319! 319! 319!

September 1, 2015

ABRAM AND HIS 318 MEN DELIVER LOT AND HIS FAMILY (Genesis 14; 319 warriors)

DAVID’S TABERNACLE OF PRAISE (1 Chronicles 25-26; 3 seers + 288 musicians + 28 gatekeepers=319 worshippers)

I. The Israelites execute the Lord’ vengeance on Midian–presumed two trumpets
Numbers 31:6
And Moses sent them to the war, 1,000 from each tribe, together with Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, with the [sacred] vessels of the sanctuary and the trumpets to blow the alarm in his hand.

This passage doesn’t say how many trumpets Phinehas took to war, but an earlier passage in Numbers gives a clue:
Numbers 10:1,2,9 (AMP)
And the Lord said to Moses,
Make two trumpets of silver; of hammered or turned work you shall make them, that you may use them to call the congregation and for breaking camp. . . .
When you go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresses you, then blow an alarm with the trumpets, that you may be remembered before the Lord your God, and you shall be saved from your enemies.

II. The fall of Jericho–seven trumpets
Joshua 6:4 (AMP)
And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns; and on the seventh day you shall march around the enclosure seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets.

III. Ehud kills the King of Moab and the Lord delivers the Moabites into Israel’s hands–one trumpet
Judges 3:27 (AMP)
When he arrived, he blew a trumpet in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went down from the hill country, with him at their head.

IV. Gideon conquers the host of Midian–301 trumpets
Judges 7:16-18 (AMP)
And he divided the 300 men into three companies, and he put into the hands of all of them trumpets and empty pitchers, with torches inside the pitchers.
And he said to them, Look at me, then do likewise. When I come to the edge of their camp, do as I do.
When I blow the trumpet, I and all who are with me, then you blow the trumpets also on every side of all the camp and shout, For the Lord and for Gideon!

V. Saul calls Israel to war against the Philistines–one trumpet
1 Samuel 13:3 (AMP)
Jonathan smote the Philistine garrison at Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, Let the Hebrews hear!

VI. Joab calls Judah to stop pursuing Israel–one trumpet
2 Samuel 2:28 (AMP)
So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people stood still and pursued Israel no more, nor did they fight any more.

VII. Joab calls David’s servants to stop fighting Absalom’s servants after Absalom is killed–one trumpet
2 Samuel 18:16 (AMP)
Then Joab blew the trumpet, and the troops returned from pursuing Israel, for Joab restrained and spared them.

VIII. Sheba calls Israel to rebel against David, and Joab calls off his pursuit after Sheba’s death–two trumpets
2 Samuel 20:1,14,15,22 (AMP)
There happened to be there a base and contemptible fellow named Sheba son of Bichri, a Benjamite. He blew a trumpet and said, We have no portion in David and no inheritance in the son of Jesse! Every man to his tents, O Israel! . . .
Joab went through all the tribes of Israel to Abel of Beth-maacah, and all the Berites assembled and also went after [Sheba] ardently.
And they came and besieged Sheba in Abel of Beth-maacah, and they cast up a siege mound against the city, and it stood against the rampart; and all the men with Joab battered and undermined the wall to make it fall. . . .
And they cut off the head of Sheba son of Bichri and cast it down to Joab. So he blew the trumpet, and they retired from the city, every man to his own home.

IX. Israel ambushes Judah
2 Chronicles 13:14-15 (AMP)–presumed two trumpets
When Judah looked, behold, the battle was before and behind; and they cried to the Lord, and the priests blew the trumpets.
Then the men of Judah gave a shout; and as they shouted, God smote Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah.

The number of trumpets is not recorded. Based on Numbers 10, I am surmising two.

X. Nehemiah prepares to fight the Arabians, Ammonites, and Ashdodites while the wall is being rebuilt–one trumpet, never sounded
Nehemiah 4:18,20 (AMP)
And every builder had his sword girded by his side, and so worked. And he who sounded the trumpet was at my side. . . In whatever place you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.

The sum of the record of trumpets in war is 319.

O Lord, may there continuously be 319 intercessors warring for the establishment of Your kingdom in the United States as it is in heaven! Amen.

South Carolina

August 31, 2015

The upcoming hearing of the appeal by TEC and its local agents against the first instance decision in favor of the Diocese of South Carolina is due to start on September 23rd.

