Statement of Confession: I believe in the Trinity--Father, Son and Holy Spirit; The Three are One in the Father. I believe that Jesus is the Savior to those that accept Him in genuine repentance of their sins through faith as their Lord and Savior. I believe that baptism--immersion, burial--is an outward show to the world of their acceptance of salvation by Jesus for His dying, resurrection and His sitting at the right hand of the Father in heaven. This ministry is FREE.
In the East, water is a precious ingredient; and an abundance of water is a special blessing (41:17; 44:3). Wine, milk, and bread were staples of their diet. The people were living on substitutes that did not nourish them. They needed “the real thing,” which only the Lord could give. In Scripture, both water and wine are pictures of the Holy Spirit (John 7:37–39; Eph. 5:18). Jesus is the “bread of life” (John 6:32–35), and His living Word is like milk (1 Peter 2:2). Our Lord probably had Isaiah 55:2 in mind when He said, “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life” (John 6:27, NKJV).
Wiersbe, Warren W. Be Comforted. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996. Print. “Be” Commentary Series.
Paul began his letter by identifying himself in three different ways. First, he was a “servant of Christ Jesus.” He belonged without reserve to the one who confronted him on the Damascus road. Although cultured Greeks would never refer to themselves in such a demeaning fashion, the Old Testament designation “servant of the Lord” was a title of honor given to Moses and other prominent leaders (Josh 14:7; 24:29). Then Paul said that he was “called to be an apostle.” God initiated the process. Paul did not choose the role for himself. And even before he was called, he had been “set apart” to serve in the interests of the gospel of God.
All three statements reflect the subordinate role the apostle played. Not for a moment did he elevate himself above his assigned position as a servant of God, set apart and called to serve in the interests of the proclamation of the gospel.
Mounce, Robert H. Romans. Vol. 27. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995.…
Outline of Proverbs 3:11-12
How to Handle Troubles (vv. 11, 12)
1. “Despise not the chastening of the Lord”
2. “Do not be weary of His correction”
1. “The Lord correcteth whom He loveth”
2. He treats us in father/son relationship
Wood, Charles R. Sermon Outlines on the Book of Proverbs. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1984. Print.
Along the shores of the Dead Sea there are many sulphur springs, including hot springs, around which some of the world’s best-known health resorts have developed. It is a pleasurable experience to bathe in the water in which “it is impossible to drown”, and no less pleasurable to sit on the “tongue” of dry land that extends into the turquoise water. The air strata above this low area effectively filter the sun’s rays, so there is less danger of sunburn here than on other beaches.
Nevertheless, during the hot hours it’s wise to hide from the sun’s long rays under a large sunshade.
Ruins of Beitin / Bethel
The biblical Bethel lies beneath the present day village Beitin, which still retains the biblical name. A Byzantine church was built at the outskirts of Beitin, probably in memory of Abraham’s altar at this place near Bethel. The walls of the church are not yet excavated, but they are still partially visible above the surface. On this church ground the crusaders built a tower that is still standing high.
Gen 12:8; 13:3
No Fellowship with the
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. The point of this exhortation is in the adjective “unfruitful.” The works of darkness are unfruitful: they produce no goodness, give rise to no satisfaction, to no moral results that are “a joy for ever;” or, it fruit they have, it is shame, remorse, despair.
Contrast this with the renovating, satisfying, joy-producing, fruits of righteousness. But rather even reprove them. Do not be content with a passive attitude towards them, but take the aggressive and expose their wickedness, whether in public or in the domestic circle.
A testimony has to be lifted up against ways that are so shameful and that bring down the wrath of God.
Spence-Jones, H. D. M., ed. Ephesians. London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909. Print. The Pulpit Commentary.
