1) Every day will be a new devotional. I have enough devotionals for every day for three years
2) Also as I can, I'll be posting on my new political blog (see bottom of page).
Some other housecleaning:
A) If you'd like to just get new postings sent to your email, just submit your address in the box on the left just below. There's just one possible downside, though. Occasionally I'll add a music video at the end that's relevant to the devotional, and you won't get them in the email sent to you. If I add a video though, I'll make sure to mention in the posting, so you'll know to come to the site to see it if you'd like.
B) I actually finished writing new blog posting for the TAWG at the end of 2016. So what I'm doing now is at the beginning of every month, I'll move the earliest month from 3 years ago ahead so that a "new" posting appears every day. That's why you won't find any postings for January 2014, for example.
C) When I started this Blog, I was using the 1984 edition of the NIV, and that’s what I linked to on the Biblegateway site. However, in 2011 Zondervan updated its edition and thus reworded a lot of the NIV translation. Therefore, all the links which went to the 1984 edition now redirect to the 2011 edition, which often has slightly different wording. Thus, part of my editing process has been to update my Scripture quotes in my postings. But I might have missed some, in which case you might see my quote in the posting as a little different from what comes up when you click on my citation link, since that redirects to the 2011 edition on the Biblegateway site. It's a good thing that we realize that the work of translation never ends, but it can be a kind of a pain on a site like this. If you see any difference in verbiage between my quote and what shows up as a link on the Biblegateway site, or if you hover over a link and it has "NIV1984" at the end of it, please notify me and I'll correct it.
D) I can't believe I have to say this, but here goes. At the end of every posting is a suggested short prayer that has to do with what we discussed. This is actually what I've prayed when I finished writing it. In no way am I asking you to pray the exact verbiage of my suggested prayer. It's just a springboard for your own prayer, nothing more. Quite frankly, I've never been a fan of praying rote prayers written by someone else. As with everything else I do here, to the degree it helps, great; to the degree it doesn't, chunk it.
As always, thank you so much for reading, even if it's to read one post. God bless.
Lord Jesus, once and for all I choose you as my Shepherd. I’d be really foolish to choose anyone or anything else to put my trust in, right?
- We’re not sure what “Hadrak” is, but it seems to be Hatarikka, north of Hamath on the Orontes River. Damascus was the capital of Syria, one of Israel’s worst and most pernicious enemies. It was destroyed by Alexander the Great, which is probably at least a partial fulfillment of what follows.
- I love this phrase: “for the eyes of all people and all the tribes of Israel are on the Lord.” When the Lord executes judgment on the nations, all eyes will see it. He might work privately in people’s lives, but when he brings a nation down, there’s no mistaking what’s he’s done.
- Hamath was a major city 125 miles north of Damascus on the Orontes River, also conquered by Alexander.
- Tyre and Sidon were Phoenician coastal cities. Speaking about Tyre, John MacArthur says: “This city was occupying an island one-half mile offshore, and thought itself to be invincible (cf. Isa 23:1-4). With walls 150 ft. high in some places, it was such an impregnable city that the Assyrian Shalmaneser besieged it for 5 years and failed to conquer it. Nebuchadnezzar tried for 13 years unsuccessfully. But Alexander, God's judgment instrument, using the rubble of the mainland city destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, built a causeway out to the island and destroyed it in 7 months (ca. 334-332 B.C.)."
- Despite being supposedly impregnable, their high walls and state-of-the-art security were no match for the Lord. They had been prideful, and of course “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”
- Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron and Ashdod, as we discussed before (but I’m sure you’ve slept since then) were great cities of the Philistines, enemies of Israel since the time of the Judges. But here it gets very interesting. The Lord predicts that the time would come when these pagans would bring these people back to himself. The Jebusites were conquered by David and then absorbed into Israel. In other words, the Philistines, after God’s judgment, would be brought into his people.