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A Glimpse of Solomon's Pools

A Glimpse of Solomon's Pools
‎From Bethlehem Joseph, Mary and the Babe went to Egypt to escape the cruel decree of Herod. The history of Egypt is interwoven with the Jewish history. Once the Israelites were pilgrims and fugitives from Egypt to Canaan; now the true King of the Israelites, the King of kings, is pilgrim and fugitive from Canaan to Egypt. The holy family probably journeyed southward passing through the narrow valley, as one would do to-day in going to the south-east. On the way he would pass the pools of Solomon, which still remain. They are called by the Arabs El Burak—“The Pools.” Near the pools is a large castellated building called Kulat el Burak. It stands near the north-west corner of the upper pool. Condor calls these reservoirs “the Great Tanks near Urtas,” and says that though they are commonly called “Solomon’s Pools they are more probably of the same date with the aqueduct passing by them which was constructed by Pontius Pilate.” Dr. Robinson speaks of the…

Language of the Gospel of John

Language of the Gospel of JohnJohn 1:1 Excerpt ... at many points the Greek shows a close connection with Aramaic sources. The writer often uses Aramaic words—for example,Cephas (1:42), Gabbatha (19:13), or Rabboni(20:16), and then explains them for the benefit of Greek readers. Even the meaning of the word Messiah is given a careful explanation in1:41. There are also places where the Greek of the gospel follows the rules of Aramaic idiom.More Drane, John William. Introducing the New Testament. Completely rev. and updated. Oxford: Lion Publishing plc, 2000. Print

Socoh and Azekah

Socoh and Azekah Excerpt Socoh and Azekah were located about thirty kilometers (about eighteen miles) southwest of Jerusalem. Socoh was one of three towns by this name in the Old Testament. To indicate which of these towns is intended, the writer adds which belongs to Judah, that is, thisSocoh was located in the lowlands of Judah. The name Socoh comes from a root meaning “to hedge” or “to shut in.” nbe translates this name as Vallado, that is, “Enclosure.” Azekah: another town in the lowlands of Judah, about five kilometers (three miles) north of Socoh. The name means “hoed ground.” nbe translates this name as Cavada, that is, “Dug out.” More Omanson, Roger L., and John Ellington. A Handbook on the First Book of Samuel. New York: United Bible Societies, 2001. Print. UBS Handbook Series

Circumcision

Circumcision
‎Circumcision is practiced by many peoples of the Near East, but not by the Greeks who were looking down on this custom as self-mutilation. Apparently the Babylonians and Assyrians did not circumcise themselves either. In Israel circumcision was executed with a sharp stone For the Israelites it became a sign of distinction from the people around them, especially in postexilic times. In Early Christianity it was intensively discussed whether Gentiles should be circumcised when they became Christians. ‎Gen 17:10–24; 21:4; 34:15–24; Exod 4:25–26; Josh 5:2–8; 1 Macc 1:48–49; Luke 1:59; Acts 15:1; Rom 2:25–28

Ruth the Moabitess

Ruth the Moabitess Excerpt ‎Ruth’s story is cast against the backdrop of an ancient patriarchal culture, where a woman’s identity and security depended on her relationships with men (especially her father and/or husband). Her value as a wife and contributor to society was measured by counting her sons. Under these cultural standards, it is puzzling that a Gentile outsider like Ruth—who for most of the story is widowed, childless, and barren—became a luminary of biblical history. Yet she is unquestionably one of the most significant women in the Bible. ‎Ruth’s story forms a historical and theological bridge from the era of the judges (Ruth 1:1), when the people of Israel did evil in God’s sight (Judg 2:10–19), to Israel’s monarchy. In contrast to Israel’s unfaithfulness to God, Ruth embodies the courageous, sacrificial character that God’s image bearers are supposed to possess. … More Barry, John D. et al. Faithlife Study Bible. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2012. Print

The Woman Caught In Adultery

The Woman Caught In Adultery Excerpt This story, beloved for its revelation of God’s mercy toward sinners, is found only in John. It was almost certainly not part of John’s original Gospel. The NIV separates this passage off from the rest of the Gospel with the note, “The earliest and most reliable manuscripts and other ancient witnesses do not have John 7:538:11.” That is, the earliest Greek manuscripts, the earliest translations and the earliest church fathers all lack reference to this story. Furthermore, some manuscripts place it at other points within John (after 7:367:44 or 21:25), others include it in the Gospel of Luke (placing it after Luke 21:38), and many manuscripts have marks that indicate the scribes “were aware that it lacked satisfactory credentials” (Metzger 1994:189). Furthermore, it contains many expressions that are more like those in the Synoptic Gospels than those in John. More Whitacre, Rodney A. John. Vol. 4. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999. Pri…

