Set Aside

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Set aside your old foolish ways that you can live well in Christ.”~TB

As You Are

God will always love you in every stage of your life. Be that as it may, a life full of misdeeds will dampen the Truth and Joy God wants to share with you. Sinning does not revoke your salvation. It does, however, disrupt your connection to Christ. God doesn’t let go of you when you sin, you let go of Him when you do. Stop chasing fleshly pleasures as they lead you astray. Do not desire a life of power because the pursuit of your own status will cause you to forget whose power actually matters. Though this world can offer things that satisfy immediate fleshly desires, the human lifespan is a millisecond compared to eternity. Invest wisely.

Throw Off

If you’re tired of the obstacles and mayhem that comes with secular life, look to God. Throw off your vices, devices, and sinful behaviors to experience the Truth, joy, and contentment that can only come from our Father in Heaven. Cultivate the discipline and perseverance required to lead an honorable life. This means abandoning the ways of the world and adopting the teachings of Christ. When you apply the Godly wisdom that can be found in the Bible, notice how your life changes. The Truth will open your eyes, and suddenly what you once craved is detestable. If you allow God to write the Truth on your hearts, the world has less influence on your behavior. Follow Him to set aside junk so that you can possess your inheritance.

Today’s Question

Did you set aside your old life or is it throwing you off?

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Proverbs 6

1 My child, if you have put up security for a friend’s debt or agreed to guarantee the debt of a stranger— 
2 if you have trapped yourself by your agreement and are caught by what you said— 
3 follow my advice and save yourself, for you have placed yourself at your friend’s mercy. Now swallow your pride; go and beg to have your name erased. 
4 Don’t put it off; do it now! Don’t rest until you do. 
5 Save yourself like a gazelle escaping from a hunter, like a bird fleeing from a net. 
6 Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! 
7Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, 
8they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. 
9 But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? 
10 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— 
11then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber. 
12 What are worthless and wicked people like? They are constant liars, 
13 signaling their deceit with a wink of the eye, a nudge of the foot, or the wiggle of fingers. 
14 Their perverted hearts plot evil, and they constantly stir up trouble. 
15 But they will be destroyed suddenly, broken in an instant beyond all hope of healing. 
16 There are six things the LORD hates— no, seven things he detests: 
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, 
18 a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, 
19 a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family. 
20 My son, obey your father’s commands, and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. 
21 Keep their words always in your heart. Tie them around your neck. 
22 When you walk, their counsel will lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up, they will advise you. 
23 For their command is a lamp and their instruction a light; their corrective discipline is the way to life. 
24 It will keep you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of a promiscuous woman. 
25Don’t lust for her beauty. Don’t let her coy glances seduce you. 
26 For a prostitute will bring you to poverty, but sleeping with another man’s wife will cost you your life. 
27 Can a man scoop a flame into his lap and not have his clothes catch on fire? 
28 Can he walk on hot coals and not blister his feet? 
29 So it is with the man who sleeps with another man’s wife. He who embraces her will not go unpunished. 
30 Excuses might be found for a thief who steals because he is starving. 
31 But if he is caught, he must pay back seven times what he stole, even if he has to sell everything in his house. 
32 But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool, for he destroys himself. 
33 He will be wounded and disgraced. His shame will never be erased. 
34 For the woman’s jealous husband will be furious, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge. 
35 He will accept no compensation, nor be satisfied with a payoff of any size.

About Face

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“When you accept Christ into your life, you must do an about face, leaving behind your past ways and to adopt the new life Christ has given you.”~TB

Abandon

Abandon your old ways, the sinful thoughts and behaviors, and everything else in between so that you can build your foundation firmly on the principles of Christ. The same level of thinking from your previous life cannot remain because you have died from your previous self. A new self must take place and it has to start with The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is because, in our sin-fallen world, before we accepted Christ, we were programmed with corrupted software, making us believe in worldly ideas and principles. Friends, it is a daily work, throwing off the lies of the world and learning the ways of God. Do the work so you can learn and live in the Truth.

