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Behold the Lamb of God

Behold the Lamb of God
ExcerptAnd steadfastly regarding (see Mark. 10:21,27Luke 20:1722:61)—with eager and penetrating glance, as though something might be learned from his slightest movements—Jesus as he walked; “walked,” not towards John, as on the previous day, but in some opposite direction. This implies that their relative functions were not identical, and not to be confounded. This is the last time when the Baptist and the Christ were together, and the sublime meekness of John, and his surrender of all primary claims to deference, throw light on the unspeakable and gentle dignity of Jesus. He saith, Behold the Lamb of God. The simple phrase, without further exposition, implies that he was recalling to their minds the mighty appellation which he had bestowed upon the Saviour on the previous day, with all the additional interpretation of the term with which it had then been accompanied. The brevity of the cry here marks the emphasis which it bore, and the rich associations it …

Capernaum

Capernaum
‎Capernaum—“the village of Nahum”—at the north of the Sea of Galilee, the fishing port where Jesus lived after he left Nazareth around 28 A.D. Here he preached in the synagogue, cured the sick and performed miracles. The first group of disciples was formed among the fishermen of Capernaum. Matthew called it “his own city” (Matthew 9:1). The synagogue stands out in white limestone opposite the reconstruction of the octagonal church built in the mid-5th century over St. Peter’s house.

Binding Isaac's

Binding Isaac's

‎In 1929, this floor mosaic from the 6th century BCE was found in a synagogue of the newly founded Kibbutz Beth Alfa about 6 km west of Beth Shean. The relatively naive scene illustrates the binding of Isaac. ‎Gen 22:9–10

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two CitiesTitus 3:12 Excerpt ‎Paul was a prisoner in Rome, his friend Philemon was in Colossae, and the human link between them was a runaway slave named Onesimus. The details are not clear, but it appears that Onesimus robbed his master and then fled to Rome, hoping to be swallowed up in the crowded metropolis. But, in the providence of God, he met Paul and was converted! ‎Now what? Perhaps Onesimus should remain with Paul, who needed all the assistance he could get. But what about the slave’s responsibilities to his master back in Colossae? The law permitted a master to execute a rebellious slave, but Philemon was a Christian. If he forgave Onesimus, what would the other masters (and slaves) think? If he punished him, how would it affect his testimony? What a dilemma! … More Wiersbe, Warren W. The Bible Exposition Commentary. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996. Print

Slingshot

Slingshot
‎Slingshots are mentioned in 2 Chron 26:15. Since they were invented only around 400 BCE in Greece, the rather late author of the Chronicler’s history put the weapons of his own time into the text. ‎2 Chron 26:15

Words of Sin in the New Testament

Words of Sin in the New TestamentRomans 5:12-21 Excerpt The principal NT term is hamartia (and cognates), which is equivalent to ḥṭ’. In classical Gk. it is used for missing a target or taking a wrong road. It is the general NT term for sin as concrete wrongdoing, the violation of God’s law (Jn. 8:46Jas. 1:151 Jn. 1:8). InRom. 5–8 Paul personifies the term as a ruling principle in human life (cf.5:126:12147:17,208:2). paraptōma occurs in classical contexts for an error in measurement or a blunder. The NT gives it a stronger moral connotation as misdeed or trespass (cf. ‘dead through … ’, Eph. 2:1Mt. 6:14f.). parabasis is a similarly derived term with similar meaning, ‘transgression’, ‘going beyond the norm’ (Rom. 4:15Heb. 2:2). asebeia is perhaps the profoundest NT term and commonly translates pš‘ in the lxx. It implies active ungodliness or impiety (Rom. 1:182 Tim. 2:16). Another term is anomia, lawlessness, a contempt for law (Mt. 7:232 Cor. 6:14). kakiaand ponē…

John the Baptist Final Testimony

John the Baptist Final Testimony Excerpt These verses, in placing the activities of Jesus and John alongside each other, provide the setting which will lead to the dialogue introducing John’s testimony. Jesus moves with his disciples from Jerusalem, where the conversation with Nicodemus has been set,into the Judaean countryside and there he baptized. For those familiar with the Synoptic tradition, this description of Jesus’ activity would strike a surprising note, since nowhere in the Synoptics is Jesus said to have baptized. For the historical issues raised by such a statement and its later qualification in 4:2, see the discussion below after the comments on this pericope. John’s similar activity is next introduced. He also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water there. John’s baptizing in Bethany on the other side of the Jordan was mentioned earlier in 1:25–8. Now he has moved north, leaving Jesus baptizing in the general area of the lower Jordan valley…

