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Female Musicians

Female Musicians This Egyptian picture shows two female musicians in transparent garments. The woman in front plays a flute, the other a lyre/harp. Behind them is a female servant who offers a drink in a drinking bowl to the mistress. a the ‎Flute: Gen 4:21; Judg 5:16; Same as above, 1 Kings 1:40; Ps 5:title; Same as above, 30:31; Isa 30:29; Jer 48:36; Same as above, Matt 9:23; Same as above, Rev 18:22 ‎Harp: Gen 31:27; 1 Sam 10:5; 16:16, 16:23; 2 Sam 6:5; 15:16, 15:21, 15:28; 16:5; 1 Kings 10:12; 1 Chron 13:8; 25:1, 25:3, 25:6; 2 Chron 5:12; 9:11; 20:28; 29:25; Neh 12:27; Job 21:12; Ps 33:2; 43:4; 49:4; 57:8; 71:22; 81:2; 92:3; 98:5; 108:2; 137:2; 147:7; 149:3; 150:3; Isa 5:12; 14:11; 16:11; 23:16; 24:8; Ezek 26:13; Dan 3:5–15; Amos 6:5; Sirach 40:21; 1 Macc 3:45; 4:54; 1 Cor 14:7; Rev 5:8; 14:2; 15:2

Simeon

SimeonLuke 2:25 Excerpt ‎A man in Jerusalem who was righteous and devout and who was looking for ‘the consolation of Israel’ (Lk. 2:25–35). He is not to be identified with Rabbi Simon ben Hillel. He was one of the remnant who were longing for the coming of the Messiah, and had received a direct revelation that he would not die before seeing the Messiah with his own eyes. When the presentation of Jesus was about to take place he was guided by the Spirit to come into the Temple. On seeing Jesus he uttered the hymn of praise now known as the *Nunc Dimittis. He saw that the Messiah would vindicate Israel in the eyes of the Gentiles. Simeon went on to speak to the astonished Mary of the role of Christ within Israel. He was to be like a stone causing some to fall and some to rise. He was to be a sign which would not be heeded but spoken against (34). Her own suffering as she watched his life and death was to be acute and he was to reveal the inmost thoughts of men (35). 
Having given his t…

Be Encourage

Be Encourage Excerpt ‎Paul’s stated purpose was that they might be encouraged in heart and united in love. Confidence and strength of conviction as well as cohesive unity yield a full understanding of the truth. There is no full knowledge apart from moral commitment. Complete understanding (syneseōs, “insight”) results from complete yielding. And this understanding is Christocentric. This insight into God’s ways enables believers to know (epignōsin) Christ fully. Christ, as the true mystery of God, reveals God to man (cf. John 1:18; Heb. 1:2-3). For in Him are hidden (cf. Col. 1:26) all the treasures of wisdom (sophia, cf. 1:9) and knowledge.
Knowledge is the apprehension of truth; wisdom is its application to life. Knowledge is prudent judgment and wisdom is prudent action. Both are found in Christ (cf. Rom. 11:33; 1 Cor. 12:8) whose wisdom is foolishness to the world (1 Cor. 1:21-25), but who is the power of God by which a believer receives “righteousness, holiness, and redemption”…

Jesus Accused by the Pharisees

Jesus Accused by the  Pharisees  Excerpt ‎The debate had thus begun. It was initiated by the Pharisees over the legitimacy—the truth—of Jesus’ witness. They called his testimony into question because they held it to be a self-witness (8:13). Indeed, Jesus himself had agreed at 5:31 that if he were merely a self-witness, his testimony would be false (cf. Deut 19:15; m. Ketub. 2:9). Obviously they accepted that statement but refused to hear the other four witnesses he called to testify at that point (John the Baptist, his works, the Father, and Scripture; 5:33–47). It was pointless, however, to argue with these self-righteous judges.
‎So Jesus turned not to call more witnesses but to prepare for his judgment by addressing their ignorance. How could they make decisions about his authenticity (alēthēs, 8:13–14) if they were ignorant of the two basic questions involved in his life and ministry (8:14)? Those questions could be summed up in the words “whence?” (pothen) and “where?” (pou). Th…