Take Up

Arm yourselves with the Word of God each and every day so that you may know how to navigate a broken world. The devil is around, especially among those who are working diligently for the Lord, waiting to steal your peace, joy, and contentment. Friends, do not lose heart if you find yourselves in trying times. If you stay close with God and listen to His wisdom, you will learn how to walk in peace, in every aspect of your life. This peace comes from the understanding of Who is with us. When you know that God is at the beginning, the middle, and the end, the path becomes much clearer. We already know who wins in the end, but we must use our newfound understanding and relationship with God to withstand the realities of this world. Take up the cross and walk in your new life with Christ.

Today’s Question

Are you struggling in your new life because you’re holding on to the old?

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Psalm 150

1 Praise the LORD ! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven! 
2 Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness! 
3 Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise him with the lyre and harp! 
4 Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes! 
5 Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals. 
6 Let everything that breathes sing praises to the LORD ! Praise the LORD !

Scam

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Don’t let the devil scam you out of your inheritance”~TB

Fool’s Gold

Evil’s job is to scam you out of your God-given inheritance. When you’re tired, leary, and impressionable, he’ll come up to you and offer the riches, attention, and desires of the world. This sin-fallen world is worth a hill of beans, yet many will happily sell their soul to try and rule it. Friends, don’t you see the devil is trying to trade your salvation for temporary fake pleasures and an eternity of hell?

Wise Up

A hedonistic lifestyle is superficially desirable because to the untrained eye it is glittery and illustrious. Of course, heathens seem like they’re having all of the fun. How else do you expect sin to work? If sin appeared as evil and as hideous as it actually is, we wouldn’t dare touch it! Look closer, and you will begin to see the cracks in the glitter and the torment that worldly desire brings. Learn to discern God’s true riches from the fake, so that you free yourselves from a scammy lifestyle.

Today’s Question

Are you enjoying your inheritance or did you trade it in a scam?

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Psalm 124

1 What if the LORD had not been on our side? Let all Israel repeat: 
2What if the LORD had not been on our side when people attacked us? 
3They would have swallowed us alive in their burning anger. 
4 The waters would have engulfed us; a torrent would have overwhelmed us. 
5 Yes, the raging waters of their fury would have overwhelmed our very lives. 
6Praise the LORD, who did not let their teeth tear us apart! 
7 We escaped like a bird from a hunter’s trap. The trap is broken, and we are free! 
8 Our help is from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

 

The Signal in the Noise

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Focus on God’s signal in the noise so that you may not trade the truth for a lie.”~TB

Distractions

There are so many distractions in this world that keep people from honestly pursuing a relationship with Christ. Of course, you cannot blame these distractions as you willfully engage in the nonsense. Whether you’re chasing money, sex, idolatry, clout, prestige, possessions, whatever the case may be, you’re desiring a false god.  Conversely, if you dwell on your problems, your circumstances, your pain, you miss the healing that God is so desperately trying to give to you. Friends, we cannot heal ourselves, our minds are not capable of the forgiveness and the love that comes from God.

Focus

Focus your attention to God’s love. Let it be the lighthouse that guides your way. When you experience God’s forgiveness, love, and blessings, you are able to extend that grace towards your brothers and sisters. The world will tell you that you have to exact your own justice, vengeance, or whatever you want to call it. Friends, we don’t have to protect ourselves. We don’t have to hold people accountable for their sins. Let Him be the judge and let yourselves embody His light. When we share the love of Christ, we point back to His lighthouse, allowing others to experience and seek a relationship with him. Hold your gaze to the Lord’s signal and let the rest of the noise fall away.

Today’s Question

Are you focused on God’s love or are you confused and distorted by the lies of this world?

