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September 14 - Morning

"I am against you," declares the Lord Almighty.
"I will lift your skirts over your face. I will show the nations your nakedness and the kingdoms your shame.
I will pelt you with filth, I will treat you with contempt
and make you a spectacle.
All who see you will flee from you and say,
'Nineveh is in ruins - who will mourn for her' "

- Nahum 3:5-7

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The Public Humiliation of Nineveh    

The daily devotions for Reps and Sets take the reader through each book of the Bible each year. There are a proportional number of days allotted for each book roughly equivalent to the number of chapters in each book. Today’s devotion comes again from the book of Nahum and the text verse has been chosen simply because it is generally obscure to most readers, but it is an interesting verse to discover. The emotions these verses from Nahum create the first time the text is understood are a combination of shock and unbelief followed by a desire to understand why there is a need for the vulgarity of the message.

The verses leading up to God's condemnation of Nineveh in chapter 3 verses 1-4 accuse Nineveh as being:

  • A city of blood
  • Full of lies
  • Full of plunder
  • Never without victims
  • Full of chariots and cavalry with swords and spears
  • A place of casualties, piles of dead, innumerable bodies, stumbling over corpses

The reason for the violent behaior identified above is the “lust of the harlot (3:4) “who enslaved nations by her prostitution.” Nineveh of 660 BC is the harlot who has caused such social injustice and violence.

Nineveh will receive the punishment of a harlot described in Nahum 3:5-7. The Lord is going to do the following to punish Nineveh and publicly humiliate the city that produced violence and oppression in her society and in other nations.

  • Lift your skirt over your face – which is to say remove her skirts to leave her naked.
  • Expose your nakedness to the nations – public nakedness was the punishment assigned for an unfaithful wife in Babylonian records and prostitutes were stripped naked
  • Show your shame to the kingdoms -  to be publicly naked was a shame
  • Pelt you with filth – “filth” refers to human excrement often found in the streets and gutters in ancient cites which did not have the sanitation systems of the modern western world. Their sewer was not always separate from the rain runoff or the water system. The beauty of the harlot Nineveh would be covered with filth hurled at her from those who saw her publicly stripped naked and walking down the street
  • Treat you with contempt – public humiliation and social rejection
  • Make you a spectacle – all this would be done as the world watched the Babylonians smash Nineveh and crush her glory

The decline of Assyria and its capital, Nineveh, happened between the invincible days of Sennacherib in 702 BC and 612 BC (a mere 90 years) when Nebuchadnezzar and his Babylonian forces left Nineveh a ruined pile of debris (and the Babylonian records of the event describe the remains as “a heap of rubble.”) Nineveh was so totally ruined that within 200 years historians had virtually forgotten about Nineveh and until archaeology uncovered the palaces, libraries and temples some even doubted Nineveh and Assyria existed in such a powerful state as described in Scripture. This total destruction is summed up in Nahum’s words in 3:7, “Nineveh is in ruins who will mourn for her.” Indeed, history quickly forgot about Nineveh and how Assyria had shaken the earth.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"The devil is a better theologian than any of us
and is a devil still."
– A.W. Tozer



Something to Ponder??
“In this modern world of ours many people seem to think that science has somehow made such religious ideas as immortality untimely or old fashioned. I think science
has a real surprise for the skeptics. Science, for instance, tells us that
nothing in nature, not even
the tiniest particle, can disappear without a trace. Nature does not know extinction. All it knows is transformation. If God applies this fundamental principle to the most minute and insignificant parts of His universe, doesn’t it make sense to assume that He applies it to the
masterpiece of His
creation, the human soul?”

– Wernher von Braun, chief rocket engineer for German
V2 program in WWII;
director of Marshall Space Flight Center in 1960’s; Administrator for NASA
until 1972.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Palal (Hb) - Pray (Eng) -   Palal comes from the root word pal or phal which means "fall."
(Notice our English word "fall" finds its etymology in this same word "pal" or "phal.")
So, palal literally means to "fall down to the ground in the presence of one
in authority pleading a cause." In Isaiah 45:14 Isaiah prophecies for the Lord
and says the Sabeans will "bow down" (Palal) before Cyrus:
"They will bow down before you and plead with you, saying,
‘Surely God is with you, and there is no other; there is no other god.’”

This is the same word Palal translated "pray" in English.
  In the 1800’s it was accepted that writing was not developed in the early days of the Old Testament. Now, archaeology has revealed that written documents have been made since the earliest days of mankind.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I pray before God as if he was the one with great authority?
Today I will pray to God with the understanding that I am pleading my case before
the God who has and will demonstrate that he and no one else has omnipotent authority.
  "A quick-tempered person does foolish things, 
    and the one who devises evil schemes is hated."
- Proverbs 14:17
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
Daniel 5 Luke 7 Daniel 1
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Neighbors Maturity in understanding and life Freedom of Speech
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Nethlands - less than 20% attend churches filled with tradition
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram

A niche in the stone wall at Caesarea Philipi from the Grotto of Pan. Here is the carving on the roof of the second niche. Notice the fluted pillars that are carved into this rock formation and the molding cut for the top. The Greek inscription is on the bottom reads:

"The priest Victor, son of Lysimachos, dedicated this
goddess to the god Pan (Diopan), lover of Echo

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Details of Jesus' activities on Tuesday of his final week.
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