The Power of the Word Unto Wisdom

The Power of the Word Unto Wisdom
Excerpt The testimonies of the Lord are “wonderful,” i.e., superhuman in their excellence. Their sublimity and mystery are what attracts the psalmist to them. The unfolding of that word equips the simple who need instruction to discern between right and wrong. He craved this wisdom food, and opened his mouth to receive it. He boldly suggests that those who love God’s name are entitled to his mercy. He asks for guidance so that he might avoid both temptation from within and trial from without. He urges God to redeem him from oppressors so that he may freely practice his faith. He asks that God might illuminate the darkness that surrounds him with the light of his presence. The righteous indignation which he feels at one moment for the lawlessness of men (v. 53) is tempered here by profound sorrow and pity.More Smith, James E. The Wisdom Literature and Psalms. Joplin, MO: College Press Pub. Co., 1996. Print. Old Testament Survey Series

Assyrian Chariot

Assyrian Chariot ‎This picture shows an Assyrian chariot with four soldiers. This is unusual since there are normally two or three charioteers in a chariot. Here one soldier drives the chariot, another battles the enemies as archer, and two soldiers protect the other two with round shields against hostile arrows and bows. ‎Gen 46:29; 50:9; Exod 14:7; Deut 20:1; Josh 11:4; 17:16; Judg 1:19; 4:3, 4:7, 4:13; 1 Sam 8:11–12; 2 Sam 10:18; 1 Kings 9:19, 9:22; 10:26, 10:29; 12:18; 22:31; 2 Kings 5:9; 6:14–15; 7:6; 8:21; 9:16; 13:7; 18:24; 19:23; Ps 20:7; Isa 2:7; 21:7, 21:9; 22:6–7; Jer 17:5; 22:4; Ezek 23:24

What's a Sign

What's a SignExodus 3:12 Excerpt ... [a sign is] a significant event, act, or other manifestation that betokens God’s presence or intention. Signs may be miraculous and spectacular, as in the case of those performed by Moses before the people of Israel to demonstrate that God had sent him to them (Exod. 4:1-91730) or before Pharaoh for the same purpose (Exod. 7-11). On the other hand,a natural phenomenon such as a rainbow or a sunset may be called a sign (Gen. 9:13; Ps.65:8), as may an identifying mark such ascircumcision (Gen. 17:11) or even a prophet and his children (Isa. 8:18). More Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bible dictionary 1985 : 951. Print

Bond Servant of Christ Jesus

Bond Servant of Christ Jesus Excerpt The word here rendered “servant” means “bond-servant,” or one subject to the will and wholly at the disposal of another. In this sense it is applied to the disciples of Christ at large (1Co 7:21–23), as in the Old Testament to all the people of God (Is 66:14). But as, in addition to this, the prophets and kings of Israel wereofficially “the servants of the Lord” (Jos 1:1Ps18:1, title), the apostles call themselves, in the same official sense, “the servants of Christ” (as here, and Php 1:1Jam 1:12Pe 1:1Jud 1:1), expressing such absolute subjection and devotion to the Lord Jesus as they would never have yielded to a mere creature. (See onRo 1:7Jn 5:22,23). More Jamieson, Robert, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown.Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. Vol. 2. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997. Print.

Live as Servants of God

Live as Servants of God Excerpt It is not easy to find the connection of this verse with what precedes or with what follows. Perhaps there were some members of the early church who opposed submission to the state because of the fact that Christ has made them free people. Or perhaps, Peter was anticipating the disillusionment among hisreaders when they read his admonition for them to obey the authorities, since such submission would be tantamount to denying their freedom in Christ. To ease these feelings, Peter now admonishes them to live as free people with the implication that they do not lose their freedom by submitting to the state; such submission is not coerced upon them, but something which they do voluntarily as free people. Free is used here in the religious and moral sense, referring to their freedom in union with Jesus Christ (compare GECL“Through Christ you are free”). More Arichea, Daniel C., and Eugene Albert Nida. A Handbook on the First Letter from Peter. New York: Unit…

The Hope of Righteousness

The Hope of Righteousness Excerpt For we (ἡμειςγαρ [hēmeis gar]). We Christians as opposed to the legalists. Through the Spirit by faith (πνευματιἐκπιστεως[pneumati ek pisteōs]). By the Spirit (Holy Spirit) out of faith (not law). Clear-cut repetition to make it plain. More Robertson, A.T. Word Pictures in the New Testament. Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1933. Print.

