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September 2 - Morning

" She has not acknowledged that I was the one
    who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil, 
who lavished on her the silver and gold —
    which they used for Baal."
- Hosea 2:8

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Prosperity and Luxury are Fertile Soil for False Philosophies    

Hosea spoke for several decades around 740-720 BC after the prosperous reign of northern
Israel’s king Jeroboam II (786-745 BC). He prophesied during the days of Isaiah, Amos and
Micah and identified the coming enemy as Assyria. In these days the people forsook the
truth of God’s revelation to Israel, even though both northern Israel and southern Judah were experiencing tremendous economic prosperity and borders that extended to the largest
size since the days of Solomon (970 BC). Israel was living in luxury with ample gold and
silver and the three staple products of the Mediterranean climate:

Grain – wheat and corn
– raisins and wine
– oil for food, oil for cosmetics,
oil for lamps, oil for religious rituals

In the midst of this prosperity the people willingly embraced the worship of Baal or the
many “Baals.” In Hosea Baal is often plural and translated “the Baals” (2:13, 17; 11:2).
So, the philosophy, morality and historical perspective embraced by Israel came from
these prominent Baals and their lesser underling deities:

Baal-Shamem –  “Lord of the heavens” who was called upon for rain and to end
droughts. He was often considered the highest God and the
supreme weather god.
– “Baal of Tyre” or “King of the City” who was known to the Greeks as
Heracles. He was the protector of cities. His death and resurrection
where celebrated annually. He produced wealth and fertility.
Baal Hadad
– “rider of the clouds” or “mighty Baal” or “the prince, lord of the earth.” 
His consort is Astarte (Anat) and the land depended on his ability to bring rain.

During days of prosperity and luxury it is easy to embrace a false philosophy and accept
destructive morality if the Truth is not clearly identified, presented, proven and defended.

  Christian Quote from Church History
Erasmus prepared a Greek text of the New Testament in 1516 and  wrote in the preface:
“Would that these were translated into each and every language so that they might be read and understood not only by the Scots and Irishmen, but also by the Turks and Saracens (Muslim).”

Something to Ponder??
To warn of a coming foreign invasion Isaiah named one of his sons Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz which means “quick to the plunder; swift to the spoil.”
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Kaphar (Hb) - Atonement (Eng)- kaphar is a Hebrew word that means "to cover over" like a lid covers a box. It is the word for the lid on the Ark of the Covenant we call "the Mercy Seat." The word kaphar is used in Genesis 6:14 when Noah covered the wooden boat with pitch. Kaphar is also translated as "atonement" because an offended person can act as though the offense is covered over and unseen. Since atonement is an act that covers over the sin or mistake it is used to refer to the blood of animals making kaphar for Israel's sin until Jesus paid for the sins of mankind.     Jesus spoke with a Samaritan women (John 4:5) at a well dug by Jacob (Gen. 33:18) which was located in Sychar. This well has been identified and still holds water.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I acknowledge God for the natural provisions and for the atonement (covering) of my sins?
I will express my thankfulness today for provisions and atonement.
  "A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies."
- Proverbs 31:10
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The pavement below the temple mound walls was crushed 2000 years ago by the impact of the falling stones pushed from the temple buildings above by the Romans when they destroyed the Temple in 70 AD.
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Location of ancient tombs around Jerusalem that can be seen today. (click on image for larger size)
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