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Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

5 Killed in Aurora, Illinois
Five individuals were shot and killed at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois. Five police officers were injured and the gunman was eventually killed by the police. On the day of the shooting, the shooter was being fired from his position at the plant, where he had worked for the last 15 years. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
4 Killed in Kashmir
Four Indian soldiers have been killed in India-administered Kashmir, following a clash with militants. Recently, in the same region, over 40 others were killed in a suicide attack. Pakistani and Indian forces have been battling over the area. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
Flooded Gold Mine in Zimbabwe
Nine miners have been rescued alive from a flooded, illegal gold mine in Zimbabwe, while the bodies of 24 others have been recovered. Flooding occurring after a dam burst. While nine have been rescued, dozens of others remain missing and are feared dead. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the missing miners and for their families.
9 Killed in Chittagong, Bangladesh
At least nine individuals have been killed, and over 50 others injured, after a fire in a slum in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The cause of the fires is suspected to be a short circuit. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all those affected.
Force Withdraw Agreement in Yemen
Government and rebel forces have reached an agreement to withdraw forces around the port of Hudaydah. The withdraw is part of a ceasefire agreement reached last year. The conflict began in 2015, and has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths and injuries. Please pray for peace in the region. Please pray for the families of the deceased and for healing for the injured.
7 Killed in Haiti
At least seven individuals have been killed as a result of protests against the government in Haiti. Protesters are protesting the soaring inflation and accuse the government of corruption and misappropriation of funds. The protesters have also asked for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. The President has rejected the idea. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Pleas pray for peace.
17 Killed in New Delhi, India
At least 17 individuals have been killed after a fire in a hotel in New Delhi, India. Thirty-five others were rescued from the fire and 19 were taken to the hospital for injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Heat Wave in Australia
A record heat wave, following a record drought, in Australia have farmers, and others, worried. The drought and heat have caused animals to die and worries that crops will not be able to be planted. Across the globe, the United States is experiencing record cold temperatures. Please pray for all those affected by extreme temperatures. Please pray for their safety and health.

September 5, 2017: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for 1 Chronicles 20-24

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Commentary:  David did not compromise to achieve his many victories.  Compromise is what led Israel alway from the Lord God and allows sin to flourish.  Interestingly, David’s sin with Bathsheba is not recorded here, however his sin in conducting a census is.  David was placing his faith in numbers, in men, instead of in the Lord, who had handed him victory after victory on the battlefield.  David repented of his sin and acted wisely, choosing to be punished by the Lord instead of men.  David knew that the Lord could be merciful.  David also requested that the people of Israel not be punished, as it was David’s sin, not theirs.  God chose the site of the future temple and it is where David offered up his sacrifice to the Lord.  It is also the spot where Abraham was willing to sacrifice Isaac.  It is not far from the spot where Jesus Christ was offered as a sacrifice for our sins.  The remaining chapters of today’s reading focus on preparations for the temple, which was very important to the Lord.  God was not going to allow David to build His temple.  David was not resentful, rather he worked towards accomplishing the goal by stockpiling supplies that would be needed, in order to ease the burden of the one who would build the temple, his son Solomon.  He also offered some advice to Solomon.  David not only organized supplies for the temple, he also organized the Levites to serve in the temple, including an emphasis on music.  Not surprising, considering the number of psalms written by David.  The sons of Aaron, the priests were also arranged to serve in the temple.  Their numbers had swelled that it would have been impossible for them all to serve at once.  David arranged them into groups.  Each would serve for a time, and then another would come and serve.  David paid attention to the details.

Focus Verses: 22:2-5  How do you respond when someone else receives an assignment that you deeply desire?  David wanted to build a house for the Lord, but was not allowed.  How does he respond?  How do your action line-up with his?

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