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Whose are You!

Whose Son are You! Excerpt ‎When the conflict was over, Saul inquired as to the identity of the young warrior and learned that he was David, son of Jesse (vv. 55, 58). Why could not Saul recognize David, who had already served him for some time as musician and armor-bearer? One answer is that Saul was not asking who David was but for the first time was curious about David’s family connections: Whose son is that young man? (v. 55; cf. v. 25) When David himself was interrogated he did not say, “I am David,” but only, I am the son of your servant Jesse of Bethlehem (v. 58). 
Another and perhaps better solution is that David’s previous service had been brief and intermittent and now several years had passed since Saul had last seen him. If, for example, David had been only 12 years old when he came as Saul’s musician and had stayed off and on for only a year or so, he might have been 17 or 18 by the time of the Philistine episode and no longer recognizable to Saul. This view is strengthe…

Respectful and Pure Conduct

Respectful and Pure Conduct Excerpt ‎The word “behold” in the Greek text refers to the act of viewing attentively. How carefully the unsaved watch Christians. The word “chaste” in the Greek means not only “chaste” but “pure”. The phrase “with fear” is to be understood as referring to the wives, not the husbands. It is their pure manner of life which is coupled with fear that is used of the Lord to gain these husbands. The Greek word “fear” here is used also in Ephesians 5:33 and is there translated “reverence.”
The word in a connection like this means “to reverence, venerate, to treat with deference or reverential obedience.”
Wuest, Kenneth S. Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English Reader. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997. Print.

Elizabeth Remained in Seclusion

Elizabeth Remained in Seclusion ‎Most likely, this was because of the excitement of the surrounding people to her pregnancy (v. 25). Mary may have been the first person other than Zechariah and Elizabeth to know the news which the angel had delivered (v. 36).
‎Luke did not say in verse 25 if Elizabeth knew about the destiny of her son at this time. However, because she knew that his name was to be John (v. 60) even before Zechariah was able to speak, he probably communicated his entire vision in writing. Elizabeth was overjoyed that she was finally able to have a baby.
Martin, John A. “Luke.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 204. Print.

The Structure of John

The Structure of JohnJohn 14:1-14 Excerpt ‎In contrast to a number of scholars, including Segovia, Beasley-Murray, and Carson, who view 13:31–14:31 as a unit, I regard chap. 14 as clearly divisible after 14:14. As I indicated above, I consider 13:31–38 to be a major summation or conclusion of the first part of the Farewell Cycle (13:1–38), but I also think that it serves as a preface to the discourses that follow. Since Jesus was going away and since Peter and his colleagues could not follow, at least for the present (13:36), the stage was set for a critical separation of Jesus from the disciples.
Borchert, Gerald L. John 12–21. Vol. 25B. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2002. Print. The New American Commentary.

Ancient Bronze Doors, Tiberias

Ancient Bronze Doors, Tiberias
‎While we were getting photographs of the historic remains in Tiberias our dragoman insisted upon our visiting an old building in the southern portion of the town. Here he said we could see some bronze doors very ancient and very interesting. We followed our guide and found the doors. Just how old they are no one can say. They are certainly of superior workmanship and unlike anything produced in modern times in Palestine. There is little doubt that they belong to the time of the Romans. They would fit well into the character of Tiberias as it has been graphically and elegantly pictured by Walter Besant. A number of people were standing in the opening of the building and were very much amused at our artist when he undertook to photograph the same. Two of the women turned their faces sideways as though they did not care to be photographed. The one in the center, however, seems to have “posed” with as much care as would any woman in an American photograph …

The Wall of Shalmaneser III

The Wall of Shalmaneser III ‎This black limestone obelisk depicts five kings conquered by Shalmaneser III, king of Assyria from 858–824 BC. Each side of the obelisk portrays the five kings in postures of submission to Shalmaneser, either in prostration to him or bringing tribute. The second is Jehu of the house of Omri, king of Israel. This account is found only here; it is not recorded in the Bible.

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Isaiah 30:21 KJV Translation: And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. NKJV Translation: And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk you in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Huldah the Prophetess

Huldah the Prophetess2 Kings 22:14 Excerpt ‎The fact that the king’s five officers (cf. v. 12) sought out the Prophetess Huldah suggests that she was highly regarded for her prophetic gift. Other prophets also lived in and around Jerusalem at this time including Jeremiah (Jer. 1:2), and Zephaniah (Zeph. 1:1), and perhaps Nahum and Habakkuk. But the five consulted Huldah for reasons unexplained. This woman was the wife of Shallum who was responsible for the royal or priestly wardrobe. She lived in . . . the Second District of Jerusalem which was the part of the city lower in elevation than the rest.
Constable, Thomas L. “2 Kings.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 582. Print.