Greeting and Prayer

Greeting and PrayerBy: Sister Shirley Thomas
Good morning Lord, family, friends and enemies in the name of my Lord and SaviorJesustheChrist.
6    Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. 9    Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. (Ps. 95:6; 96:9. NKJV)
Abba Father, thank You for this day that we have not seen. Remind us all that You owe us nothing, but Youhave given us everything in Your SonJesus. You do not serve us, but we have to serve You. We cannot be greater than our Master no matter when and where we are saved by His Son. We are still as “filthy rags” inhis eyesight, but are saved by His grace. It is a privilege to be called to worship the Most High God!Hallelujah! Let us serve Yahweh in: Love, humility, and in reverence. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. Spend time with Him today, He's waiting for your praise and glorifying him

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day By: Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. (Romans 8:28-30, NKJV).

Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

March 13


YIELD NOT TO TEMPTATION
Words and Music by Horatio R. Palmer, 1834–1907

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. (Matthew 26:41)

Temptations are common to everyone, even mature Christians. The noblest souls are often the ones most tempted. It seems that Satan assaults Christians in positions of leadership with his strongest weapons. Therefore, we must all be on our constant spiritual guard.
Jesus’ 40 day temptation in the wilderness dramatically instructs us how to overcome Satan’s attacks. In each temptation, Jesus answered the devil with Scripture. All of the scriptural quotations Jesus used were from the book of Deuteronomy, an indication of the importance of being well-acquainted with the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4).
It is impossible to isolate ourselves from all of life’s temptations. The allurements of modern living are ever near. But we are not alone in this struggle. “We have One who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet …

My Utmost for His Highest

March 13th

The abandonment of God



God so loved the world that He gave … John 3:16.

Salvation is not merely deliverance from sin, nor the experience of personal holiness; the salvation of God is deliverance out of self entirely into union with Himself. My experimental knowledge of salvation will be along the line of deliverance from sin and of personal holiness; but salvation means that the Spirit of God has brought me into touch with God’s personality, and I am thrilled with something infinitely greater than myself; I am caught up into the abandonment of God.
To say that we are called to preach holiness or sanctification, is to get into a side-eddy. We are called to proclaim Jesus Christ. The fact that He saves from sin and makes us holy is part of the effect of the wonderful abandonment of God.
Abandonment never produces the consciousness of its own effort, because the whole life is taken up with the One to Whom we abandon. Beware of talking about abandonment if you know nothing abo…

Morning and Evening

Morning, March 13      Go To Evening Reading

         “Why sit we here until we die?”
         — 2 Kings 7:3

Dear reader, this little book was mainly intended for the edification of believers, but if you are yet unsaved, our heart yearns over you: and we would fain say a word which may be blessed to you. Open your Bible, and read the story of the lepers, and mark their position, which was much the same as yours. If you remain where you are you must perish; if you go to Jesus you can but die. “Nothing venture, nothing win,” is the old proverb, and in your case the venture is no great one. If you sit still in sullen despair, no one can pity you when your ruin comes; but if you die with mercy sought, if such a thing were possible, you would be the object of universal sympathy. None escape who refuse to look to Jesus; but you know that, at any rate, some are saved who believe in him, for certain of your own acquaintances have received mercy: then why not you? The Ninevites said, “Who can…

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

March 13: Nostalgia: My Old Friend
Numbers 14:1–45; John 19:17–42; Psalm 14:1–15:5

Regret and nostalgia can destroy lives. They are mirrored ideas with the same pitfalls: neither can change the past, and both keep us from living in the present. When we live wishfully rather than interacting with the present, we’re bound to miss out and hurt others. Since other people don’t necessarily share our feelings about the past, they feel less important to us here and now. And indeed, we’re making them less important. We’re concerned instead with how things could have been or used to be.
This is precisely what happens after the Israelites flee Egypt: “Then all the community lifted up their voices, and the people wept during that night. And all the children of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and all the community said to them, ‘If only we had died in the land of Egypt or in this desert!’ ” (Num 14:1–2).
As usual with regret and nostalgia, these words were said in frustration but born out…