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God is NOT dead…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 10

 

 Why, O LORD, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

 In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.

 For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD.

In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”

His ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, out of his sight; as for all his foes, he puffs at them.

He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.”

 His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.

 He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;

 he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket; he lurks that he may seize the poor; he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.

The helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might.

 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”

Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted.

Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?

 But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless.

 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none.

 The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.

 O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear

 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

 

The wicked then and now remain and are the same. The deeds are the same. The oppression and poverty remain.

 His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.

 He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;

 he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket; he lurks that he may seize the poor; he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.

The helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might.

Therefore the prayer remains and is just as effective.

The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.

There is no God is heard throughout the land accompanied by a push to remove all evidence in our language of His existence.

In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”

Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?

The remnant of his people who believe remains. This said, let us pray with the psalmist and we will see the same results. God is NOT dead and he has not changed; nor is he hidden.

Believers, do we believe what we pray?  Our weapons are not weapons made by human hands.  Our weapons are weapons of the spirit and we are able to defend those who face the persecution perpetrated by the evil one.  We stand in the gap and fight for them with our prayers.  Raise the swords of prayer in their defense.  Pray and when we pray, believe!

Pray:   Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none.

The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.

 O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear

 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

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September 17, 2014 Posted by | bible study, call to action, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Giving thanks within the time of trouble…

 

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 9

To the choirmaster: according to Muth-labben. A Psalm of David. I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.

 I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

 When my enemies turn back, they stumble and perish before your presence.

For you have maintained my just cause; you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.

 You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish; you have blotted out their name forever and ever.

 The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins; their cities you rooted out; the very memory of them has perished.

 But the LORD sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice,

 and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness.

 The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

 And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.

 Sing praises to the LORD, who sits enthroned in Zion! Tell among the peoples his deeds!

 For he who avenges blood is mindful of them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.

 Be gracious to me, O LORD! See my affliction from those who hate me, O you who lift me up from the gates of death,

 that I may recount all your praises, that in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may rejoice in your salvation.

 The nations have sunk in the pit that they made; in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught.

 The LORD has made himself known; he has executed judgment; the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. Higgaion. Selah.

 The wicked shall return to Sheol, all the nations that forget God.

For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.

 Arise, O LORD! Let not man prevail; let the nations be judged before you!

Put them in fear, O LORD! Let the nations know that they are but men! Selah.

 

A portion of this, though written many years prior to Christ could be His words:

Be gracious to me, O LORD! See my affliction from those who hate me, O you who lift me up from the gates of death,

Those who suffer today the same afflictions, at the hands of terrorists, those who hate the believers for their belief in Christ, will sing with Christ and David this song of deliverance. God does not desert his children; he is there with us.

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September 11, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , | Leave a comment

Who He Is; Who We Are…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 8

 

 To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.

 Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,

 what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?

 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.

 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet,

 all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,

 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

 

Who is God? Who is man? What can God do? What can man do? The psalmist knows. God is glorious, righteous, majestic, known throughout all the earth. Are we the only ones who know him? Would we be so bold? Man is part of creation, a creature not the creator…selah…given the charge of dominion over creation, in stature only a little lower than the angels.

 

Psalm 8:5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

 

God creates, gives charge, sets in place, concerns himself with mankind, does not create and walk way…selah. Mankind does what God gives him to do for God knows his creation and what they are capable of doing.

 

God is who he says he is. God can do what he says he can do. We are who God says we are. We can do all things through Christ.

 

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September 9, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , | Leave a comment

Establish righteousness O God…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 7

A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning the words of Cush, a Benjaminite. O LORD my God, in you do I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers and deliver me,

lest like a lion they tear my soul apart, rending it in pieces, with none to deliver.

O LORD my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands,

if I have repaid my friend with evil or plundered my enemy without cause,

let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it, and let him trample my life to the ground and lay my glory in the dust. Selah.

Arise, O LORD, in your anger; lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies; awake for me; you have appointed a judgment.

Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you; over it return on high.

The LORD judges the peoples; judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me.

Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous— you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God!

My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart.

God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.

If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow;

he has prepared for him his deadly weapons, making his arrows fiery shafts.

Behold, the wicked man conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies.

He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made.

His mischief returns upon his own head, and on his own skull his violence descends.

I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High.

 

God is a righteous judge who: holds anger at evil, expects repentance, allows the wicked to fall into their own trap. Let the evil of the wicked come to an end. We can join with one another through prayer and effect change in our world for we have the collective power of what God has given to us. Let the evil of the wicked come to an end let them fall into their own traps.

