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September 18 - Evening

This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:
"Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,"
says the Lord Almighty.
"What are you, O mighty mountain?
Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground.
Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of
'God bless it! God bless it!' "

- Zechariah 4:6-7

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Leveling Mount Moriah for Zerubbabel    

Zechariah has eight visions on the night of February 15, 519. The visions are to direct and
encourage the Jews who are trying to complete the Temple that they returned from Babylon to
build in Jerusalem in 537.  Six months earlier (August 29, 520) Haggai had reprimanded the
people and their leaders for not having finished the Temple during the previous seventeen years.
Now after about five months of labor on the Temple Mount the people realize how
daunting a task it was to:

  • locate the needed materials
  • prepare the building materials which include cut stones
  • transport these cut stones (ashlar stones) up the slopes of Mount Moriah
  • move the ashlar stones up onto the Temple Mount on Mount Moriah and
    assemble them into the Temple.

Zerubbabel is a Jew from the line of David appointed by the Persian government to serve as
the governor of the returning Jews in they endeavor to rebuild their city, their Temple and
their community.

On the night of February 15, 519 the Lord speaks through Zechariah to encourage Zerubbabel
as he attempts the overwhelming project of replacing Solomon’s Temple on the exact location
it had stood before the Babylonian destruction in 586.

The Lord tells Zerubbabel that this project is empowered by the Spirit of the Lord.
God wants it done! And, concerning the demanding assignment of dragging the huge cut
ashlar stones up Mount Moriah, the Lord says, “This steep incline will become like level ground
for Zerubbabel’s labor force!” Will this project be completed? “Yes!” the Lord says. The day is in Zerubbabel’s near future when the final stone, the capstone, will be brought up the mountain as crowds of people shout the chant, “God bless it!...God bless it!...” Then the Temple will be
crowned with the glorious, final capstone to complete the seemingly unachievable project.
The people need to work, Zerubbabel needs to pursue the vision, but all this is going to be
empowered by the Spirit of the Lord. It will be done!

  Christian Quote from Church History

"We desperately need
seers who can see through
the mist--Christian leaders
with prophetic vision.
Unless they come soon
it will be too late for this generation. And if they
do come we will no doubt crucify a few of them in
the name of our
worldly orthodoxy."

- A.W. Tozer



Something to Ponder??
The oldest copy of the complete New Testament collected in one book (or, codex) is in the Codex Sinaiticus. It was written in Greek in 350 AD.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Hupomone (Gr) - Patience (Eng) - hupomone is a compound word from
meno meaning "to remain in one place" and hupo a preposition meaning "under."
In Classical Greek it appears often in a military context to communicate the
idea of "holding ground" or "digging in to hold ground." New Testament uses
of hupomone are translated with the word "patience." The concept behind the
New Testament usage of hupomone absolutely does not involve passiveness
or lack of passion; instead it is very active passion that will be manifest.
The New Testament usage includes these meanings:
- to stay behind after others have left
- to remain under a burden longer than ability to endure
- to stand one's ground in the face of insurmountable odds
- to remain faithful when hope is gone
- to survive until the victory is secure

  Babylonian Chronicle:
In agreement with the Bible, Nebuchadnezzar records
in cuneiform text
the Battle of Carchemish,
his accession in 605 BC,
the capture of Jerusalem,
the removal of Jehoiachin on March 16, 597 BC and
the appointment of Zedekiah to replace Jehoiachin.
He also records taking
others back to Babylon.
(See 2 Kg.24:10-17, etc.)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
What is my definition of Christian patience?
Do I need to improve by biblical understanding of patience in light of the Greek word Hupomone?
  "Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart."
- Proverbs 18:18
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Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
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This is the view of the Elah Valley from the tel of Azekah. The labels detail the events of 1 Samuel 17 when David killed Goliath:
"Now the Philistines gathered their forces for war
and assembled at Socoh in Judah. They pitched camp
at Ephes Dammim, between Socoh and Azekah
Saul and the Israelites assemble and camped
in the Valley of Elah and drew up their battle line
to meet the Philistines. The Philistines occupied
one hill and the Israelites another,
with the valley between them."

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