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Thicket Around the Jordan River

Thicket Around the Jordan River ‎The Jordan River meanders over a length of about 200 km between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea, an actual distance of only 105 km (as the crow flies). The coastal line is covered with thicket that in antiquity housed boars among other animals. ‎Deut 34:3; Judg 3:28; 12:5–6; 1 Sam 13:7; 1 Kings 7:46; 2 Kings 6:2; Jer 12:5; 49:19; 50:44; Zech 11:3

The Life of Jesus: Passion and Crucifixion

The Life of Jesus: Passion and Crucifixion

Dead to Sin, Alive with Christ

Dead to Sin, Alive with Christ
Excerpt ‎Paul had just written (in Rom 5:20) that where there is an increase in sin there is an even greater increase in grace. So the question was bound to arise, Why not continue in sin so the greatness of God’s grace may be seen more fully? The question may have arisen from antinomian sources that [purposelessly] misconstrued the doctrine of justification by faith as providing an excuse for a sinful lifestyle.
Mounce, Robert H. Romans. Vol. 27. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995. Print. The New American Commentary.

Faith Working Through Love

Faith Working Through Love Excerpt ‎What is the meaning of “working through love?” Here he gives them a hard blow, by showing that this error had crept in because the love of Christ had not been rooted within them. For to believe is not all that is required, but also to abide in love. It is as if he had said, Had ye loved Christ as ye ought, ye would not have deserted to bondage, nor abandoned Him who redeemed you, nor treated with contumely Him who gave you freedom. Here he also hints at those who have plotted against them, implying that they would not have dared to do so, had they felt affection towards them. He wishes too by these words to correct their course of life.
John Chrysostom. “Commentary of St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, on the Epistle of St. Paul the Apostle to the Galatians.”Saint Chrysostom: Homilies on Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians, Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. Ed. Philip Schaff. Trans. Gross Alexander with Anonymous…

Word and Law

Word and LawJames 1:22-25 Excerpt ‎What James referred to as the “Word” in vv. 18, 21, 22, 23 he calls the “law” here. As the “Word” brings new life according to v. 18, so “the law” here is what sets us free (lit. “the perfect law of freedom”).
The combination of law and freedom points to the free obedience of the Christian life and echoes Paul’s theology of freedom in Christ (cf. Rom 6:18–22; 2 Cor 3:17; Gal 2:4; 5:1, 13–14; 6:2). The law is “perfect” in that it participates in the goodness of God and is essential to his gifts bestowed in wisdom to believers.
Richardson, Kurt A. James. Vol. 36. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1997. Print. The New American Commentary.

John's Imprisonment

John's Imprisonment Excerpt ‎Scholars debate the dates of John the Baptist’s imprisonment and death. 
It is likely that John began his ministry about a.d. 29 (cf. v. 1), that he was imprisoned the following year, and that he was beheaded not later than a.d. 32. His entire ministry lasted no more than three years—about one year out of prison and two years in prison. (For details on John’s imprisonment and death by beheading see Matt. 14:1-12; Mark 6:14-29; Luke 9:7-9, 19-20.)
Martin, John A. “Luke.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 212. Print.

It Must Be Given From Heaven

It Must Be Given From Heaven Excerpt ‎John was fully satisfied with the place and work assigned him; but Jesus came on a more important work. He also knew that Jesus would increase in honour and influence, for of his government and peace there would be no end, while hehimself would be less followed.
John knew that Jesus came from heaven as the Son of God, while he was a sinful, mortal man, who could only speak about the more plain subjects of religion. The words of Jesus were the words of God; he had the Spirit, not by measure, as the prophets, but in all fulness.
Everlasting life could only be had by faith in Him, and might be thus obtained; whereas all those, who believe not in the Son of God, cannot partake of salvation, but the wrath of God for ever rests upon them. Henry, Matthew, and Thomas Scott. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, 1997. Print.

Stables of Solomon

Stables of Solomon ‎It was on Tuesday, the 4th of April, that the Greeks sought Jesus, and He delivered his discourse based upon the fact that the hour was come in which the Son of Man should be glorified.—John 12:20–50. He went up to the Mount of Olives and delivered his discourse concerning the overthrow of the temple and the end of the world. It was while on the Mount of Olives that He gave the parables of the ten virgins and of the talents.

The view which we present on this page represents the vaults under the temple area. They are called Solomon’s stables. Just why, nobody knows. The first distinct account of these stables is given by a tourist about 1772. A traveler mentions them as capable of holding two thousand horses. It is probable that they were used in the time of the Crusaders as stables. The floor of this vault is a little over thirty-eight feet below the level of the pavement above.

The semicircular arches are eleven feet five inches in span and five feet nine inches …

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Song of Songs 2:3 KJV Translation: As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. NKJV Translation: As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

May 20
From Concept to Caution to Cause1 Chronicles 8:1–40; 1 Timothy 5:10–17; Psalm 78:53–72
Some things in the Bible are downright surprising, including several passages in Paul’s letters. Sometimes his words are so personal or they’re addressed to such a specific person our group, that it’s hard to understand why that particular passage is there. But God uses people to do His work, and whatever they show or teach us sets a precedent—like how to deal with difficult people, or how to best help the poor.

Some sections of Paul’s letters are rarely read aloud in church; we simply can’t figure out how to apply them. What application can you draw from a long list of people, or from the very specific details of how to evaluate a widow in need in your community (1 Tim 5)? What if there are no widows in your community? Do you just move on?

First Timothy 5:10–17 sets a good precedent for us as Christians, and it can serve as a standard for applying other passages. We don’t know precisely why P…