 

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September 8, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , | Leave a comment

As for me…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 24:14-29

 

“Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.

And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods,

for it is the LORD our God who brought us and our fathers up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight and preserved us in all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed.

And the LORD drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the LORD, for he is our God.”

But Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the LORD, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins.

If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm and consume you, after having done you good.”

And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the LORD.”

Then Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the LORD, to serve him.” And they said, “We are witnesses.”

He said, “Then put away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your heart to the LORD, the God of Israel.”

And the people said to Joshua, “The LORD our God we will serve, and his voice we will obey.”

 

Another translation states: “…we will pay attention to what he says.” Are we paying attention? Do we realize God is the same yesterday, today and forever? Are we paying attention to only the blessings and forgetting the penalties and consequences for turning aside? Have we allowed other “gods” to encroach on our devotion to God Almighty? Do we believe what God says? If so, it will be evident in our lives. Are we an embarrassment to God or can He look on us with pride and approval?  Let us make our plans but commit our ways to Him!

 

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September 6, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Just ask…because we know…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 17:1-6

 

 Then allotment was made to the people of Manasseh, for he was the firstborn of Joseph. To Machir the firstborn of Manasseh, the father of Gilead, were allotted Gilead and Bashan, because he was a man of war.

 And allotments were made to the rest of the people of Manasseh by their clans, Abiezer, Helek, Asriel, Shechem, Hepher, and Shemida. These were the male descendants of Manasseh the son of Joseph, by their clans.

 Now Zelophehad the son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Machir, son of Manasseh, had no sons, but only daughters, and these are the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.

 They approached Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun and the leaders and said, “The LORD commanded Moses to give us an inheritance along with our brothers.” So according to the mouth of the LORD he gave them an inheritance among the brothers of their father.

 Thus there fell to Manasseh ten portions, besides the land of Gilead and Bashan, which is on the other side of the Jordan,

 because the daughters of Manasseh received an inheritance along with his sons. The land of Gilead was allotted to the rest of the people of Manasseh.

 

Mercy and grace is given to the daughters for the one, Zelophedad, who had no sons. God is merciful to those without the standard covering or supply, and He provides for them in its place. Again, the truth of ‘ask and you shall receive’ is applied and honored. We are able to ask and receive as Jesus said – “You don’t have because you don’t ask.” Is the Lord our first resource or do we wait to ask until all other resources fail? We have needs; He is merciful and provides. God will have His glory. When we go to Him we honor Him through our recognition of who He is and what He does.

 

Take note also that the daughters knew the ‘word’ given to Moses. They were informed. We have the scriptures and knowledge of the living Word, Jesus Christ. We are armed then with the resources we need to be victorious in Him, through Him and by Him. When we exercise this knowledge, we are victorious, living in our promised land.

 

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August 19, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Are there exceptions?

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 16:1-10

 The allotment of the people of Joseph went from the Jordan by Jericho, east of the waters of Jericho, into the wilderness, going up from Jericho into the hill country to Bethel.

 Then going from Bethel to Luz, it passes along to Ataroth, the territory of the Archites.

 Then it goes down westward to the territory of the Japhletites, as far as the territory of Lower Beth-horon, then to Gezer, and it ends at the sea.

 The people of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, received their inheritance.

 The territory of the people of Ephraim by their clans was as follows: the boundary of their inheritance on the east was Ataroth-addar as far as Upper Beth-horon,

 and the boundary goes from there to the sea. On the north is Michmethath. Then on the east the boundary turns around toward Taanath-shiloh and passes along beyond it on the east to Janoah,

 then it goes down from Janoah to Ataroth and to Naarah, and touches Jericho, ending at the Jordan.

 From Tappuah the boundary goes westward to the brook Kanah and ends at the sea. Such is the inheritance of the tribe of the people of Ephraim by their clans,

 together with the towns that were set apart for the people of Ephraim within the inheritance of the Manassites, all those towns with their villages.

 However, they did not drive out the Canaanites who lived in Gezer, so the Canaanites have lived in the midst of Ephraim to this day but have been made to do forced labor.

 

 

These detailed accounts of the territories taken by each tribe’s descendants include bits of information hidden within them, like kernels of truth hidden in a parable. Note that not all the inhabitants were driven out but remained to be slaves to do all the heavy work.

 

In our own conquests there may remain those things within us that are not driven out but as Paul says they are taken captive. Whatever it may be it is contained and used ‘to do the heavy work.’ Only we can know for ourselves what is to be driven out of our lives and what remains captive. As the Holy Spirit grants knowledge and understanding; as we become willing participants and learn to be led by the Spirit in knowledge gained from the Scriptures, that difference becomes clear.