Priesthood of Melchizedek
The priesthood of Melchizedek is the main theme of Hebrews 7–10, so we need not enter into the details now. You will want to read Gen. 14:17–20 for the background. The whole argument of Heb. 7–10 is that Christ is a greater high priest because His priesthood is of a greater order—it belongs to Melchizedek, not Aaron. The name “Melchizedek” means “king of righteousness”; he was also priest of Salem, which means “peace.” Aaron was never a priest-king; but Jesus is both Priest and King. He is a Priest seated on a throne! And Hisministry is of peace, the “rest” that was discussed in chapters 3–4.
Christ came from Judah, the kingly tribe, and not from Levi, the priestly tribe. Melchizedek suddenly appears in Gen. 14 and then drops out of the story; there is no listing of his beginning or ending. Thus, he is compared to Christ’s eternal Son-ship, for He too is “without beginning and ending.” Aaron died and had to be replaced; Christ will never die—His pr…
When the Pharisees asked Jesus if it was lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, Jesus asked to see a coin for the tax. They gave Him a denarius like this. The motto on this coin proclaims Tiberius to be the son of the divine Caesar who preceded him. Jesus, the true Son of God, would have recognized the irony of Tiberius’ claim (Matt 22:17–22; Mark 12:14–17; Luke 20:21–26).
Each of verses 18-21 refers to some aspects of talking. The subject of hatred was introduced in verse 12, and in verse 18 another thought is added to the subject.
When a person hates someone but tries not to show it he is often forced to lie. And hatred often leads to slandering the other who is despised. The second line in verse 18 begins with and rather than “but,” to show that the two thoughts of hatred and slander are not opposites. Such lying and slandering, born out of hatred, characterize a fool.
Buzzell, Sid S. “Proverbs.”The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 927. Print.
The Divine Name
In form the divine name Yahweh is either a simple indicative or a causative indicative of the verb ‘to be’, meaning ‘he is (alive, present, active)’ or ‘he brings into being’, and the formula in which the name is disclosed (Ex. 3:14, I am who I am) means either ‘I reveal my active presence as and when I will’ or ‘I bring to pass what I choose to bring to pass’.
In the setting of Ex. 3-20 this refers both to the events of the Exodus as those in which Yahweh is actively present (and which indeed he has deliberately brought to pass) and also to the preceding theological interpretation (Ex. 3:1-4:17; 5:22-6:8) of those events vouchsafed to Moses. Yahweh is thus the God of revelation and history and in particular reveals himself as the God who saves his people (according to covenant promise) and overthrows those who oppose his word.
Motyer, J. A. “Name.” Ed. D. R. W. Wood et al. New Bible dictionary 1996 : 801. Print.
On the Day of Wrath
The phrase “the day of God’s … judgment” (Rom. 2:5) taken by itself may seem to lend support to the idea of a single general judgment of all humanity.
However, the Scriptures do not support such a concept. This phrase must be interpreted in conjunction with passages which clearly indicate that several judgments of different groups occur at different times (cf. judgment of Israel at Christ’s Second Advent, Ezek. 20:32-38; the judgment of Gentiles at Christ’s Second Advent, Matt. 25:31-46; the great white throne judgment, Rev. 20:11-15). The focus of this passage is on the fact that God will judge all peoples, not on the details of who will be judged when.
Witmer, John A. “Romans.”The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 445. Print.
Excerpt“Enmity” has the intensity of hostility experienced among nations in warfare (e.g., Ezek 25:15; 35:5) and the level of animosity that results in murder (e.g., Num 35:21). The language of the passage indicates a life-and-death struggle between combatants. “Crush” and “strike” translate the same Hebrew verb šûp (AV, “bruise”) and describe the combatants’ parallel action, but the location of the blow distinguishes the severity and success of the attack. The impact delivered by the offspring of the woman “at the head” is mortal, while the serpent will deliver a blow only “at the heel.”
Continuing the imagery of the snake, the strike at the human heel is appropriate for a serpent since it slithers along the ground, while the human foot stomps the head of the vile creature.
