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Augustus ‎The statue shows the Roman emperor Augustus (27 BCE to 14 CE). Today it is held in the Vatican. ‎Luke 2:1

Locusts on a wall

Locusts on a wall ‎In Palestine, locusts usually appear in swarms that can eat up the entire vegetation in large areas. However, during the cold of the night, they like to rest on a wall. ‎Nah 3:17

Donkey and Camel

Donkey and Camel ‎Vehicles are a relatively impractical means of transportation in the Near East, since they require good streets and a not too steep terrain. Therefore donkeys were the most common animal used for transporting goods even over long distances already in the 3rd millennium BCE. Toward the end of the 2nd millennium BCE, the camel was also used as a pack animal. In comparison to a donkey, the camel had the advantage of not needing to drink water for days, and it could move more easily in sandy terrain (e.g. on the Arabian Peninsula). ‎Donkey: Gen 42:26–27; 43:18, 43:24; 44:3, 44:13; Josh 9:4; 1 Sam 25:18, 25:20, 25:23, 25:42; 2 Sam 16:1–2; 1 Chron 12:40; Neh 13:15; Isa 21:7; 30:6 ‎Camel: Gen 37:25; 2 Kings 8:9; 1 Chron 12:40; Isa 21:7; 30:6

Jerusalem: Via Dolorosa

Jerusalem: Via Dolorosa   ‎ Jerusalem. This mosaic depicting Jesus carrying the cross, the essence of his suffering and sacrifice, is in the Convent of the Sisters of Zion near the Second Station of the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Sorrow with fourteen Stations that Jesus passed through from the praetorium where he was judged to the hill of Calvary where he was crucified. The tradition of the Via Dolorosa or Via Crucis, the Way of the Cross, began in the 13th century and was set in its present form in the 19th century. Nine of the fourteen Stations marked today are mentioned in the Gospels. The others were established by tradition.

Terracotta and Stone Stele

Terracotta and Stone Stele

Woman at the window in Cypro-Phoenician forms. Hathor-related cults on Cyprus produced representations of a goddess in several designs similar to the ivory woman at the window-on a bronze stand (Enkomi, thirteenth century), terracotta and stone stele (top, from Kition, sixth century), masks and model shrines (bottom, from Idalion, sixth century). The Phoenecian ivory motif seems to be a melding of Egyptian and Minoan conventions to portray a goddess well-known on Cyprus. Legend reported by Plutarch calls such a statue in a Salamis sanctuary Aphrodite Parakyptousa, "looking sideways with glances of love" (Plutarch, Erot., cited in Barnett 1957, page 149), but commentators fail to emphasize that the occasion for her appearance at the window was a funeral procession, and her demeanor was cold. Drawings from Caubet 1979, plate VII, numbers 1 and 2, and plate IX, number 3.
One should not be tempted to conclude that iconoclastic biblical authors always …

Paul's Critics ... Religious Mania

Paul's Critics ... Religious ManiaVerse 13a has been explained in three main ways: (1) Paul’s critics had accused him of religious mania, of being “out of his mind” (cf. Mark 3:21; John 10:20),40 perhaps because of his allegedly esoteric teaching (cf. Acts 26:24)41 or his indefatigable zeal and tireless work (cf.6:4–5; 11:23–28). To this charge he replies, “That is for God to judge.”(2) Paul is referring to his experience of religious ecstasy,42 such as glossolalia (cf. 1 Cor. 14:2, 18) or visions (cf. Acts 22:17–21; 2 Cor. 12:1–7), when to some he seemed “beside himself.” “It is a matter between God and me alone,” he answers. (3) Paul is acknowledging previous exaggerated behavior, but is assuring the Corinthians that God knew that his exaggerations were well intention-ed; “we were open to God.” 43 The corresponding contrasts in v. 13 would be: (1) religious “madness” vs. a sane, balanced approach to ministry; (2) ecstatic experience vs. rational speech (?= tongues vs. prophecy)…

Jerusalem: Western Wall

Jerusalem: Western Wall
‎Jerusalem. Temple Mount. The Western Wall, “Kotel” in Hebrew, is sacred to the Jewish people as a religious and national symbol. The lower rows of stones, laid like this without cement, are from King Herod’s time. People push notes into the cracks between the stones, notes addressed to God containing requests and prayers. This is an act of direct contact with the spirit of God, which, according to the belief, has never left these stones since the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans in 70 A.D. The tears shed by people putting notes there led to its being called the “Wailing Wall”. Above the Wall is the Dome of the Rock, mistakenly called the Mosque of Omar. It was built in 691 A.D. by the Arab Caliph Abd al-Malek ibn Maruwan, and is considered a strikingly perfect architectural structure.

