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Walk Properly Before Unbelievers

Walk Properly Before Unbelievers Excerpt There are good reasons for these exhortations. Such behavior doeswin the respect of non-Christians and so glorifies the Christian’s God. Love of this kind is appreciated by everyone. Paul placed importance on the testimony of Christians before outsiders,unbelievers. This kind of behavior also wins the respect of Christians; people appreciate those who do not take advantage of them. Paul discouraged the Thessalonians from expecting financial favors from the brethren simply because they were fellow Christians. Nor was he promoting a fierce spirit of independence; he was not saying that every Christian must become completely self-sufficient. He was advocating personal responsibility, as is clear from the context. This is a manifestation of mature Christian love for the brethren. More Constable, Thomas L. “1 Thessalonians.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Vict…

Tools of a Construction Worker

Tools of a Construction Worker ‎The three drawings illustrate the basic tools of a carpenter in antiquity. With a plumb he would check whether the walls were truly vertical; with an angle he would check the perpendicularity of the walls and the cut stones; and the hoe was needed to work on stones and bricks. ‎1 Kings 5:18; 2 Kings 12:11; 22:6; 2 Chron 34:11; Ezra 3:10; Neh 4:5; Ps 118:22; Ezek 27:4; Matt 21:42; Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17; Acts 4:11; 1 Pet 2:7


The Fall of Jericho

The Fall of Jericho Excerpt ‎The fall of Jericho detailed in Josh 6 represents one of the most contested subjects for those studying the history and archaeology of the biblical world. Since the 1950s, debate has centered on the question of whether the archaeology of Jericho confirms or invalidates the biblical story. Many today opt for the latter for several reasons. If the biblical chronology is taken at face value, then the exodus from Egypt occurred in 1446 bc. Forty years of wandering in the wilderness followed, placing Joshua’s attack on Jericho at approximately 1400 bc. Many believe the archaeological record shows that Jericho was destroyed ca. 1550–1500 bc, meaning that there was no city for the biblical Joshua to attack. …More Barry, John D. et al. Faithlife Study Bible. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2012. Print.

God's Intention Is an Unfolding Mystery

God's Intention Is an Unfolding Mystery Excerpt The mystery is neither inscrutable nor obvious; it can be known, but only by revelation (3:3)* by the Spirit (v. 5), and requiring special insight (v. 4). The term revelation is important to our understanding of the inspiration of Scripture. (See notes.) The terminology in verses 3–5 shows something of the process by which God communicates his truth. Not everything God reveals becomes Scripture, but in this case it has, by divine inspiration. Through revelation God conveys to humans that which they could not know otherwise. Reciprocally, the recipient is given insight to understand the revelation. More Liefeld, Walter L. Ephesians. Vol. 10. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997. Print. The IVP New Testament Commentary Series

Walk Properly Before Unbelievers

Walk Properly Before Unbelievers Excerpt There are good reasons for these exhortations. Such behavior doeswin the respect of non-Christians and so glorifies the Christian’s God. Love of this kind is appreciated by everyone. Paul placed importance on the testimony of Christians before outsiders,unbelievers. This kind of behavior also wins the respect of Christians; people appreciate those who do not take advantage of them. Paul discouraged the Thessalonians from expecting financial favors from the brethren simply because they were fellow Christians. Nor was he promoting a fierce spirit of independence; he was not saying that every Christian must become completely self-sufficient. He was advocating personal responsibility, as is clear from the context. This is a manifestation of mature Christian love for the brethren. More Constable, Thomas L. “1 Thessalonians.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victo…

The Mount of Offense

The Mount of Offense
‎“And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, He said unto his disciples, Ye know that after two days is the feast of the Passover and the Son of Man is betrayed to be crucified. Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, and consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty and kill him.”—Matthew 26:1–4. It was then that Judas Iscariot covenanted with them and promised for thirty pieces of silver to betray his Lord. The house of Caiaphas, where Judas Iscariot sought the chief priests and scribes and negotiated with them, is thought to have been on the top of the Hill of Evil Counsel, south of the Valley of Hinnom. East of this Hill of Evil Counsel and south of the Mount of Olives is the Mount of Offense, a picture of which we give above. As the road from Bethany winds over the sloping shoulder of Olivet there is a steep declivity below o…

Nazareth: Mount of the Precipitation

Nazareth: Mount of the Precipitation ‎
The quarry has taken a bite out of the Mount of the Precipitation, or Mount of the Leap, south of Nazareth. According to popular tradition the people of Nazareth tried to get rid of Jesus here, as told in Luke 4:16–30. When Jesus was given the book of Isaiah to read in the synagogue at Nazareth, he opened it at the words: “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor… ” The people stared at him in anger and they got up and drove him out of the town.

