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Philistine: Cart and Children

Philistine: Cart and Children ‎We are pretty well informed about the appearance of the Philistines by a relief of pharaoh Ramesses III in Medinet Habu. This relief depicts his victory against the Sea Peoples—although, in reality, his military campaign was not all that glorious. Many of the Philistines came, via the land route through Syria, on carts pulled by oxen. Ramesses III stopped them on their way to Egypt, but could not defeat them. He rather had them settle in the southern coastal plain of Palestine. The picture shows the Philistines with their characteristic feather headdress on the cart (left), whilst the Egyptians and the soldiers (with the ball on the helmet) battle against Philistine children (right). ‎Josh 13:2–3; Judg 3:3, 3:31; 14:1–4; 15:5, 15:9, 15:11, 15:20; 16:5, 16:8, 16:23, 16:27; 1 Sam 4–6

Each Member Functions to Serve the Body

Each Member Functions to Serve the Body
Romans 12:3
Excerpt As Paul explained, a parallelism exists between a believer’s physical body which has parts with differing functions and the community of believers in Christ as a spiritual body (cf. 1 Cor. 12:12-27; Eph. 4:11-1215-16). The point is that each member functions to serve the body, not the body to serve the members. The diversity of the many accompanies the unity of the body. Therefore it is important to think soundly about oneself and to evaluate properly God’s gifts and their uses. More Witmer, John A. “Romans.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 488. Print.

Brothers and Kinsmen

Brothers and Kinsmen
Excerpt In v. 3 Paul calls his fellow Jews his brothers as well as his kin according to the flesh. Here “brother” is used not in the spiritual sense of fellow Christian, nor in the literal sense of a member of Paul’s own physical or extended family, unless one includes all Jews as his extended family. In v. 4 he describes them as “Israelites,” indicating something of their spiritual nature as God’s chosen people. He is probably already setting up the argument which is to follow, because he wants to maintain that God has not rejected non-Christian Jews as no longer part of Israel. Indeed, the term Israel is going to be used in 11:26 to refer quite specifically to non-ChristianJews. But Paul will go on to say in v.6 that not all those who are from Israel are Israel. He does not use the qualifier “true” Israel, and it is probably not appropriate to bring it into the discussion. He is saying that the term “Israel” does not apply to some Jews. He will use the righteous …

Ancient Jericho

Ancient Jericho ‎ There is nothing left of the ancient Jericho but a few mounds and ruined aqueducts, which we see in the above picture. Josephus says that “palm trees here grow to an unusal size, the gardens produce honey and balsam, henna and myroballanum.” Of these rich products not one remains. It is said that Cleopatra transferred the balsam trees to the gardens of Heliopolis in Egypt. In the distance we again see the Moab Mountains. At the base of these mountains at the beginning of the level plain flows the River Jordan. This region was at one time considered the garden of Palestine. In the time of the Crusades it is said that kings cultivated plantations of sugar cane in the plains of Jericho. In the ancient city at present no people live. Near by is the fountain of Elisha, the Mount of the Temptation. Quarantania rises loftily above the plain at this point. In 1863 the writer rode to the summit of the mound, where he gained a charming view of this plain of the Jordan, on whi…

Christ at Home in Our Hearts

Christ at Home in Our HeartsEphesians 3:16
Excerpt The result of this is that through faith Christ may dwell in believers’ hearts, that is, their whole personalities. “Dwell” (katoikēsai) refers not to the beginning of Christ’s indwelling at the moment of salvation. Instead it denotes the desire that Christ may, literally, “be at home in,” that is, at the very center of or deeply rooted in, believers’ lives. They are to let Christ become the dominating factor in their attitudes and conduct. More Hoehner, Harold W. “Ephesians.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 631. Print

Our Final Victory

Our Final Victory 55aQuotation“Oj5Death, where is your bQuotationsting? O Hades, where is your victory?”
56aInterpretation                                                      The sting of death is sin, bElaboration                                                          and kthe strength of sin is the law. 57ThanksgivinglBut thanks be to God, who gives us mthe victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58aInferencenTherefore, my beloved brethren, bCommand                                       be steadfast,

Connect the Testaments

April 21: The Misnomer about God’s Will
Joshua 7:1–8:35; 2 Corinthians 10:1–8; Psalm 49:1–20

We often hear a great misnomer about following God’s will. It usually sounds something like this: “God has commanded me to do x, so I’m going to go into x blindly without fear.” A phrase like this has elements of great truth—faith should carry us. But it’s missing a piece.

Sometimes God instructs us to follow Him quickly and blindly. When that’s the case, we should certainly do it. However, His commands should almost always be combined with the abilities that He has given us, including logic and rationality. We have to find the balance. If we get too rational, it can be at the detriment of God’s will; we can reason ourselves out of taking the risks God wants us to take.

Joshua, the leader of the Israelites after Moses, is a great example of proper behavior within God’s will. He learned from Moses and led out of that strength and experience, but he was led by the Spirit (Deut 34:9–12). He also d…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 21

  In everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God
        Phil. 4:6
The natural temptation with every difficulty is to plan for it, to put it out of the way yourself; but stop short with all your planning, your thinking, your worry, and talk to Him! “Cast thy burden upon the Lord and he shall sustain thee.” You may not always be able to do this in a moment or two. Then keep on with supplication until you know He has it, and prayer becomes praise. Rest, trust, and wait, and see how He does that which you wanted to do, and had so much care about. “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.”

A. E. Funk

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

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, April 21 Go To Evening Reading

“I know that my Redeemer liveth.”
         — Job 19:25
The marrow of Job’s comfort lies in that little word “My”—“My Redeemer,” and in the fact that the Redeemer lives. Oh! to get hold of a living Christ. We must get a property in him before we can enjoy him. What is gold in the mine to me? Men are beggars in Peru, and beg their bread in California. It is gold in my purse which will satisfy my necessities, by purchasing the bread I need. So a Redeemer who does not redeem me, an avenger who will never stand up for my blood, of what avail were such? Rest not content until by faith you can say “Yes, I cast myself upon my living Lord; and he is mine.” It may be you hold him with a feeble hand; you half think it presumption to say, “He lives as my Redeemer;” yet, remember if you have but faith as a grain of mustard seed, that little faith entitles you to say it. But there is also another word here, expressive of Job’s strong confidence, “I know.” To s…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

April 21st
Now don’t hurt the Lord!

Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? John 14:9.

Our Lord must be repeatedly astounded at us—astounded at how un-simple we are. It is opinions of our own which make us stupid; when we are simple we are never stupid, we discern all the time. Philip expected the revelation of a tremendous mystery, but not in the One Whom he knew. The mystery of God is not in what is going to be, it is now; we look for it presently, in some cataclysmic event. We have no reluctance in obeying Jesus, but it is probable that we are hurting Him by the questions we ask. “Lord, show us the Father.” His answer comes straight back—‘There He is, always here or nowhere.’ We look for God to manifest Himself to His children: God only manifests Himself in His children. Other people see the manifestation, the child of God does not. We want to be conscious of God; we cannot be conscious of our consciousness and remain sane. If we are asking God t…