The Way, The Truth, and The Light

The Way, The Truth, and The LightJohn 14:6 Excerpt ‎[The word] hodós itself refers to both way and goal. Hence the function of “truth” and “life” is more likely one of elucidation: Jesus is the way as he is the truth and the life. While “life” has an eschatological flavor in John (11:25), these terms serve to effect the redirection to the present that one finds in v. 7, although they do not involve any conflict with what precedes. No direct models have been found for linking the three terms. 
At most, we read of the way(s) of truth or life in the OT, and the law is separately called way, truth, and life in rabbinic works, though this does not warrant any antithesis of Jesus and the law in this or other passages. 
The Gnostic idea of the heavenly journey of the soul can hardly have had much influence, for elsewhere in John hodós occurs only in 1:23, there is no reference to the heavenly origin of souls or to their return, the orientation is to the coming again of Jesus rather than the …

My Verse for Today

My Verse for Today     "Trust in Him at all times, you people;     Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us." Psalm 62:8

The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

Be Subject to the Elders

Be Subject to the Elders Excerpt ‎Here as earlier in this letter Peter calls for voluntary submission. But this is interpersonal rather than situational submission. What makes interpersonal submission easy, whether in marriage or in the church, is the respect won by husband or leader through love and example. If we are sure a leader loves us, it is far easier for us to be responsible to his guidance. If we are also confident the leader is a godly person, whose example has won our respect, it is easier still.
Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Altar of Burned Offering and Coin

Altar of Burned Offering and Coin ‎The coin on the left (217 BCE) shows the shrine of Byblos. Next to the temple there is a courtyard with a holy standing stone surrounded by a wall. At the right is a reconstruction of the portable altar of burned offering constructed according the priestly code.
‎Exod 27:1–3

The Truth about Conflicts

The Truth about Conflicts Excerpt The chapter break falls in the middle of the third (3:13–4:10) section of the body of James’s letter. This section deals with the two different kinds of wisdom and is typified by two ways of life, that is, two kinds of friendship: the one with the world and the other with God. As the section continues in the fourth chapter, James expounds these two types of spiritual friendship, penetrating deeper into the basic problems of double-mindedness and self-deception and the corrective need of active faith.
In the second section of the letter, James sought to prove his point by specifying what his addressees were failing to do. Now in section three he points out the failings that were obvious in what they were doing.
Richardson, Kurt A. James. Vol. 36. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1997. Print. The New American Commentary.

Rabbinical Beliefs about Souls and Body

Rabbinical Beliefs about Souls and Body Excerpt ‎The three days after death were called “days of weeping,” which were followed by four “days of lamentation,” thus making up the seven “days of mourning” (see Genesis 27:41 Days of Mourning).
‎According to rabbinical thought, the spirit wanders about the sepulcher for three days seeking an opportunity to return into the body; but when the aspect of the body changes, it hovers no more, but leaves the body to itself. The friends of the deceased were in the habit of visiting the sepulcher for three days after death and burial, probably because they supposed they would thus be nearer to the departed soul. When the fourth day came, and decomposition took place, and the soul, as they supposed, went away from the sepulcher, they beat their breast and made loud lamentations. This explains the allusion to the “four days” in this text and in verse 39. The saying that one had been in the grave four days was equivalent to saying that bodily corrupt…

Walking in the Light

Walking in the Light Excerpt ‎In the prologue the author asserted that he was writing about things he had heard, seen, and touched. Here he began with something he had heard. This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you. By the words “from Him,” John no doubt meant from the Lord Jesus Christ whose Incarnation he had just referred to (vv. 1-2). The content of this “message,” as John expressed it, is that God is Light; in Him there is no darkness at all. This precise statement is not found in the recorded words of Jesus, but the author was an apostle who heard much more than was “written down” (cf. John 21:25). There is no reason to think that John did not mean just what he said. This is a truth he had learned from the Lord.
Walvoord, John F., and Roy B. Zuck, Dallas Theological Seminary. The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. Print.

Paradise

Paradise Excerpt ‎Paradise is often used metaphorically to mean any place or condition of pure happiness. Christians normally identify paradise with the Garden of Eden and with heaven, based upon Jesus saying to the thief on the Cross who believed in Him: “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43), and after His resurrection saying to the churches through the apostle John: “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God” (Revelation 2:7).
Freeman, James M., and Harold J. Chadwick. Manners & Customs of the Bible. North Brunswick, NJ: Bridge-Logos Publishers, 1998. Print.

