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The Garments

The GarmentsRevelation 1:13-14 Excerpt ‎down to the foot—a mark of high rank. The garment and girdle seem to be emblems of His priesthood. CompareEx 28:2, 4, 31; Septuagint. Aaron’s robe and girdle were “for glory and beauty,” and combined the insignia of royalty and priesthood, the characteristics of Christ’s anti-typical priesthood “after the order of Melchizedek.”His being in the midst of the candlesticks (only seen in the temple), shows that it is as a king-priest He is so attired. This priesthood He has exercised ever since His ascension; and, therefore He here wears its emblems. As Aaron wore these insignia when He came forth from the sanctuary to bless the people (Le 16:4, 23, 24, the chetoneth, or holy linen coat), so when Christ shall come again, He shall appear in the similar attire of “beauty and glory” (Is 4:2, Margin). The angels are attired somewhat like their Lord (Rev 15:6). The ordinary girding for one actively engaged, was at the loins; but Josephus [Antiquities, 3.7…

The Lord's Day

The Lord's DayRevelation 1:10 Excerpt ‎Lord’s day ... is the Christian day of worship, the first day of the week, the day of Christ’s resurrection (seeActs 20.7; 1 Cor 16.2). Only here in the New Testament is the expression the Lord’s day used, but it is found in early Christian literature: Didache 14 (the end of the first century), and Ignatius’ Letter to the Magnesians 19 (early second century). The same adjective that is translated the Lord’s is used in the phrase “the Lord’s Supper” (1 Cor 11.20).
Bratcher, Robert G., and Howard Hatton. A Handbook on the Revelation to John. New York: United Bible Societies, 1993. Print. UBS Handbook Series.


GirdleRevelation 1:13 ‎A golden girdle. The girdle is an Old Testament symbol of power, righteousness, truth (Isa. 22:21; Job 12:18; Isa. 11:5). CompareEph. 6:14, where the girdle of the Christian panoply is truth, which binds together the whole array of graces as the girdle does the upper and lower parts of the armor. The girdle suits equally Christ’s kingly and priestly office. The girdle of the High-Priest was not golden, but only in-wrought with gold. SeeExod. 28:8: “curious girdle:” Rev., “cunningly woven band.” So Exod. 29:5.
Vincent, Marvin Richardson. Word Studies in the New Testament. Vol. 2. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1887. Print.

In the Spirit

In the SpiritRevelation 1:10 Excerpt ‎I was in the Spirit (ἐγενομην ἐν πνευματι [egenomēn en pneumati]). Rather, “I came to be (as in 1:9) in the Spirit,” came into an ecstatic condition as in Acts 10:10f.; 22:17, not the normal spiritual condition (εἰναι ἐν πνευματι [einai en pneumati], Rom. 8:9).
Robertson, A.T. Word Pictures in the New Testament. Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1933. Print.

A Great Voice

A Great VoiceRevelation 1:10-11 Excerpt ‎great voice—summoning solemn attention; Greek order, “I heard a voice behind me great (loud) as (that) of a trumpet.” The trumpet summoned to religious feasts, and accompanies God’s revelations of Himself.
Jamieson, Robert, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997. Print.


HadesRevelation 1:18 Excerpt ‎In the [NT] ... Hades appears both as a place (Acts 2:31) and as a being (Rev. 6:8). As a place it is the abode of the dead (Acts 2:27, 31). The notion that the realm of the dead had one or more gates controlling movement into and out of it is a very ancient one. It appears in the [OT] (Isa. 38:10) and in the [NT] (Matt. 16:18). In Rev. 1:18 the risen Christ says that he has ‘the keys of Death and Hades.’ The saying implies that Christ is able to unlock and lock the gates of Hades, that he has power over life and death. The saying in Matt. 16:18 means that the powers of death and other God-opposing forces will not triumph over the church (the community of believers in Jesus as the Christ). 
Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bible dictionary 1985 : 365. Print.

Mundy"s Verse for the Day

Mundy"s Verse for the Day
In our society there are people that are smart and know subject matter, but you do not have that knowledge and shun them.  The same is in Christendom, some lay people have a vast knowledge of the Bible. What can you do to overcome your lack of knowledge?  Study and ask God for wisdom and knowledge (James 1:5; Proverbs 2:3-6). 
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and git will be given to him.
Proverbs 2:3-6  3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, 4 If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; 5 Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding;

The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

Bible Gateway Verse of the Day

Psalm 1:1-2King James Version

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

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BOOK ONE: Psalms 1—41 ] [The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly ] Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.

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English Standard Version

Book One ] [ The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked ] Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditate…

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

November 19: Pain, Anguish, and Resurrection
2 Kings 4:18–5:27; Mark 14:51–15:15; Proverbs 6:12–19

Pain and anguish resound in the narrative of the Shunammite’s son and Elijah (2 Kgs 4:18–37). Reading the story, we can’t help but feel empathy for the Shunammite woman whose son has died. Yet Elisha seems so cavalier. What would prompt him to act this way? What is Elisha teaching us in this series of events?

Even those who have experienced miracles struggle to accept that God can handle anything. The Shunammite woman remarks to Elisha, “Did I ask for a son from my lord? Did I not say that you must not mislead me?” (2 Kgs 4:28). Elisha seems to recognize God’s capability, however, even when his colleague, Gehazi, and the Shunammite woman fail to see it. Elisha is so confident in God’s work that he remarks to Gehazi, “Gird up your loins [meaning ‘get ready’] and take my staff in your hand and go. If you meet anyone, you must not greet them; if anyone greets you, you must not answer them. Y…