Hairdo

Hairdo
‎In the Roman period, it took much time to give women an attractive hairdo of braids intertwined with bows and a diadem. In 1 Tim 2:9, women are advised not to adorn themselves so much. ‎1 Tim 2:9

Aaron in high priest's regalia

Aaron in high priest's regalia

Aaron is shown dressed in the high priest’s regalia. Each of his garments was designed by the Lord, and each has spiritual significance. See the discussion on Exodus 28–29.
Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Contrasts and Conflicts

Contrasts and Conflicts Excerpt Instead of passing judgment on the woman, Jesus passed judgment on the judges! No doubt He was indignant at the way they treated the woman. He was also concerned that such hypocrites should condemn another person and not judge themselves. We do not know what He wrote on the dirt floor of the temple. Was He simply reminding them that the Ten Commandments had been originally written “by the finger of God” (Ex. 31:18), and that He is God? Or was He perhaps reminding them of the warning in Jeremiah 17:13? It was required by Jewish Law that the accusers cast the first stones (Deut. 17:7). Jesus was not asking that sinless men judge the woman, for He was the only sinless Person present. If our judges today had to be perfect, judicial benches would be empty. He was referring to the particular sin of the woman, a sin that can be committed in the heart as well as with the body (Matt. 5:27–30). Convicted by their own consciences, the accusers quietly left the sce…

Jerusalem: Shrine of the Book-Interior

‎A display case in the shape of a Torah (Biblical) Scroll, its handle rising towards the source of light, in the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The Qumran Scrolls are displayed in the Shrine along with other finds from the Bar Kochba period. The Scrolls, written in Hebrew and Aramaic, include prophesies, hypotheses about the coming of the Messiah and interpretations of sacred texts. They cast light on theological thought in Judea in the 1st century A.D. as represented by the members of the Judean Desert sect.

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

Salt

Salt Excerpt To demonstrate the impact these people would make on theirworld, Jesus used two common illustrations: salt and light. Jesus’ followers would be like salt in that they would create a thirst for greater information. When one sees a unique person who possesses superior qualities in specific areas, he desires to discover why that person is different. It is also possible that salt means these people serve as a preservative against the evils of society. Whichever view one takes, the important quality to note is that salt ought to maintain its basic character. If it fails to be salty,it has lost its purpose for existence and should be discarded. More Barbieri, Louis A., Jr. “Matthew.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 29. Print.

Ruins of Shiloh

‎Having found Jesus with the doctors they at once returned with Him to Nazareth. It is said “and He went down with them and came to Nazareth and was subject unto them; but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.” Leaving the city one would pass by the hill Scopus; by Nob, where the whole family of the high priest was sacrificed by Saul; by Ramah, where Samuel was born and buried; by Beeroth, where they would perhaps again camp for the night, and by Bethel, a picture which we have already seen, coming at length to Shiloh, where for three hundred years the Jewish Ark and Tabernacle remained. Here Abijah, the prophet, lived, and hither came the wife of Jeroboam to consult him. Nothing is left at Shiloh now but the scattered remains of shapeless ruins. We were at Shiloh on the morning of May 3rd, 1894. We are now looking toward the west. There are but two buildings remaining on this ancient site and these are half ruined. Evidently they were Christian churches. The building farth…

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy I thank YHWH for giving me the wisdom to get His ministry back on-line through its Internet WiFi connection. Thank you the ministry's followers that have stayed the course and prayed for its return to the Internet. Prayer is the most powerful source of communing and communicating with YHWH! Praise to the Lord God Almighty. Hallelujah!