Entrance to Caesarea Philippi

Entrance to Caesarea Philippi

‎Cæsarea Philippi, Bâniâs. This ancient city occupies one of the most picturesque sites in Syria. It is about three and a half miles from Dan. This was anciently the old Greek city of Panium, which Herod the Great rebuilt and renamed Cæsarea Philippi. In the picture we are looking northward. We enter the old city through a gateway beyond a narrow single-arched bridge. “Two sublime ravines cut deeply into the ridge, having between them an isolated cone more than 1000 feet in height crowned by the ruins of Subeibeh. On the terrace at the base of this cone lie the ruins of Cæsarea Philippi. The terrace itself is covered with oak and olive trees, having green glades and clumps of hawthorn, acacia and myrtle here and there, all alive with streams of water and cascades.” The main attraction of Bâniâs is the great fountain, the “upper source” of the Jordan, bursting from the mouth of a cave, sweeping down a rocky bed, scattering its spray over thickets of olean…

Devotion and Wisdom

Devotion and WisdomProverbs 3:1-12 Excerpt ‎Devotion to God and devotion to Wisdom are inseparable. For the scholar, who may be tempted to seek knowledge without having first submitted to God, this means that the search will be futile and the wisdom gained will be distorted if one has not first oriented oneself to the Creator in faith, humility, and obedience. For the religious person, this means that one’s alleged piety is hollow if it does not embrace the simple and indeed very earthy precepts of wisdom. Basic axioms of moral integrity, matters as ordinary as being a decent neighbor (vv. 28–29), must adorn the life of anyone who would claim to possess the fear of the Lord. In this time, when there are far too many examples of Christians and especially of ministers who seem to have forgotten that right living is essential for those who would claim to know God, this lesson cannot be proclaimed loudly enough.
Garrett, Duane A. Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs. Vol. 14. Nashville: …

‎The Babylonian Chronicles

‎The Babylonian Chronicles are a series of clay tablets inscribed with Babylonian history. They were written at different times, beginning around the sixth century BC. They narrate events beginning in the eighth century BC and cover nearly 500 years of history. Some describe events of biblical history—including Jehoiakim’s refusal to pay tribute (2 Kgs 24:1), Nebuchadnezzar’s siege of Jerusalem (2 Kgs 24:10–11), and Jehoiachin’s capture (2 Kgs 24:12).

Prayer

Prayer  Min. Lynwood F. Mundy
Most Holy Father, I come to You, thanking Your Holiness In telling the angel of death to pass over my house and others to see a new day.  Thank You Father! Hallelujah Father in this supplication, I ask that You go to the homes and hospitals and heal the sick that call on YourSon Jesus name for healing and deliverance's if it is Your will. Bless our families, friends and enemies and those that are incarcerated; Bless our President, his family and his administration. But most all, bless those that are holding and trying to hold this nation's poor as an attempt to pervert others by their indoctrination's of political injustices. Bless this nation that is in dire need of prayer and most of all Your powers of: Omnipotence's, Omnipresence's and Omniscience.  I pray that those whom are against the present "Commander in Chief", because of the color of his skin, know, That we all are created by You with the same original parents and …

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

December 16
FreedomRomans 6:15–7:6
We like to think of ourselves as autonomous. Our modern culture champions freedom and the right to pursue happiness. But if we apply the concept of rights when we think about faith, following Christ can feel like religion, dogma, rules—a type of bondage that requires us to think and behave in ways that make our autonomous selves bridle.

Paul looks at the issue differently: “Do you not know that to whomever you present yourselves as slaves for obedience, you are slaves to whomever you obey, whether sin, leading to death, or obedience, leading to righteousness?” (Rom 6:16). He uses another analogy in his letter to the church in Rome—one that draws on the practice of the slavery within his own culture—to highlight the opposite view. If we live without God, he says, we have a debt that binds us. We are a slave to sin, and it’s the type of bondage that leads to death.

Yet, there is hope. Although we were slaves to sin, we can be redeemed from that slavery.…