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‎In Israel, animals were slaughtered by cutting the carotid artery; the blood was caught in a bowl. After the animal was bloodless, it could be cooked or burned on the altar as sacrifice. Blood as bearer of life was splashed against the base of the altar ‎Gen 43:16; Exod 12:6, 12:21; 29:11; Lev 1:5, 1:11; 3:2, 3:8, 3:13; 4:4, 4:15; Deut 16:2–6; Prov 7:22; 24:11; Isa 14:21; 53:7; Jer 11:19; 50:27; 51:40

Evaluating Your Work

Evaluating Your Work Excerpt Paul turns back again to the need for personal evaluation. Self-evaluation is necessary since there is always the danger of self-deception (v. 3). Personal evaluation must be made on the basis of a careful examination of one’s own work, not on the basis of comparison with others (v. 4). Personal evaluation should clarify one’s God-given mission in life (v. 5). The warning against self-deception (v. 3) enlarges upon the warning against conceit (5:26) and temptation (6:1). The most serious spiritual danger of all is the self-delusion of pride: someone who thinks he is something when he is nothing. In the immediate context, Paul’s rebuke must be aimed at those who thought so highly of their own status that they were unwilling to take the role of servants to carry the burdens of others. The Jewish Christian law teachers were so impressed with the importance of their mission of imposing the Mosaic Law on Gentile believers that they had no time or interest to b…

Sea of Galilee: Church f the Multiplication - Mosaic

Sea of Galilee: Church f the Multiplication - Mosaic ‎Tabgha. The mosaic of the loaves and fishes from the mid-5th century A.D. in the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes. This is Byzantine art at its best. The basket of bread and the two fish on either side of it have been preserved intact for hundreds of years in front of the rock marking the spot where Jesus performed the miracle of the loaves and fishes. Above the rock stands the high altar.


HospitalityMark 6:10–11 Excerpt [Hospitality is] the act of friendship shown a visitor. Hospitality in the ancient Near East was tightly bound up in customs and practices which all were expected to observe. As in an intricately choreographed dance, where any participant who does not observe his or her role must either learn it, or leave the dance if the whole is not to be jeopardized, so it was with the customs of ancient hospitality. One ignored the customs at one’s own peril. To try to understand those carefully structured and rigidly observed practices in terms of the relative informality of modern Western practices of hospitality would be completely to misunderstand them. More Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bible dictionary 1985 : 408. Print.

Sea of Galilee: Cross

Sea of Galilee: Cross
‎A simple wooden cross marks the place where Jesus expressed compassion for humanity (Mark 8:10), on the shore of the Sea of Galilee at Tabgha, in the place called Dalmanutha.

Threshing sledge

Threshing sledge
‎Even in the 20th century CE, a so-called threshing sledge was still used for threshing grain in Palestine. It consisted of two front-raised boards put next to each other, with flint stones stuck in holes under the surface of the boards. On this monoski-like threshing board drawn by oxen, one drove the entire day around in a circle over the grain. This way the stone loosened the cereal grain out of the ears.‎2 Sam 24:22; Job 41:30; Isa 28:27; Amos 1:3

Jordan River

Jordan River
‎The Jordan River meanders over a length of about 200 km between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea, an actual distance of only 105 km (as the crow flies). Due to the many twists and curves, the Jordan River is not navigable. In the region shown here, the river is deeply embedded in infertile marl banks. The drawing about shows the area where John the Baptist was active. ‎Matt 3:1–17; Mark 1:1–11; Luke 3:3–22


MeribahNumbers 20:13 Excerpt From the verbs “to test” and “to strive, contend,” respectively, terms referring to a site where the Israelites rebelled against Yahweh in the wilderness. Three distinct traditions of these events are preserved in the Bible. In Exod. 17:1–7 the Israelites camp at Rephidim on the way to Horeb. At Rephidim they complain of thirst to Moses. Yahweh tells Moses to go ahead of the people with some elders to Horeb and strike the mountain so that water will come out of it and the people may drink. The place is called Massah and Meribah because there the Israelites “quarreled” and “tested”God (cf.Ps. 95:8; alsoDeut. 6:169:22, where only Massah is mentioned).
A second tradition locates the rebellion near Kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin, and refers only to Meribah. The focus of this tradition is Yahweh’s judgment on Moses and Aaron. Unlike the Exodus tradition, Yahweh instructs Moses to speak to the rock to produce water, but instead Moses strikes the rock twice.…

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy

Be Generous and Do Good
6 Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:6-10
The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

January 21

  Show me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths
Ps. 25:4
There is a path in which every child of God is to walk, and in which alone God can accompany him.

Denham Smith

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

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening

Morning, January 21                                           Go To Evening Reading

“And so all Israel shall be saved.”
         — Romans 11:26
Then Moses sang at the Red Sea, it was his joy to know that all Israel were safe. Not a drop of spray fell from that solid wall until the last of God’s Israel had safely planted his foot on the other side the flood. That done, immediately the floods dissolved into their proper place again, but not till then. Part of that song was, “Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed.” In the last time, when the elect shall sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and of the Lamb, it shall be the boast of Jesus, “Of all whom thou hast given me, I have lost none.” In heaven there shall not be a vacant throne.

         “For all the chosen race
         Shall meet around the throne,
         Shall bless the conduct of his grace,
         And make his glories known.”

As many as God hath chosen, as many as Christ hath redeemed, a…

Connect the Testaments

January 21: Power, Authority, and Its Result
Genesis 34:1–35:15; Matthew 25:14–26:13; Ecclesiastes 8:1–9

“For there is a time and a way for everything, although man’s trouble lies heavy on him. For he does not know what is to be, for who can tell him how it will be?” (Eccl 8:6).

We all struggle with the future and the vast uncertainty it creates in our minds. It’s rarely the present that keeps us awake at night; it’s our concerns about what will happen if the present changes for better or worse.

But unlike other places in the Bible when we’re told not to worry, the words of Ecclesiastes 8:6 are set in the context of a request to obey the king of the land. This is not because the king is offered as a solution to the problems, although he could potentially help, but because like many other things, there is nothing that can be done about him. Why worry about that which you cannot change?

This situation is equated to life and death itself: “No man has power to retain the spirit, or power o…