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A Second View of the Source of the Jordan

A Second View of the Source of the Jordan
‎“Full grown at first,” the river dashes through an oleander thicket among stones and fragments of the ancient ruins, sparkling and leaping to the valley below. George Adams Smith in his “Historical Geography of the Holy Land” says: “Among the rivers of the world the Jordan is unique by twofold distinctions of nature and history. There are hundreds of other streams more large, more useful or more beautiful; there is none which has been more spoken about by mankind.” While standing here at the source of this sacred river let us look down the plain of the Jordan and give some of the measurements furnished by Professor McGarvey. The first expansion which the Jordan makes is in Lake Huleh, or the waters of Merom. This is three miles wide at its northern end and four miles long. The beginning of Lake Huleh is twelve miles from the great spring at Dan. From Huleh to Lake Galilee is about ten miles, and the difference in the elevation between the tw…


Introduction Excerpt ‎Jehovah has been pleased to give us the revelation of His mind and will in words. It is therefore absolutely necessary that we should understand not merely the meanings of the words themselves, but also the laws which govern their usage and combinations. ‎All language is governed by law; but, in order to increase the power of a word, or the force of an expression, these laws are designedly departed from, and words and sentences are thrown into, and used in, new forms, orfigures. ‎The ancient Greeks reduced these new and peculiar forms to science, and gave names to more than two hundred of them. … More Bullinger, Ethelbert William. Figures of Speech Used in the Bible. London; New York: Eyre & Spottiswoode; E. & J. B. Young & Co., 1898. Print

The Work of the Gospel

The Work of the GospelPhilippians 1:5 Excerpt The word “gospel” originally meant a reward for bringing good news, but later it came to be used for good news itself, often the joyous news of victory in war. In the New Testament it always means good news itself and refers to the salvation that God has made possible through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The word appears nine times in Philippians and is used in a variety of ways. It is the message about Jesus Christ that is proclaimed (1.54.15), defended (1.716), promoted, spread, and advanced (4.31.12;2.22). It is also the standard of Christian living and basis of faith (1.27). The phrase in this context is not a reference to the Philippians’ sharing in accepting Paul’s preaching, but rather to their active participation in the work of the gospel. It may therefore be expressed as “in proclaiming the good news to others,” or “in the telling of the good news to others.”More Loh, I-Jin, and Eugene Albert Nida. A Handboo…

Royal Throne

Royal Throne ‎In antiquity, only Kings and other authorities were allowed to sit down. The throne was a symbol of power and lordship. This throne of the pharaoh pictures two captured enemies of Egypt (a Nubian and a Syrian) defeated by the pharaoh. The bas-relief of the shrine shows vignettes with captured Syrians, as well as the names of places conquered in Syria and Palestine. The cornice molding of the shrine has Uraeus friezes that are symbolically meant to protect the pharaoh. ‎1 Kings 10:18

Invocation tablet (the so-call Large Amulet)

Invocation tablet (the so-call Large Amulet) ‎The bronze tablet from Mesopotamia (beginning of the 1st millennium BCE) is 13 cm high. The lion head of the Assyrian demon Pazuzu, who was feared as causing diseases but also could chase away other demons, peeks over the amulet’s upper edge. The top row shows the most important Mesopotamian deities with their symbols. The figures in the row beneath are wearing animal masks. They have a mediating function in the exorcism. The third row shows the exorcism procedure itself. The ill person is lying on a bed surrounded by figures in fish clothing; the are exercising a purification ritual. On the right, figures with lion masks are performing the actual exorcism. In the middle of the fourth row, the malicious demoness Lamashtu with lion head is nursing a piglet and a dog on her breasts. She rides an onager through the swamp (lowest row); the onager itself is standing on a two-headed snake. Lamashtu is an evil spirit believed to have caused the f…

Plain of Sodom and Gomorrah

Plain of Sodom and Gomorrah
‎In the picture we are looking toward the east. Our chief muleteer is seen sitting upon a rock to the left. The Mountains of Moab rise in the distance from beyond the River Jordan. The picture was taken from ancient Jericho, just underneath the Mount of Temptation. We see in the distance to the left the village of modern Jericho. From the point where we now stand to the top of the Moab Mountains is about twenty miles. The real Nebo can not be distinguished in the picture, but our dragoman points out the “traditional Nebo.” From the place where we stand we are looking upon the plain that Mark Antony gave to Cleopatra and that she rented to Herod. The whole country was once irrigated by waters from the Judean Mountains and was the most fertile tract in Judea. Josephus called it “a divine region.” Here Cleopatra had her gardens; here were vast plantations of balsam trees and palm; it is now but a desert. It is to the extreme left of the picture that the citie…

Put on the Full Armor

Put on the Full ArmorEphesians 6:11

  b.      How: to put on God’s armor (6:11a).
6:11a. The form of the Greek imperative put on indicates that believers are responsible for putting on God’s (not their) full armor (panoplian, also in v. 13; all the armor and weapons together were called the hapla; cf. 2 Cor. 6:7) with all urgency. The detailed description of the armor (given in Eph. 6:14–17) may stem from Paul’s being tied to a Roman soldier while in prison awaiting trial (cf. Acts 28:16, 20).

Hoehner, Harold W. “Ephesians.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 643. Print.

