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Relations Between the Testaments

Relations Between the TestamentsExcerpt ‎It is not necessary for us to read very far in the New Testament before we discover that there is some kind of extensive relationship between that portion of the Bible and the Old Testament. In fact, the more we study, the more we are faced with different kinds of connections between the testaments. The extent and the variety of intertestamental links proves to be one of the most important and rewarding areas of Bible study. On the basis of the pervasiveness of his relationship, one writer has been led to describe the use of the Old Testament by writers of the New Testament as “the substructure of Christian theology.”1 The thrust of this perceptive assessment that the Old Testament is the foundation of the New Testament, should be adopted as a guideline by all Bible students. It would alert the reader to areas for ongoing study, and also serve to correct many lingering errors. … More Karleen, Paul S. The Handbook to Bible Study: With a Guide to t…

Criticisms of the Judaiziers

Criticisms of the JudaiziersGalatians 1:1 Excerpt Judaizing teachers had persuaded the Galatians that Paul had taught them the new religion imperfectly, and at second hand; that the founder of their church himself possessed only a deputed commission, the seal of truth and authority being in the apostles at Jerusalem: moreover, that whatever he might profess among them, he had himself at other times, and in other places, given way to the doctrine of circumcision. More Jamieson, Robert, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. Vol. 2. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997. Print.

Jerusalem: Church of All Nations

Jerusalem: Church of All Nations
‎Jerusalem. The light filtering into the Church of all Nations through the stained glass windows casts a reddish-brown glow on the altarpiece. It depicts an angel comforting Jesus, who is sitting on a rock between ancient olive trees. In the 4th century a church was built over the rock which was identified as the Rock of Agony, where Jesus sat the night before his arrest. The church was destroyed in the 7th century, and the 12th century Crusader church built in its place was also destroyed. But the Rock of Agony was not damaged and it stands in the center of the modern church, surrounded by an iron grating shaped like the crown of thorns placed on Jesus’ head during his trial.

Valley of the Kedron

Valley of the Kedron
‎We have passed and repassed this valley many times as we have followed with our notes and illustrations the “Earthly Footsteps of the Man of Galilee.” Every view of it calls up associations pathetic and sacred. From time immemorial the Valley of Jehoshaphat or Kedron has been a place of burial for the Jews. According to tradition the Virgin Mary was entombed in this lonely and desolate ravine. Here rests the body of the Prophet Zacharias, who was slain between the temple and the altar, and here also is the tomb of Absalom, so imperious and wayward, and yet so loved and wept by his father. The tomb to Absalom, which stands in this valley, is said to have been constructed by David. Of course, this has no foundation except in fancy. This whole region is a place of tombs, and the Garden of Gethsemane quietly blooms here, as if, some one has said, forming the conclusion of some melancholy chapter in a history of great events. These tombs of prophets, princes and king…

Huldah the Prophetess

Huldah the Prophetess2 Kings 22:14 Excerpt The fact that the king’s five officers (cf. v. 2 Ki 22:12) sought out the Prophetess Huldah suggests that she was highly regarded for her prophetic gift. Other prophets also lived in and around Jerusalem at this time including Jeremiah (Jer. 1:2), and Zephaniah (Zeph. 1:1), and perhaps Nahum and Habakkuk. But the five consulted Huldah for reasons unexplained. This woman was the wife of Shallum who was responsible for the royal or priestly wardrobe. She lived in . . . the Second District of Jerusalem which was the part of the city lower in elevation than the rest. More Constable, Thomas L. “2 Kings.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 582. Print.

Roman Road with Mile Stone

Roman Road with Mile Stone ‎The Romans fortified various roads that were already used for centuries. This way they were able to expedite and expand commercial trading, but they also could deploy and move their troops much faster on good roads. Several of these roads are still visible on the ground. The roads fortified by the Romans also were furnished with milestones (picture on the right). These stones mention the emperor who ordered the construction of the road, and indicate the number of miles remaining to the next city. With the help of these mile markers, it is possible even today to figure out the numerous road links that were available in Roman times. ‎Matt 5:41.

