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God Makes a Covenant with Abram

God Makes a Covenant with Abram Excerpt‎Chapter 15 consists of a series of dialogues or conversations between God and Abram in which the narrator pauses at certain points to address the reader or to describe events. The chapter is divided into two parts. In the first partGod promises Abram a son and many descendants (verses 1–6). In the secondGod promises Abram the land (verses 15.7–21).
‎In the first sectionGod is the speaker in verses 1, 4, and 5; and Abram is the speaker in verses 2 and 3. The narrator closes the first episode by addressing the reader in verse 6. In the second episodeGod speaks in verses 7, 9, 13, 14, 15, and 16, and Abram in verse 8. In verses 10, 11, and 12, the narrator describes for the reader what Abram does and what happens to him. Beginning with verse 13and continuing throughverse 16, the action is interrupted as God foretells what will happen to Abram’s descendants and how he will die. The narrator then concludes the account by picking up the action left of…

Our Speech

Our Speech ‎The mouth is a poetic use of one of the organs of speech and refers to the words or thoughts spoken by the righteous, that is, a good, honest person. Fountain of life is similar to “tree of life” used in 3:18. See there for comments. The expression is used in Psa 36.9 (Hebrew verse 10), where it refers to God as being the source or creator of all life. In 16:22 Wisdom is a fountain of life. In this verse the expression refers to the words of the righteous, perhaps because such people are identified with the wise and with wisdom.
Reyburn, William David, and Euan McG. Fry. A Handbook on Proverbs. New York: United Bible Societies, 2000. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey

A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey
‎The phrase a land flowing with milk means that Canaan was ideal for raising goats and cows. Feeding on good pastureland the goats, sheep, and cows were full of milk. Flowing with honey means that the bees were busy making honey. Milk and honey suggested agricultural prosperity. This is the first of numerous references in the Old Testament to the “land flowing with milk and honey” (cf. v. 17; 33:3; Lev. 20:24; Num. 13:27; 14:8; 16:13-14; Deut. 6:3; 11:9; 26:9, 15; 27:3; 31:20; Josh. 5:6; Jer. 11:5; 32:22; Ezek. 20:6, 15).
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. 112. Print.

You Shall Not Steal

You Shall Not Steal Excerpt ‎A person has a right to life, freedom and property. These rights are respected and protected by the commandment not to steal. No society can establish trust when theft and burglary are rife. Terrible pain and disruption come from such crimes as kidnapping and slavery. Death itself can result from the theft of someone’s livelihood or savings.
Knowles, Andrew. The Bible Guide. 1st Augsburg books ed. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 2001. Print.

The Man and Woman in the Garden

The Man and Woman in the Garden Excerpt ‎Studies in the rhetorical features of 1:1–2:3 and 2:4–25 have shown that they are two complementary descriptions that present a congruent narrative, the second picking up on the skeletal telling of the former. They possess a number of similarities in literary structure and content that recommend that they are the product of one hand. Scholars are recognizing that chaps. 1 and 2 are not a repetition of the same matters that in places are at odds with one another, but rather chap. 2 is a thematic elaboration of the key features found in 1:1–2:3.

My Verse for Today

My Verse for Today Matthew 26:56 56 "But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled.

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

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Colossians 3:15 KJV Translation: And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. NKJV Translation: And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one body; and be you thankful. 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
Most Holy Father, I thank You for Your grace and mercy to see another day with my family friends and enemies. Bless the peoples of the world that are living in the poorest of conditions. Remove their Dictators, Presidents and ???. Bless the UnitedStates ofAmerica because we are withering under lies from Congressional leaders, the Supreme Court, State and Local governments. And until we come back to You, You will not hear our prayers, but bless those that are true to Your commandments and precepts. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

January 28

Carpe Diem
Genesis 44; Hebrews 8–9; Ecclesiastes 11:1–4
The Latin phrase Carpe Diem, means “seize the day.” Taking risks to make your life extraordinary is biblical, if done according to God’s plan and principles. The idea behind this comes from Ecclesiastes: “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days” (Eccl 11:1).

Bread acts as the symbol for substance in the ancient world; the author of Ecclesiastes is suggesting that we should follow God’s plan, even at the possible cost of our livelihood. He then suggests that what we give to God, He will return. This is opposite from a self-protection mentality. The “waters” in the proverb represent chaos, suggesting that in letting go of even the most chaotic circumstances, we learn about God’s ability to give what we need.

This is further illustrated when the author says, “Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, for you know not what disaster may happen on earth.… He who observes the wind will not sow, an…