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A relief of Assyrian court officials

A relief of Assyrian court officials.
Nevertheless, insurrection in Israel came soon after Tiglath-pileser was succeeded by his son Shalmaneser V (727–722 B.C.). Hoshea refused to pay the annual tribute to Assyria and by that act tested the new monarch’s power early in his reign. In 724 Shalmaneser marched on Israel (2 Kgs 17:3–6). Hoshea was taken captive, and the Assyrian armies moved up to surround the capital, placing Samaria under siege. Since Israel’s king was already imprisoned, it was expected that Samaria would fall quickly, but it stubbornly resisted from 724 to 722. Finally Samaria fell; the days of Israel as a sovereign nation were over, and many more captives were taken into exile. The Bible attributes Samaria’s capture to Shalmaneser V, but in his inscriptions Shalmaneser’s successor Sargon II (722–705) boasted of his conquest of the city and the removal of 27,290 captives. Evidently Shalmaneser began the siege, but his successor, Sargon, finally took Samaria and carrie…

Canaan

Canaan Excerpt ‎Though the land was God’s gift to Israel, it could be won only by hard fighting. The Lord gave them title to the territory but they had to possess it by marching on every part. The boundaries established by God and promised to Abraham (Gen. 15:18-21) and Moses (Deut. 1:6-8) were to extend from the wilderness on the south to the Lebanon mountain range on the north, and from the Euphrates River on the east to the Great Sea, the Mediterranean, on the west. The added expression, all the Hittite country, probably refers not to the extensive empire of that name north of Canaan but to the fact that in ancient times the whole population of Canaan or any part of it was sometimes called “Hittite” (cf. Gen. 15:20). “Pockets” of Hittite peoples existed here and there in Canaan. ‎Thirty-eight years earlier Joshua had explored this good and fruitful land as 1 of the 12 spies (Num. 13:1-16; there [Num. 13:8] he is called “Hoshea,” a variant spelling of his name). The memory of its b…

Corinth Market Place

Corinth Market Place
‎After the destruction in 146 BCE, Julius Caesar rebuilt Corinth as the capital of the Roman province Achaia. The city grew rapidly thanks to the convenient location next to two harbors, and at the intersection of two trade routes. The picture shows the ruins of the marketplace. ‎Acts 18:1, 18:8; 19:1; 1 Cor 1:2; 2 Cor 1:1, 1:23; 6:11; 2 Tim 4:20

Prosperity in Proverbs

Prosperity in ProverbsProverbs 3:2 Excerpt ‎... in Proverbs, long life and prosperity are held out as the rewards of obedience (v. 2). “Prosperity,” however, should not be taken as a crude financial enticement to righteousness. “Wholesomeness” would in fact be a better translation of šalom here.44 The person with wholesomeness is not necessarily rich but is healthy physically, fiscally, and in relationship with others . Garrett, Duane A. Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs. Vol. 14. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1993. Print. The New American Commentary.

The Power of the Word for Testimony

The Power of the Word for Testimony  Excerpt ‎The psalmist prays for the lovingkindness of the Lord to be manifested in deliverance, according to God’s word. This will enable him to render a decisive answer to those who taunt him with the uselessness of serving God. If he fails to experience this deliverance, then he will be deprived of the power to bear witness to the truth before his tormentors. If God will give him this grace, he resolves to send the rest of his life observing his law. In so doing he will be walking “in a broad place,” i.e., he will know true freedom. Should the opportunity present itself, he is prepared to confess his love for God’s word before rulers. He “lifts up his hands” to God’s commandment, i.e., he shows them the utmost reverence.
Smith, James E. The Wisdom Literature and Psalms. Joplin, MO: College Press Pub. Co., 1996. Print. Old Testament Survey Series.

Mosaic Law is Fulfilled

Mosaic Law is Fulfilled Excerpt ‎The final question is, Do we, then, nullify the Law by this faith? Paul responded in his characteristic expletive, Not at all! (mē genoito, “Let it not be”; cf. comments on v. 4) and then explained, Rather, we uphold the Law. The purpose of the Mosaic Law is fulfilled and its place in God’s total plan is confirmed when it leads an individual to faith in Jesus Christ (cf. v. 20; Gal. 3:23-25). Paul repeatedly affirmed that faith, not works of the Law, is the way of salvation. He wrote the word “faith” eight times in Romans 3:22-31! (See vv. 22, 25-28, 30 [twice], and 31.)
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. 452. Print.

