Statement of Confession: I believe in the Trinity--Father, Son and Holy Spirit; The Three are One in the Father. I believe that Jesus is the Savior to those that accept Him in genuine repentance of their sins through faith as their Lord and Savior. I believe that baptism--immersion, burial--is an outward show to the world of their acceptance of salvation by Jesus for His dying, resurrection and His sitting at the right hand of the Father in heaven. This ministry is FREE.
A Sharpe Two-Two Edged SwordRevelation 1:16
Out of his mouth a sharp two-edged sword. This metaphor runs through both Old and New Testaments. It is frequent in this book (ch. 2:12, 16; 19:15, 21; comp. Luke 2:35; Eph. 6:17; Heb. 4:12; Ps. 45:3; 57:4; 59:7; 64:3; 149:6; Prov. 12:18; Isa. 11:4; 49:2, etc.). The sharp words of men and the searching words ofGod are both spoken of under this figure of the sword. Tertullian and Richard of St. Victor explain the two edges as the Law and the Gospel. Other still more fanciful explanations have been given. “Two-edged” (δίστομος) is literally “two-mouthed,” and perhaps expresses no more than the thorough efficiency of the sword. It occurs in ch. 2:12 and Heb. 4:12; also in classical Greek as equivalent to the more common ἀμφήκης. If a double meaning be insisted on, it may be found in the double character of God’s Word, which not only smites the wicked, but searches the good; which cuts sometimes to punish, sometimes to heal.
Patmos, the Place of ExileRevelation 1:9
In Revelation 1:9 John says that he was on the island of Patmos “on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.” He also indicates that he is a fellow participant in their “tribulations.” The Roman historian Tacitus informs us that the Romans used some of the Aegean islands as places of banishment and exile during the 1st century (Annals, 3:68; 4:30; 15:71). Thus the language of the author and the evidence of Tacitus, joined to Christian traditions from the 2nd and 3rd centuries about John’s banishment, support the likelihood that Patmos was a place of exile or political confinement.
Elwell, Walter A., and Barry J. Beitzel. Baker encyclopedia of the Bible 1988 : 1620. Print.
The Head of the Son of ManRevelation 1:14
Ver. 14.—His head. From the garments of the great High Priest, St. John passes on to himself. What he had seen as a momentary foretaste of glory at the Transfiguration, he sees now as the abiding condition of the Christ.
In Dan. 7:9“the Ancient of days” has “the hair of his head like pure wool.” This snowy whiteness is partly the brightness of heavenly glory, partly the majesty of the hoary head. The Christ appears to St. John as a son of man, but also as a “Divine Person invested with the attributes of eternity.” As a flame of fire. “The Lord thy God is a consuming fire” (Deut. 4:24). “I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins” (Jer. 17:10).
The flame purifies the conscience and kindles the affections.
Spence-Jones, H. D. M., ed. Revelation. London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909. Print. The Pulpit Commentary.
Jesus, the Son of ManRevelation 1:13-15
An analysis of OT allusions in vv 13–15 shows that the predominant features of the Son of man are drawn from Daniel 7 and especially Daniel 10, with other texts contributing secondarily to the depiction. Most commentators agree that the significance of this is that Christ is portrayed as a kingly and priestly figure, since the figure in the two Daniel texts has the same features. Part of Christ’s priestly role is to tend the lampstands. The OT priest would trim the lamps, remove the wick and old oil, refill the lamps with fresh oil, and relight those that had gone out. Likewise, Christ tends the ecclesiastical lampstands by commending, correcting, exhorting, and warning (seechs. 2–3) in order to secure the churches’ fitness for service as light-bearers in a dark world.
Beale, G. K. The Book of Revelation: a Commentary on the Greek Text. Grand Rapids, MI; Carlisle, Cumbria: W.B. Eerdmans; Paternoster Press, 1999. Print. New Internationa…
Elymas the MagicianActs 13:6-12
A Jewish sorcerer whom Paul encountered at Paphos on the island of Cyprus (Acts 13:6–12). Elymas opposed Paul’s efforts to teach the gospel to Sergius Paulus, the Roman proconsul of the island. For his opposition, Elymas was stricken with temporary blindness. The narrative presents Christianity in contrast to religious magic.
Elymas was probably attached to the proconsul’s entourage as a personal adviser who claimed to know divine will. Like many Romans, Sergius Paulus was interested in knowing any divine guidance for his affairs, and he retained Elymas for that purpose. Elymas undoubtedly perceived the efforts of Paul as a threat to his position with the proconsul.
McClister, L. David. “Elymas.”Ed. David Noel Freedman, Allen C. Myers, & Astrid B. Beck. Eerdmans dictionary of the Bible 2000 : 403. Print
Herod the TetrarchActs 13:1
During Christ’s ministry Rome installed the tetrarch, Herod Antipas (Mt 14:1; Lk 23:5–7) to rule the territory. He was appointed to office when 17 years old. Sepphoris was his first capital, and about a.d. 22 he built Tiberias on the shore of the Sea of Galilee as his new capital, in honor of the emperor.
Elwell, Walter A., and Barry J. Beitzel. Baker encyclopedia of the Bible 1988 : 836. Print.
November 18: Warring Tendencies and Spiritual Airs 2 Kings 3:1–4:17; Mark 14:22–50; Proverbs 6:6–11
“I will do this!” I declare as I resolve to get in shape, eat better, save money, study and meditate on the Word more, journal more, read more. My plans escalate, growing grander in scale and depth. Although I succeed in them for a while, I easily become overwhelmed when I can’t live up to the inflated vision I’ve projected for myself.
It’s especially easy to do this spiritually. It’s simple to hand out godly advice with a spiritual air, to speak wise words about past failings (read subtext: “Look how far I’ve come!”), and to talk about personal growth. But when we mess up on a colossal scale, it’s humiliating and surprising to all—especially ourselves. “What happened?” we might ask. “I was doing so well!”
Simon Peter had a tendency to make grand plans: “Even if they all fall away, certainly I will not!” he declared, proclaiming his loyalty to the Savior (Mark 14:29). They’re words to fal…