Plowing in Plains of Jezreel

Plowing in Plains of Jezreel
‎Passing through the vast Plain of Esdraelon, which extends across Central Palestine from the River Jordan to the Mediterranean Sea, Joseph and Mary would see the great battle field of Syria. In this plain Deborah and Barak conquered the army of Jabin under Sisera. “And Sisera gathered together all his chariots, even nine hundred chariots of iron, and the people that were with him from Harosheth of the Gentiles unto the river of Kishon. And Deborah said unto Barak: Up, for this is the day in which the Lord hath delivered Sisera into thine hand. Is not the Lord gone out before thee? So Barak went down from Mt. Tabor and ten thousand men with him. And the Lord discomfited Sisera and all his chariots and all his hosts with the edge of the sword before Barak, so that Sisera lighted down off his chariot and fled away on his feet.”—Judges 4:13–16. Here also, on the southern edge of the plain near Megiddo, Josiah, King of Judah, was defeated and slain by Pharaoh…

Lyre/Harp

Lyre/Harp
‎The small relief shows a harp player. This harp is decorated with a plastic of an animal. ‎Gen 31:27; 1 Sam 10:5; 1 Sam. 16:16, 1 Sam. 16:23; 2 Sam 6:5; 2 Sam. 15:16, 2 Sam. 15:21, 2 Sam. 15:28; 2 Sam. 16:5; 1 Kings 10:12; 1 Chron 13:8; 2 Chron 5:12; 2 Chron. 9:11; 2 Chron. 20:28; 2 Chron. 29:25; Neh 12:27; Job 21:12; Ps 33:2; Ps. 43:4; Ps. 49:4; Ps. 57:8; Ps. 71:22; Ps. 81:2; Ps. 92:3; Ps. 98:5; Ps. 108:2; Ps. 137:2; Ps. 147:7; Ps. 149:3; Ps. 150:3; Isa 5:12; Isa 14:11; Isa 16:11; Isa 23:16; Isa 24:8; Ezek 26:13; Dan 3:5–15; Amos 6:5; Sirach 40:21; 1 Macc 3:45; 1 Macc 4:54; 1 Cor 14:7; Rev 5:8; Rev 14:2; Rev 15:2

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day
The ImmanuelProphecy

10 Moreover the LORD spoke again to Ahaz, saying, “Ask a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; ask it either in the depth or in the height above.” 12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD!” 13 Then he said, “Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. 15 Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good (Isaiah 7:10-15). 
The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

The Son Ban Set You Free

The Son Can Set You Free Excerpt This general principle, illustrated in the origin of the Jewish people by the parable of Isaac and Ishmael, has one absolute fulfilment. The Son, the true Son, is one. Through Him alone—in Him, in fellowship with Him—can lasting freedom be gained, seeing that He alone is free, and abideth unchangeable for ever. If the Son therefore] The Son and not the Father is represented as giving freedom, in so far as He communicates to others that which is His own. free indeed] The word translated indeed (ὄντως) occurs here only in St John. It appears to express reality in essence from within, as distinguished from reality as seen and known (ἀληθῶςv. John 1:31, John 1:48, John 4:42, John 6:14, John 7:40). The conception of freedom which is given in this whole passage presents the principle which St Paul applied to the special case of external ordinances. More Westcott, Brooke Foss, and Arthur Westcott, eds. The Gospel according to St. John Introduction and Notes on…

Her Seed

Her SeedGenesis 3:15 Excerpt זֶרַע (zera˓). Sowing, seed, offspring. This noun is used 224 times. Its usages fall into four basic semantic categories:1. The time of sowing, seedtime; 2. the seed as that which is scattered or as the product of what is sown; 3. the seed as semen and 4. the Seed as the offspring in the promised line of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob or in other groups separate from this people of promise. The most important theological usage is found in the fourth category. Commencing with Gen 3:15, the word “seed” is regularly used as a collective noun in the singular (never plural).  This technical term is an important aspect of the promise doctrine, for Hebrew never uses the plural of this root to refer to “posterity” or “offspring.” The Aramaic targums pluralize the term occasionally, e.g. the Targum of Gen 4:10, but the Aramaic also limits itself to the singular in the passages dealing with the promised line. Thus the word designates the whole line of descendants as a un…

The Need for Further Moral Changes

The Need for Further Moral Changes Of all the areas of life that can be ruined by sin, it is sad that the most intimate relationship, the sexual—with all its potential for beauty, joy and fulfillment—is so vulnerable, so easily ruined and so prone to bring public disrepute. It is also unfortunate that pastors and other Christian leaders are susceptible to distortion of the counseling and other close associations characteristic of religious ministry. But there are other circumstances as well to which the tenth commandment, with its prohibition of covetousness, applies. So greed appears along with sexual immorality and other impurity in the instructions of Ephesians 5:3. Whether that greed is for money or for food, or (more likely in this context) for sexual gratification from someone else’s spouse, it is contrary to God’s will and can constitute idolatry (v. Eph. 5:5).
Liefeld, Walter L. Ephesians. Vol. 10. Downers Grove, IL: Inter Varsity Press, 1997. Print. The IVP New Testament Com…

Jacob's Well

Jacob's Well ‎When Jacob came to Shechem on his return from Paddan-aram he encamped east of the city, purchasing a piece of land from Shechem’s father. There Jacob erected an altar and called it “El-Elohe-Israel,” God, the God of Israel. (Genesis 33:18–20)

Herod the Tetrarch

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.

