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The Affliction of Egypt

The Affliction of EgyptExodus 3 Excerpt ‎The affliction of Egypt refers to the affliction of the Israelites in Egypt. It is better expressed as “your misery in Egypt” (NEB). 3:17 TEV'S adjustment to indirect speech becomes “out of Egypt, where they are being treated cruelly.” In some languages it will be more natural to say “from the place where the Egyptians are treating them cruelly.”

Osborn, Noel D., and Howard A. Hatton. A Handbook on Exodus. New York: United Bible Societies, 1999. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Each Member Serves to Function the Body

Each Member Serves to Function 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.

Jerusalem-Jerusalem, from the Tower of David

Jerusalem-Jerusalem, from the Tower of David ‎Jerusalem. A view of the Old City from the Tower of David a moment before sunset, as the day takes leave of the light. The white stone tower of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer still holds on to a few rays of sunlight, and the gilded Dome of the Rock plays with the last rays of the sun.

Abide

AbideJohn 15:4-7 Excerpt ‎R. Bultmann (John [Eng. tr., 1971] 535 n.1) correctly emphasizes two aspects of μένω ἐν: In reference to humankind “abide in” designates “loyalty”; in reference to the reveal-er or God it designates “the eternal validity of the divine act of salvation for the believer.”

Balz, Horst Robert, and Gerhard Schneider. Exegetical dictionary of the New Testament 1990– : 408. Print.

Artist's Conception of Noah's Ark

6:9–13. In contrast with the reason for the Flood in the Babylonian account (the caprice of the gods because of man’s noise), the biblical record presents the Flood as a distinctly moral judgment. The human race had become so corrupt (vv. 11–12) and full of violence (vv. 11, 13) that God’s wrath would destroy all flesh, except Noah, who walked with God (v. 9), and his family (v. 18).

6:14–18. The deliverance was to be by means of an ark, a flat-bottomed rectangular vessel 450 long, 75 wide, and 45 high, with a displacement of some 43,300 tons (Merrill F. Unger, Archaeology and the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1954, pp. 59–60) and three decks. (The sketch is one artist’s concept of how the ark may have looked.) The ship in the Babylonian tradition was of cubical construction and was five times as big as Noah’s ark. Genesis alone preserves the description of a seaworthy vessel.

6:19–7:5. Into this ark Noah was to take all kinds of animals to preserve life on ea…

The Practice of Anointing

The Practice of Anointing Psalm 23:5 Excerpt ‎Anointing was an ancient custom practiced by the Egyptians and afterward by the Greeks and Romans and other nations. Olive oil was used, either pure or mixed with fragrant and costly spices, often brought from a long distance ... In our text-verse, the Psalmist represents himself as an honored guest of the LORD, who prepares a table for him, hospitably anoints him, and pours out for him such an abundance that his cup overflows.

Freeman, James M., and Harold J. Chadwick. Manners & Customs of the Bible. North Brunswick, NJ: Bridge-Logos Publishers, 1998. Print.

A Samaritan Gives Thanks

A Samaritan Gives Thanks ‎Only one of the ten men was grateful enough to come first to Jesus and thank Him for His merciful gift of healing. (See Ps. 107:8, 15, 21, and 31.) But the astounding thing is that this man was a Samaritan! Imagine a Samaritan giving thanks to a Jew! But because he did, this man received an even greater gift: he was saved from his sins. “Your faith has made you well” can be translated, “Your faith has saved you” (see 7:50, NKJV). Physical healing is a great blessing, but it ends at death; while the blessing of eternal life lasts forever.

Wiersbe, Warren W. Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the New Testament. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1992. Print.

A Christian’s Response to Global Crisis

A Christian’s Response to Global CrisisJanuary 13, 2014 By    |   1 Comment 1 As the death toll in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan—the largest typhoon in recorded history—continues to rise, many are asking bigger questions: Where is God when these disasters happen?Why does God allow so many innocent people to die?Is God purposely punishing places that are hit? There is no simple answer to these questions. I wasn’t directly affected by any recent natural disaster, so how can I hope to advise or comfort those who have lost their loved ones and  homes to catastrophic floods, tornadoes, or earthquakes? I can’t. But I can direct you to a higher authority who loves all of us unconditionally, and sent his perfect son to die for us—the ultimate sacrifice.  God sent Christ so we might be reconciled to him. We live in a fallen world. Upon the first sins of Adam and Eve, creation was transformed from utopia to a place of hardship. Just as God doesn’t stop us from acting in sinf…

The Lord Tell Abram about Future Events

The Lord Tell Abram about Future Events Excerpt ‎A deep sleep fell upon Abram; with this sleep a horror of great darkness fell upon him: a sudden change. The children of light do not always walk in the light. Several things were then foretold. 1. The suffering state of Abram’s seed for a long time. They shall be strangers. The heirs of heaven are strangers on earth. They shall be servants; but Canaanites serve under a curse, the Hebrews under a blessing. They shall be suffers. Those that are blessed and beloved of God, are often sorely afflicted by wicked men. 2. The judgment of the enemies of Abram’s seed. Though God may allow persecutors and oppressors to trample upon his people a great while, he will certainly reckon with them at last. 3. That great event, the deliverance of Abram’s seed out of Egypt, is here foretold. 4. Their happy settlement in Canaan. They shall come hither again. The measure of sin fills gradually. Some people’s measure of sin fills slowly. The knowledge of f…

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From John 1:12 KJV Translation: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: NKJV Translation: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 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
Lord, thank You for Your grace and mercy this day. Bless the peoples of the world regardless of ... because You're a God of no respecter of person. I pray that we parents learn that we are not our children "best friends" or "buddies" but their parents. When a child post to an adult post and then feel violated because of what they posted in reply to what was posted, then the child needs to stay in a child position and not feel offended. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Save Us!

January 16
Save Us!Matthew 20:17–21:22
“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (Matt 21:9). Idiomatically, this means: “Save [me], I pray, the Son of David. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of Yahweh! Save [me], I pray, by the highest!”

When the people shout these words about Jesus as He enters Jerusalem, they affirm Hisdivinely appointed role and His ability to save them. And the original psalm that this phrase comes from is about their God, Yahweh. Perhaps the people understood Jesus as one with God (Psa 118:25–26).

As He enters Jerusalem, Jesus’ actions align with Zech 9:9, which foretells of a savior-king who will enter on a donkey (Matt 21:5).

For first-century Jews, everything lined up to affirm Jesus as God’s way of bringing salvation, and they responded to Him as such. This prompts several questions: how often do we see the alignment between what’s happening and God’s plan? How many parallels or …

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

January 16
Save Us!Matthew 20:17–21:22
“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (Matt 21:9). Idiomatically, this means: “Save [me], I pray, the Son of David. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of Yahweh! Save [me], I pray, by the highest!”

When the people shout these words about Jesus as He enters Jerusalem, they affirm His divinely appointed role and His ability to save them. And the original psalm that this phrase comes from is about their God, Yahweh. Perhaps the people understood Jesus as one with God (Psa 118:25–26).

As He enters Jerusalem, Jesus’ actions align with Zech 9:9, which foretells of a savior-king who will enter on a donkey (Matt 21:5).

For first-century Jews, everything lined up to affirm Jesus as God’s way of bringing salvation, and they responded to Him as such. This prompts several questions: how often do we see the alignment between what’s happening and God’s plan? How many parallels or…