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Psalm 102

1 LORD, hear my prayer! Listen to my plea! 
2 Don’t turn away from me in my time of distress. Bend down to listen, and answer me quickly when I call to you. 
3 For my days disappear like smoke, and my bones burn like red-hot coals. 
4 My heart is sick, withered like grass, and I have lost my appetite. 
5 Because of my groaning, I am reduced to skin and bones. 
6 I am like an owl in the desert, like a little owl in a far-off wilderness. 
7 I lie awake, lonely as a solitary bird on the roof. 
8 My enemies taunt me day after day. They mock and curse me. 
9 I eat ashes for food. My tears run down into my drink 
10 because of your anger and wrath. For you have picked me up and thrown me out. 
11 My life passes as swiftly as the evening shadows. I am withering away like grass. 
12 But you, O LORD, will sit on your throne forever. Your fame will endure to every generation.
13 You will arise and have mercy on Jerusalem — and now is the time to pity her, now is the time you promised to help. 
14 For your people love every stone in her walls and cherish even the dust in her streets. 
15 Then the nations will tremble before the LORD . The kings of the earth will tremble before his glory. 
16 For the LORD will rebuild Jerusalem. He will appear in his glory. 
17 He will listen to the prayers of the destitute. He will not reject their pleas. 
18 Let this be recorded for future generations, so that a people not yet born will praise the LORD . 
19 Tell them the LORD looked down from his heavenly sanctuary. He looked down to earth from heaven 
20 to hear the groans of the prisoners, to release those condemned to die. 
21And so the LORD ’s fame will be celebrated in Zion, his praises in Jerusalem, 
22 when multitudes gather together and kingdoms come to worship the LORD . 
23 He broke my strength in midlife, cutting short my days. 
24 But I cried to him, “O my God, who lives forever, don’t take my life while I am so young! 
25 Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with your hands. 
26 They will perish, but you remain forever; they will wear out like old clothing. You will change them like a garment and discard them. 
27 But you are always the same; you will live forever. 
28 The children of your people will live in security. Their children’s children will thrive in your presence.”

 

Motives

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s quote

“Before God can give you anything, He will search your heart and examine your motives.”~TB

Who Are You?

Who are you in this world and when did you give up an let the world define you? Stop looking to the heathens, the demons, the whoremongers and the ilk to determine your worth. In doing so you lose your inheritance because your motives have become sullied by the sin-fallen ways of this broken world. Though the corrupt of this world seem to have everything, in Christ they have nothing. When your motives are tainted and evil, what’s up is down and what’s down is up, confusing the blind dumb and willfully stupid.

Who You Are

Who you are in Christ, is a redeemed lamb that has escaped the line of Slaughter because God so graciously has made you right through the salvation of his son, Jesus. Friends, that is the only identity we can truly claim because it is the only one that can bring us eternal life and everlasting peace. This world is not the Final Destination, so act accordingly. Examine your motives and walk with God and you will see the truth as it was intended.

Today’s Question

Who are you and what are your motives?

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Psalm 88

1 O LORD, God of my salvation, I cry out to you by day. I come to you at night. 
2 Now hear my prayer; listen to my cry. 
3 For my life is full of troubles, and death draws near. 
4 I am as good as dead, like a strong man with no strength left. 
5 They have left me among the dead, and I lie like a corpse in a grave. I am forgotten, cut off from your care. 
6 You have thrown me into the lowest pit, into the darkest depths. 
7 Your anger weighs me down; with wave after wave you have engulfed me. Interlude 
8You have driven my friends away by making me repulsive to them. I am in a trap with no way of escape. 
9 My eyes are blinded by my tears. Each day I beg for your help, O LORD ; I lift my hands to you for mercy. 
10 Are your wonderful deeds of any use to the dead? Do the dead rise up and praise you? Interlude 
11 Can those in the grave declare your unfailing love? Can they proclaim your faithfulness in the place of destruction? 
12 Can the darkness speak of your wonderful deeds? Can anyone in the land of forgetfulness talk about your righteousness? 
13 O LORD, I cry out to you. I will keep on pleading day by day. 
14 O LORD, why do you reject me? Why do you turn your face from me? 
15 I have been sick and close to death since my youth. I stand helpless and desperate before your terrors.
16 Your fierce anger has overwhelmed me. Your terrors have paralyzed me. 
17 They swirl around me like floodwaters all day long. They have engulfed me completely. 
18 You have taken away my companions and loved ones. Darkness is my closest friend.

