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Jerusalem: Absalom Tomb

Jerusalem: Absalom Tomb ‎Jerusalem. The monument known as Absalom’s Tomb, with its cone-shaped top has stood facing the Temple Mount since the time of the Second Temple. It is about twenty meters high, carved out of the rock in the Kidron Valley between the Mount of Olives and the Temple Mount. The valley became popular as a burial place from the Second Temple period because of the belief that the resurrection of the dead would begin there when the Messiah arrived. The monument, which resembles a Nabatean tomb, was called Absalom’s Tomb because of the passage in 2 Samuel 18:18, about the monument set in the Kings’ Valley by King David’s son, Absalom, who named it after himself to perpetuate his name because he had no sons.

Trust from the Heart

Trust from the HeartProverbs 3:5–6 Excerpt Pr. 3:5-6. To trust in the Lord wholeheartedly means one should not rely (lean) on his understanding, for human insights are never enough. God’s ways are incomprehensible (Isa. 55:8-9Rom. 11:33-34); yet He is trustworthy. All the wisdom a person may acquire can never replace the need for full trust in God’s superior ways. Heart in Hebrew refers to one’s emotions (Prov. 12:2513:12;14:1013) but more often to his intellect (such as understanding, 10:8; discernment, 15:14; reflection, 15:28), or will (5:12). More Buzzell, Sid S. “Proverbs.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 911. Print.

A Priest of Abijah, Daughter of Aaron

A Priest of Abijah, Daughter of Aaron Excerpt The eighth of the twenty-four orders of courses into which David divided the priests (see 1Ch 24:1410). Of these courses only four returned after the captivity (Ezr 2:34–39), which were again subdivided into twenty-four—retaining the ancient name and order of each. They took the whole temple service for a week each. his wife was of the daughters of Aaron—The priests might marry into any tribe, but “it was most commendable of all to marry one of the priests’ line” [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

Subsistence Patterns

Subsistence Patterns

Subsistence Patterns. Rainfall in Judah, and the lifestyle patterns based upon it, was considerably more marginal than in Israel to the north. For this reason, the population of Judah could never be as great as that of its northern neighbor. It is interesting that the greatest population seems to have been located in the Shephelah where the greatest water supply was available. The highlands with their narrow valleys were good for fruits, vegetables, and small crops of grain, while the Shephelah with its wider valleys could produce considerably more food. Sites such as Beth Shemesh, Beit Mirsim, and Gibeon (this last site in the highlands) illustrate the agricultural potential of the area with their oil and wine installations. In the rainshadow of the eastern highlands, the primary lifestyle of the Judean Desert must have been pastoralism, much as it was in most periods. But the real point of interest for the subsistence patterns of Judah is why the northern Negev …

The Foolishness of Man

The Foolishness of Man 20aTopic (c)                                                                                            For bBackground-Experience (c)                                                                since the creation of the world eHis invisible attributes cEvent                                                                                           are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and 7Godhead, dPurpose                                                                                             so that they are without excuse, 21aInference                                                                                                because, bBackground-Experience (c) although they knew God, cAction

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 23

  Perfect love casteth out fear
1 John 4:18
Fear and love rise up in antagonism to each other as motives in life, like those two mountains from which respectively the blessings and curses of the old law were pronounced—the Mount of Cursing all barren, stony, without verdure and without water; the Mount of Blessing green and bright with many a flower, and blessed with many a trickling rill. Fear is barren. Love is fruitful. The one is a slave, and its work is little worth. The other is free, and its deeds are great and precious. From the blasted summit of the mountain which gendereth to bondage may be heard the words of the law; but the power to keep all these laws must be sought on the sunny hill where liberty dwells in love and gives energy to obedience. Therefore, if you would use in your own life the highest power that God has given us for our growth in grace, draw your arguments, not from fear, but from love.

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Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, April 23Go To Evening Reading

         “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
         — Romans 8:37
We go to Christ for forgiveness, and then too often look to the law for power to fight our sins. Paul thus rebukes us, “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” Take your sins to Christ’s cross, for the old man can only be crucified there: we are crucified with him. The only weapon to fight sin with is the spear which pierced the side of Jesus. To give an illustration—you want to overcome an angry temper, how do you go to work? It is very possible you have never tried the right way of going to Jesus with it. How did I get salvation? I came to Jesus just as I was, and I trusted him to save me. I must kill m…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

April 23rd
The worship of the work

Laborers together with God. 1 Cor. 3:9.

Beware of any work for God which enables you to evade concentration on Him. A great many Christian workers worship their work. The one concern of a worker should be concentration on God, and this will mean that all the other margins of life, mental, moral and spiritual, are free with the freedom of a child—a worshipping child, not a wayward child. A worker without this solemn, dominant note of concentration on God is apt to get his work on his neck; there is no margin of body, mind or spirit free, consequently he becomes spent out and crushed. There is no freedom, no delight in life; nerves, mind and heart are so crushingly burdened that God’s blessing cannot rest. But the other side is just as true—when once the concentration is on God, all the margins of life are free and under the dominance of God alone. There is no responsibility on you for the work; the only responsibility you have is to keep in living, c…