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Love Your Neighbor

Love Your Neighbor 8aCommand                                  Owe no one anything bQualification                                   except to love one another, cReason                                                 for ghe who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9aEnumeration                                             For the commandments, bList-Itemh“You shall not commit adultery,” cList-Item“You shall not murder,” dList-Item“You shall not steal,”2“You shall not bear false witness,” eList-Item

Full Assurance of Faith

Full Assurance of Faith Excerpt “Let us draw near” (προσερχώμεθα) is a liturgical phrase, denoting the approach of the people, after ceremonial atonement, to the earthly sanctuary (cf. ver. 1τοὺς προσερχομένους). We may now draw near to the very heavenly mercy-seat, without any sense of a bar to our doing so on the ground of consciousness of sin. In Christ we are to see accomplished all that is needed for atonement. But there are conditions also required in ourselves, expressed first by the “true heart”, and the “fulness of faith”, and then by the clauses that follow. These clauses, like προσερχώμεθα, have a liturgical basis—that of the blood sprinkling (e.g. of the people with the blood of the covenant under Mount Sinai, ch.9:19, and of the priests on their consecration, Lev. 8:23) and of the ablutions before sacrificial service (Lev. 8:616:424Exod. 30:39). Hence these two participial clauses are not to be separated from each other, and seem best to be both taken in connectio…

Watch Our Words

Watch Our Words Excerpt The use of the tongue is the theme of this collection, and each verse is merismatic. Verses 20–21 closely parallel each other and can be regarded as a proverb pair. Verse 19 then is an ironic heading to vv. 20–21: Although the wise person gives sound advice, wisdom is found more in those who are silent than in those who are verbose! The message here is that you should be careful about who you listen to and that when a person talks too much, that is a good sign that his words are not worth hearing. More Garrett, Duane A. Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs. Vol. 14. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1993. Print. The New American Commentary


Caesarea ‎The large port of Caeasarea was one of the King Herod’s most impressive building projects. In 22 A.D. he turned a small Hellenist port on a sea coast that had no bay or natural harbor into one of the largest ports in the Roman Empire, second in size only to Rome itself. He named it in honor of his patron, the Emperor Augustus. Caesarea served as a large port and administrative center for hundreds of years, from its establishment until the Byzantine period. It is mentioned as the town to which St. Paul was sent under heavy guard after his arrest in Jerusalem (Acts 23:23). Here St. Philip the deacon lived and preached (Acts 8:40). Caesarea flourished again during the time of the Crusaders, and the remains of their fortified buildings can be seen today.

Plate and pan

Plate and pan
‎The picture illustrates various ancient methods of baking. Fire is made under a metal pot in which the cake is baked. Round clay plates from Lachish are depicted above. Bread is baked on these pans. ‎Lev 2:4; 7:9; 11:35; 26:26; Deut 4:20; 1 Kings 8:51; Jer 11:4; Dan 3:6; Song of Three 1–2


Winepress ‎Ripe grapes are put in the left basin, wherein they are trodden with bare feet. The juice from the squashed grapes then flows through a groove into the right basin, from where it is filled into jugs. Wine-presses like that were cut out of the rock in order to prevent the juice from seeping into the ground. ‎Num 18:27, 18:30; Deut 15:14; 16:13; Neh 13:15; Job 24:11; Prov 3:10; Isa 5:2; 16:10; 63:3; Jer 25:30; Lam 1:15; Hos 9:2; Joel 2:24; 3:13; Haggai 2:16; Sirach 33:16–17; Matt 21:33; Mark 12:1; Rev 14:19–20

The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments

b. The Ten Commandments (20:1–17)
The Ten Commandments, in their present form in Exodus 20, reveal signs of later development and expansion from an earlier form. It is likely that the original form was very brief and much easier to memorize. Some believe that all of the commands were negative at first, even though two of them now are expressed in the positive. (See verses 8 and 12.) This Decalogue, as it is called, has been inserted into the narrative at this point in order to prove its divine authority and its connection with Moses. In this way these commandments become a summary of “the people’s obligation” in the covenant that was established at Mount Sinai.
There is a close parallel account of the Decalogue in Deut 5:6–21, and the translator should be aware of the similarities and differences. Both accounts have the same form of law that is quite different from the laws listed in “The Book of the Covenant” (20:22–23:33). Here the laws are expressed as demands…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 16

  My meat is to do the will of him that sent me
John 4:34
Seek your life’s nourishment in your life’s work.

Phillips Brooks

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

Connect the Testaments

April 16: Bold Requests
Deuteronomy 30:1–31:29; 2 Corinthians 8:1–7; Psalm 44

Psalm 44 is bold. Who asks the Lord to “wake up”? Who asks Him why He is sleeping?

The psalmist doesn’t stop with these questions. He makes claims regarding God that seem like accusations: “you have rejected and disgraced us,” “you have given us as sheep for food,” and “you have sold your people cheaply” (Psa 44:9, 11, 12). How do we deal with these types of psalms? Should we be as bold in our relationship with God?
But these claims aren’t made without reason. The psalmist opens his lament with, “O God, we have heard with our ears; our ancestors have told us of work you worked in their days, in days of old” (Psa 44:1). He had heard stories of God’s past faithfulness—how he delivered His people in battles. He also knew that God had claimed His people, that His favor to them was a testimony to the surrounding nations. But the psalmist experiences something different. Why is Israel “a taunt to our neighbors, a d…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, April 16 Go To Evening Reading

         “The precious blood of Christ.”  — 1 Peter 1:19
Standing at the foot of the cross, we see hands, and feet, and side, all distilling crimson streams of precious blood. It is “precious” because of its redeeming and atoning efficacy. By it the sins of Christ’s people are atoned for; they are redeemed from under the law; they are reconciled to God, made one with him. Christ’s blood is also “precious” in its cleansing power; it “cleanseth from all sin.” “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” Through Jesus’ blood there is not a spot left upon any believer, no wrinkle nor any such thing remains. O precious blood, which makes us clean, removing the stains of abundant iniquity, and permitting us to stand accepted in the Beloved, notwithstanding the many ways in which we have rebelled against our God. The blood of Christ is likewise “precious” in its preserving power. We are safe from the destroying angel under the sprin…

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

April 16th
Can you come down?

While ye have light, believe in the light. John 12:36.

We all have moments when we feel better than our best, and we say—‘I feel fit for anything; if only I could be like this always!’ We are not meant to be. Those moments are moments of insight which we have to live up to when we do not feel like it. Many of us are no good for this workaday world when there is no high hour. We must bring our commonplace life up to the standard revealed in the high hour.
Never allow a feeling which was stirred in you in the high hour to evaporate. Don’t put your mental feet on the mantelpiece and say—‘What a marvellous state of mind to be in!’ Act immediately, do something, if only because you would rather not do it. If in a prayer meeting God has shown you something to do, don’t say—‘I’ll do it’; do it! Take yourself by the scruff of the neck and shake off your incarnate laziness. Laziness is always seen in cravings for the high hour; we talk about working up to a time …