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Water

Water
Isaiah 55:1 Excerpt In the East, water is a precious ingredient; and an abundance of water is a special blessing (Isa. 41:17; Isa. 44:3). Wine, milk, and bread were staples of their diet. The people were living on substitutes that did not nourish them. They needed “the real thing,” which only the Lord could give. In Scripture, both water and wine are pictures of the Holy Spirit (John 7:37–39;Eph. 5:18). Jesus is the “bread of life” (John 6:32–35), and His living Word is like milk (1 Peter2:2). Our Lord probably had Isaiah 55:2 in mind when He said, “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life” (John 6:27, NKJV). More Wiersbe, Warren W. Be Comforted. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996. Print. “Be” Commentary Series.

Lower Than the Angels

Lower Than the AngelsExcerpt Here the LXX takes Elohim (being a plural form) to mean “angels;” as also in Ps. 97:7 and Ps. 138:1. The more correct rendering of the Hebrew may be, “thou madest him a little short of God,” with reference to his having been made “in God’s image,” “after God’s likeness,” and having dominion over creation given him. But, if so, Elohim must be understood in its abstract sense of “Divinity” (so Gesenius), rather than as denoting the Supreme Being. Otherwise, “thyself” would have been the more appropriate expression, the psalm being addressed to God. The argument is not affected by the difference of translation. Indeed, the latter rendering enhances still more the position assigned to man. More Spence-Jones, H. D. M., ed. Hebrews. London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909. Print. The Pulpit Commentary.

Noah Enter the Ark

Noah Enter the ArkExcerpt Noah is given a week’s warning before the flood begins. The Hebrew word for “rain” in verse 4 is different than the word for “rain” in verse Gen. 7:12. That used in verse Gen. 7:12 designates a heavy downpour. The rain of verse Gen. 7:4 is no shower—it is to last forty days and forty nights. Noah does what God says (vv. Gen. 7:7–9) and God fulfills his word (v. Gen. 7:10). As the flood starts (Gen.7:11–16), again we find the deliberate use of repetition and summarization. This is a characteristic of epic composition. Note: the flood (v. Gen. 7:6); entry into the ark (vv. Gen. 7:7–9); the flood (vv. Gen. 7:10–12); entry into the ark (vv. Gen. 7:13–16). Actually, there are two references to the flood’s beginning: verse Gen. 7:10 and verse Gen. 7:11. The additional data given in verse Gen. 7:11 are about the two sources of the rain: the springs of the great deep and the floodgates of heaven. But the following verse refers only to the second of these. More Elwel…

God Opens A Way (Exodus 12:33-14:31)

God Opens A Way (Exodus 12:33-14:31)Exodus 12:33–14:31 Excerpt ‎The God of Israel proves himself to be greater than all the gods of Egypt. Although the Israelites were slaves, the events of the exodus show that it is the Egyptians who are in spiritual bondage. God is going to show us that those whom he sets free are free indeed! It seems almost too good to be true, but now, four centuries after coming to Egypt, the descendants of Jacob are finally on their journey out of Egypt to the land which God has promised to give them to inherit. This is their journey of a lifetime. God has opened a door for them; and walking through it is just the beginning of the adventure. … More Campbell, Iain D. Opening up Exodus. Leominster: Day One Publications, 2006. Print. Opening Up Commentary.

Recall the Former Days

Recall the Former Days Excerpt In the early days of the gospel there was a very hot persecution raised up against the professors of the Christian religion, and the believing Hebrews had their share of it: he would have them to remember, (1.) When they had suffered: In former days, after they were illuminated; that is, as soon as God had breathed life into their souls, and caused divine light to spring up in their minds, and taken them into his favour and covenant; then earth and hell combined all their force against them. Here observe, A natural state is a dark state, and those who continue in that state meet with no disturbance from Satan and the world; but a state of grace is a state of light, and therefore the powers of darkness will violently oppose it. Those who will live godly in Christ Jesus must suffer persecution. More Henry, Matthew. Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: Complete and Unabridged in One Volume. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1994. Print.

Perge

Perge

‎This port city, located at the southern coast of Turkey, was the first station of Paul’s first mission journey. The picture shows Perge’s ancient theater that, for the most part, is still extant. ‎Acts 13:13–14; Acts 14:25

Goliath's Armor

Goliath's ArmorExcerpt He was well furnished with defensive armour (v. 1 Sam. 17:5-6): A helmet of brass on his head, a coat of mail, made of brass plates laid over one another, like the scales of a fish; and, because his legs would lie most within the reach of an ordinary man, he wore brass boots, and had a large corselet of brass about his neck. The coat is said to weigh 5000 shekels, and a shekel was half an ounce avoirdupois, a vast weight for a man to carry, all the other parts of his armour being proportionable. But some think it should be translated, not the weight of the coat, but the value of it, was 5000 shekels; so much it cost. His offensive weapons were extraordinary, of which his spear only is here described, v. 1 Sam. 17:7. It was like a weaver’s beam. His arm could manage that which an ordinary man could scarcely heave. His shield only, which was the lightest of all his accoutrements, was carried before him by his esquire, probably for state; for he that was clad …

Who Saw and Called Moses?

Who Saw and Called Moses?Exodus 3:4 Excerpt A literal translation of both Lord and God is confusing, for it suggests that the one who sawwas not the one who called. This is a literary seam, where two different traditions have been joined together, one tradition using the sacred name yhwh (Lord) and the other using the usual word for deity, ’elohim (God). The confusion is easily avoided by using the pronoun in place of God, as in 3:4tev: “When the Lord saw … he called.” 3:4tev transfers the use of “God” to verse 5, where it fits more naturally in place of the pronoun “he.” This confusion about the participants is increased with the reference to “the angel” in 3:2a. As explained above, the clause in 3:2a should be understood as a summary or preview statement, with the details of how it happened then listed in sequence. Only one participant in dialogue with Moses is intended throughout the narrative; he is called the Lord, God, and “the angel,” depending on the perspective of the traditi…

Charisma

CharismaRomans 12:6–8 Excerpt Paul then applied what he had just said (vv. 3-5) to the exercise of God-given abilities for spiritual service (vv. 6-8). He built on the principle, We have different gifts (cf. v. 4, “not all have the same function”; cf. 1 Cor. 12:4). The grace-gifts (charismata) are according to God’sgrace (charis). He listed seven gifts, none of which—with the possible exception ofprophesying—is a sign gift. The Greek text is much more abrupt than any English translation; let him is supplied for smoother English. More Witmer, John A. “Romans.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 488. Print.

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, January 2                                         Go To Evening Reading
         “Continue in prayer.”           — Colossians 4:2
It is interesting to remark how large a portion of Sacred Writ is occupied with the subject of prayer, either in furnishing examples, enforcing precepts, or pronouncing promises. We scarcely open the Bible before we read, “Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord;” and just as we are about to close the volume, the “Amen” of an earnest supplication meets our ear. Instances are plentiful. Here we find a wrestling Jacob—there a Daniel who prayed three times a day—and a David who with all his heart called upon his God. On the mountain we see Elias; in the dungeon Paul and Silas. We have multitudes of commands, and myriads of promises. What does this teach us, but the sacred importance and necessity of prayer? We may be certain that whatever God has made prominent in his Word, he intended to be conspicuous in our lives. If he has said much about…