 

Justify

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“It does not take much to justify evil, because unchecked flesh craves sin and will blindly see it as good!”~TB

 

Justif(r)ied

You justify worshipping yourselves by throwing decadent parades glorifying your own image. You publicly glorify the defilement of your bodies, claiming freedom and self-revolution yet you are a slave to your own depravity.  You lure people with sweet words and songs, only to manipulate them into doing your bidding under the guise of being “nice”. Of course, if one doesn’t bend to your will and kneel on their knees, it’s their fault! You justify the cruel treatment of foreigners citing the very same corrupt laws that enslave you. Yet you say you love the Lord. You will be judged.

Readjust

Friends, it’s time to make some adjustments. Have you not studied the readings? Are you arrogant enough to believe that we are above the same fates as Judah and Israel? Do not be surprised when judgment floods the land, crushing the blind and the corrupt. Do not be surprised when your cries to the Lord for relief and mercy fall on deaf ears. He will give you the same silence that you gave the oppressed. Enjoy the festivities now because they are surely coming to an end.

Today’s Question

Are you still justifying or are you making adjustments to turn to the Lord?

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Psalm 70

1 Please, God, rescue me! Come quickly, LORD, and help me. 
2 May those who try to kill me be humiliated and put to shame. May those who take delight in my trouble be turned back in disgrace. 
3 Let them be horrified by their shame, for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!” 
4 But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, “God is great!” 
5 But as for me, I am poor and needy; please hurry to my aid, O God. You are my helper and my savior; O LORD, do not delay.

 

Devine Radio Frequency

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“It is amazing what we can learn and accomplish when we quiet the worldly noise to focus and tune into God’s heavenly radio” ~ TB

Tune Out

Listen carefully to what you’re being told and by whom. Evil and the world will fill your hearts with fear and anguish. We are lead to believe that we are deficient. Sin markets its wares by tricking people into believing they need things they have no business even desiring. When we fail to tune out the noisy worldly radio, we jam the Biblical frequencies that provide us with the tools and resources to live according to His will.

Tune in

When we begin to quiet the noise around ourselves,  we will see how many false beliefs the world has instilled within us. No, we are imperfect. However, when we tune into the Holy Radio, God silences our fears by imprinting the truth on our hearts and souls. We are His. We are not alone. We can fulfill our purpose in Christ. Take the first few minutes of your day to commit time to Him. His signal cannot be ignored forever, all you have to do is tune in.

 

Question of the day

Are you tuned into God’s message or are you playing the devil’s song on repeat?

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Psalm 61

 

1 O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! 2 From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, 3 for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. 4 Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings! Interlude 5 For you have heard my vows, O God. You have given me an inheritance reserved for those who fear your name. 6 Add many years to the life of the king! May his years span the generations! 7 May he reign under God’s protection forever. May your unfailing love and faithfulness watch over him. 8 Then I will sing praises to your name forever as I fulfill my vows each day.

Win-Win

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“I win, when I help you win, based on God’s principles, laws, and commandments from biblical content and context; so stay on the winning side and team.” ~  Jon Barnes

Winners

True winners are not selfish, but selfless people who have found a wonderful balance of obedience, dedication, and honesty to God in their daily lifestyle.  Winners help other people to win for the better good of our society, economy, and communities. Make your small piece of the world a better place each day. 

Mentality

The mentality of selfless people are the unsung heroes of our world, quietly getting the job done, regardless of payment, notoriety, and fame. These heroes are among the many fascinating people I have met and worked with over the years.  I hope and trust that you are one of those people.

Trapped

When you are trapped into the cycle of confusion, unbelief, and hypocrisy, the loser circle will entrap you in its evil web.  Like a spider mummifying its prey, you are doomed to suffocate in your own stupidity and fake wisdom.  No one is smarter than God, including you! However, become trapped inside God’s winning circle and cycle into the Kingdom of God.
Today’s Question
Did you turn your back on the win-win team, following your greedy, evil, family, friends, and lovers into destruction and eternal damnation and its vicious cycle of doom?
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Psalm 35 

A psalm of David.