Jerusalem: Pool of Siloam

Jerusalem: Pool of Siloam ‎The Pool of Siloam, a reservoir built by King Hezekiah to ensure drinking water for the people of Jerusalem during siege. Water was channeled into the pool from the Gihon spring through an underground channel half a km long. The technology was very advanced for the end of the 8th century B.C. An inscription carved in the rock, discovered in 1880 and known as “the Siloam inscription”, marked the completion of the project. The spring water in the pool was considered to be pure and possessing healing powers, and it was used for ceremonies in the Temple. Jesus restored the sight of a blind man by rubbing clay on his eyes and sending him to wash in the pool of Siloam (John 9:11). A church was built here in the 5th century, known as the Church of Our Saviour the Illuminator. The water from the pool of Siloam flowed into it and those who came to be healed bathed in the water. The remains of the church can still be seen in the water.


The Pithoi or Ovoid Storage Jars
The pithoi or ovoid storage jars manifest the same continuities as the kraters. The addition of pair of handles on jars recovered at some southern sites constitutes the only Iron I “innovation.” Though it was once asserted that the collared-rim storage jar could be interpreted as a “type-fossil” of ethnic Israelite settlement, the site distribution of these jars has ruled out this possibility.
Dever, William G. “Ceramics, Ethnicity, and the Question of Israel’s Origins.” Biblical Archaeologist: Volume 58 1-4 2001 : 205. Print.

Rameses II., or Rameses the Great

Rameses II., or Rameses the Great
‎What a marvel is the simple fact that Rameses is here before us in full view after all these centuries. Here is the form of a dead king photographed three thousand years after his death. The writer, in the spring of 1887, in Bûlâk Museum, in Cairo, saw this mummy and looked for a long time on the features here photographed. In 1881, near Thebes, in Upper Egypt, a wonderful collection of royal mummies was found. These mummies represent four ancient dynasties, covering a perîod of four hundred years. It was during their time that the Israelites were oppressed in Egypt and were delivered by Moses. The bodies of these kings were identified beyond doubt, and the most important of them is that of Rameses II., or Rameses the Great—the most powerful of all the Pharaohs. He was the third king of the nineteenth dynasty, surpassed by none of the ancient kings of Egypt unless it be by Thothmes III. “the Alexander the Great of Egyptian history,” who lived one hu…

Head of a Figurine

Head of a Figurine  ‎In Judah of the 6th and 7th century BCE, so-called column figurines probably representing a goddess (Asherah?) were very popular in private households. The column-shaped body was manufactured on a potter’s wheel, but the head was pressed in a mould and added to the still moist body. The picture shows one of these heads.

A Man of Vast Bulk: Goliath's Height

A Man of Vast Bulk: Goliath's Height

Greeting and Prayer

Greeting and Prayer By: Sister Shirley Thomas
Good morning to the peoples of the world by the grace and mercies of our Lord. Don't Give Up
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16, NIV) When you are tempted to give up, remember your breakthrough is just around the corner, and claim it in Jesus name. Amen. Don't give up, God hears you when you pray.

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day By: Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy
by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Peter 1:4, NKJV)

Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

March 12

Howard A. Walter, 1883–1918

I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on Your laws. (Psalm 119:30)

The yearning to achieve a trustworthy, strong, brave yet humble character is an unusual goal for a young person, especially in today’s self-seeking and materialistic society. The text for “I Would Be True,” however, was written by a young man in his early twenties in a poem that he titled “My Creed.”
After graduating with honors from Princeton University in 1905, Howard Arnold Walter spent a year teaching the English language in Japan. While there he sent a copy of his “creed” to his mother back home in Connecticut. Mrs. Walter sent the poem to Harper’s Magazine, where it appeared in the May, 1907 issue.
Returning to the United States, Howard Walter entered Hartford Seminary and upon graduation served as an assistant minister at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, Connecticut. One day he showed his poem to an itinerant Methodist lay prea…

My Utmost for His Highest

March 12th


Then Peter began to say unto Him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed Thee.… Mark 10:28.

Our Lord replies, in effect, that abandonment is for Himself, and not for what the disciples themselves will get from it. Beware of an abandonment which has the commercial spirit in it—‘I am going to give myself to God because I want to be delivered from sin, because I want to be made holy.’ All that is the result of being right with God, but that spirit is not of the essential nature of Christianity. Abandonment is not for anything at all. We have got so commercialized that we only go to God for something from Him, and not for Himself. It is like saying—‘No, Lord, I don’t want Thee, I want myself; but I want myself clean and filled with the Holy Ghost; I want to be put in Thy showroom and be able to say—“This is what God has done for me.” ‘If we only give up something to God because we want more back, there is nothing of the Holy Spirit in our abandonment; it is misera…

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

March 12: Cry Out Like the Psalmist
Numbers 13:1–33; John 18:25–19:16; Psalm 13:1–6

We often read the very bold psalms of the Bible without really reading them. We’re used to their cadence, their cries, and their requests. They seem appropriate in contexts where war, death, and enemies or mutinous friends were a daily reality. For that reason, these cries don’t always resound off the pages and fill our own lips, even when they should.
“How long, O Yahweh? Will you forget me forever?” says the psalmist (Psa 13:1). “Consider and answer me, O Yahweh my God” (Psa 13:3).
Often, when going through the difficulties of life, these cries should be our own. Instead, we try to lean on our own strength. We rely on the bravery and wisdom that we think rests deep inside us. We try to muster courage. We engage the fear. The psalmist acknowledges that this isn’t the way it’s supposed to be: “How long must I take counsel in my soul, and sorrow in my heart all the day?” (Psa 13:2).
Instead, we should be…