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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 Practice of Anointing

The Practice of AnointingPsalm 23:5 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.

Judas Iscariot

Judas IscariotJohn 17:12 Excerpt ‎It is clear that John regarded Judas as thoroughly villainous, and as an evangelist John took pains to point out his wicked character. Even though Judas’s name is not always used, his evil nature lurks in the background of the Gospel. So as early as 6:70 John already called him a devil; then at 12:6 Judas is regarded as a thief; at 13:27 he is an instrument of Satan, and here John sees Jesus dismissing him as the perishing one, the bad egg, or the weak link in the chain of the disciples.

‎Not only was Judas the weak link, but he was an evil instrument in his fulfillment of Scripture. Although at this point it would be difficult to tell which Scripture was in the evangelist’s mind, other New Testament texts related to Judas’s actions seem to suggest more specific references such as Matt 27:3–10, which probably refers to Zech 11:12–13 and Acts 1:16–20, which contains a free rendering of Ps 69:25.

Borchert, Gerald L. John 12–21. Vol. 25B. Nashville: Bro…

The Sphinx

The Sphinx What is the Sphinx? It is the body of a lion couchant, with the head of a man—“a symbol of animal power and of human intellect.” The whole figure was typical of kingly royalty and set forth the power and wisdom of the Egyptian monarch. One traveler describes the present appearance of the great Sphinx as, “a ball of stone rising on a neck some forty feet above the sand.” Miss Edwards says, “the sphinx is purely an Egyptian monster and of immemorial antiquity. The great sphinx of Gizeh is probably the oldest monument in Egypt. There are thousands of sphinxes in Egypt of various sizes, but the great Sphinx is this one at the base of the pyramids. It is carved out of the summit of the original rock from which it has never been separated. Its body is over one hundred feet long; its head is thirty feet long and fourteen in width; the marks of paint still remain on the face—on the eye-brows and on the right cheek. The face is much mutilated; the body is hidden by drifting sands o…

House of the Lord

House of the LordPsalm 23:6 Excerpt ‎The [House] of the Lord is most probably a reference to the Temple. The meaning of the psalmist’s declaration is that he wants to worship Yahweh in the Temple all his life or, in an extended sense, always to experience Yahweh’s presence and power with him. Dahood, however, takes the [House] of the Lord to be Yahweh’s heavenly abode, in which the psalmist wants to live forever. The expression the [House] of the Lord may be the local designation of a church building. If that is the case, it will be better to speak of the Temple in Jerusalem.

Bratcher, Robert G., and William David Reyburn. A Translator’s Handbook on the Book of Psalms. New York: United Bible Societies, 1991. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Life of a Shepherd

Life of a ShepherdJohn 10:11 Excerpt ‎When evening settled over the land of Palestine, danger lurked. In Bible times lions, wolves, jackals, panthers, leopards, bears, and hyenas were common in the countryside. The life of a shepherd could be dangerous as illustrated by David’s fights with at least one lion and one bear (1 Sam. 17:34-35, 37). Jacob also experienced the labor and toil of being a faithful shepherd (Gen. 31:38-40). Jesus said, ["I am the Good Shepherd"] (cf. John 10:14). In the Old Testament, God is called the ["Shepherd of His people"] (Pss. 23:1; 80:1-2; Ecc. 12:11; Isa. 40:11; Jer. 31:10). Jesus is this to His people, and He came to give His life for their benefit (cf. John 10:14, 17-18; Gal. 1:4; Eph. 5:2, 25; Heb. 9:14). He is also the “Great Shepherd” (Heb. 13:20-21) and “the Chief Shepherd” (1 Peter 5:4).

Blum, Edwin A. “John.”The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton,…

John 10:1-21: Parable or Mashal?

John 10:1-21: Parable or Mashal?John 10:1-21 Excerpt ‎I prefer, however, not to use the parabolic categories associated with Synoptic studies but rather to employ the more Semitic designation of mashal. A mashal, or symbolic illustration, is a figurative text that can interweave as few or as many tangents and implications as are considered necessary by the writer or storyteller. Since the Hebrew term māšāl has considerable breadth of meaning, I believe such breadth adheres in the New Testament to such Greek terms as parabolē (“parable,” which is not used in this Gospel) and paroimia (“image” or “figure,”see 10:6). Both of the meshalim ([Chaps.] 10; 15) in John include tangential arguments and references, but in the shepherd mashal the tangents are more developed than in the vine text. Yet it is important to note that despite the tangents here, the main direction of the mashal remains constant. The [Messianic]figure here is Jesus who cares for his sheep like God does. But the enemies a…

Tobia's Temple Facade

Reconstruction of the facade of a shrine built by the Tobiad family at Araq el-Emir, Jordan. c. 175 BC.

Clines, D. J. A. “Tobiah.” Ed. D. R. W. Wood et al. New Bible dictionary 1996 : 1194. Print.

Logos Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Psalms 46:10 KJV Translation: Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. NKJV Translation: Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Prayer

Prayer Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy O Holy Father, thank You for this day of grace and mercy and allowing me to see the eve of my 71st birthday. I don't know if You will allow me to see it, so, I want to thank You for bringing me this far. Hallelujah! Bless those that are sick in their various infirmities. For those that are Christians, may they thank and give You the praise and glory that You deserve knowing that they will be in a better place one day. For those that are secular, may this prayer of salvation in Jesus pierce their hearts, or by some Christian witness bring them into the fold of the Lord after their true belief in Jehovah Yahweh, genuine repentance of their sins, accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and then, and only then, will the Spirit of God come and indwell in them immediately. They will become heirs, children and ambassadors of Him! Then they need to go to a Bible believing church, give their hand to the pastor, and then be baptized--no sprinkling-- in the name of…

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

May 6
Community DrivenJudges 9:22–10:18; Philippians 2:19–30; Psalm 68:1–14

By default, we flag our own needs as high priority. And we often measure our church community by how well it’s serving our needs. Caught up in our own spiritual growth, we tend to forget that we’re meant to attend to the physical and spiritual needs of others. Paul upholds Timothy and Epaphroditus to the Philippians as examples of what this type of service should look like.

Paul was intent on sending Timothy to the Philippian church because of his discernment and his servant-like heart. In fact Timothy was the only one suited for the task. Others wouldn’t “sincerely be concerned about [the Philippians’] circumstances. For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ” (Phil 2:20–21). Likewise, Paul describes Epaphroditus as a man who suffered to the point of death in order to assist him in his ministry (Phil 2:30).

Both of these men epitomized the natural result of Paul’s commands earlier in his …