"I Am" in Hebrew

"I Am" in Hebrew Excerpt The verb form used here is אֶהְיֶה (’ehyeh), the Qal imperfect, first person common singular, of the verb הָיָה (haya, “to be”). It forms an excellent paronomasia with the name. So when God used the verb to express his name, he used this form saying, “I am.” When his people refer to him as Yahweh, which is the third person masculine singular form of the same verb, they say “he is.” Some commentators argue for a future tense translation, “I will be who I will be,” because the verb has an active quality about it, and the Israelites lived in the light of the promises for the future. They argue that “I am” would be of little help to the Israelites in bondage. But a translation of “I will be” does not effectively do much more except restrict it to the future. The idea of the verb would certainly indicate that God is not bound by time, and while he is present (“I am”) he will always be present, even in the future, and so “I am” would embrace that as well …

Mundy's Quote for the Day

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

2 Therefore, alaying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 bas newborn babes, desire the pure cmilk of the word, that you may grow 1thereby, 3 if indeed you have dtasted that the Lord is gracious.[1] (1 Peter 2:2-3,NKJV)
a Heb. 12:1 b [Matt. 18:3; 19:14; Mark 10:15; Luke 18:17]; 1 Cor. 14:20 c 1 Cor. 3:2 1 NU adds up to salvation d Ps. 34:8; Titus 3:4; Heb. 6:5 [1]The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

There is much precious significance in this. The Lord is often present in our lives in things that we do not dream possess any significance. We are asking God about something which needs His mighty working, and the very instrument by which He is to work is by our side, perhaps for weeks and months and years all unrecognized, until suddenly, some day it grows luminous and glorious with the very presence of the Lord, and becomes the mighty instrument of His victorious working. He loves to show His hand through the unexpected. Often he keeps us from seeing His way until just before He opens it, and then, immediately that it is unfolded, we find that He was walking by our side in the very thing, long before we even suspected its meaning.

A. B. Simpson

March 20

  All things work together for good to them that love God
        Rom. 8:28
If our circumstances find us in God, we shall find God in all our circumstances.


Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet …

Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

March 20

Johnson Oatman Jr., 1856–1922

  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)

How sad it is to observe someone who has never lived up to his real potential. It is tragic to watch an individual who has great ability that is never used simply because he or she lacks the incentive to pursue a worthy goal. Similarly, it is disappointing to see a Christian fail to evidence spiritual growth of any kind. Scripture teaches that Christian maturity or Christlikeness is a process in which we advance from one level to the next, step by step. But the secret of such development is to have an intense desire to fulfill the purpose God has for our lives.
“Higher Ground” has been a favorite with many Christians since it was first published in 1898. It expresses so well this universal desire for a deeper spiritual life, continuing on a higher plane of fellowship with God than we have ever before experienced.

My Utmost for His Highest

March 20th

Friendship with God

Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do? Genesis 18:17.

Its Delights. This chapter brings out the delight of real friendship with God as compared with occasional feelings of His presence in prayer. To be so much in contact with God that you never need to ask Him to show you His will, is to be nearing the final stage of your discipline in the life of faith. When you are rightly related to God, it is a life of freedom and liberty and delight, you are God’s will, and all your commonsense decisions are His will for you unless He checks. You decide things in perfect delightful friendship with God, knowing that if your decisions are wrong He will always check; when He checks, stop at once.
Its Difficulties. Why did Abraham stop praying when he did? He was not intimate enough yet to go boldly on until God granted his desire, there was something yet to be desired in his relationship to God. Whenever we stop short in prayer and say—‘Well, I don’t know; p…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening

Morning, March 20      Go To Evening Reading

         “My beloved.”
         — Song of Solomon 2:8

This was a golden name which the ancient Church in her most joyous moments was wont to give to the Anointed of the Lord. When the time of the singing of birds was come, and the voice of the turtle was heard in her land, her love-note was sweeter than either, as she sang, “My beloved is mine and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.” Ever in her song of songs doth she call him by that delightful name, “My beloved!” Even in the long winter, when idolatry had withered the garden of the Lord, her prophets found space to lay aside the burden of the Lord for a little season, and to say, as Esaias did, “Now will I sing to my well-beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard.” Though the saints had never seen his face, though as yet he was not made flesh, nor had dwelt among us, nor had man beheld his glory, yet he was the consolation of Israel, the hope and joy of all the chosen, the “b…

Connect the Testaments

March 20: We Don’t (Really) Mean It
 Numbers 23:1–30; 1 Corinthians 6:12–7:16; Psalm 20:1–9

“I’ll pray for you.”
We say it often, but how many times do we actually remember to do it? Our biggest downfall might not be a lack of compassion—it’s probably just not taking time to write down the request and not having a model of praying for others.
Some of us might feel like we’ve mastered the art of the task list, but it can still be difficult to keep up with praying for our friends. It’s easy to think, “God knows their needs, so it’s fine.” But that’s not the New Testament view of prayer: we’re meant to pray always (Luke 18:1; 1 Thess 5:16). And Paul himself regularly asks for prayers. If they weren’t important, he wouldn’t ask (Col 4:3). For this reason, it would be helpful to develop a system to track what people need prayer for, like a prayer journal. But what about the model?
When I pray for God’s will in my life, I’ve found that using the Lord’s Prayer works well when I’m having tro…