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The Temptation

The Temptation
Excerpt Matthew locates the temptation at a definite time, “then” (τοτε [tote]) and place, “into the wilderness” (εἰςτηνἐρημον [eis tēn erēmon]), the same general region where John was preaching. It is not surprising that Jesus was tempted by the devil immediately after his baptism which signified the formal entrance upon the Messianic work. That is a common experience with ministers who step out into the open for Christ. The difficulty here is that Matthew says that “Jesus was led up into the wilderness by the Spirit to be tempted by the devil.” Mark (1:12) puts it more strongly that the Spirit“drives” (ἐκβαλλει [ekballei]) Christ into the wilderness. It was a strong impulsion by the Holy Spirit that led Jesus into the wilderness to think through the full significance of the great step that he had now taken. That step opened the door for the devil and involved inevitable conflict with the slanderer (τουδιαβολου [tou diabolou]). More Robertson, A.T. Word Pictures in the N…

Relations Between the Testaments

Relations Between the Testaments
Excerpt ‎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.” 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 …

Jews and Gentiles

Jews and Gentiles
Excerpt How could Joseph’s Son—the Boy they saw grow up in their town—be the Messiah? Jesus, sensing their opposition (4:23-24), noted two instances in which God’s prophets ministered miraculous acts of grace to Gentiles while Israel was in unbelief—Elijah and the widow of Zarephath (vv. 25-26; cf. Kings 17:8-16), and Elisha and Naaman the Syrian leper (Luke4:27; cf.2 Kings 5:1-19).
Jesus’ mention of Gentiles rather than Jews having God’s blessing caused the people to be furious (Luke 4:28). They attempted to kill Him, but Hewalked right through the crowd (v.30). Luke no doubt described a miraculous escape from the angry crowd. This pattern is seen throughout the rest of Jesus’ ministry: Jesus went to the Jews; they rejected Him; He told of Gentile participation in the kingdom; some Jews wanted to kill Him. But He was not killed until the proper time, when He chose to die (23:46; cf. John 10:1517-18). More
Martin, John A. “Luke.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An …

Difficulty with the Concept of Personified Wisdom

Difficulty with the Concept of Personified Wisdom
Proverbs 8:22–36
Excerpt A special problem is the personification of wisdom in Pr. 8:22ff. Jb. 28anticipates this personification by depicting wisdom as a mystery inscrutable to men but apparent to God. In Pr. 1:20-33 wisdom is likened to a woman crying in the streets for men to turn from their foolish ways and to find instruction and security in her (cf. also Pr. 3:15-20). The personification continues in Pr. 8 and reaches its climax in vv. 22ff., where wisdom claims to be the first creation of God and, perhaps, an assistant in the work of creation (8:30; cf.3:19; the difficult ’āmôn, ‘as one brought up’ in AV, should be translated ‘master workman’, as in RV, RSV; see W. F. Albright in Wisdom in Israel and in the Ancient Near East, p. 8). The purpose of wisdom’s recitation of her credentials is to attract men to pay her rightful heed, as 8:32-36 indicates. Therefore, caution must be exercised in reading into this passage a view of hypo…

The Son of Man

The Son of Man
John 3:13
Excerpt The purpose of this verse is to emphasize the heavenly origin of the Son of Man. John is the only one of the Gospel writers to emphasize this truth; it is basic to his theology. What gives the Son of Manhis authority is his heavenly origin. The Son of Man… came down from heaven to tell men on earth about the things of heaven (verse 12). That is, the coming of the Son of Man is an act of divine revelation. But more than revelation is involved, as can be seen from the following verses - it is also an act of self-giving which leads to the death ofthe Son of Man.More Newman, Barclay Moon, and Eugene Albert Nida.A Handbook on the Gospel ofJohn. New York: United Bible Societies, 1993. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Transformation of the Land

Transformation of the Land
Isaiah 55:1213
Excerpt That this transformation of the vegetation of the desert is not to be taken literally, any more than in Isa. 41:17–20, is evident from the shouting of the mountains, and the clapping of hands on the part of the trees. On the other hand, however, the prophet says something more than that Israel will return home with such feelings of joy as will cause everything to appear transformed. More Keil, Carl Friedrich, and Franz Delitzsch. Commentary on the Old Testament. Vol. 7. Peabody, MA:

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy
9 But as it is written:
    “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,     Nor have entered into the heart of man     The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer Lectionary

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2015 | EPIPHANY
TUESDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK AFTER EPIPHANY
YEAR 1

Psalms (Morning)       Psalm 61, 62
Psalms (Evening)       Psalm 68:1–20 (21–23) 24–35
Old TestamentIsaiah 52:1–12
New TestamentGalatians 4:12–20
Gospel Mark 8:1–10


The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010. Print.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

February 3

February 3
Love not the world
1 John 2:15
Love it not, and yet love it. Love it with the love of Him who gave His Son to die for it. Love it with the love of Him who shed His blood for it. Love it with the love of angels who rejoice in its conversion. Love it to do it good, giving your tears to its sufferings, your pity to its sorrows, your wealth to its wants, your prayers to its miseries, and to its fields of charity, and philanthropy, and Christian piety, your powers and hours of labor. You cannot live without affecting it, or being affected by it. You will make the world better, or it will make you worse.
God help you by His grace and Holy Spirit so to live in the world as to live above it, and look beyond it; and so to love it that when you leave it, you may leave it better than you found it.

Guthrie


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: Daily Readings

Morning, February 3                                         Go To Evening Reading

 “Therefore, brethren, we are debtors.”
 — Romans 8:12
As God’s creatures, we are all debtors to him: to obey him with all our body, and soul, and strength. Having broken his commandments, as we all have, we are debtors to his justice, and we owe to him a vast amount which we are not able to pay. But of the Christian it can be said that he does not owe God’s justice anything, for Christ has paid the debt his people owed; for this reason the believer owes the more to love. I am a debtor to God’s grace and forgiving mercy; but I am no debtor to his justice, for he will never accuse me of a debt already paid. Christ said, “It is finished!” and by that he meant, that whatever his people owed was wiped away for ever from the book of remembrance. Christ, to the uttermost, has satisfied divine justice; the account is settled; the handwriting is nailed to the cross; the receipt is given, and we are debtors to God’…

Connect the Testaments

February 3: Wisdom Can Quickly Become Folly
Exodus 7–8; John 1:35–51; Song of Solomon 1:8–14

What we need to hear and what we want to hear are rarely the same thing. Leaders who encourage honesty, allow for errors, and establish an environment of trust usually hear what they need to hear. A dictator, on the other hand, will never learn what they really need to know. People shield them or stay away from them; an environment of fear is only destructive. It’s with this point in mind that the story of Moses, Aaron, and Pharaoh becomes even more intriguing.

Pharaoh surrounded himself with people who would tell him what he wanted to hear (Exod 7:22), not what he needed to hear: “You’re oppressing the Hebrew people and they will rise up against you. And furthermore, we’re afraid of their God and we can’t really do what He can do. We’re small-time dark magic; their God is the big time.” Instead of speaking this truth, Pharaoh’s advisers went on pretending and conjuring up cheap tricks.

Plague …