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The Temptation

The Temptation Excerpt ‎Matthew locates the temptation at a definite time, “then” (τοτε [tote]) and place, “into the wilderness” (εἰς την ἐρημον [eis tēn erēmon]), the same general region where John was preaching. It is not surprising that Jesus was tempted by the devil immediately after his baptism which signified the formal entrance upon the Messianic work. That is a common experience with ministers who step out into the open for Christ. The difficulty here is that Matthew says that “Jesus was led up into the wilderness by the Spirit to be tempted by the devil.” Mark (1:12) puts it more strongly that the Spirit “drives” (ἐκβαλλει [ekballei]) Christ into the wilderness. It was a strong impulsion by the Holy Spirit that led Jesus into the wilderness to think through the full significance of the great step that he had now taken. That step opened the door for the devil and involved inevitable conflict with the slanderer (του διαβολου [tou diabolou]).

Robertson, A.T. Word Pictures in th…

The Father is Greater Than I

The Father is Greater Than I John 14:28 ‎Thus the Arians, the Gnostics, and their modern successors have used the statement “the Father is greater than I” to make a separation in the Godhead and minimize Jesus in relation to the ultimate God. As I indicated in the discussion of the Prologue, Jesus was from the beginning directly associated with God (1:1) and certainly not merely “a god,” as the Jehovah Witnesses have argued. Moreover, he was active in the creation of all things (1:3).
Borchert, Gerald L. John 12–21. Vol. 25B. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2002. Print. The New American Commentary.

In Ancient Times

In Ancient Times Excerpt ‎Jesus cites what was spoken “to the people long ago,” an expression that could also be rendered “in ancient times” or “by people long ago.” In any event, he refers to the Sixth Commandment of the Decalogue given on Mount Sinai (Exod 20:13). “Murder” is the correct rendering since the underlying Hebrew (ratsach, sometimes translated “kill”) did not include killing in self-defense, wars ordered by Yahweh, capital punishment following due process of law, or accidental manslaughter. “Subject to” could also be rendered “liable.” Christ refers to one who currently stands condemned and is therefore in danger of judgment, but judgment is not inevitable if the proper remedy is sought. Like Moses, Jesus condemns murder, but he goes on to claim that harboring wrath in one’s heart is also sinful and deserving of punishment (he doesn’t say it is as bad!).

Blomberg, Craig. Matthew. Vol. 22. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992. Print. The New American Commenta…

You Will be Blessed

You Will be Blessed Excerpt ‎The context of Peter’s question makes it almost rhetorical. Though the adversary, through physical suffering or material hardship, would distress those who were eager (zēlōtai, lit., “zealots”) to do good, no real harm can come to those who belong to Christ. For even if suffering should occur, Christians are blessed and thus should not be frightened. The word here translated “blessed” (makarioi; cf. 4:14) was used by Jesus (Matt. 5:3-11). To be “blessed” in this context does not mean to “feel delighted” but to be “highly privileged.”Christians are not to be afraid of what men can do to them (cf. Matt. 10:28). Consequently 1 Peter 3:14 concludes with a quotation from Isaiah 8:12 which, in context, is part of an exhortation to fear God rather than men.
Raymer, Roger M. “1 Peter.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 850. Print.

The Lachish Ostraca

The Lachish Ostraca ‎An ostracon is a piece of broken pottery used as a writing surface. These ostraca are named for the city of Lachish, where they were found. They seem to have been written just before the Babylonian captivity, in the days before Nebuchadnezzar’s troops conquered Lachish and the rest of Judah.

Grace Bestowed on All

Grace Bestowed on AllRomans 12:6 Excerpt ‎The gift each believer has received is the result of the gracious outpouring of God’s blessing on the church (v. 6). Berger writes: “The various charismata are understood as concrete manifestations of the one grace bestowed on all.”20

Mounce, Robert H.Romans. Vol. 27. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995. Print. The New American Commentary.

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Malachi 2:16 KJV Translation: For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously. NKJV Translation: For the LORD, the God of Israel, said that he hates putting away: for one covers violence with his garment, said the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that you deal not treacherously. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Logos Verse for Today

The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary


Psalm       Psalm 33:12–22, Song of Three Youths 29–34, Psalm 130, Isaiah 12:2–6, Psalm 104:25–32
             First Reading       Genesis 11:1–9 or Exodus 19:1–9, 16–20a, 20:18–20 or Ezekiel 37:1–14 or Joel 2:28–32
             Second Reading       Acts 2:1–11 or Romans 8:14–17, 22–27
     Gospel       John 7:37–39a

The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010. Print.

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary



Old Testament       Exodus 19:1–9
             Psalm       Psalm 113
Epistle       Romans 8:12–17 (22–27)
Gospel John 14:8–21

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Lutheran Service Book Historic (One Year) Lectionary



Old TestamentJoel 3:1–5
 PsalmPsalm 85
EpistleRomans 8:12–17
Gospel       John 14:15–21

Lutheran Service Book Historic (One Year) Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

June 7
The Forgotten Christian Virtue
2 Chronicles 17:1–18:34; Titus 3:8–11; Psalm 99:1–100:5

An unfortunate effect of our emphasis on God’s grace is our dwindling focus on the connection between obeying God’s will and receiving His blessings. If we’re not living in the primary will God designed for us, then we will not be in the right place at the right time to do His work. And if we don’t show up in the right moments (as designed by God), we won’t be in a position to receive the glorious blessings of the good works He intended for us.

We see the kind of obedience God requires of us in the beginning of King Jehoshaphat’s life. He is quick to align himself with God’s will and, as a result, God is quick to bless him (2 Chr 17:1–6). God extends blessings appropriate for a king—the right people to protect him and offer him guidance, as well as wealth and honor (2 Chr 17:12–19; 18:1).

Based on this understanding of God’s desire to bless our obedience, Paul later encourages Titus to tell oth…