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The Punishment of the Serpent

The Punishment of the Serpent

Genesis 3:13-15

The serpent’s punishment has three aspects: (1) consignment to crawling on its belly, (2) the eating of dust “all the days of your life” (v. 14), and (3) its ultimate destruction by the wounded “seed” of the woman (v. 15). Several elements in the oracle echo the temptation (3:1–5). “Cursed” (ʾārûr) is another wordplay on the earlier “crafty” (ʿārûm; cf. 3:1). Both verses describe the serpent’s distinction within the animal world. Ill-use of his shrewdness resulted in divine censure. “Eating” dust reflects Eve’s temptation to “eat” of the tree and the couple’s subsequent fall by eating. Also the retaliation of the woman’s seed over against the viper’s offspring (v. 15) answers the snake’s first triumph. His triumph will not be the last word.


Mathews, K. A. Genesis 1-11:26. Vol. 1A. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996. Print. The New American Commentary.

Paul's Choice of Words

Paul's Choice of Words

Philippians 3:3

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‎In Phil. 3:2 Paul uses the deliberately offensive word katatomē, ‘those who mutilate the flesh’ (rsv), ‘the concision’ (av). He is not defaming circumcision on Christians (cf. Gal. 5:12). The cognate verb (katatemnō) is used (Lv. 21:5, lxx) of forbidden heathen mutilations. To Christians, who are ‘the circumcision’ (Phil. 3:3), the enforcement of the outmoded sign is tantamount to a heathenish gashing of the body.

Motyer, J. A. “Circumcision.” Ed. D. R. W. Wood et al. New Bible dictionary 1996 : 205. Print.

Understanding Israelite Monotheism

Understanding Israelite Monotheism

‎Old Testament affirmations such as Deut 6:4 (“Hear, O Israel, Yahweh our God is one”) and the prophets’ repeated statements that “there is none besides Yahweh,” can easily lead to the assumption that the [OT] Israelites did not believe in the existence of other gods. According to this assumption, the definition of monotheism rules out the existence of other gods. In light of many [OT] passages, these assumptions cannot be sustained. Rather than producing contradictions within the biblical text, these passages that are often set aside demonstrate how godly Israelites thought about Yahweh and provide a more accurate picture of Israelite monotheism. …


Barry, John D. et al. Faithlife Study Bible. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2012. Print

The Older Brother

The Older Brother

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‎The story now turns against the Pharisees, who like the older brother have no grasp of grace. Instead of rejoicing at the restoration of a brother, they’re filled with resentment. They neither appreciate what they have, nor do they want anyone else to share it!

‎How we need to guard against this attitude in our own relationship with God and with others. Grace must make us gracious.


Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

The parable of the Talent

The parable of the Talent

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‎Jesus illustrates the nature of the kingdom of heaven once again with a story about a master with good and bad servants (v. 14). Again, the master goes away for a while and then returns (vv. 15, 19). In this parable the servants are given money to invest wisely. On “talents”see comments under18:24. The NIV margin suggests somewhat too small a sum. If one talent equaled sixty denarii, a conservative estimate since the denarius was an average minimum daily wage, then at the current (1991) American average five-dollar minimum wage for an eight-hour workday, the talent would be at least equivalent to $2400 (and it might have been much more—see comments under18:23–35). Not all servants are given the same amount, since each has different capabilities and gifts. F. D. Bruner comments, “In the kingdom of Christ not all are created equal.” Nor is everyone expected to perform at the same level of competence, but all are expected to do their best as faithful st…

KJV Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Nahum 1:7 KJV Translation: The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. NKJV Translation: The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knows them that trust in him. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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Revelation 3:14,20King James Version

And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

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Revelation 3:14,20King James Version

And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

August 14

Being Busy
Isaiah 29:1–30:17; Luke 10:1–42; Job 7:1–10

Sometimes it’s difficult to deal with quiet. For most people, chaos, deadlines, managing multiple schedules, and being “so busy” are a way of life. And if we’re honest with ourselves, we like it. Busyness implies we are special and valued and the work we’re doing is necessary. And we have a desperate need to be valued.
When others failed to recognize Martha’s work—when Mary didn’t hold to the same values—she complained to Jesus. He responded by rebuking her: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things! But few things are necessary, or only one thing, for Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41–42).

What is the “better part”? Mary “sat at the feet of Jesus and was listening to his teaching” (Luke 10:39), and Jesus praised her desire to listen and learn. Mary was captivated by the “one thing” that would change the world: Jesus and the kingdom He was ushering in.…

The Bowls of Darius and Artaxerxes

‎Darius “the Great” ruled the Persian Empire from 522–486 BC. Artaxerxes I ruled from 464–424 BC. Ezra-Nehemiah often mentions both, as Darius authorized the rebuilding of the house of God (Ezra 6:5).