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The Tel Dan Stele

The Tel Dan Stele
‎This engraved stone is the only archaeological evidence of King David to be discovered. It reads bytdwd, “House of David” (as in Isa 7:2). The stele dates to the mid-ninth century BC, and was found in Dan’s city wall in 1993. The wall was likely reconstructed by Israelites during the early seventh century BC, after their recapture of Dan from the Assyrians.

Matthew. Vol. 1.

God'sSon Passes the Test
God’s Son Passes the Test (Mt. 4:1–11, See Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-4) Scholars’ interpretations of the temptation narrative broadly fall into three primary categories (Theissen 1991:218–19): (1)Jesus’ testing recalls that of Israel in the wilderness; whatever God commanded Israel his child in the wilderness, much more he would require of his Son the Messiah. (2)Jesus provides a model for tested believers. (3) The narrative affirms a correct understanding of Jesus’ messiah-ship as against contemporary political or militaristic interpretations. Clues within the narrative (such as Mt. 4:2) and the rest of Matthew (such as Mt. 6:13; Mt. 26:41; Mt. 27:42–43) indicate that the narrative functions in all three ways.*
Matthew emphasizes that Jesus, unlike Israel, passed his test in the wilderness. Matthew makes this biblical background clear even in simple ways like saying the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness, reflecting a common biblical motif of God guiding his…

Mundy"s Quote for the Day

Mundy"s Quote for the Day Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy
Living Before God Our Father
13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as Hewho called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”  (1 Peter 1:13-16,NKJV)
The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour.

January 6

  Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord Exod. 14:13
Often God seems to place His children in positions of profound difficulty—leading them into a wedge from which there is no escape; contriving a situation which no human judgment would have permitted, had it been previously consulted. The very cloud conducts them thither. You may be thus involved at this very hour. It does seem perplexing and very serious to the last degree; but it is perfectly right. The issue will more than justify Him who has brought you hither. It is a platform for the display of Hisalmighty grace and power. He will not only deliver you, but in doing so He will give you a lesson that you will never forget; and to which, in many a psalm and song in after days, you will revert. You will never be able to thank God enough for having done just as He has.

F. B. Meyer

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

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

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January 6th

Worship


And he pitched his tent having Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he build an altar. Genesis 12:8.

Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have. Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship. If you hoard a thing for yourself, it will turn into spiritual dry rot, as the manna did when it was hoarded. God will never let you hold a spiritual thing for yourself; it has to be given back to Him that He may make it a blessing to others.

Bethel is the symbol of communion with God; Ai is the symbol of the world. Abraham pitched his tent between the two. The measure of the worth of our public activity for God is the private profound communion we have with Him. Rush is wrong every time; there is always plenty of time to worship God. Quiet days with God may be a snare. We have to …

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, January 6      Go To Evening Reading

         “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
         — 1 Peter 5:7

It is a happy way of soothing sorrow when we can feel—“HE careth for me.” Christian! do not dishonour religion by always wearing a brow of care; come, cast your burden upon your Lord. You are staggering beneath a weight which your Father would not feel. What seems to you a crushing burden, would be to him but as the small dust of the balance. Nothing is so sweet as to

         “Lie passive in God’s hands,
         And know no will but his.”

O child of suffering, be thou patient; God has not passed thee over in his providence. He who is the feeder of sparrows, will also furnish you with what you need. Sit not down in despair; hope on, hope ever. Take up the arms of faith against a sea of trouble, and your opposition shall yet end your distresses. There is One who careth for you. His eye is fixed on you, his heart beats with pity for your woe, and his h…

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

January 6


I Did It My WayGenesis 10–11; Matthew 9; Ecclesiastes 2:18–26

Frank Sinatra was wrong to do things “his way.” In Gen 11, we see people uniting in building what seems like a great triumph of humanity—until we realize what their work is all about. They’re tired of being distant from God, so they build a structure that will reach the heavens.
“Surely the gods will know and find us now.… Let’s meet our maker,” you can almost hear them say. But the true God, Yahweh, knows their plan and says: “Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech” (Gen 11:7). Because all the people spoke one language, they were dangerous to themselves. In the unity of one world, there is disunity: we choose to assault the God we should serve.

There is an alternative—a unity that God desires: where we serve Him by serving others. Jesus describes how we should act towards one another and towards Him, even teaching us how to pray. With Christ, God …