Lord, oppose those who oppose me.
    Fight those who fight against me.
Put on your armor, and take up your shield.
    Prepare for battle, and come to my aid.
Lift up your spear and javelin
    against those who pursue me.
Let me hear you say,
    “I will give you victory!”
Bring shame and disgrace on those trying to kill me;
    turn them back and humiliate those who want to harm me.
Blow them away like chaff in the wind—
    a wind sent by the angel of the Lord.
Make their path dark and slippery,
    with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.
I did them no wrong, but they laid a trap for me.
    I did them no wrong, but they dug a pit to catch me.
So let sudden ruin come upon them!
    Let them be caught in the trap they set for me!
    Let them be destroyed in the pit they dug for me.
Then I will rejoice in the Lord.
    I will be glad because he rescues me.
10 With every bone in my body I will praise him:
    Lord, who can compare with you?
Who else rescues the helpless from the strong?
    Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?”
11 Malicious witnesses testify against me.
    They accuse me of crimes I know nothing about.
12 They repay me evil for good.
    I am sick with despair.
13 Yet when they were ill, I grieved for them.
    I denied myself by fasting for them,
    but my prayers returned unanswered.
14 I was sad, as though they were my friends or family,
    as if I were grieving for my own mother.
15 But they are glad now that I am in trouble;
    they gleefully join together against me.
I am attacked by people I don’t even know;
    they slander me constantly.
16 They mock me and call me names;
    they snarl at me.
17 How long, O Lord, will you look on and do nothing?
    Rescue me from their fierce attacks.
    Protect my life from these lions!
18 Then I will thank you in front of the great assembly.
    I will praise you before all the people.
19 Don’t let my treacherous enemies rejoice over my defeat.
    Don’t let those who hate me without cause gloat over my sorrow.
20 They don’t talk of peace;
    they plot against innocent people who mind their own business.
21 They shout, “Aha! Aha!
    With our own eyes we saw him do it!”
22 Lord, you know all about this.
    Do not stay silent.
    Do not abandon me now, O Lord.
23 Wake up! Rise to my defense!
    Take up my case, my God and my Lord.
24 Declare me not guilty, O Lord my God, for you give justice.
    Don’t let my enemies laugh about me in my troubles.
25 Don’t let them say, “Look, we got what we wanted!
    Now we will eat him alive!”
26 May those who rejoice at my troubles
    be humiliated and disgraced.
May those who triumph over me
    be covered with shame and dishonor.
27 But give great joy to those who came to my defense.
    Let them continually say, “Great is the Lord,
    who delights in blessing his servant with peace!”
28 Then I will proclaim your justice,
    and I will praise you all day long.

Love,

Jonathan

Orders

bar-401546_1920Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Take the first step and fulfill the orders God has commanded us to follow and notice how much better your lifestyle will become.”  ~ Jon Barnes

Pharmaceuticals 

Notice how many people have ignored the natural remedies of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as they have turned to homemade drugs and illegal pharmaceuticals to mask the pain of disobedience, sin, and wicked behavior, seem normal and ok.  Hiding or ignoring your problems is not a good solution.

Prescriptions

People self-prescribe their own drugs of choice and addictions to fit their personal taste of empty joy, unconscious happiness, and lustful lies of this world.  Fake meds are not real solutions to age-old problems in our society and stupidity is not a standard for excellence.  Ignorance is the prescription for many who are bound for Hell.  Congratulations on your choice. I am not your doctor.

Paramedic

Let Jesus, Your Savior and Spiritual Paramedic, help resurrect your lifestyle with the proper Holy Pharmaceuticals needed for you to avoid cardiac arrest in the direction you are going in your life.  If the direction you are traveling is healthy, holy, and honorable, then share this message with the many who are lost, addicted, drugged up, and headed for hell.
Today’s Question
Will you rise to your feet and make a difference for the kingdom of God or will you keep taking orders from the devil, selling his drugs and foolish lifestyle choices?
Enjoy Today’s Reading
 

