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Temple Size and Comparison

Temple Size and Comparison

Jordan River: Water

Jordan River: Water ‎It’s hard to resist touching the Jordan water because it is so clear and creates such a serene atmosphere, and because of its famous healing and purifying qualities. Bottles of water from the River Jordan were in great demand among pilgrims way back at the beginning of the century. And there are stories of Russian pilgrims who made long, arduous journeys to the Holy Land before the revolution, to be baptized in the Jordan in their funeral shrouds and thus ensure themselves resurrection after death.

Two Figures In The Background

Two Figures In The Background The two figures in the foreground of this inked scene from a jar found at Teman have attracted much attention. They possess human bodies but have tails and bizarre heads. One partial nude is a female. Some have suggested the faces look bovine and, given the presence of tails, this is indeed as good a suggestion as any. If so, the portrait may depict “Yahweh and his Asherah,” because as an El divinity (Exod 6:3), Yahweh would have been thought to be represented by a bull (as indeed the Bible says he was at Bethel and Dan in Israel) and Asherah as a cow (Amos 4:1 may allude to this identification). Drawing courtesy of Zeʾev Meshel.
Herr, Larry G. “The Iron Age II Period: Emerging Nations.” Biblical Archaeologist: Volume 60 1-4 2001 : 144. Print.

David Rescues Israel From A Philistine Giant

David Rescues Israel From A Philistine Giant Excerpt We cannot know how soon the events of this chapter occurred after the previous events. However, enough time must have passed for Saul to have changed his policy toward David, permitting him to return to Bethlehem. It also may have been long enough for the youthful David to mature and change significantly in appearance, though not long enough for David to have become old enough for military service (=age twenty; cf. Num 1:3; also 1 Sam 17:33). More Bergen, Robert D. 1, 2 Samuel. Vol. 7. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996. Print. The New American Commentary.

Merchant Ships

Merchant Ships ‎The Romans organized commercial shipping on the Mediterranean Sea with bulgy sailboats that could load up a huge cargo. Springing-up winds were an always-present danger for trading by sea, and quite a number of trading vessels sank in antiquity. ‎Acts 13:4; 14:26; 20:3, 20:6, 20:13, 20:38; 21:2, 21:3, 21:6; 27:2, 27:10, 27:15, 27:17, 27:22, 27:29–30, 27:37–39, 27:41, 27:44; Rev 8:9; 18:19

His Lot Was To Burn Incense

His Lot Was To Burn Incense Excerpt The part assigned to each priest in his week of service was decided by lot. Three were employed at the offering of incense—to remove the ashes of the former service; to bring in and place on the golden altar the pan filled with hot burning coals taken from the altar of burnt offering; and to sprinkle the incense on the hot coals; and, while the smoke of it ascended, to make intercession for the people. This was the most distinguished part of the service (Rev 8:3), and this was what fell to the lot of Zacharias at this time [Lightfoot]. More Jamieson, Robert, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown.Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. Vol. 2. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997. Print.

Proverbs 3:34

Proverbs 3:34 Excerpt But the heart of James’s letter is found in the quotation of Proverbs 3:34 in James 4:6. The rest of the letter gives specific examples of what “humble” in Proverbs 3:34 means (see “humble,” 4:7; “draw close” 4:8; “bow down,” 4:10; “grief,” 4:9; “weep,” 5:1; “be patient,” 5:7; “confess your sins,” 5:16). The purpose is that God’s grace, not his opposition, may be experienced. More Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Laney. Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001. Print. The Tyndale Reference Library.

Jerusalem: Mount of Olives-Garden of Gethsemane

Jerusalem: Mount of Olives-Garden of Gethsemane ‎Jerusalem. Ancient olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane surrounding the Church of all Nations. During the Second Temple period, like today, the Mount of Olives was covered with olive trees, used to produce olive oil and other products. Jesus spent the night before he was arrested with his disciples in the garden of Gethsemane and prayed to God with a heavy sense of his coming betrayal (Matthew 26:36–46). Further along the path, looking as if it were a short walk away, the edge of the Dome of the Rock is just visible on the Temple Mount behind the blocked up Golden Gate.

Jerusalem: Church of the Holy Sepulchre-Angel

Jerusalem: Church of the Holy Sepulchre-Angel

‎Jerusalem. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The Chapel of the Angel, itself white as an angel, contains part of the rolling stone that was used to cover the opening of the tomb. Here sat a snow-white angel and, revealing himself to Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome, told them of Jesus’ resurrection: “He is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him” (Mark 16:6).

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, April 20      Go To Evening Reading

         “That through death he might destroy him that had the power of death.”
         — Hebrews 2:14

O child of God, death hath lost its sting, because the devil’s power over it is destroyed. Then cease to fear dying. Ask grace from God the Holy Ghost, that by an intimate knowledge and a firm belief of thy Redeemer’s death, thou mayst be strengthened for that dread hour. Living near the cross of Calvary thou mayst think of death with pleasure, and welcome it when it comes with intense delight. It is sweet to die in the Lord: it is a covenant-blessing to sleep in Jesus. Death is no longer banishment, it is a return from exile, a going home to the many mansions where the loved ones already dwell. The distance between glorified spirits in heaven and militant saints on earth seems great; but it is not so. We are not far from home—a moment will bring us there. The sail is spread; the soul is launched upon the deep. How long will be its voyag…

The Last Enemy Destroyed

The Last Enemy Destroyed 20aCo-occurrence                            But now vChrist is risen from the dead, and has become bCharacterizationwthe firstfruits of those who have 4fallen asleep. 21aReason (20a)                                         For xsince by man came death, bImplicationyby Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22aReason (21b)                                        For as in Adam all die, bComparison                                          even so in Christ all shall zbe made alive. 23aElaboration

Connect the Testaments

April 20: Be Generous to Consume?
Joshua 4:1–6:27; 2 Corinthians 9:6–15; Psalm 48

Our culture encourages us to absorb the latest and greatest, and then cast off our gently used devices. We are targeted to accumulate and consume. The new feature we learned about yesterday is now the one we can’t live without. At first, 2 Corinthians 9 seems to appeal to our consumer lifestyle: “The one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Cor 9:6).
This verse has often been used to encourage giving, because then, God will provide us with even more. But should we give more for the sake of consuming more? Should this be our motivation for generosity?

Paul debunks this idea in the next verse: “Each one should give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or from compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9:7). Certainly God will provide for those who give; He takes care of those who follow Him. But our willingness to gi…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 20

  There stood by me this night the angel of God … saying, Fear not, Paul.… God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore … be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me
        Acts 27:23, 24, 25

An active faith can give thanks for a promise, though it be not yet performed; knowing that God’s bonds are as good as ready money.

Matthew Henry

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

My Utmost for His Highest

April 20th
Can a saint slander God?

For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen. 2 Cor. 1:20.

Jesus told the parable of the talents recorded in Matthew 25 as a warning that it is possible for us to misjudge our capacity. This parable has not to do with natural gifts, but with the Pentecostal gift of the Holy Ghost. We must not measure our spiritual capacity by education or by intellect; our capacity in spiritual things is measured by the promises of God. If we get less than God wants us to have, before long we will slander Him as the servant slandered his master: ‘You expect more than You give me power to do; You demand too much of me, I cannot stand true to You where I am placed.’ When it is a question of God’s Almighty Spirit, never say ‘I can’t.’ Never let the limitation of natural ability come in. If we have received the Holy Spirit, God expects the work of the Holy Spirit to be manifested in us.

The servant justified himself in everything he did and condemned his …