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The Greatest of All

The Greatest of AllGenesis 22:1-2 Excerpt ‎In the “School of Faith” we must have occasional tests, or we will never know where we are spiritually. Abraham had his share of tests right from the beginning. First was the “family test,” when he had to leave his loved ones and step out by faith to go to a new land (11:27–12:5). This was followed by the “famine test,” which Abraham failed because he doubted God and went down to Egypt for help (12:10–13:4).
‎Once back in the land, Abraham passed the “fellowship test” when he gave Lot first choice in using the pastureland (13:5–18). He also passed the “fight test” when he defeated the kings (14:1–16) and the “fortune test” when he said no to Sodom’s wealth (14:17–24). But he failed the “fatherhood test” when Sarah got impatient with God and suggested that Abraham have a child by Hagar (Gen. 16). When the time came to send Ishmael away, Abraham passed the “farewell test” even  though it broke his heart (21:14–21).
Wiersbe, Warren W. Be Obedien…

The Galileans

The Galileans Excerpt ‎Possibly the followers of Judas of Galilee, who, some twenty years before this, taught that Jews should not pay tribute to the Romans, and of whom we learn, from Ac 5:37, that he drew after him a multitude of followers, who on his being slain were all dispersed. About this time that party would be at its height, and if Pilate caused this detachment of them to be waylaid and put to death as they were offering their sacrifices at one of the festivals, that would be “mingling their blood with their sacrifices” [Grotius, Webster and Wilkinson, but doubted by De Wette, Meyer, Alford, &c.]. News of this being brought to our Lord, to draw out His views of such, and whether it was not a judgment of Heaven, He simply points them to the practical view of the matter: “These men are not signal examples of divine vengeance, as ye suppose; but every impenitent sinner—ye yourselves, except ye repent—shall be like monuments of the judgment of Heaven, and in a more awful se…

Riding Messenger

Riding Messenger
‎The Persians, for the first time, had developed a functioning postal delivery system in the Near East. Riding messengers on horseback could transport messages over long distances in quite short a time.
‎Esther 8:10, 8:14

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life Excerpt ‎Whereas God had possibly created trees with the appearance of age (1:12), the trees in the garden were others that had grown later (2:9). Among those trees in the garden was one that produced life (the tree of life) and another that produced knowledge (the tree of the knowledge of good and evil), or at least eating from them did. This “knowledge” was experiential. “Good and evil,” a merism for the things that protect life and that destroy life, would be experienced if the forbidden fruit were eaten (v. 17). The potential for catastrophe was great if they in self-confident pride (hubris) overstepped their bounds and attempted to manipulate life. 
The tree of life, on the other hand, was apparently a means of preserving and promoting life for Adam and Eve in their blissful state. These trees were in the middle of the garden, apparently close to each other; they provided the basis for the testing to come.
Ross, Allen P. “Genesis.”The Bible Knowledge Commentary:…

Each Member Functions to Serve the Body

Each Member Functions to Serve the BodyRomans 12:3 Excerpt ‎As Paul explained, a parallelism exists between a believer’s physical body which has parts with differing functions and the community of believers in Christ as a spiritual body (cf. 1 Cor. 12:12-27; Eph. 4:11-12, 15-16). The point is that each member functions to serve the body, not the body to serve the members. The diversity of the many accompanies the unity of the body. Therefore it is important to think soundly about oneself and to evaluate properly God’s gifts and their uses.
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. 488. Print.

Words of "Sin" in the New Testament

Words of "Sin" in the New Testament Romans 5:12-21 Excerpt ‎The principal NT term is hamartia (and cognates), which is equivalent to ḥṭ’. In classical Gk. it is used for missing a target or taking a wrong road. It is the general NT term for sin as concrete wrongdoing, the violation of God’s law (Jn. 8:46; Jas. 1:15; 1 Jn. 1:8). In Rom. 5–8 Paul personifies the term as a ruling principle in human life (cf. 5:12; 6:12, 14; 7:17, 20; 8:2). paraptōma occurs in classical contexts for an error in measurement or a blunder. The NT gives it a stronger moral connotation as misdeed or trespass (cf. ‘dead through … ’,Eph. 2:1; Mt. 6:14f.). parabasis is a similarly derived term with similar meaning, ‘transgression’, ‘going beyond the norm’ (Rom. 4:15; Heb. 2:2). asebeia is perhaps the profoundest NT term and commonly translates pš‘ in the LXX. It implies active ungodliness or impiety (Rom. 1:18; 2 Tim. 2:16). Another term is anomia, lawlessness, a contempt for law (Mt. 7:23; 2 Cor. 6:14…

