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September 9 - Evening

"You should not gloat over your brother
    in the day of his misfortune, 
nor rejoice over the people of Judah
    in the day of their destruction, 
nor boast so much
    in the day of their trouble. 
You should not march through the gates of my people
    in the day of their disaster,
nor gloat over them in their calamity 
    in the day of their disaster,
nor seize their wealth
    in the day of their disaster.
You should not wait at the crossroads
    to cut down their fugitives, 
nor hand over their survivors
    in the day of their trouble."

- Obadiah 12-14

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Obadiah Rebukes Edom's Gloating and Violence    

When Jerusalem and Judah where destroyed and burnt during the Babylonian invasion of 588-586 BC and while the people of Judah where slaughtered or taken into captivity to Babylon, the descendents of Jacob's twin brother Esau, the Edomites, watched, waited, gloated, and rejoiced. And, then
when they had an opportunity to act they “cut down the fugitive” Jews who were escaping the Babylonians, captured them to “hand over” to Nebuchadnezer's forces and “marched through
the gates” of the burnt cities to plunder and “seize the wealth” that was left behind.

In three verses Obadiah uses eight negatives to identify what Edom should not have done along
with nine descriptions of what they did do. Obadiah then uses the Hebrew word yom, or “day,”
along with eight descriptive words to identify what kind of “Day” it was for Judah that Edom took advantage. These were the days of Judah's misfortune, destruction, trouble, disaster and calamity. Edom demonstrated a hostile attitude that manifested in physical violence against God's people.
Obadiah tells Edom their days are numbered because of this behavior.

According to Jeremiah 27:3 Edom was still an independent nation in 594 BC. Although Ammon
and Moab where overrun by the Babylonians soon after Judah was overrun, there is no reference to Edom ever being taken by Nebuchadnezzar. One assumption is that they followed Jeremiah's message of advice sent to Edom in Jeremiah 27:3, 6-7. (Jer. 49:7-22) and simply submitted to Nebuchadnezzar as Jeremiah repeatedly told the leaders of Judah to do. The Nabateans, a
nomadic Arab tribe took the land of Edom around 450 BC. By 312 BC Petra (an important city
in the rocky crags of Edom) was occupied by the Nabataeans and Edom had been removed
from history never to rise again.

  Christian Quote from Church History

The acid test of our love for God is obedience to His Word. - Bob Jones, Sr


Something to Ponder??
In the 46th Psalm of the original King James, which was printed in1611 AD, William Shakespeare’s 46th year, the 46th word from the beginning is “shake” and the 46th word from the end is “spear.” Seems like the language scholars wanted to impress one of their contemporary celebrities with their translation work!
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Apologia (Gr) - Defense (Eng) – the Greek word apologia means “to defend” or “to make a defense.” It was used in the Greek language to refer to the argument for the defense in court during a judicial interrogation.  The word apologia also refers to an informal explanation or defense of one’s position concerning politics or religion. Peter uses to describe the answer given to the skeptical, abusive inquires of anti-christian citizens.   Mordecai, Esther’s cousin, sat in the gate in Susa (Esther 2:21). This gate has been excavated.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Could I give a defense for the Truth of Scripture in a court room? to a friend?
Does my life reflect the life, resurrection and character of the Lord?
I will prepare myself to defend the Truth of scripture and demonstrate the life of Jesus in me.
  "It is not good to punish an innocent man, or to flog officials for their integrity."
Proverbs 17:26
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) Luke 5 Ezekiel 41
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My Neighbors Experience God’s presence Censorship
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Myanmar - Buddhism is entrenched; refuges gone to many countries
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem

Pool of Bethesda - It was not until 1888 that a group of archeologist uncoverd this pool. Critics of the authenticity of the Bible had doubted the existence of this site. Some had attributed the 5 colonnades mentioned by John to be symbolic of the first 5 books of the Bible. In 1888 K. Schick found twin pools here: one 55 feet, a second 65 feet long. The five covered colonnades mentioned by John were also discovered.

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Lintel over the Double Gate that led from the south side up to the surface of the Temple Mount in Jesus' day.

Notice the four trapezoidal stones forming the arch of the Double Gate from the days of Herod, and the large horizontal lintel directly below them with the wide margin and boss also part of the original gate lintel from the 19 BC-70 AD.

The decorative arch attached to the face of the wall is from the late 600’s AD. Also notice the square stone that sets immediately to the right (east) of the fourth trapezoidal stone, even with the top of the arch. This stone is etched with a Roman inscription and was placed in the wall upside down. It
is the base of a Roman statue that sat on the Temple
Mount in the days of Hadrian after the second Jewish
revolt was quenched in 135 AD.

To the left behind the Crusader wall, the rest of the gate can be seen (click on image for larger size)

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