Light

Light Excerpt ‎Of the various possible uses of light, Jesus obviously has in mind the bringing of illumination through the revelation of God’s will for his people. Since Jesus is the Light of the world (John 8:12; 9:5), so also his followers should reflect that light.
Like lights from a city illuminating the dark countryside or a lamp inside a house providing light for all within it, Christians must let their good works shine before the rest of the world so that others may praise God. The good works are most naturally seen as the “fruits in keeping with repentance” of 3:8. 
Blomberg, Craig. Matthew. Vol. 22. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992. Print. The New American Commentary.

The Office of Overseer

The Office of Overseer Excerpt ‎The word “overseer” receives such translations as “bishop” (KJV, ASV), “Presiding-Officer” (TCNT), “superintendent” (Goodspeed), or “pastor” (Williams). In such passages as Acts 20:17, 28 and Titus 1:5, 7 the terms “elders” and “overseers” appear together to suggest that the positions are partially, if not fully, interchangeable.
‎In discussing the office of an overseer, Paul was not requesting that Timothy begin a new office in the church. Men were already functioning in the position (Acts 14:23; 20:17, 28). What Paul stipulated was that those appointed to the office were to possess qualifications of commitment. 
Lea, Thomas D., and Hayne P. Griffin. 1, 2 Timothy, Titus. Vol. 34. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992. Print. The New American Commentary.

Goliath Challenges the Israelites

Goliath Challenges the Israelites Excerpt‎ 'How dare you oppose the mighty Philistines?’ Or, “Why should the two armies engage, when the controversy may be sooner decided, with only the expense of one life and the hazard of another?'" (2.) He offers to put the war entirely upon the issue of the duel he proposes: “If your champion kill me, we will be your servants; if I kill him, you shall be ours."  Henry, Matthew. Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: Complete and Unabridged in One Volume. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1994. Print.

Whats been going on at Thesssalonica

Whats been going on at Thesssalonica1 Thessalonians 2:1-16 ‎The Christians at Thessalonica are young in their faith. It may be that they have misunderstood something Paul wrote in his first letter. They are very excited by the hope that Jesus Christ will appear again — bringing their suffering to an end and punishing those who are ill-treating them . ‎Paul told them in his first letter that the Day of the Lord (the return of Jesus) would come with sudden destruction (1 Thessalonians 5:3). Perhaps an earthquake or some other disaster has seemed to fulfil this prophecy. Now the Thessalonians are wondering why they are still suffering persecution (1:5–7). Some of their number have reacted to the crisis by giving up work and are now making a nuisance of themselves while relying on others to support them (3:11). ‎So Paul writes his second letter. …
Knowles, Andrew. The Bible Guide. 1st Augsburg books ed. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 2001. Print.

Rod and Staff

Rod and StaffPsalm 24:4 Excerpt ‏שֵׁבֶט‎ (šēbeṭ). Rod, staff, scepter, tribe. This noun commonly denotes a rod. It was used for beating cumin (Isa 28:27), as a weapon (II Sam 23:21), and as a shepherd’s implement either to muster or count sheep (Lev 27:32; Ezekiel 20:37), or to protect them (Ps 23:4; Mic 7:14). In Ps 23:4 it is used metaphorically of the Lord’s protection of his servant as he walks in paths of righteousness. ‎ Waltke, Bruce K. “2314 שׁבט.”Ed. R. Laird Harris, Gleason L. Archer Jr., & Bruce K. Waltke. Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament 1999 : 897. Print.


Noah's Ark

NOAH'S ARK
‎ Genesis tells the extraordinary story of the ark God commanded Noah to build to escape the great flood that covered the earth. The flood destroyed all life but Noah’s and “those who were with him in the ark” (Gen 7:23).

Prayer

Prayer Min. Lynwood F. Mundy

Thank You Lord for this days awakening to a new day;You did not promise that we all will see its ending, But we all want to thank and give You the praise that You ONLY deserve. Hallelujah! 
Lord, bless those Sabbath-keepers that are now in their last 12 hour's of service to you.
Bless those that were shot and wounded in yesterdays school shooting, and the family of the shooter;
Give all concerned, comfort and peace to go through their fears and saddening thoughts .
Bless all people of this world that Your Son Jesus taught us to love regardless of ....In Jesus' precious name I pray. Amen.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

December 14
Patient EnduranceRomans 5:1–21
In theory, it’s easy to provide answers to difficult faith questions. But when we face real trials, everything changes. We gain a new perspective on the Bible passages we’ve memorized; the Christian maxims we’ve passed on to others reverse and hit us full force. We don’t have the option to talk in hypothetical's. Trials require heartfelt faith and total reliance on God.

Suffering and trials are not punishment or neglect on God’s part. In fact, they’re quite the opposite. Paul describes how God works through trials to build us up in faith. And His work is not a quick fix or an easy answer. It’s a process, as Paul describes in his letter to the Roman church: “And not only this, but we also boast in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces patient endurance, and patient endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the H…