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What is a Proverb?

What is a Proverb? Excerpt PROVERB (Heb. māšal, māšāl).† Basically a saying concerned with making an instructive comparison, in form-critical usuage called a mashal. The Hebrew noun is usually thought to be derived from a verbal root mšl “be like, be equal to” but includes a variety of related nuances. In its most general usage, a mashal is described as a popular saying—sometimes with ancient roots—as at 1 Sam. 24:13 (MT 14) (cf. NIV, “As the old saying goes …”; cf. 2 Pet. 2:22; Gk. paroimía). Elsewhere such sayings are closely associated with the teaching of the wise men (1 Kgs. 4:32 [MT 5:12]; Prov. 26:79;Eccl. 12:9). At Prov. 1:6 they are poetically paralleled with the phrase “the words of the wise (men)” as the most general and overarching of several characteristic forms of wisdom speech (proverbs, parables, riddles); in this connection, the term is employed in the title of the book of Proverbs (1:1) and appears in subsequent headings within the book (10:1;25:1). A number of ins…

Beating an Olive Tree

Beating an Olive Tree ‎The picture illustrates the harvest of olives in the Near East. A man climbed the olive tree and then is beating the branches, so that the olives fall to the ground, where women are collecting them. ‎Deut 24:20; 28:40; Isa 24:13

Psalm 119

Psalm 119 Excerpt This psalm is special in several ways. It is the longest psalm (176 verses), and it is an acrostic psalm, following the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In most editions of the Bible, the twenty-two sections of this psalm are headed by the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet (Aleph, Beth, Gimel, etc.). In theHebrew Bible, each verse in a section begins with that Hebrew letter. For example, all the verses in the “aleph” section (vv. 1–8) begin with the Hebrew letter “aleph.” Look at the “teth” section (vv. 65–72) and start v. 67 with “Til” and v. 71 with “Tis,” and you will have each line starting with the English letter “T”(which is the same as the Hebrew “teth”). The Jews wrote in this fashion to help them memorize the Scriptures so they could meditate on God’s Word. We do not know who wrote this psalm, although the writer refers to himself many times. He was suffering for his love for God’s Law (vv. 2250–539598115), yet he had determined to obey the Wo…

Pomegranates and bells

‎Pomegranates and bells

‎Small golden bells and woolen pomegranates alternately were attached to the hem of the robe of the High Priest. The bells were supposed to alert the cult members of the arrival of the High Priest. The pomegranates as fertility symbol of the Near East made clear that Yahweh, the God of Israel, provides fertility to man, beast and field. The pomegranates depicted here are made of metal and are part of a cult pillar. ‎Exod 28:1–35; 39:22–26


Chains ‎The picture shows ancient “handcuffs.” A man is led away, who is fettered with chains, having his hands bound on his back. ‎Mark 5:3–4; Acts 12:6–7; 16:26; 21:33; 22:30; 28:20; Phil 1:13; Col 4:3, 4:18; Heb 11:36

Minister to One Another in the Church

Minister to One Another in the Church Excerpt When our thinking has truly been transformed and renewed by the Spirit, it is impossible to have an exaggerated view of our own worth. Instead, we will humbly use all our gifts and strengths to minister to each other. This is Paul’s concern here as he calls for sober judgment regarding our place in God’s community. So he begins with the grace given to me, probably a reference to his Damascus Road experience (Acts 9) where he encountered God’s gracious call to be his apostle to the Gentiles; thus he is appealing to his apostolic authority. More Osborne, Grant R. Romans. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004. Print. The IVP New Testament Commentary Series.

Behold, He Is Coming

Behold, He Is Coming Excerpt It is an outburst that clearly presents the theme of the book. Daniel 7:13 and Zechariah 12:10 are combined. Their predictions will be fulfilled at Christ’s return (cf. also Matt. 16:27;24:30; and John 19:37). Note the two “amens” (1:6–7). This glorious picture was needed by those who looked forward to a future filled with uncertainty and tribulation. More Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Laney. Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001. Print. The Tyndale Reference Librar

The Lord Tells Abraham About Future Events

The Lord Tells Abraham About Future Events Excerpt A deep sleep fell upon Abram; with this sleep a horror of great darkness fell upon him: a sudden change. The children of light do not always walk in the light. Several things were then foretold. 1. The suffering state of Abram’s seed for a long time. They shall be strangers. The heirs of heaven are strangers on earth. They shall be servants; but Canaanites serve under a curse, the Hebrews under a blessing. They shall be suffers. Those that are blessed and beloved of God, are often sorely afflicted by wicked men. 2. The judgment of the enemies of Abram’s seed. Though God may allow persecutors and oppressors to trample upon his people a great while, he will certainly reckon with them at last. 3. That great event, the deliverance of Abram’s seed out of Egypt, is here foretold. 4. Their happy settlement in Canaan. They shall come hither again. The measure of sin fills gradually. Some people’s measure of sin fills slowly. The knowledge of…

Walking In the Light

Walking In the Light Excerpt In the prologue the author asserted that he was writing about things he had heard, seen, and touched. Here he began with something he had heard. This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you. By the words “from Him,” John no doubt meant from the Lord Jesus Christ whose Incarnation he had just referred to (vv. 1-2). The content of this “message,” as John expressed it, is thatGod is Light; in Him there is no darkness at all. This precise statement is not found in the recorded words of Jesus, but the author was an apostle who heard much more than was “written down” (cf. John 21:25). There is no reason to think that John did not mean just what he said. This is a truth he had learned from the Lord. More Walvoord, John F., and Roy B. Zuck, Dallas Theological Seminary. The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. Print.

