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The Creation of the World

The Creation of the WorldGenesis 1:1-2 Excerpt ‎These verses have traditionally been understood as referring to the actual beginning of matter, a Creation out of nothing and therefore part of day one. But the vocabulary and grammar of this section require a closer look. The motifs and the structure of the Creation account are introduced in the first twoverses. That the universe is God’s creative work is perfectly expressed by the statement God created the heavens and the earth. The word bārā’ (“created”) may express creation out of nothing, but it certainly cannot be limited to that (cf. 2:7). Rather, it stresses that what was formed was new and perfect. The word is used throughout theBible only withGod as its subject.
Ross, Allen P. “Genesis.”The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 28. Print.

Renew a Right Spirit Within Me

Renew a Right Spirit Within Me
Excerpt ‎In the O.T. the Holy Spirit was experienced by believers as an enabling divine presence (» Exodus 35-38). But Saul, David’s predecessor, had been deprived of the Spirit’s presence because of his sin (1 Sam. 16:14). David, then, is expressing concern that his sin might be so great that God would also remove His Spirit from him. ‎There is a vital difference, however, between the enabling presence of the Spirit we see in the O.T. and the indwelling presence of the Spirit seen in the N.T.God’s Spirit is His guarantee of redemption (Eph. 1:13–14).
Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Words and Law

Words 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.

Petra

Petra ‎The picture shows the landscape near the Nabataean capital Petra, lying in a basin among mountains and almost hidden by the towering rocks. One reaches the city only through some 2 km long, narrow pathway between rock faces that rise up to 70 m high. The Nabataeans, who controlled the frankincense trade at the turn of the era, were able to develop here a flourishing city with their own authentic Nabataean culture. Predating the Nabateaens, the Edomites had built settlements on these almost inaccessible into which they could draw back in times of danger. Jer 49:16 may allude to this condition.
‎Gen 25:13; 28:9; 36:3; 1 Chron 1:29; Isa 60:7; Jer 49:16; 1 Macc 5:25; 9:35

Psalm 119

Psalm 119 Excerpt ‎This psalm is special in several ways. It is the longest psalm (176 verses), and it is an acrostic psalm, following the letters of the Hebrew alphabet.  In most editions of the Bible, the twenty-two sections of this psalm are headed by the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet (Aleph, Beth, Gimel, etc.).
In the Hebrew Bible, each verse in a section begins with that Hebrew letter. For example, all the verses in the “aleph” section (vv. 1–8) begin with the Hebrew letter “aleph.” Look at the “teth”section (vv. 65–72) and start v. 67 with “Til” and v. 71 with “Tis,” and you will have each line starting with the English letter“T” (which is the same as the Hebrew “teth”). The Jews wrote in this fashion to help them memorize the Scriptures so they could meditate on God’s Word.
We do not know who wrote this psalm, although the writer refers to himself many times. He was suffering for his love for God’s Law (vv. 22, 50–53, 95, 98, 115), yet he had determined to obey the …

Ancient House Diagram

Ancient House Diagram Reconstruction of a two-storey house with its paved central courtyard and flat roof surrounded by a parapet. Based on houses of c. 1800 BC, excavated at Ur, possibly contemporary with Abraham.
Selman, M. J. “House.” Ed. D. R. W. Wood et al. New Bible dictionary 1996 : 490. Print.

Caesare--Roman Theater

‎ Caesare--Roman Theater The Roman theater in the south of Caesarea, decorated for tonight’s performance of Verdi’s opera, “Aida”.  Summer is a busy season with dance and music shows in the oldest extant Roman theater in the east. The theater, built by Herod, which is one of the only sites exposed intact in the city, had been repaired and rebuilt over the generations. The stage front is 7 meters wide. It is about 100 meters in diameter and can seat an audience of 3,000, all facing the sea. An exciting experience is in store for them, especially at sunset, when sea breezes carry the notes with them like superb natural amplifiers.


The Cyrus Cylinder

The Cyrus Cylinder ‎This ancient clay cylinder dates from the sixth century BC and contains a declaration from Cyrus the Great.  The first section describes Cyrus’ greatness and mercy—common themes in such declarations. The second section, composed of Cyrus’ own words, describes how he returned captive peoples and their gods to their native lands. It also records his hope that all the returned gods will intercede before Bel and Nabu (the chief Babylonian gods) on his behalf.  The description of Cyrus’ mercy and efforts to return captives supports the biblical account of Israel’s restoration from exile (seeEzra 1).

To Your Offspring ...

To Your Offspring ... Excerpt ‎The smoking furnace and the burning lamp, probably represented the Israelites’ severe trials and joyful deliverance, with their gracious supports in the mean time. It is probable that this furnace and lamp, which passed between the pieces, burned and consumed them, and so completed the sacrifice, and testified God’s acceptance of it. So it intimates that God’s covenants with man are made by sacrifice, Ps 50:5. And we may know that he accepts our sacrifices, if he kindles in our souls pious and devout affections. The bounds of the land granted are stated.
Several nations, or tribes, are spoken of, that must be cast out to make room for the seed of Abram. In this chapter we perceive in Abram faith struggling against, and triumphing over, unbelief. Wonder not, believers, if you meet with seasons of darkness and distress. But it is not the will of God that you should be cast down: fear not; for all that he was to Abram he will be to you. 
Henry, Matthew, an…

Huldah

Huldah2 Kings 22:14 Excerpt ‎This prophetess, wife of Shallum, keeper of the wardrobe (either of priestly vestments or royal robes), lived in the second (western?) quarter of Jerusalem. She was consulted (c. 621 bc), on behalf of King Josiah, by Hilkiah the chief priest, Shaphan the scribe and others, following the discovery of ‘the book of the law in the house of the Lord’ (2 Ki. 22:14; 2 Ch. 34:22). She accepted the book as the word of Yahweh, and with his authority prophesied judgment against Jerusalem and Judah after Josiah’s death. It is noteworthy that, although both Jeremiah and Zephaniah were prophesying at this time, it is she who was approached on this matter of the cultus. 
Beeching, M. “Huldah.” Ed. D. R. W. Wood et al. New Bible dictionary 1996 : 491. Print.

Logos Verse of the Day

Logos Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From John 10:10 KJV Translation: The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. NKJV Translation: The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

May 21:
Power of Words
1 Chronicles 9:1–10:14; 1 Timothy 5:18–6:2; Psalm 79:1–13

Gossip kills churches. And gossip is always painful, especially when disguised as concern. A request to “pray for so-and-so because of this thing they did” is not asking for prayer; it’s gossiping. If you know some personal detail about someone’s mishap, don’t share it with everyone—take it to God. Entire leadership structures have been wrongfully destroyed because of rumors starting this way.
Paul warns against rumors when he says, “Do not accept an accusation against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses” (1 Tim 5:19). How often have we heard something and been so influenced by it that we accuse someone on the basis of that rumor? Hearing something may make it feel factual, but it’s circumstantial at best.

Although Paul is cautious, he has no tolerance for leaders who sin repeatedly, especially those sinning directly against the community. He tells Timothy to “reprove those who sin in …