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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

September 3 - Evening

"Though Ephraim built many altars for sin offerings,
    these have become altars for sinning. 
I wrote for them the many things of my law,
    but they regarded them as something foreign."

- Hosea 8:11-12

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Altars of Sinning    

The Lord had explained worship and obedience in his Law which was given to Israel,
but they disregarded his Word. Hosea says (8:12) that northern Israel regarded God’s Word:

- “as something foreign” (NIV)
- "as a strange thing" (ESV)
- "as something that does not concern him." (Amplified)

Israel’s (Ephraim's) problem was not that they failed to be religious or that they refused to build
altars. Indeed, they were very active in religious things and they built many altars which they
used to make atonement for sin and to make fellowship offerings to God. But, they
did all this while rejecting God’s revelation of his Word given to them in the law. 
They built altars and participated in religious activity created from their imaginations
and designed to please their expectations and desires (called High Places). But, these
“many altars” that they believed would please God “became altars for sinning” because they
were not build or used as God intended. They did not communicate or advance God’s revelation
given to Israel in his law where God says he “wrote for them the many things” that he desired.

Likewise we can build churches and schedule them with activities, youth groups, weddings, meetings, music and services, but if we regard the Word of God “as something foreign”
(“as a strange thing”) we are building churches that hardened people to the Spirit of God,
reinforce the perceived unimportance of God’s written revelation and contribute to the
complacency of our Western Christian culture. Are we building many churches that become
churches for sinning? The teaching and instruction of the written Word of God should not
be “a strange thing” in our churches or “something foreign” in the life of the modern Christian.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“The tragedy of this late hour is that we have too many dead men in the pulpits giving out too many dead sermons to too many dead people.”
– Leonard  Ravenhill




Something to Ponder??
OT gives details of a nation.
NT gives details of a man. Together we see that the nation was founded and developed by God to bring the man into the world.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
teleo (Gr) – “to complete” (Eng) – among the ancient papyri documents this word is written across tax receipts which meant “paid in full.” Jesus spoke this word from the cross in the perfect tense form: “tetelestai.” (perfect tense is used to describe a past action with results continuing into the present)  It is translated in English Bibles, “It is finished.” (Jn. 19:30)   Queen Hatshepsut is most likely the daughter of pharaoh who adopted Moses.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Do some of my religious activities and practices prevent me from hearing
and understanding the Truth of God's Word?
I will live in Truth, not religion.

  "Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you."
Proverbs 3:29
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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) Malachi 3 (432 BC) Ezekiel 23
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
View of the southeast corner of the Temple Mount. This is a likely location where Satan tempted Jesus to jump. In 26 AD there would have been a
high tower at the top of this corner. (click on image for larger size)
Galyn Wiemers points at the top of the course of ashlar stones that remain from the line of Solomon’s western retaining wall. On the stone closest to Galyn, the margin (the trimmed edge) and the boss (the raised center) of the face of the stone could be seen up until the 1970’s. At that time the pavement where Galyn is standing was raised and mortar (which is visible in this photo to the left of the dotted line) was added to cover up the visible face, or outside, of Solomon’s western wall. Leen Ritmeyer has before and after photos of this alteration that he has published in his books and online. (click on image for larger size)
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