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Blasphemy

BlasphemyJohn 10:33, 36 Excerpt Profane or contemptuous speech or writing about (or action toward) God. In a general sense, “blasphemy” can refer to any slander, including any word or action that insults or devalues another being. In Greek literature the term was used for insulting or deriding living or dead persons, but it was extended to cover the gods as well, including both doubting the power of and mocking the nature of a god. ... The most common form of blasphemy in the NT is blasphemy against God. One might insult God directly (RV 13:6; 16:9), mock his word (Ti 2:5), or reject his revelation and its bearer (Acts 6:11). Jesus was accused of blasphemy when he claimed to have a prerogative belonging to God—the power to forgive sins (Mk 2:7). John 10:33–36 reports an attempt to stone Jesus; his accusers said to him, “You, being a man, make yourself God” (John 10:33). Jesus was condemned by the highest Jewish court, the Sanhedrin, on the charge of blasphemy, because he claimed to b…

Citadel of Tiberias

Citadel of Tiberias ‎The reason for the building at Tiberias by Herod Antipater of his citadel is very clear. It was not too much of a commercial town and the site was dominated by a hill where he could build a castle and yet be near the shore. And the neighboring baths made the place famous throughout the Roman world. The building of the citadel took place but a short time before our Lord began His ministry on the lake. The fact that the city was so new, artificial and unclean partly explains its absence from the records of Christ’s ministry. Our Lord avoided the half-Greek cities, and among the courtiers and officials He would have been less at home than among the common people of the country. In 1837, as we have already said in these notes, there was a great earthquake in Tiberias. There is little to be found of the remains of its former grandeur. Walter Besant says: “This town in the time of Herod was covered with beautiful villas, provided with winter and summer rooms, warmed by…

Noah Found Favor

Noah Found Favor Excerpt The only way people can be saved from God’s wrath is through God’s grace (Eph. 2:8–9); but grace isn’t God’s reward for a good life: it’s God’s response to saving faith. “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household” (Heb11:7, NKJV). True faith involves the whole of the inner person: the mind understands God’s warning, the heart fears for what is coming, and the will acts in obedience to God’s Word. More Wiersbe, Warren W. Be Basic. Colorado Springs, CO: Chariot Victor Pub., 1998. Print. “Be” Commentary Series.

Dog

Dog ‎The Assyrian relief shows a hunting dog used for hunting deer, etc. However, in antiquity dogs were domesticated only in a minimal way. A number of dogs were roaming around and thus quite dangerous, because sometimes they also attacked humans. ‎1 Kings 14:11; Ps 22:16, Ps. 22:20; Ps.68:23; Isa 13:22; Isa.56:11; Judith 11:17–19

Bethlehem: Greek Orthodox Icon

Bethlehem: Greek Orthodox Icon ‎The icon depicting the birth of Jesus at Bethlehem is carried by Greek Orthodox priests in a Christmas procession through the city of which the prophet Micah prophesied: “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel” (Micah 5:2, NKJV).

The Obelisk of Shalmaneser III

The Obelisk of Shalmaneser III ‎This black limestone obelisk depicts five kings conquered by Shalmaneser III, king of Assyria from 858–824 BC. Each side of the obelisk portrays the five kings in postures of submission to Shalmaneser, either in prostration to him or bringing tribute. The second is Jehu of the house of Omri, king of Israel. This account is found only here; it is not recorded in the Bible.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 13

  God … hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ
2 Cor. 4:6
Christian! rest not until thou knowest the full, the unbroken shining, of God in thy heart. To this end, yield to every stirring of it that shows thee some unconquered and perhaps unconquerable evil. Just bring it to the light; let the light shine upon it, and shine it out. Wait upon the Lord more than watchers for the morning, for “the path of the just is as the shining light, shining more and more unto the perfect day.” Count upon it that God wants to fill thee with the light of His glory: wait on Him more than watchers for the morning. “Wait, I say, on the Lord.”

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

Connect the Testaments

April 13: The Curious Thing about God’s Work
Deuteronomy 26:1–27:26; 2 Corinthians 6:14–7:1; Psalm 40:1–17

Doing God’s work is a curious thing. It requires both mad rushes and patiently waiting.

Christ followers are meant to think like the psalmist did: “I waited patiently for Yahweh, And he inclined to me and heard my cry for help” (Psa 40:1). Yet Jesus’ followers are also meant to do His work at breakneck speed, as described in Deut 26:1, where the Israelites are told to take possession of the promised land and settle it.

We’re meant to recognize where the answers and time frame come from: God. Giving the first of what we make to God’s work indicates this understanding: “You shall take from the firstfruit of all the fruit of the ground that you harvest from your land that Yahweh your God is giving to you … and you shall go to the priest who is in office in those days, and you shall say, ‘I declare today to Yahweh your God that I have come into the land that Yahweh swore to our ancest…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, April 13                                               Go To Evening Reading

         “A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me.”
         — Song of Solomon 1:13
Myrrh may well be chosen as the type of Jesus on account of its preciousness, its perfume, its pleasantness, its healing, preserving, disinfecting qualities, and its connection with sacrifice. But why is he compared to “a bundle of myrrh”? First, for plenty. He is not a drop of it, he is a casket full. He is not a sprig or flower of it, but a whole bundle. There is enough in Christ for all my necessities; let me not be slow to avail myself of him. Our well-beloved is compared to a “bundle” again, for variety: for there is in Christ not only the one thing needful, but in “him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily,” everything needful is in him. Take Jesus in his different characters, and you will see a marvellous variety—Prophet, Priest, King, Husband, Friend, Shepherd. Consider him in his life, death, r…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year

April 13th
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Cast thy burden upon the Lord. Psalm 55:22.

We must distinguish between the burden-bearing that is right and the burden-bearing that is wrong. We ought never to bear the burden of sin or of doubt, but there are burdens placed on us by God which He does not intend to lift off, He wants us to roll them back on Him. “Cast that He hath given thee upon the Lord.” (R.V. marg.) If we undertake work for God and get out of touch with Him, the sense of responsibility will be overwhelmingly crushing; but if we roll back on God that which He has put upon us, He takes away the sense of responsibility by bringing in the realization of Himself.
Many workers have gone out with high courage and fine impulses, but with no intimate fellowship with Jesus Christ, and before long they are crushed. They do not know what to do with the burden, it produces weariness, and people say—‘What an embittered end to such a beginning!’
“Roll thy burden upon the Lord”—you hav…