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The Gladness of Access

The Gladness of AccessExcerpt Finally, the psalmist realizes that this privilege is ongoing. God’s nature doesn’t change, so his goodness will continue. His love will last for ever. This invitation to acknowledge him is to all people, in every place and age. More Knowles, Andrew. The Bible Guide. 1st Augsburg books ed. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 2001. Print.

The Message to Ephesus

The Message to EphesusExcerpt Ephesus was the most important city in the Roman province of Asia; it was a busy seaport, had a thriving commerce, and was the center of the cult of the goddess Artemis (see Acts 19:2735), and also a place where magical arts were practiced (Acts 19:19). As the book of Acts shows, it soon became a very important center of Christian activity, and at the time of the writing of this letter, it may have been the most important Christian church in the Roman empire. More Bratcher, Robert G., and Howard Hatton. A Handbook on the Revelation to John. New York: United Bible Societies, 1993. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

The East

The EastExcerpt The ot terminology for ‘east’ is derived chiefly from two sources. First, it is drawn from language associated with sunrise (Heb.mizrakh,‘rising, shining,’ Josh. 4:19), sometimes with sun (Shemesh, Judg. 21:19) or going forth (motsah, Ps. 75:7) with the sun (Ps. 19:5-7), and morning (boker, Ps. 65:9). Second, it is drawn from derivatives from the root meaning ‘before, in front’(kdm). Since one orients oneself by facing east, the east is what is before or in front of one. Several derivatives of the root meaning ‘east’ are found in Gen. 11:2; Ezek. 40:6; Gen. 2:14; and Ezek. 10:19. A common use of ‘east’ in the OT, especially in poetry, the listing of the four cardinal points to express totality (‘everywhere,’ Joel 2:20; Ps. 75:7; Job 23:8-9). In the NT, ‘east’ (Gk. Anatole) is similarly used (Matt. 8:11; Luke13:29). The east is the source of such OTwisdom figures as Job (Job

Serpent in the Ancient World

Serpent in the Ancient WorldGenesis 3:1241314 Excerpt serpent, a reptile, in the Bible another term for a snake. In the ancient world, there was a general respect for, revulsion at, and fear of serpents, most being assumed to be poisonous and therefore dangerous. The serpent thus came to be understood symbolically with both positive and negative connotations. In some ancient cultures, the serpent was associated with deity and was depicted in statues and paintings of various gods and goddesses. Serpents also played various roles in ancient mythological stories (e.g., the Babylonian Gilgamesh Epic). Some even linked the serpent with the process of healing, as in the case of the Greek god Asclepius. In Canaanite religion, which the early Hebrew people encountered upon their arrival in the area, the serpent was associated with the fertility worship of Baal, his consort Astarte (also known as Anath or Asherah) being depicted with a serpent. More Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row a…

Morning and Evening

Morning, October 17Go To Evening Reading
“And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul.” 1 Samuel 27:1
The thought of David’s heart at this time was a false thought, because he certainly had no ground for thinking that God’s anointing him by Samuel was intended to be left as an empty unmeaning act. On no one occasion had the Lord deserted his servant; he had been placed in perilous positions very often, but not one instance had occurred in which divine interposition had not delivered him. The trials to which he had been exposed had been varied; they had not assumed one form only, but many—yet in every case he who sent the trial had also graciously ordained a way of escape. David could not put his finger upon any entry in his diary, and say of it, “Here is evidence that the Lord will forsake me,” for the entire tenor of his past life proved the very reverse. He should have argued from what God had done for him, that God would be his defender still. But is i…

Connect the Testaments

October 17: Shepherding Is a Tough Business Ezekiel 34:1–35:15; Revelation 17:1–18; Job 37:16–24 Leadership requires accountability, yet many leaders of the past considered themselves above rebuke. Even when their deeds failed to catch up to them in their own lifetimes, history judged them clearly. History often remembers and records people as they really are. And if history doesn’t recall the truth, God does. Ezekiel was firm in his rebuke of the leaders of his time—Yahweh commanded him to be: “And the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, ‘Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and you must say to them, to the shepherds, “Thus says the Lord Yahweh: ‘Woe to the shepherds of Israel who were feeding themselves! Must not the shepherds feed the flock? The fat you eat, and you clothe yourself with the wool; the well-nourished animals you slaughter, but you do not feed the flock’ ” (Ezek 34:1–3). During Ezekiel’s lifetime, the leaders of God’s people were not being leader…

My Utmost for His Highest

October 17th Greater works And greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father.John 14:12. Prayer does not fit us for the greater works; prayer is the greater work. We think of prayer as a commonsense exercise of our higher powers in order to prepare us for God’s work. In the teaching of Jesus Christ prayer is the working of the miracle of Redemption in me which produces the miracle of Redemption in others by the power of God. The way fruit remains is by prayer, but remember it is prayer based on the agony of Redemption, not on my agony. Only a child gets prayer answered; a wise man does not. Prayer is the battle; it is a matter of indifference where you are. Whichever way God engineers circumstances, the duty is to pray. Never allow the thought—‘I am of no use where I am’; because you certainly can be of no use where you are not. Wherever God has dumped you down in circumstances, pray, ejaculate to Him all the time. “Whatsoever ye ask in My name, that will I do.” We won…