12:35. A different preface (dia- meaning “through” or “around”) is used in
John 13:4-5 to make the word diazonnumi meaning “to gird around” when Jesus wrapped
himself in a towel. Also, perizonnumi (peri- means “around”) is used in Luke 12:37; 17:8;
Acts 12:8; Ep. 6:14; Rev. 1:13.


If we did not have the New Testament we would still know this information concerning Jesus from other sources from the first century:

  1. Jesus lived during the reign of Tiberius Caesar.
  2. Jesus lived a virtuous life.
  3. Jesus was a wonder-worker.
  4. Jesus had a brother named James.
  5. It was claimed that Jesus was the Messiah.
  6. Jesus was crucified under Pontius Pilate.
  7. Jesus was crucified on the eve of Passover.
  8. There was an earthquake when Jesus died and the land was covered with darkness.
  9. Jesus’ disciples believed and taught they had seen Jesus risen from the dead.
  10. Jesus disciples were willing to die for what they believed.
  11. Christianity spread as far as Rome.
  12. Christians rejected the Roman gods and worshipped Jesus as God.

This information comes to us not from Christian writing but from Roman historians, Jewish authors and documents official documents from the first century including these sources: Flavius Josephus, Babylonian Talmud, Pliny the Younger, Tacitus, Mara Bar-Serapion, Suetonius, Thallus, Lucian, Phlegon, Celsus. (Source: “The Popular Handbook of Archaeology and the Bible” by Joseph M. Holden and Norman Geisler.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Can I say as David did in Psalm 17 that though people try to “bribe” me I have not left the Lord’s path of righteousness and Truth? I will maintain focus on the straightway of the Lord and not allow myself to be distracted to the right or the left.   "Like an archer who wounds
at random
    is one who hires a fool
or any passer-by."

- Proverbs 26:10
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) Hosea 4 Psalm 143-145
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns

Property and possessions

An outpouring of the Holy Spirit


French Polynesia
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram

Jerusalem, Mount Zion

A view of the south wall of Jerusalem's Old City. Mount Zion can be seen on the horizon on the left side with the small crop of tall buildings/towers.

Master Course Stone Jerusalem, Temple Wall, largest ashlar stone
  This is the largest stone in the Temple Mount retaining wall from the days of Herod and the New Testament. (The next largest master course stone is 40 feet long.) This large master course stone helped stablize the stone blocks below while also serving as a reestablished foundation for courses of stones above. In 30 AD this stone sat 20 feet above the Herodian street and 33 feet above the bedrock.
This stone is 15 feet wide and weighs 570 ton.
(The largest stone in the Great Pyramid weighs 11 ton!) Locate this stone in this model of the wall in 30 AD here!
(Details here)
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