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August 18, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s in the name…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 15:33-63

 And in the lowland, Eshtaol, Zorah, Ashnah,

 Zanoah, En-gannim, Tappuah, Enam,

 Jarmuth, Adullam, Socoh, Azekah,

 Shaaraim, Adithaim, Gederah, Gederothaim: fourteen cities with their villages.

 Zenan, Hadashah, Migdal-gad,

 Dilean, Mizpeh, Joktheel,

 Lachish, Bozkath, Eglon,

 Cabbon, Lahmam, Chitlish,

Gederoth, Beth-dagon, Naamah, and Makkedah: sixteen cities with their villages.

 Libnah, Ether, Ashan,

 Iphtah, Ashnah, Nezib,

Keilah, Achzib, and Mareshah: nine cities with their villages.

 Ekron, with its towns and its villages;

 from Ekron to the sea, all that were by the side of Ashdod, with their villages.

Ashdod, its towns and its villages; Gaza, its towns and its villages; to the Brook of Egypt, and the Great Sea with its coastline.

And in the hill country, Shamir, Jattir, Socoh,

 Dannah, Kiriath-sannah (that is, Debir),

 Anab, Eshtemoh, Anim,

 Goshen, Holon, and Giloh: eleven cities with their villages.

 Arab, Dumah, Eshan,

 Janim, Beth-tappuah, Aphekah,

 Humtah, Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), and Zior: nine cities with their villages.

Maon, Carmel, Ziph, Juttah,

Jezreel, Jokdeam, Zanoah,

Kain, Gibeah, and Timnah: ten cities with their villages.

 Halhul, Beth-zur, Gedor,

Maarath, Beth-anoth, and Eltekon: six cities with their villages.

Kiriath-baal (that is, Kiriath-jearim), and Rabbah: two cities with their villages.

In the wilderness, Beth-arabah, Middin, Secacah,

 Nibshan, the City of Salt, and Engedi: six cities with their villages.

 But the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the people of Judah could not drive out, so the Jebusites dwell with the people of Judah at Jerusalem to this day.

 

Names have meaning. Eshtaol = entreaty, Zorah = hornet, Ashnah = I will cause change, Zanoah= cast off, En-gannim = fountain of the garden, Tappuah = the apple city, Enam = double spring are a few. The study of these names is fascinating and can bring greater depth of meaning to the time and place of these events. If we continue to draw a correlation between the ‘real’ place of conquest and acquisition and our present day spiritual conquest and acquisition we can look at our Ashnah and expect God to make a change, or Zanoah and watch as the Holy Spirit casts off what needs to be purged from the ways of mankind. We can linger in En-gannim, our fountain of the garden and be reminded of the fountain that flows from Emmanuel’s veins bringing us salvation and healing. There is Mizpah the watchtower a place where we are reminded to be alert and aware of what is around us in the physical and in the spiritual. We can find our Lachish, the name means invincible but also hard to capture. There are those things within us that can be hard to search out and capture as we are told to take that which is not of God captive and destroy it. And we can rejoice in our Migdal-Gad, the tower of God.

 

These are just a few of the names in this passage highlighting for us the wonders of God and what He can do for us. Take on the day in the name of Jesus.

 

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August 17, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , | Leave a comment

Are we there yet?

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 15:12-32

 

 And the west boundary was the Great Sea with its coastline. This is the boundary around the people of Judah according to their clans.

 According to the commandment of the LORD to Joshua, he gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh a portion among the people of Judah, Kiriath-arba, that is, Hebron (Arba was the father of Anak).

 And Caleb drove out from there the three sons of Anak, Sheshai and Ahiman and Talmai, the descendants of Anak.

 And he went up from there against the inhabitants of Debir. Now the name of Debir formerly was Kiriath-sepher.

 And Caleb said, “Whoever strikes Kiriath-sepher and captures it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter as wife.”

 And Othniel the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, captured it. And he gave him Achsah his daughter as wife.

 When she came to him, she urged him to ask her father for a field. And she got off her donkey, and Caleb said to her, “What do you want?”

 She said to him, “Give me a blessing. Since you have given me the land of the Negeb, give me also springs of water.” And he gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.

This is the inheritance of the tribe of the people of Judah according to their clans.

The cities belonging to the tribe of the people of Judah in the extreme south, toward the boundary of Edom, were Kabzeel, Eder, Jagur,

 Kinah, Dimonah, Adadah,

Kedesh, Hazor, Ithnan,

Ziph, Telem, Bealoth,

 Hazor-hadattah, Kerioth-hezron (that is, Hazor),

Amam, Shema, Moladah,

 Hazar-gaddah, Heshmon, Beth-pelet,

 Hazar-shual, Beersheba, Biziothiah,

 Baalah, Iim, Ezem,

 Eltolad, Chesil, Hormah,

 Ziklag, Madmannah, Sansannah,

 Lebaoth, Shilhim, Ain, and Rimmon: in all, twenty-nine cities with their villages.