Merodach

Merodach
The Babylonian god Marduk, (Heb. Merodach) wears a royal crown and holds the rod and ring, symbols of authority. He is here depicted on his symbol, a composite creature, (musrussu) whose body was a serpent. Drawn from a carved cylinder found at Babylon.
MERODACH-BALADAN. Known from cuneiform texts as the name of Marduk-apla-iddina II, the king of Babylon who sent an embassy to Hezekiah (Is. 39:1). The Heb. writing reflects the consonants of the name according to the methods of transcription used in the 8th and 7th centuries BC (mrdkbldn; 2 Ki. 20:12, Berodach-baladan, has a phonetic variant), the vowels being added by later tradition. His father, not named in cuneiform sources, could have been called Bēl-iddin, giving the same consonants as Baladan (bldn) when transcribed into Hebrew (Is. 39:1). See TynB 22, 1971, pp. 125–126.

Wiseman, D. J. “Merodach-Baladan.” Ed. D. R. W. Wood et al. New Bible dictionary 1996 : 751–752. Print.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour.

December 15

  Now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love
1 Cor. 13:13 (R.V.)
Love is the greatest thing that God can give us: for Himself is Love; and it is the greatest thing we can give to God: for it will give ourselves, and carry with it all that is ours.

Jeremy Taylor

Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.

Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

December 15 HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING Charles Wesley, 1707–1788

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for Me One who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from old, from ancient times. (Micah 5:2)

Christmas carols as we know them now were abolished by the English Puritan parliament in 1627 because they were a part of a “worldly festival,” which they considered the celebration of Christmas to be. As a result, there was a scarcity of Christmas hymns and carols in the 17th and early 18th centuries. Charles Wesley’s “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” was one of the few written during this period. Wesley’s fine text and the melody by master composer Felix Mendelssohn have given this hymn its great popularity and its standing as a classic among Christmas songs.

Like many of Charles Wesley’s more than 6,500 hymns, this text clearly presents biblical doctrine in poetic language. The first stanza describes the song of the angels o…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year.

December 15th
Approved unto God


Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Tim. 2:15.

If you cannot express yourself on any subject, struggle until you can. If you do not, someone will be the poorer all the days of his life. Struggle to re-express some truth of God to yourself, and God will use that expression to someone else. Go through the wine-press of God where the grapes are crushed. You must struggle to get expression experimentally, then there will come a time when that expression will become the very wine of strengthening to someone else; but if you say lazily—‘I am not going to struggle to express this thing for myself, I will borrow what I say,’ the expression will not only be of no use to you, but of no use to anyone. Try to re-state to yourself what you implicitly feel to be God’s truth, and you give God a chance to pass it on to someone else through you.

Always make a practice of provoking your o…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, December 15      Go To Evening Reading
         “Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.” 
         — Ruth 1:14
Both of them had an affection for Naomi, and therefore set out with her upon her return to the land of Judah. But the hour of test came; Naomi most unselfishly set before each of them the trials which awaited them, and bade them if they cared for ease and comfort to return to their Mitsubishi friends. At first both of them declared that they would cast in their lot with the Lord’s people; but upon still further consideration Orpah with much grief and a respectful kiss left her mother in law, and her people, and her God, and went back to her idolatrous friends, while Ruth with all her heart gave herself up to the God of her mother in law. It is one thing to love the ways of the Lord when all is fair, and quite another to cleave to them under all discouragements and difficulties. The kiss of outward profession is very cheap and easy, but the practical c…

Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan

December 15: After the Storm
Jeremiah 29:1–30:24; Romans 6:1–14; Proverbs 20:13–30


As we blink and squint in the light that emerges after a storm, we marvel that the sun was there all along and we just couldn’t see it. The same is true during times of difficulty. When we’re in pain or worried, it seems impossible to find God, but in retrospect, it always seems obvious: God was there all along.

Jeremiah prophesied to God’s people about their unraveling. The people heard words from Jeremiah’s mouth that must have seemed hopeless and full of despair. But in Jeremiah 29, we catch a glimpse of the light that comes after: “Build houses and live in them, and plant gardens and eat their fruit. Take wives and father sons and daughters … and multiply there, and you must not be few” (Jer 29:5–6).

Even in exile, God will continue to guide His people. Because of their sins, they have endured (and lost) war and been driven away from the land that God gave them; but God remains with them nonetheless.…