1 Chronicles 27:25 (AMP)
Over the king’s treasuries was Azmaveth son of Adiel; and over the treasuries in the country, cities, villages, and towers or forts was Jonathan son of Uzziah;

Azmaveth–strong as death
Adiel–the witness of the Lord
Jonathan–Yahweh has given
Uzziah–Yahweh has helped

Our Father in heaven,
Your witness, Your help, Your gifts are the treasures of the Diocese of South Carolina. We thank You for the bounty of Your treasuries.
You are the Lord of life, our Creator, and You overcome death. Be present to the Diocese of South Carolina during the ongoing litigation, we pray. Amen.

Ebola vaccine–praise report

August 30, 2015

God is good! An answer to several Lent & Beyond prayers.

From CNN:

A newly developed vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus is “highly effective” and could help prevent its spread in the current and future outbreaks

Rest in peace, Jean

August 27, 2015

Several years ago, I had the great privilege of visiting my fellow prayer blogger, Torre Bissell, in his home. He and his wife Jean were so grounded in the presence of God, a beautiful witness of the “one flesh” of marriage.
For years, we have all been edified by the “word received” by Torre. God would quicken his spirit while he studied scripture. Torre would share this word with his helpmate Jean to verify it was truly of the Lord before posting it. Torre and Jean were like a light on a hill. Torre continues to rest in God’s presence in his grief.

Below is the death notice from the Diocese of Albany.–JW

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” (Romans 12:15)

It is with sadness that we report the death of Jean Bissell, who passed away on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015. Jean was a long-time lay spiritual leader in the diocese and had served as a missionary in Pakistan, Liberia, and the Diocese of Albany. Funeral services will be at Christ Church, 970 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12307 on Saturday, September 5th at 11:00 a.m. Clergy who wish to vest and process are asked to be in the underground by 10:30 a.m. Either cassock and surplice or cassock-alb is appropriate. Stole color is white.

Innocent blood

August 27, 2015

Please note that the destruction of Judah resulted from the sins of the king’s great grandfather (Jehoiakim, Josiah, Amon, Manasseh, in reverse chronological order).

Abortion counter: 58,206,323 abortions in the US since Roe v. Wade

2 Kings 24:2-4 (ESV)
And the Lord sent against him bands of the Chaldeans and bands of the Syrians and bands of the Moabites and bands of the Ammonites, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by his servants the prophets. Surely this came upon Judah at the command of the Lord, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done, and also for the innocent blood that he had shed. For he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the Lord would not pardon.

Lamentations 4:12-13 (NLT)
Not a king in all the earth—
no one in all the world—
would have believed that an enemy
could march through the gates of Jerusalem.
Yet it happened because of the sins of her prophets
and the sins of her priests,
who defiled the city
by shedding innocent blood.

Our Father in heaven,

We have shed much innocent blood in this nation.
Lord, have mercy on our descendants.
Christ, have mercy on our descendants.
Lord, have mercy on our descendants.

Hebrews 11:3a Young’s Literal Translation
by faith we understand the ages to have been prepared by a saying of God,

Father, You can put the ages in their proper alignment.

Isaiah 58:12 (ESV)
And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to dwell in.

Father, raise up humble peacemakers in our nation that will lead us to repentance. Forgive our nation this great sin of abortion and repair the breach that has been created.

Lord, we yearn for Your life and blessing to flow to our descendants.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Amen.

Reference: Inspiration for this prayer came from chapter 3 of
An Appeal to Heaven
by Dutch Sheets.

Torre 8/18/15

August 18, 2015

Mark 11:27-33, Holy Spirit, give us all the courage to tell what we know about Jesus.

Mark 12:1-12, Father, help me yield up the fruit in my life that you have a right to expect of me.

2 Samuel 18:16-18, Jesus, thank you for giving me a monument of living stones (our children and grandchildren) who believe in you.

Psalm 121:2, LORD, thank you for sending me help in my time of need.

Psalm 123:1–2, Jesus, I look to you to carry me and Jean through this time.

Word: I Am faithful to those who love me. Keep looking to me for help- I will be with you in your hour of need.

Torre 8/15/15

August 15, 2015

Mark 11:6, Lord, so many doors open when we are obedient to your word.

Acts 22:25-29, Holy Spirit, help us value our citizenship as Paul did.

Psalm 107:35, Father, turn my present wilderness into pools of living water.

Psalm 108:13, Lord, the last enemy is death — win the victory over it. Thank you.

Word: Pray according to my Spirit, according to my will. Then you will see my victory.


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