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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

September 15 - Evening

"I will wait patiently for the day of calamity
to come on the nation invading us.
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and
the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep
in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice
in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior."

- Habakkuk 3:17-18

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Even with No Harvest, I will Rejoice in the Lord    

Habakkuk writes between the years 609-606 before the first Babylonian captivity in 605 when Daniel and his friends were taken to Babylon. God has just revealed to Habakkuk that the violent society
of Judah will be overrun by the even more violent Babylonians. (Jeremiah began saying these things 20 years before in 627). Habakkuk cannot turn the tide of judgment, which means his only option
is to “wait patiently” for Babylon's collapse which will be followed by the restoration of Judah
under the Persian leadership of Cyrus in 538.

But, between Habakkuk’s days (609-606) and the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 the land of Judah would be ravaged by a famine while the Jews continued to oppress the poor and pervert justice.
Then, from 586 when the Babylonians burnt Jerusalem and the Temple until seventy years later
in 516 when the returning Jews rebuilt the Temple there would be little or no production in the
land of Judah. This meant that beginning around the year 609 and continuing until the Jews
returned to the land there would basically be no productive or organized farming. During the
next 70-90 years while Judah was being punished by the Lord there would be:

  • No harvesting fig trees
  • No grapes on the vines
  • No olive crop
  • No production of food
  • No sheep in the pen
  • No cattle in the stalls

Since Habakkuk understood the Lord he could trust God and rejoice even if there were no figs, no grapes, no olives, no food, no sheep and no cattle. Because Habakkuk knew the Lord he could say:

“Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”

Habakkuk understood that the Lord was working his plan and that he would ultimately bring
history to a glorious conclusion. Habakkuk concludes his writing with the above confession of faith.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"The body of Benjamin Franklin, Printer, lies here, food for worms; but the
work shall not be lost, for
it will appear once more
in a new and more elegant edition, revised and
corrected by the Author."
– Benjamin Franklin




Something to Ponder??
"The desire of love is to give. The desire of lust is to take."
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Huperekperissou (Gr) - Immeasurably More (Eng) - Ephesisans 3:20 says, " Now to him
who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine..." The phrase
"immeasurably more" is not just a compound word in the Koine Greek, but it is a
double compound word. The three words are Huper-Ek-Perissou. Huper (or, hyper)
means "over, beyond, above"; Ek means "out of; from" Perissos is the root word
meaning "over and above" or "more than enough." Paul would have communicated
his thought by merely using the root word Perissos to say, "Now to him who is
above to do OVER AND ABOVE all we ask..." But, instead Paul adds to
OVER AND ABOVE the words huper and ek to add the meaning
BEYOND-FROM to OVER AND ABOVE. This way Paul wrote,
"Now to him who is able to do BEYOND-OVER AND ABOVE all we ask or imagine."
  In 2 Kings 25:27-30
Jehoiachin is released
from a 36 year prison term
on March 22, 561.
A Babylonian cuneiform
tablet mentions Jehoiachin after his release and
list the provisions of food supplied to him and
his sons (ANET 308)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I praise God only when things turn out the way I planned?
Today I will praise God when something doesn't go my way because He is still God my Savior.
  "A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel."
- Proverbs 1:20
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) John 6 Daniel 5-6
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Parents Boldness in the
face of opposition
Crime New Caledonia - Bible translation
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram

A map showing Jesus travel in Israel from his baptism until the wedding in Cana.
(click on image for larger size)

The Western Wall Tunnels have been excavated along side the buried Herodian Temple Mount wall on the north end of the Western Wall. Centuries of rubble and debris have covered up the original ashlar stones of the wall, the streets and much more since 70 AD.

This course of ashlar building stones is called the Master Course because it includes 4 of the largest ashlars in the Temple Mount retaining wall. These stones were set 20-30 feet up the wall on top of much smaller ashlar blocks, some of which can be seen in the course below the master course. It was done this way in order to use these huge ashlars blocks to stabalize the wall below. This idea proved to work since they have stood for 2,000 years.

The rectangle holes in the ashlar were cut around 135 AD when Hadrian converted this area under the rubble into cisterns. The rectangle holes where cut so that wooden blocks or stones could be inserted into them to help secure the plaster to the walls. The plaster made the walls of the cisterns watertight. Some plaster can still be seen attached to part of the wall.

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