Mathews, K. A. Genesis 1-11:26. Vol. 1A. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996. Print. The New American Commentary.
Egyptian Chariots without People
Two types of chariots used by ancient Egyptians were war and royal chariots. Made mostly of wood and rawhide, these light, horse-drawn chariots could carry two or three people at a time.
Excerpt“Blessings are upon the head of the righteous.” Either God rewards the righteous person with blessings, or others bestow their blessings upon him because of his righteousness. On the other hand, “the mouth of the wicked conceals violence,” i.e., so that he may wait for the opportunity of practicing violence.
The idea is that the wicked plot the ruin of their neighbors and thus incur their curses instead of their blessings. The verse indicates the contrast between the manifest blessedness of the righteous and the sinister activities of the wicked.
Smith, James E. The Wisdom Literature and Psalms. Joplin, MO: College Press Pub. Co., 1996. Print. Old Testament Survey Series.
Tomb of Kait-Bey
Among the tombs of the Caliphs the first and most imposing is the Tomb-Mosque of Kait-Bey, with its lofty dome and beautiful minarets.
Within the mausoleum are two stones, one of red and the other of black granite, which are said to have been brought from Mecca by Kait-Bey and to bear the impressions of the prophet’s feet. Over one is a wooden canopy, over the other a bronze dome. The minaret is a striking feature. It is very elegant, and from its galleries may be heard, five times a day, the melodious call to prayer. The dome itself is a work of art, richly sculptured.
Kait-Bey was one of the last independent Mameluke Sultans of Egypt. His reign lasted from 1468 to 1496, and was, on the whole, successful. As a general and a statesman he held his position against the Porte, and inflicted serious losses on the Turks. He was, however, greatly hindered in his undertaking by the discontented Mamelukes, who at last compelled him to abdicate in favor of his son Mohammed…
Zebulun and NaphtaliIsaiah 9:2
With typical Hebrew parallelism the prophet described the effect of the Messiah on this northern part of Israel. The people were in darkness (cf. 8:22) and in the shadow of death. Then they saw a great light and light...dawned on them. Matthew applied this passage to Jesus, who began His preaching and healing ministry in that region (Matt. 4:15-16).
Martin, John A. “Isaiah.”The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 1052. Print.
The Symbol of FireExodus 3:2
Fire was a symbol of God’s presence, seen later when He descended upon Mount Sinai (Ex. 19:18).
Hannah, John D. “Exodus.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 111. Print.
Min. Lynwood F. Mundy Heavenly Father, thank You for this day that I and others have never before seen;
May we all gave You praise on our knees, sitting or standing for Your grace and mercy;
However, You know of our physical limitations and our hearts love for You!
Bless the people that keep mans festival of Christmas without the reveling, gift giving and trees,
But keep the reason for the season true in worshiping Your Son Jesus' birth as man would have it to be. Christmas as we know of it today is a guise for Jesus' birth being commercialized and money-making by corporations.
Bless the peoples of the world and those with myriad infirmities.
In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
December 17 Land and DeedsJeremiah 32:1–44
Those of us who have purchased a home know the frightening feeling of closing day—“Am I signing my life away? Am I binding myself to this building forever?” Imagine, on top of those feelings, knowing that the place you’re buying is about to be overrun by a foreign nation and may no longer belong to you. That’s what the prophet Jeremiah experienced.
Yahweh tells Jeremiah that his cousin will arrive with an offer to purchase a field. So when Jeremiah’s cousin shows up, Jeremiah views it as Yahweh’s will that he purchase the land, and he does (Jer 32:1–12). Meanwhile, Jeremiah knows that the Babylonians are coming and that they will overrun the land of God’s people, including the land that he has just purchased. This is not a reckless act; this is a moment of faith. Jeremiah seizes the opportunity to proclaim Yahweh’s faithfulness.
Turning to his assistant, Baruch, Jeremiah remarks in front of everyone witnessing the purchase, “Thus says Yahweh of…