Wrongdoer Will be Paid Back

Wrongdoer Will be Paid Back
‎There is a righteous God, who, if servants wrong their masters, will reckon with them for it, though they may conceal it from their master’s notice. And he will be sure to punish the unjust as well as reward the faithful servant: and so if masters wrong their servants.—And there is no respect of persons with him. The righteous Judge of the earth will be impartial, and carry it with an equal hand towards the master and servant; not swayed by any regard to men’s outward circumstances and condition of life. The one and the other will stand upon a level at his tribunal.
Henry, Matthew. Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: Complete and Unabridged in One Volume. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1994. Print.

What is a Proverb

What is a Proverb Excerpt ‎Proverb (Heb. māšal, māšāl).† Basically a saying concerned with making an instructive comparison, in form-critical usage called a mashal. The Hebrew noun is usually thought to be derived from a verbal root mšl “be like, be equal to” but includes a variety of related nuances. ‎In its most general usage, a mashal is described as a popular saying—sometimes with ancient roots—as at 1 Sam. 24:13 (MT 14) (cf. NIV, “As the old saying goes …”; cf. 2 Pet. 2:22; Gk. paroimía). Elsewhere such sayings are closely associated with the teaching of the wise men (1 Kgs. 4:32 [MT 5:12]; Prov. 26:7, 9; Eccl. 12:9). At Prov. 1:6 they are poetically paralleled with the phrase “the words of the wise (men)” as the most general and overarching of several characteristic forms of wisdom speech (proverbs, parables, riddles); in this connection, the term is employed in the title of the book of Proverbs (1:1) and appears in subsequent headings within the book (10:1; 25:1). A number of …

Mosque in Tiberias

Mosque in Tiberias
‎From the Sea of Galilee, Jesus, “when the time was come that he should be received up,” steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem.—Luke 9:51. From the city by the lake he journeyed to the city along the hills of Judea. The northern portion of Tiberias, once the Mohammedan quarter, is almost wholly in ruins, being overthrown by an earthquake in 1837. Here and there appears a solitary column, a half-buried arch, a gateless portal, or a prostrate wall. The extensive ruins of the old castle are in this quarter. The inclosing wall on the west of this ruin, with its two old towers, is best preserved. Near it is a dilapidated mosque, with a few palms, which give it a picturesque appearance. This view was taken at two o’clock p. m., May 8, 1894. Here we encounter building material of black basalt, which is used invariably beyond Jordan. It is interesting to notice the “geological configuration of the district, which is easily traced by a series of long ridges of basalt, …

Ancient Phoenician Ship

Ancient Phoenician Ship

‎The Phoenicians were the greatest traders of the ancient world. They bartered goods throughout the Mediterranean, traveling as far as Spain and the West African coast—incredible distances for small ships with rudimentary maps and no more than the stars to guide them.

My Verse for Today

1      Unless the LORD builds the house,
    They labor in vain who build it;
    Unless the LORD guards the city,
    The watchman stays awake in vain. Psalm 127:1


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

45 Topical Reading Plans

45 Topical Reading PlansJanuary 9, 2014 By    |   Leave a Comment 0 The Bible is a big book. So big that fully understanding it remains a lifelong goal. Rather than trying to read it through in a few sittings, like most of us do with many smaller books, many people instead read a small amount every day. The slow-and-steady approach has a lot of benefits, and one major challenge—knowing what to read in what order. Enter: Faithlife reading plans. A reading plan organizes your daily reading around a theme, so you can quickly get an overview of what Scripture says about a given topic without investing any time searching. We have a huge variety to choose from—57 unique plans to be exact. Some are seasonal, five of them are geared for more advanced study, and these 45 are based on a variety of topics: 10 Days on Discipleship 14 Days on Sin 10 Days on Worry 14 Kinds of Psalms 14 Days on Generosity 10 Days on Baptism 14 Days on Doubt 14 Days on Humility 14 Days on Glory 14 Days on …

