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Introduction Excerpt ‎The worst has happened. Jerusalem is in ruins. God’s chosen people, the Jews, have lost their city and their land. Now they may also lose their nation and their faith . ‎The Lamentations are funeral songs for the way of life and the people that have been lost. The songs accept that this disaster is God’s punishment, and they look to him as their only help and hope.
‎The Lamentations give a vivid picture of a desperate situation. All the people of Jerusalem and surrounding Judea have been killed, captured or ruined. Solomon’s temple has been torn down. The city’s great buildings and fine houses have been reduced to rubble.
‎The poems admit that this destruction is well-deserved and long overdue. God has punished his people for their sins, by letting their enemies conquer them. But God is also merciful. His people dare to hope and pray that he will accept their repentance and restore them. …
Knowles, Andrew. The Bible Guide. 1st Augsburg books ed. Minneapolis, MN:…

Be Hospitable

Be Hospitable Excerpt ‎Hospitality (philazenos, “love of strangers”) is a telltale virtue of the people of God. Paul told the Roman church to “Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality” (Romans 12:13). “Practice” means “pursue” or “chase” and sometimes means “strenuous pursuit.” Christians, and especially leaders, are not simply to wait for opportunities for hospitality but are to pursue them. They are to do it “without grumbling,” as Peter says (1 Peter 4:9).
‎Today’s elder must be a joyous host. He must invite people to his table. His home must be open. Hospitality is all over the New Testament. And the writer of Hebrews offers an enchanting motivation: “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it” (13:2). These are God’s thoughts on hospitality!
Hughes, R. Kent, and Bryan Chapell. 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus: To Guard the Deposit. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2000. Print. Preaching the Word.

Jesus' Teaching on Abrahamic Descent

Jesus' Teaching on Abrahamic Descent Excerpt ‎The question whether those Jews who have believed in Jesus have exercised true faith is immediately raised by the way in which Jesus addresses them—"If you remain in my word, you are truly my disciples". In fact, the test of true discipleship is a continuing allegiance to Jesus’ teaching, a knowing of the truth which is able to liberate one from the sphere of sin and death—you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. As the similar statement about freedom in v. 36 will make clear, this liberating truth can be summed up as God’s revelation embodied in Jesus (cf. also14:6).
Lincoln, Andrew T. The Gospel According to Saint John. London: Continuum, 2005. Print. Black’s New Testament Commentary.

Jesus's Farewell Discourse

Jesus's Farewell Discourse Excerpt ‎To love Jesus is shown to involve keeping his wordsor commands. Here the focus is on the latter—If you love me, you will keep my commandments. A response of love for Jesus will result in obedience to his commands and at the same time that obedience will be an indicator of whether genuine love is present. Talking of Jesus’ farewell instructions as his commandments may well be meant to recall the Mosaic law as the summation of the divine commandments and to suggest Jesus’ teaching as the new norm for disciples. The commandments immediately in view are to wash one another’s feet (13:14–15) and to love one another (13:34), though the command to believe in Jesus (14:1) should not be ignored. In what follows those who love Jesus in this way are made a number of promises. The first is I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you for ever, the Spirit of truth. This constitutes the first occurrence in the narrative of the t…

Title and Authorship

Title and Authorship ‎Ruth and Esther are the only two books in the Bible named for women. Esther was a Hebrew woman who married a Gentile king. God used Esther in a strategic time in the history of Israel to help preserve the nation from destruction. Ruth, on the other hand, was a Gentile woman who married a Hebrew man. God used Ruth to perpetuate the line of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.
‎The Book of Ruth is read annually by orthodox Jews on the Feast of Pentecost. This feast commemorates the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai and occurs at the time of the beginning of the offering called the Firstfruits of the Harvest (Ex. 23:16). Ruth’s betrothal took place during this festive harvest season, when barley was being winnowed (Ruth 3:2; cf. 1:22). ….
Reed, John W. “Ruth.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 415. Print.

God's Effective Purpose

God's Effective Purpose Excerpt ‎If the word Israel is understood in a mechanical sense it cannot be disputed that the majority of Israel have, to all appearance, set aside God’s Word, which has accordingly (at least for the present) failed. But Israel is not a term like Ammon, Moab, Greece, or Rome. ‘Israel’ cannot be defined in terms of physical descent, or understood simply ‘on the human side’ (v. 5); it is created not by blood and soil, but by the promise of God, and therefore exists within the limits of God’s freedom. If he were bound by physical descent, he would be un-free, and no longer God. But he is not so bound, as Scripture itself proves—a vital point to Paul. Consider first Abraham, the father of the race.
Barrett, C. K. The Epistle to the Romans. Rev. ed. London: Continuum, 1991. Print. Black’s New Testament Commentary.

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Judges 2:7 KJV Translation: And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD, that he did for Israel. NKJV Translation: And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD, that he did for Israel. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

February 25
The FearLeviticus 17:1–19:37; John 9:13–34; Song of Solomon 7:10–13
We often don’t realize that we’re guilty of fearing others. At the time, it can feel definite and look legitimate. Fearing others can also take the form of a meticulous house, staying late at the office, or passing anxious, sleepless nights. When we hold someone else’s opinions higher than God’s, we suddenly find our world shaky and imbalanced.

Jesus’ healing of the blind man reveals that the fear of people is not a modern concept. The Pharisees had a stranglehold on Jewish life: “for the Jews had already decided that if anyone should confess him to be Christ, he would be expelled from the synagogue” (John 9:22). The blind man’s parents were victims of their mission, but they were willing victims. Even within the ruling ranks, though, opinions were divided, but the fear of people still ruled (John 9:16). John reports elsewhere that “many of the rulers believed in him, but because of the Pharisees they did no…