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Sons of God

Sons of GodJob 1:6 Excerpt The English expression the sons of God gives the impression that a father-son relationship exists between Yahweh and these beings. This expression is an example of a Hebrew idiom in which members of a particular category or class are called “sons” of that group, and in this case it is a group of divine beings (see tev footnote). The parallel expression “sons of the prophets” (see 2 Kings 2.3515) is rendered by neb as “company of prophets,” by tev, and byfrcl as “group of prophets.” So here and in 2.138.7 the reference is to the members of the heavenly assembly surrounding Yahweh. More Reyburn, William David. A Handbook on the Book of Job. New York: United Bible Societies, 1992. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Women Praised As Prophets

Women In Ministry Christian History Magazine - Issue 17: Women in the Early Church

Women Praised As Prophets
Among Eusebius’s repeatedly praised heroines are the daughters of Philip. Luke tells us in Acts 21:8–9 that at Caesarea, Philip the evangelist lived with four unmarried “prophesying” daughters. Polycrates, the bishop of Ephesus, told Victor, the bishop of Rome, that these daughters were “great luminaries,” buried in Asia. Proclus also remembers these “prophetesses.” They became models for the church of genuine prophets.

When Miltiades declared that two female followers of Montanus were heretics, he explained that their problem was not that they were women prophets, but rather that they were false prophets. He contrasts them with Philip’s daughters, who did not speak “in ecstasy” and who had successors (another sign of a genuine prophet) (III.31, 37; V.14, 18). Philip’s daughters were models for both women and men. Eusebius mentions one Quadratus, a man famous in the 2nd centur…

Mount Tabor: Shibley

Mount Tabor: Shibley
‎Mount Tabor’s shape stands out distinctly among the hills of Lower Galilee. Matthew 17:1 referred to “a high mountain apart”. 588 meters above sea level, it dominates the Jezreel Valley, and that is why it was of vital importance in the past for anyone who wanted to control the Via Maris, the Way of the Sea connecting Egypt with Damascus and Mesopotamia. Mt. Tabor was the scene of battles in the time of Raamses II of Egypt and in Biblical times. From its peak the Church of the Transfiguration overlooks the valley and on its lower slopes spreads the Bedouin village of Shibley.

Jerusalem: Church of the Assumption--Festival

Jerusalem: Church of the Assumption--Festival ‎ Jerusalem. On the festival of the Virgin Mary gladiolus flowers are strewn at the sides of the place that marks her tomb, the lamps are polished and lit, and candles burn above the tomb.

Burned In A Furnace

Burned In A Furnace Excerpt Although πεπυρωμένης is without syntactical concord in the sentence, it was preferred by the Committee not only because it is rather well attested (A C Primasius) but chiefly because it best explains the origin of the other readings. In order to remove the grammatical difficulty some copyists read πεπυρωμένῳ (א 2053 the ancient versions al), which qualifies καμίνῳ, and other copyists read πεπυρωμένοι (P 046 most minuscules), which qualifies οἱ πόδες.More Metzger, Bruce Manning, United Bible Societies. A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament, Second Edition a Companion Volume to the United Bible Societies’ Greek New Testament (4th Rev. Ed.). London; New York: United Bible Societies, 1994. Print

Connect the Testaments

April 11: Curses, the Old Testament, and Freedom

Deuteronomy 21:1–22:30; 2 Corinthians 5:11–21; Psalm 38:1–22

“And if a man commits a sin punishable by death, and so he is put to and you hang him on a tree, his dead body shall not hang on the tree, but certainly you shall bury him on that day, for cursed by God is one that is being hung” (Deut 21:22–23).

Being hung on a tree was a sign of being cursed. Romans 5:12 tells us that the punishment of sin is death; we as sinners deserve that curse. If Christ wasn’t cursed for us by being hung on a tree (the cross), then we would still have a debt to pay and a curse to live under.

It can be difficult to find significance in the OT, especially in passages that are as harsh as this one. But the OT still holds meaning for us today, and that meaning often reveals our human and individual state.

The same is true for those odd laws about crimes and marrying foreigners (Deut 21:1–14). It’s not that we’re supposed to practice these laws; they were in…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 11

  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ         Gal. 6:2
However perplexed you may at any hour become about some question of truth, one refuge and resource is always at hand: you can do something for someone besides yourself. At the times when you cannot see God, there is still open to you this sacred possibility, to show God: for it is the love and kindness of human hearts through which the divine reality comes home to men, whether they name it or not. Let this thought, then, stay with you: there may be times when you cannot find help, but there is no time when you cannot give help.

George Merriam

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

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

April 11th
Moral divinity

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection. Romans 6:5.

Co-Resurrection. The proof that I have been through crucifixion with Jesus is that I have a decided likeness to Him. The incoming of the Spirit of Jesus into me readjusts my personal life to God. The resurrection of Jesus has given Him authority to impart the life of God to me, and my experimental life must be constructed on the basis of His life. I can have the resurrection life of Jesus now, and it will show itself in holiness.
The idea all through the Apostle Paul’s writings is that after the moral decision to be identified with Jesus in His death has been made, the resurrection life of Jesus invades every bit of my human nature. It takes omnipotence to live the life of the Son of God in mortal flesh. The Holy Spirit cannot be located as a Guest in a house, He invades everything. When once I decide that my “old man” (i.e., th…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, January 11                                         Go To Evening Reading

“These have no root.”           — Luke 8:13
My soul, examine thyself this morning by the light of this text. Thou hast received the word with joy; thy feelings have been stirred and a lively impression has been made; but, remember, that to receive the word in the ear is one thing, and to receive Jesus into thy very soul is quite another; superficial feeling is often joined to inward hardness of heart, and a lively impression of the word is not always a lasting one. In the parable, the seed in one case fell upon ground having a rocky bottom, covered over with a thin layer of earth; when the seed began to take root, its downward growth was hindered by the hard stone and therefore it spent its strength in pushing its green shoot aloft as high as it could, but having no inward moisture derived from root nourishment, it withered away. Is this my case? Have I been making a fair show in the flesh without having …