 

 

Looking at all the names of the cities so far, this conquest was no small undertaking. Can we say that the work of the Lord is great no matter if it is the taking of many cities and villages or the remaking of our heart and self. Our inner being is deceitful, sinful wanting its own way. When we turn toward Christ we become a new creature; the old ways are conquered and destroyed, completely. Are we willing partners in the cleansing? Soul-searching time; are we hindering the work of the Spirit within us? Our inheritance is a clean heart, a life abundant in His will. We can live in a joy-filled abundant life-filled land as we yield to his will.

 

In the midst of the descriptions and details of the inheritance we find another truth. Ask and you shall receive. The daughter asks for land then asks for water as well. The water is needed to make the land profitable. We can come to our Father and ask for the ‘land’ and then ask for the Holy Spirit, the water needed to bring the land to life. We receive the inheritance of our promised land; a spiritual place in which we have peace, joy, love, all the fruits of a life given over to the Lord, when we receive the gift of salvation that Christ went to the cross to give to us. We have salvation from the wages of sin in our lives, freedom from the death of eternal separation from God. With that salvation comes an inheritance; a place of spirit that is ours for the asking. A place of peace, no fear, trust. And we can ask for water for that ‘land’, the Holy Spirit who waters our souls with understanding, remembrance, comfort and allows the ‘land’ to flourish with the fruit that bears evidence that He is in us. This indicates the need on our part of participation; taking part in feeding the soul from the Scriptures and watering the place our faith brings us to by the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Are we there yet?

 

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August 16, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , | Leave a comment

Details, details…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 15:1-11

 

 The allotment for the tribe of the people of Judah according to their clans reached southward to the boundary of Edom, to the wilderness of Zin at the farthest south.

 And their south boundary ran from the end of the Salt Sea, from the bay that faces southward.

 It goes out southward of the ascent of Akrabbim, passes along to Zin, and goes up south of Kadesh-barnea, along by Hezron, up to Addar, turns about to Karka,

 passes along to Azmon, goes out by the Brook of Egypt, and comes to its end at the sea. This shall be your south boundary.

 And the east boundary is the Salt Sea, to the mouth of the Jordan. And the boundary on the north side runs from the bay of the sea at the mouth of the Jordan.

 And the boundary goes up to Beth-hoglah and passes along north of Beth-arabah. And the boundary goes up to the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben.

 And the boundary goes up to Debir from the Valley of Achor, and so northward, turning toward Gilgal, which is opposite the ascent of Adummim, which is on the south side of the valley. And the boundary passes along to the waters of En-shemesh and ends at En-rogel.

 Then the boundary goes up by the Valley of the Son of Hinnom at the southern shoulder of the Jebusite (that is, Jerusalem). And the boundary goes up to the top of the mountain that lies over against the Valley of Hinnom, on the west, at the northern end of the Valley of Rephaim.

 Then the boundary extends from the top of the mountain to the spring of the waters of Nephtoah, and from there to the cities of Mount Ephron. Then the boundary bends around to Baalah (that is, Kiriath-jearim).

 And the boundary circles west of Baalah to Mount Seir, passes along to the northern shoulder of Mount Jearim (that is, Chesalon), and goes down to Beth-shemesh and passes along by Timnah.

 The boundary goes out to the shoulder of the hill north of Ekron, then the boundary bends around to Shikkeron and passes along to Mount Baalah and goes out to Jabneel. Then the boundary comes to an end at the sea.

 And the west boundary was the Great Sea with its coastline. This is the boundary around the people of Judah according to their clans.

According to the commandment of the LORD to Joshua, he gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh a portion among the people of Judah, Kiriath-arba, that is, Hebron (Arba was the father of Anak).

And Caleb drove out from there the three sons of Anak, Sheshai and Ahiman and Talmai, the descendants of Anak.

And he went up from there against the inhabitants of Debir. Now the name of Debir formerly was Kiriath-sepher.

 

What we  have here is detailed documentation  to be placed in memory for future generations. Nothing is left to chance or argumentation. God’s character of order and detail that can be seen in creation is apparent here. Do the little things in our lives matter? The little details of everyday life are also taken care of by Him. Jesus said don’t be concerned over what to wear or what to eat for our Father supplies what we need down to the smallest detail. In all things give thanks.

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August 15, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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