45 Topical Reading Plans

45 Topical Reading PlansJanuary 9, 2014 By    |   4 Comments 4 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 Work …

The Road from Jerusalem to Bethlehem

The Road from Jerusalem to Bethlehem

‎The Holy Family returned from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. How long they remained at Bethlehem, and how they lived while there, we do not know. It was sometime between this and the day of their departure for Egypt that the Wise Men arrived in Jerusalem from the Far East asking the question which was strange and startling tidings to Herod and to the people of Jerusalem. They came saying: “Where is He that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen His star in the East, and are come to worship Him.” Herod gathered the chief priests and scribes together and learned from them that Bethlehem was to be the birth-place of the Messiah according to the prophet; and he then sent the Wise Men to make further inquiry concerning the child and then to report the result of their investigation to him. And “when they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the East, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was…

Unbelieving Jews were Blind

Unbelieving Jews were Blind
Excerpt ‎The subsequent evaluation of Jesus confirmed this distinction between seeing and not seeing in the comparison made between the believing man and the unbelieving Jews. Blindness is here to be interpreted on two levels (9:39). On the one hand, the Pharisees who had by physical standards been able to see were by spiritual standards revealed to be blind. On the other hand, the former blind man who had come to see physically in fact also became the model of spiritual perception. Jesus’ answer to the Pharisees’ question concerning their state (9:40) was thus for the evangelist self-evident. Accordingly, Jesus confirmed the continuation of their pitiful state of both blindness and guilt. The judgment on the blind state of the Pharisees here in John was not very different from Jesus’ judgment on the hypocritical Pharisees of Matt 23:16–19, who were condemned as pathetic, blind guides. Borchert, Gerald L. John 1–11. Vol. 25A. Nashville: Broadman & Holm…

Thw Philistines

A) A cult stand used in Philistine worship. B) A Philistine knife with an iron blade and ivory handle. C) Gold earrings found at a Philistine site.

Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

An Altar of Stone

The most common altar in the Old Testament consisted of unworked stone. Built either with clay and stone or out of stone only, these altars often included a flat rock on top (a hearthstone) to make lighting and maintaining a fire easier.

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From 2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV Translation: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. NKJV Translation: For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

My Prayer for the Day

Prayer Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy
Heavenly Father, thank You for answering my prayers for one that was considered near death, but is now walking and at home looking and feeling as if anything was wrong with her; the other was that the mentally challenged child would be placed in a school for the mental challenged against the mothers will. Thank You for this morning rising that I can give You the praises that You deserve for Your grace and mercy. Hallelujah! Bless the leaders of the world that they will attempt to come together for some sort of peaceful solutions regardless of their religious God or gods for their peoples welfare. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

January 14
Unexpected RivalriesGenesis 25:19–28
When in survival mode, you have to compete against anything that could hinder your survival. Strong competitors, like professional athletes, often can’t explain their almost inhuman acts under pressure; adrenaline takes over. The same thing that the ancients used to escape from wild animals is what makes us win. Yet, for all the good that comes from a competitive survival instinct, it can result in ostracizing others. Esau and Jacob, the twin sons of Isaac and Rebekah, reminds us of this.
From the prophecy of Yahweh forward, we know that they will be rivals: “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the older shall serve the younger” (Gen 25:23). Yahweh didn’t necessarily desire that the two would feud. A division doesn’t always mean a strained relationship, and the word “divided” in Hebrew doesn’t imply derision.

Those of us with siblings know how frustratin…