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

December 3
  Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost 2 Peter 1:21
The Bible is the writing of the living God. Each letter was penned with an almighty finger. Each word in it dropped from the everlasting lips. Each sentence was dictated by the Holy Spirit. Albeit that Moses was employed to write his histories with his fiery pen, God guided that pen. It may be that David touched his harp, and let sweet psalms of melody drop from his fingers; but God moved his hands over the living strings of his golden harp. Solomon sang canticles of love and gave forth words of consummate wisdom; but God directed his lips, and made the preacher eloquent. If I follow the thundering Nahum, when his horses plough the waters; or Habakkuk, when he sees the tents of Cushan in affliction; if I read Malachi, when the earth is burning like an oven; if I turn to the smooth page of John, who tells of love; or the rugged chapters of Peter, who speaks of fire devouring God’s enemies; if I turn asid…

Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

December 3

COME, THOU LONG-EXPECTED JESUS Charles Wesley, 1707–1788 I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come … (Haggai 2:7KJV)
Anticipation is a necessary and important part of every believer’s life. In Old Testament times the people anxiously awaited a Messianic Kingdom. Today we should be waiting with the same urgent expectancy as did the Israelites of old. But our anticipation is the Lord’s second advent—the piercing of the clouds and the sound of the trumpet—when victory over sin and death will be complete and final.
  Not only looking, but longing the blessed Lord’s return to greet;
  Our crowns of glory to gather and cast them with joy at His feet,
  Not only waiting, but watching, wistfully scanning the skies;
  Anticipating that daybreak when the world’s true Sun shall arise.
—Unknown
The Old Testament prophecies were very specific concerning our Lord’s first advent. The prophets gave the exact location of His birth (Micah 5:2) as well as the sign that H…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

December 3rd
Not by might nor by power


And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. 1 Cor. 2:4.

If in preaching the Gospel you substitute your clear knowledge of the way of salvation for confidence in the power of the Gospel, you hinder people getting to Reality. You have to see that while you proclaim your knowledge of the way of salvation, you yourself are rooted and grounded in faith in God. Never rely on the clearness of your exposition, but as you give your exposition see that you are relying on the Holy Spirit. Rely on the certainty of God’s redemptive power, and He will create His own life in souls.
When once you are rooted in Reality, nothing can shake you. If your faith is in experiences, anything that happens is likely to upset that faith; but nothing can ever upset God or the almighty Reality of Redemption; base your faith on that, and you are as eternally secure as God. When once you get into pe…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings.

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         “There is no spot in thee.”           — Song of Solomon 4:7
Having pronounced his Church positively full of beauty, our Lord confirms his praise by a precious negative, “There is no spot in thee.” As if the thought occurred to the Bridegroom that the carping world would insinuate that he had only mentioned her comely parts, and had purposely omitted those features which were deformed or defiled, he sums up all by declaring her universally and entirely fair, and utterly devoid of stain. A spot may soon be removed, and is the very least thing that can disfigure beauty, but even from this little blemish the believer is delivered in his Lord’s sight. If he had said there is no hideous scar, no horrible deformity, no deadly ulcer, we might even then have marveled; but when he testifies that she is free from the slightest spot, all these other forms of defilement are included, and the depth of wonder is increased. If he had but promised …

Connect the Testaments

December 3: Facing the Storms on the Horizon
Jeremiah 4:19–5:31; Colossians 2:6–23; Proverbs 11:13–31

Having knowledge or insight into a situation and feeling helpless to act upon that information is one of the most frightening feelings we can experience. It makes us anxious, even pained.
Jeremiah 4 describes an experience like this: “My heart is restless within me, I cannot keep silent, for I hear in my inner self the sound of a horn, the alarm of war. Destruction on destruction is proclaimed, for all of the land is devastated.… How long must I see the banner, and hear the sound of a horn? ‘For my people are foolish, they have not known me. They are foolish children, and they do not have insight. They are skillful at doing evil, and they do not know how to do good’ ” (Jer 4:19–22).
How should we react in moments like these? How should we operate? There are no simple answers to these questions. But what is certain is that we must depend on God and His provision over our lives. We must l…