July 31: Tisha b’Av

-Call to reflection

God designed His calendar to give Israel at least one day every week to rest and reflect on their lives in relationship to God.  Today like then we are so busy we rarely take the time God has given us.  As a result, we like Israel find ourselves moving farther and farther way from Him.

 Lamentations 3:27-33

It is good for a man to bear

The yoke in his youth.

Let him sit alone and keep silent,

Because God has laid it on him;

Let him put his mouth in the dust—

There may yet be hope.

Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him,

And be full of reproach.

For the Lord will not cast off forever.

Though He causes grief,

Yet He will show compassion

According to the multitude of His mercies.

For He does not afflict willingly,

Nor grieve the children of men.


“Vespasian faced a serious deficit when he became emperor, but the spoils of war from Judea—the riches of the Temple treasury, the golden vessels from the Temple, the seized personal treasures of Jewish citizens and the sale of the Jewish captives themselves—provided enormous wealth for the emperor and the plundering army commanded by his son Titus. Thus did the conquest of Judea fund the most recognizable structure of imperial Rome.” -Biblical Archaeology Society
(Rome) —It appears that battles in Israel and the destruction of Jerusalem figured more prominently in the construction of ancient Rome than previously thought.
For more: http://www.breakingchristiannews.com/articles/display_art.html?ID=11015


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