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Psalm 4:5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Psalm 18:1 I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.
 2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
 3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
2 Timothy 2:9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
 10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
 11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:
Salt and Light
5:13 All of you are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
5:14 All of you are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house.
5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Matt. 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
 10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
1 Timothy 1:19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
 20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.
Rev. 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
 10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
Rev. 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
 3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
 7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
 8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
 9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
 10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.



The concept that the last of the seven days of the week is a day of rest is contained in the story of Creation at the very outset of the Bible. God rests from his work of Creation on this day and blesses it accordingly (Gen 2:1-3). In the Mosaic code, Sabbath observances is one of the basic Ten Commandments (Ex 20:8-11) and thereafter is regularly stressed. Throughout the biblical era, it remained one of the distinguish signs of the Jewish people.


While all societies subdivided time into years, months and days, the seven-day week culminating in a holy day called Sabbath, which means “cessation”,was unique to Israel among the peoples of the ancient Near East. The eventual universal adoption of the seven-day week as a unit of time came about as a result of the influence of the Hebrew Bible upon Christianity and Islam.


The Sabbath appears at the head of the lists of holy days in Exodus 23:12; Leviticus 23:3; Numbers 28:9. According to all of the sources into which biblical criticism divides the Pentateuch, it is forbidden on the Sabbath to engage in work (Ex 23:12; 34:21; 35:2; Lev 23:3; Deut 5:14). The prohibition of work on the Sabbath, observed from sundown on Friday until nightfall on Saturday, applies not only to Israelites but also to residents aliens, slaves and farm animals (Ex 20:10;23:12; Deut 5:14).Several biblical texts specify the kinds of work prohibited on the Sabbath.


The observance of the Sabbath is a basic requirement which is demanded of Gentiles who adopt the worship of the Lord and thereby attach themselves to Israel (Is 56:3-8). The reward for the observance of the Sabbath, which includes calling it “a delight” and refraining from any commercial activity, is Israel’s possession of the land of Israel (Is 58:13-14). The Sabbath and the New Moon are occasions when people of  all nations will come to Israel to pay homage to the Lord (Is 66:23).While according to Genesis 2:1-3 and Exodus 20:11 the Sabbath is part of the natural order established at Creation, Deuteronomy 5:14-15 states that God ordained the Sabbath as a reminder of his having liberated Israel from enslavement in Egypt. Jesus asserts, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27).




(The name is related to shalom “peace/welfare”). The son of David and Bathsheba, and the third king of Israel, Solomon was renowned for his wisdom, wealth and building projects. Under Solomon Israel enjoyed an era of security, prosperity  and international political and economic importance.

Solomon (also named Jedidiah “beloved of the Lord”, II Sam 12:25) was anointed king when his older brother Adonijah, the first in line for the throne, rashly tried to proclaim himself as ruler in his father’s lifetime (I Kgs 1:5ff). Solomon’s mother, Bathsheba, and the prophet Nathan, with the backing of others, succeeded in convincing the aged and feeble King David that his younger son should wear the crown (I Kgs 1:11ff).

Solomon’s 40-year reign began c. 967 B.C., while David was still alive but infirm, their coregency  thus lasting only a short while. Apparently Solomon’s first act as king was the pardon of Adonijah, who had fled for refuge to the altar. But soon thereafter Adonijah was executed for seeking to marry David’s nurse Abishag, a request which could be seen as a prelude to insurrection (I kgs 2:22; cf II Sam 16:20ff). Adonijah’s supporters were also removed: Abiathar the priest was banished; Joab, the commander of the army, was slain as he clung to the horns of the altar; and Shimei was placed under house arrest and killed three years later (I kgs 2:13-46).

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