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Rod and Staff

Rod and StaffPsalm 23:4 Excerpt ‏שֵׁבֶט‎ (šēbeṭ). Rod, staff, scepter, tribe. This noun commonly denotes a rod. It was used for beating cumin (Isa 28:27), as a weapon (II Sam 23:21), and as a shepherd’s implement either to muster or count sheep (Lev 27:32; Eze 20:37), or to protect them (Ps 23:4; Mic 7:14). In Ps 23:4 it is used metaphorically of the Lord’s protection of his servant as he walks in paths of righteousness. ‎ Waltke, Bruce K. “2314 שׁבט.” Ed. R. Laird Harris, Gleason L. Archer Jr., & Bruce K. Waltke. Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament 1999 : 897. Print.

The Righteousness of God

The Righteousness of God Excerpt ‎Paul said, God’s righteousness is (being) revealed (ἀποκαλύπτεται, present tense). Here he says, God’s righteousness has been manifested (πεφανέρωται, perfect tense). There is little difference. The present tense emphasizes the continuation of the process in the proclamation of the Gospel, the perfect the fact that the process has a beginning. It will shortly appear that this beginning is to be found in the death of Jesus.
‎This manifestation of righteousness takes place apart from the law; not because the righteousness ofGod could not be manifested through the law, but because the righteousness which, when manifested through the law, could only lead to wrath, since the law was abused (cf. 4:15), has now been manifested in a different way so as to lead to justification. It is because law has been defined out of the manifestation and faith (v. 22) defined in, that in this paragraph (contrast 1:18) we hear nothing of wrath.
Barrett, C. K. The Epistle t…


RedemptionEphesians 1:7 Excerpt ‎Redemption (apolytrōsin) denotes release or deliverance from a state of slavery (cf. Col. 1:14). The idea of release is seen in some of the other verses where this Greek word appears (Luke 21:28; Rom. 3:24; 8:23; 1 Cor. 1:30; Eph. 1:7, 14; 4:30; Col. 1:14; Heb. 9:15; 11:35). (See the chart“New Testament Words for Redemption” at Mark 10:45.) This redemption is from sin (Heb. 9:15), and thus this work of Christ delivers believers from slavery to sin. This is further defined by the forgiveness of sins (cf. Eph. 4:32; Col. 1:14), which is the immediate result of a believer’s release from sin’s hold. (The word for “sins” is paraptōma, lit., “false steps or transgressions,” also used in Rom. 4:25; 5:16-17, 20; Eph. 2:1, 5, and elsewhere.) God could not treat sin lightly for it required the sacrifice of blood (cf. Heb. 9:22).
Hoehner, Harold W. “Ephesians.”The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. V…

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Mark 4:22 KJV Translation: For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. NKJV Translation: For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.


Prayer By: Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy May the Lord God Jehovah bless this your day of grace and mercy to you, family, friends and enemies. In Jesus name. Amen.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

April 17
It’s Actually Quite SimpleDeuteronomy 31:30–32:52; 2 Corinthians 8:8–15; Psalm 45:1–17
“May my teaching trickle like the dew, my words like rain showers on tender grass … For I will proclaim the name of Yahweh; ascribe greatness to our God! TheRock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are just; he is a faithful God, and without injustice; righteous and upright is he” (Deut 32:2–4).

We all teach in some way. Some of us teach at church, others teach co-workers or employees. Some teach the children in their household, and others teach simply by doing (although we don’t always acknowledge these roles). If all of us lived by Moses’ prayer, things would be quite different. Imagine a world where we proclaimed Yahweh’s greatness in all we say and do.

Moses’ words also teach us something about God. If we’re looking for perfection in what we do, we should look to the one who actually manifests it. If we’re looking to be faithful, we should rely on the one who is faithfulin all He does.…