45 Topical Reading Plans

45 Topical Reading PlansJanuary 9, 2014 By    |   Leave a Comment 0 The Bible is a big book. So big that fully understanding it remains a lifelong goal. Rather than trying to read it through in a few sittings, like most of us do with many smaller books, many people instead read a small amount every day. The slow-and-steady approach has a lot of benefits, and one major challenge—knowing what to read in what order. Enter: Faithlife reading plans. A reading plan organizes your daily reading around a theme, so you can quickly get an overview of what Scripture says about a given topic without investing any time searching. We have a huge variety to choose from—57 unique plans to be exact. Some are seasonal, five of them are geared for more advanced study, and these 45 are based on a variety of topics: 10 Days on Discipleship 14 Days on Sin 10 Days on Worry 14 Kinds of Psalms 14 Days on Generosity 10 Days on Baptism 14 Days on Doubt 14 Days on Humility 14 Days on Glory 14 Days on …

45 Topical Reading Plans

45 Topical Reading PlansJanuary 9, 2014 By    |   Leave a Comment 0 The Bible is a big book. So big that fully understanding it remains a lifelong goal. Rather than trying to read it through in a few sittings, like most of us do with many smaller books, many people instead read a small amount every day. The slow-and-steady approach has a lot of benefits, and one major challenge—knowing what to read in what order. Enter: Faithlife reading plans. A reading plan organizes your daily reading around a theme, so you can quickly get an overview of what Scripture says about a given topic without investing any time searching. We have a huge variety to choose from—57 unique plans to be exact. Some are seasonal, five of them are geared for more advanced study, and these 45 are based on a variety of topics: 10 Days on Discipleship 14 Days on Sin 10 Days on Worry 14 Kinds of Psalms 14 Days on Generosity 10 Days on Baptism 14 Days on Doubt 14 Days on Humility 14 Days on Glory 14 Days on …

45 Topical Reading Plans

45 Topical Reading PlansJanuary 9, 2014 By    |   Leave a Comment 0 The Bible is a big book. So big that fully understanding it remains a lifelong goal. Rather than trying to read it through in a few sittings, like most of us do with many smaller books, many people instead read a small amount every day. The slow-and-steady approach has a lot of benefits, and one major challenge—knowing what to read in what order. Enter: Faithlife reading plans. A reading plan organizes your daily reading around a theme, so you can quickly get an overview of what Scripture says about a given topic without investing any time searching. We have a huge variety to choose from—57 unique plans to be exact. Some are seasonal, five of them are geared for more advanced study, and these 45 are based on a variety of topics: 10 Days on Discipleship 14 Days on Sin 10 Days on Worry 14 Kinds of Psalms 14 Days on Generosity 10 Days on Baptism 14 Days on Doubt 14 Days on Humility 14 Days on Glory 14 Days on …

My Prayer for the Day

Prayer Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy
Holy Father, thank you for this beautiful day that ONLY YOU could create. Thank You for my loved ones and enemies. Bless those on the "My Prayer List" which is growing daily;  You know Father of each ones infirmities, so I petition You if it is Your Will to heal them in Jesus' name. I also pray for those that are killing as a religious interpretation of their god; May they learn that there is ONLY ONE GODand that is Jehovah Yahweh creator of all in the heavens, cosmos, earth and the seas. Until we all learn how to LOVE our NEIGHBORS and ENEMIES, there will never be peace on earth until the Second Advent (Second Coming) of Christ Jesus as the JUDGE of the living and the dead in or on the earth, and those on or in the waters; He will have ALL AUTHORITY to JUDGE RIGHTEOUSLY by the FATHER in HEAVEN of the good, bad, righteous, unrighteous, saved or unsaved. I pray that we all be ready and preparedwhen we pass from this earth for we will ONLY have two place…

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

January 9
Noteworthy StoriesGenesis 16–17
When God’s promises are lavished on Abram in Genesis, we can’t help but feel a bit surprised. It seems undeserved—mainly because we know nothing about Abram. We haven’t had a chance to weigh his wisdom or foolishness, something Ecclesiastes endorses. Yet God promises to make Abram’s children as numerous as the stars in the sky (a blessing in the ancient Near East). “I will make your name great,”He says. “I will make you a great nation.”He also promises protection: “I am your shield.” Even after the fact, God doesn’t disclose why He wants to bless and protect Abram.

The greater context of the Genesis narrative shows that God’s blessing is certainly not just about Abram. Just before God promises to give Abram a great name, a nation, and land in Gen 12, He had scattered the nations over all the earth. At the Tower of Babel, God dispersed those who were grasping for a relationship with Him on their own terms.

But God doesn’t leave humanity this way…