"For I Continue Childless"

"For I Continue Childless" Excerpt When the Lord promised Abram that hisreward would be great, the patriarch immediately asked what he would receive since he was childless. This shows his faith. His vision was not blinded by Bera’s offer (14:22-24); Abram still had only one hope, the original promise God had given (12:2-3). His concern was expressed by a marvelous word play on his household servant’s origin: thisEliezer of Damascus (Dammeśeq) is the possessor-heir (ḇen mešeq, lit., “son of possession”) of my estate (15:2). It is as if Abram was stressing to God that “the omen is in the nomen”—a mere servant would become his heir. More Ross, Allen P. “Genesis.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 55. Print

The Affliction of Egypt

The Affliction of EgyptExodus 3 Excerpt The affliction of Egypt refers to the affliction of the Israelites in Egypt. It is better expressed as “your misery in Egypt” (neb). 3:17tev’s adjustment to indirect speech becomes “out of Egypt, where they are being treated cruelly.” In some languages it will be more natural to say “from the place where the Egyptians are treating them cruelly.” More Osborn, Noel D., and Howard A. Hatton. A Handbook on Exodus. New York: United Bible Societies, 1999. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Rock Hyrax

Rock Hyrax
‎The Rock Hyrax or Cape Hyrax (Heterohyrax syriacus) resembles a rat or a beaver, though zoologically it is not related to them, but is nearer to elephants. In the Hebrew Scriptures, it rates among the unclean animals. In addition, it is wrongly counted to the ruminants because of its intensive chewing movement. ‎Lev 11:5; Deut 14:7

Molded for a Purpose

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy
The Reward of Sin and The Reward of Uprightness
20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now  been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ JesusourLord. (Romans 8:20-23, NKJV)
The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

March 24

  She took for him an ark of bulrushes … and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink
Exod. 2:3
The mother of Moses laid the ark in the flags by the river’s brink. Aye, but before doing so, she laid it on the heart of God! She could not have laid it so courageously upon the Nile, if she had not first devoutly laid it upon the care and love of God.
We are often surprised at the outward calmness of men who are called upon to do unpleasant and most trying deeds; but could we have seen them in secret, we should have known the moral preparation which they underwent before coming out to be seen by men. Be right in the sanctuary, if you would be right in the market place. Be steadfast in prayer if you would be calm in affliction. Start your race from the throne of God itself, if you would run well, and win the prize.

Joseph Parker

Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.

Amazing Grace

March 24

Words and Music by Philip P. Bliss, 1838–1876
  Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
  I do not ask for mighty words to leave the crowd impressed,
  But grant my life may ring so true my neighbors shall be blessed.
  I do not ask for influence to sway the multitude;
  Give me a “word in season” for the soul in solitude.
The lower lights surrounding a lighthouse guide the boats in the harbor away from the treacherous rocks and into the channel. The interesting analogy in this hymn was suggested to author and composer Philip P. Bliss as he listened to D. L. Moody tell a sermon anecdote about a pilot during a storm.
“Brethren,” concluded Mr. Moody, “the Master will take care of the great lighthouse. Let us keep the lower lights burning.” Bliss, as he often did, immediately put this challenging thought into a hymn. He usually worked rapidly, completing both the…

My Utmost for His Highest

March 24th
Decreasing into his purpose

He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30.

If you become a necessity to a soul, you are out of God’s order. As a worker, your great responsibility is to be a friend of the Bridegroom. When once you see a soul in sight of the claims of Jesus Christ, you know that your influence has been in the right direction, and instead of putting out a hand to prevent the throes, pray that they grow ten times stronger until there is no power on earth or in hell that can hold that soul away from Jesus Christ. Over and over again, we become amateur providences; we come in and prevent God, and say—‘This and that must not be.’ Instead of proving friends of the Bridegroom, we put our sympathy in the way, and the soul will one day say—‘That one was a thief, he stole my affections from Jesus, and I lost my vision of Him.’
Beware of rejoicing with a soul in the wrong thing, but see that you do rejoice in the right thing. “The friend of the Bridegroom … rejoiceth …

Morning and Evening

Morning, March 24                                                Go To Evening Reading

         “He was heard in that he feared.”
         — Hebrews 5:7
Did this fear arise from the infernal suggestion that he was utterly forsaken. There may be sterner trials than this, but surely it is one of the worst to be utterly forsaken? “See,” said Satan, “thou hast a friend nowhere! Thy Father hath shut up the bowels of his compassion against thee. Not an angel in his courts will stretch out his hand to help thee. All heaven is alienated from thee; thou art left alone. See the companions with whom thou hast taken sweet counsel, what are they worth? Son of Mary, see there thy brother James, see there thy loved disciple John, and thy bold apostle Peter, how the cowards sleep when thou art in thy sufferings! Lo! Thou hast no friend left in heaven or earth. All hell is against thee. I have stirred up mine infernal den. I have sent my missives throughout all regions summoning every prince of darkn…

Green Pastures: They Require Action

March 24: Green Pastures: They Require Action
Numbers 28:1–31; 1 Corinthians 10:23–11:16; Psalm 23

Love and complete reliance on God are interrelated concepts. When we discover what love really means, we want to praise God for it. When we learn to rely on God for all our needs, we see just how loving He is as He takes care of all aspects of our lives. And this love makes us want to show love to others.
It’s those who don’t have who are most apt to come to Jesus. They’re most in need of love. For this reason, it’s hard for us who do have—a home, a car, enough food for a week—to fully understand reliance on Christ. It takes a different type of discipline.
This is why it’s still shocking to me how many people absolutely love Psa 23. It’s comforting, I suppose, and that’s why: “Yahweh is my shepherd; I will not lack for anything. In grassy pastures he makes me lie down; by quiet waters he leads me” (Psa 23:1–2). I think so many of us love it, though, because we’re aware of how frail and …