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November 30 - Morning

"The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and
things taught by demons.
 Such teachings come
through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron...Until I come, 
devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, 
to preaching and to teaching.

- First Timothy 4:1-2, 13

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Stick to the Text    

The culture in Ephesus in the first century when Paul wrote Timothy in 62 AD had books (or, scrolls of papyrus and parchment) available, but not everyone had access to them and not everyone could read. So, it was necessary that the church leaders devoted the church service to “the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.”

Paul says that the Spirit makes it clear that the church’s future will include leaders and members who “will abandon the faith.” The word “faith” here is used to refer to the teaching of scripture or the healthy Christian doctrine that comes from the text of scripture.   Paul says that the Holy Spirit had revealed that instead of public reading of Scripture, preaching of Scripture and teaching of Scripture church leaders who had seared their souls or, calloused their hearts in order to justify their behavior,  would present alternative teaching which source was demons and spirits of deception.

Paul gives Timothy two options for the future of church’s key role, which is instruction or teaching (since the Christian religion is a religion of the book more than any other religion, other than Judaism). The church will read, preach and teach from Scripture, or the church will not. When they do not they will end up preaching doctrines of deceiving spirits and teachings of demons. Paul does not seem to give the church middle ground concerning their source of instruction.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"We should understand that the subjective depends on the objective. Right emotions depend on, and derive from, sound doctrine."
- D.G. Heart
Something to Ponder??
Because there were no Bibles in Jesus day the Jewish boys would study the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings (or, the OT) until they could recite it. Their memories were their Bibles. The Rabbis and local synagogue teachers would keep the scrolls that would be used by the students to study and memorize. It wasn't until around 325 AD that the scrolls of the OT books and the NT documents began to be cut into pages and sewn together with a simple binding to create the first codex, or the early form of the book. The codex was first used in the first century by Christians and by the 500's the codex had completely replaced the production of scrolls in Christianized areas. (HERE is a great photo of Codex Sinaticus from 350 AD, which is a handwritten Greek manuscript of the entire
Old and New Testament. Details here.)
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Shachah (Hb) - Worship (Eng) - the Hebrew word shachah is translated "worship," but it literally means "to bow down." Shachah is even used in Proverbs 12:25 to refer to a man being shachah,
or "weighed down," by aniexty. When would willing shachah, or "bow down" in front of a superior
(2 Kings 2:15) or a ruler. People can shachah a false god (2 Kings 5:18; 17:16, 35-36) or
the true God (Nehemiah 8:6; 9:3, 6).
  The Tel Dan Stela contains
the oldest reference to
King David. It is a public announcement of victory 
over the "House of David" in basalt stone. It is about 
12 inches tall written in Aramaic around 850 BC announcing Aram's 
conquering of the city 
of Dan. It is in agreement 
with events as recorded in
2 Kings 9 from 857 BC.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I listen to the teaching of Scripture or do I listen to the ideas of men
and their motivational messages?
I will read, study, listen to and follow the Scripture.

"“The leech has two daughters.
    ‘Give! Give!’ they cry.

There are three things that
are never satisfied,
    four that never say, ‘Enough!’:

the grave
the barren womb,

    land, which is never satisfied with water, and
fire, which never says, ‘Enough!’ "

Proverbs 30:15-16

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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem

The remains of a Solomonic wall and gate system on the Ophel south of the Temple Mount. This location was also used as a royal storehouse.
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Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
  Details of excavation at Caesarea by the Sea.
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