Nehemiah 13

Nehemiah’s Various Reforms

13 On that same day, as the Book of Moses was being read to the people, the passage was found that said no Ammonite or Moabite should ever be permitted to enter the assembly of God.[a] For they had not provided the Israelites with food and water in the wilderness. Instead, they hired Balaam to curse them, though our God turned the curse into a blessing. When this passage of the Law was read, all those of foreign descent were immediately excluded from the assembly.
Before this had happened, Eliashib the priest, who had been appointed as supervisor of the storerooms of the Temple of our God and who was also a relative of Tobiah, had converted a large storage room and placed it at Tobiah’s disposal. The room had previously been used for storing the grain offerings, the frankincense, various articles for the Temple, and the tithes of grain, new wine, and olive oil (which were prescribed for the Levites, the singers, and the gatekeepers), as well as the offerings for the priests.
I was not in Jerusalem at that time, for I had returned to King Artaxerxes of Babylon in the thirty-second year of his reign,[b] though I later asked his permission to return. When I arrived back in Jerusalem, I learned about Eliashib’s evil deed in providing Tobiah with a room in the courtyards of the Temple of God. I became very upset and threw all of Tobiah’s belongings out of the room. Then I demanded that the rooms be purified, and I brought back the articles for God’s Temple, the grain offerings, and the frankincense.
10 I also discovered that the Levites had not been given their prescribed portions of food, so they and the singers who were to conduct the worship services had all returned to work their fields. 11 I immediately confronted the leaders and demanded, “Why has the Temple of God been neglected?” Then I called all the Levites back again and restored them to their proper duties. 12 And once more all the people of Judah began bringing their tithes of grain, new wine, and olive oil to the Temple storerooms.
13 I assigned supervisors for the storerooms: Shelemiah the priest, Zadok the scribe, and Pedaiah, one of the Levites. And I appointed Hanan son of Zaccur and grandson of Mattaniah as their assistant. These men had an excellent reputation, and it was their job to make honest distributions to their fellow Levites.
14 Remember this good deed, O my God, and do not forget all that I have faithfully done for the Temple of my God and its services.
15 In those days I saw men of Judah treading out their winepresses on the Sabbath. They were also bringing in grain, loading it on donkeys, and bringing their wine, grapes, figs, and all sorts of produce to Jerusalem to sell on the Sabbath. So I rebuked them for selling their produce on that day. 16 Some men from Tyre, who lived in Jerusalem, were bringing in fish and all kinds of merchandise. They were selling it on the Sabbath to the people of Judah—and in Jerusalem at that!
17 So I confronted the nobles of Judah. “Why are you profaning the Sabbath in this evil way?” I asked. 18 “Wasn’t it just this sort of thing that your ancestors did that caused our God to bring all this trouble upon us and our city? Now you are bringing even more wrath upon Israel by permitting the Sabbath to be desecrated in this way!”
19 Then I commanded that the gates of Jerusalem should be shut as darkness fell every Friday evening,[c] not to be opened until the Sabbath ended. I sent some of my own servants to guard the gates so that no merchandise could be brought in on the Sabbath day. 20 The merchants and tradesmen with a variety of wares camped outside Jerusalem once or twice. 21 But I spoke sharply to them and said, “What are you doing out here, camping around the wall? If you do this again, I will arrest you!” And that was the last time they came on the Sabbath. 22 Then I commanded the Levites to purify themselves and to guard the gates in order to preserve the holiness of the Sabbath.
Remember this good deed also, O my God! Have compassion on me according to your great and unfailing love.
23 About the same time I realized that some of the men of Judah had married women from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab. 24 Furthermore, half their children spoke the language of Ashdod or of some other people and could not speak the language of Judah at all. 25 So I confronted them and called down curses on them. I beat some of them and pulled out their hair. I made them swear in the name of God that they would not let their children intermarry with the pagan people of the land.
26 “Wasn’t this exactly what led King Solomon of Israel into sin?” I demanded. “There was no king from any nation who could compare to him, and God loved him and made him king over all Israel. But even he was led into sin by his foreign wives. 27 How could you even think of committing this sinful deed and acting unfaithfully toward God by marrying foreign women?”
28 One of the sons of Joiada son of Eliashib the high priest had married a daughter of Sanballat the Horonite, so I banished him from my presence.
29 Remember them, O my God, for they have defiled the priesthood and the solemn vows of the priests and Levites.
30 So I purged out everything foreign and assigned tasks to the priests and Levites, making certain that each knew his work. 31 I also made sure that the supply of wood for the altar and the first portions of the harvest were brought at the proper times.
Remember this in my favor, O my God.
Love,
Jonathan