Greeting and Prayer

Greeting and PrayerBy: Sister Shirley Thomas
Good morning by the grace of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ. Search Me23   Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24   And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24, NKJV)
Heavenly Father, You’re the only one who knows us better than we know ourselves. I ask You Lord to search our hearts. I know that You only is lovingly and gently. Remove all that should not be here, and replace it with what should be there. Let us remember, You’re not going to break into our hearts unless we invite You in to it. So, invite Jesus in to your heart through faith, repent genuinely, accept Him and be saved forever! In Jesus name

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy
9 “Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments; (Deuteronomy 7:9,NKJV)
The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print

Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

March 11


DARE TO BE A DANIEL
Words and Music by Philip P. Bliss, 1838–1876
  But Daniel resolved not to defile himself … (Daniel 1:8)
  Doubt sees the obstacles—Faith sees the way.
  Doubt sees the darkest night—Faith sees the day.
  Doubt dreads to take a step—Faith soars on high.
  Doubt questions, “Who believes?”—Faith answers, “I.”
—Unknown

The book of Daniel is really a textbook of instruction and an example of how God’s people can live in difficult conditions and come through victoriously. Even as the Jewish people were living in Babylonian captivity, so Christians today are pilgrims and sojourners in a foreign culture. We, like Daniel and his friends, must exercise our implicit faith in God’s purposes and leading for our lives. We too must resolve in advance that we will not be defiled by the world. And whether our God delivers us or not from the fiery furnace, we will remain faithful to Him (Daniel 3:17, 18).
Daniel and his friends also personify for us Christian courage at i…

My Utmost for His Highest

March 11th

Vision



I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision. Acts 26:19.

If we lose the vision, we alone are responsible, and the way we lose the vision is by spiritual leakage. If we do not run our belief about God into practical issues, it is all up with the vision God has given. The only way to be obedient to the heavenly vision is to give our utmost for God’s highest, and this can only be done by continually and resolutely recalling the vision. The test is the sixty seconds of every minute, and the sixty minutes of every hour, not our times of prayer and devotional meetings.
“Though it tarry, wait for it.” We cannot attain to a vision, we must live in the inspiration of it until it accomplishes itself. We get so practical that we forget the vision. At the beginning we saw the vision but did not wait for it; we rushed off into practical work, and when the vision was fulfilled, we did not see it. Waiting for the vision that tarries is the test of our loyalty to God. It is at t…

Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning,                                    March 12             Go To Evening Reading

         “Thou shalt love thy neighbour.”
 — Matthew 5:43
“Love thy neighbour.” Perhaps he rolls in riches, and thou art poor, and living in thy little cot side-by-side with his lordly mansion; thou seest every day his estates, his fine linen, and his sumptuous banquets; God has given him these gifts, covet not his wealth, and think no hard thoughts concerning him. Be content with thine own lot, if thou canst not better it, but do not look upon thy neighbour, and wish that he were as thyself. Love him, and then thou wilt not envy him.

Perhaps, on the other hand, thou art rich, and near thee reside the poor. Do not scorn to call them neighbour. Own that thou art bound to love them. The world calls them thy inferiors. In what are they inferior? They are far more thine equals than thine inferiors, for “God hath made of one blood all people that dwell upon the face of the earth.” It is thy coat which is…

Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning,                                March 11               Go To Evening Reading

         “Sin … exceeding sinful.”
— Romans 7:13
Beware of light thoughts of sin. At the time of conversion, the conscience is so tender, that we are afraid of the slightest sin. Young converts have a holy timidity, a godly fear lest they should offend against God. But alas! very soon the fine bloom upon these first ripe fruits is removed by the rough handling of the surrounding world: the sensitive plant of young piety turns into a willow in after life, too pliant, too easily yielding. It is sadly true, that even a Christian may grow by degrees so callous, that the sin which once startled him does not alarm him in the least. By degrees men get familiar with sin. The ear in which the cannon has been booming will not notice slight sounds. At first a little sin startles us; but soon we say, “Is it not a little one?” Then there comes another, larger, and then another, until by degrees we begin to regard …

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

March 11: In the Moment of Weakness
Numbers 11–12; John 18:1–24; Psalm 11–12

All leaders have their moments of weakness. But without such times, they wouldn’t stretch themselves (and that would mean they weren’t really in God’s will). It’s not that these moments shouldn’t happen, but we should turn to God when they do.
Moses dealt with more than his fair share of people getting upset with his leadership, and he felt weak as a result. He didn’t always handle these situations correctly, but in Num 11 we see a glimpse of what an amazing leader he really was. The people were upset because they didn’t have meat to eat and were (once again) wishing they were back in Egypt. They were considering going against God’s will, and at least with their words, they were already doing so. Moses responded by telling God about his frustrations:
“Moses heard the people weeping according to their clans … Then Yahweh became very angry, and in the eyes of Moses it was bad. And Moses said to Yahweh, ‘Why ha…