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Winepress (cross section and top view)

Winepress (cross section and top view) ‎Ripe grapes are put in the left basin (a) wherein they are trodden with bare feet. The juice from the squashed grapes flows through a groove (b) into the right basin (c), from where it is filled into jugs. The overflowing juice collects itself at the deepest place (d). Wine presses like that were cut out of the rock in order to prevent the juice from seeping down 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 village Magdala where Mary Magdalene came from was located on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee. The excavations of this site proofed that this place experienced a period of prosperity at the time of Jesus. The Streets were constructed in Greek style. Magdala was a regional center for pickling fish, which brought some moderate wealth to the residents. ‎Matt 27:56, 27:61; 28:1; Mark 15:40, 15:47; 16:1, 16:9; Luke 24:10; John 19:25; 20:1, 20:18

Bethlehem: Greek Orthodox Priests

Bethlehem: Greek Orthodox Priests ‎Bethlehem. Greek Orthodox priests in high hats and festive robes in shades of gold and purple waiting in Manger Square for the arrival of the Patriarch on Christmas Eve. Waiting for the Archangel, who is the Patriarch, symbolizes waiting for the Messiah.

Righteous Noah

Righteous Noah Excerpt Noah is distinguished from the “people of his time” by his upright character (i.e., “the only good man,”GNB). His piety and righteous courage became renowned in later times (Ezek14:1420Isa 54:9–10), and he was commonly associated with the virtue of godliness (Heb11:71 Pet 3:20), receiving the unique appellation “preacher of righteousness” (2 Pet2:5). Jewish literature celebrated Noah’s place in history as the paragon of righteousness (e.g., Sir44:17; Jub.5:19; Wis10:4; 1 Enoch67:1) and added to his reputation by fancifulstories about his birth (e.g., 1QapGen2; 1 Enoch106).12

Visions of the Son of Man

Visions of the Son of Man 12 a  Action                                 Then I turned to see the voice     b  Characterization                      that spoke with me.     c   Background-Action (d)             And having turned     d  ExperiencebI saw     e  List-Item                                 seven golden lampstands, 13 a  Location (b)                                cand in the midst of the seven lampstands SupplieddOne     b  List-Item                                 like the Son of Man,     c   Characterizationeclothed with a garment down to the feet     d  Characterization                          and fgirded about the chest with a golden band. 14 a  ComparisonHis head and ghair were white like wool, as white as snow,     b  Comparison                                and hHis eyes like a flame of fire; 15 a  ComparisoniHis feetwere like fine brass,     b  Elaboration                                      as if refined in a furnace,     c   Comparison                …

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 28

  To him be glory both now and forever
2 Peter 3:18
Believer, you are anticipating the time when you shall join the saints above in ascribing all glory to Jesus; but are you glorifying Him now? The apostle’s words are, “To him be glory both now and forever.”

C. H. Spurgeon

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

Connect the Testaments

April 28: The Subtle Sinner
Joshua 19:10–20:9; 2 Corinthians 12:11–21; Psalm 57:1–58:11

Some sins slip through the cracks—the ones that emerge in hushed tones between like-minded Christians. Sometimes these sins seem respectable because they occur out of supposed concerns for the Church or others. But they can leave deep gashes in the life of a community because they often go unchecked. And it’s these sins that Paul addresses shortly before closing his letter to the Corinthians:

“For I am afraid lest somehow when I arrive, I will not find you as I want, and I may be found by you as you do not want. I am afraid lest somehow there will be strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, pride, disorder” (2 Cor 12:20).
While the Corinthians were guilty of flagrant sins like impurity, sexual immorality, and licentiousness, they were also sinning in ways that subtly undermined Paul’s authority. Slander and gossip created deep divisions in the Corinthian church, just a…

My Utmost for His Highest

April 28th
What you will get

Thy life will I give thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest. Jeremiah 45:5.
This is the unshakable secret of the Lord to those who trust Him—‘I will give thee thy life.’ What more does a man want than his life? It is the essential thing. ‘Thy life for a prey’ means that wherever you may go, even if it is into hell, you will come out with your life, nothing can harm it. So many of us are caught up in the shows of things, not in the way of property and possessions, but of blessings. All these have to go; but there is something grander that never can go—the life that is “hid with Christ in God.”
Are you prepared to let God take you into union with Himself, and pay no more attention to what you call the ‘great things’? Are you prepared to abandon entirely and let go? The test of abandonment is in refusing to say—‘Well, what about this?’ Beware of suppositions. Immediately you allow—‘What about this?’ it means you have not abandoned, you do not reall…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, April 28      Go To Evening Reading

         “Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.”
         — Psalm 119:49

Whatever your especial need may be, you may readily find some promise in the Bible suited to it. Are you faint and feeble because your way is rough and you are weary? Here is the promise—“He giveth power to the faint.” When you read such a promise, take it back to the great Promiser, and ask him to fulfil his own word. Are you seeking after Christ, and thirsting for closer communion with him? This promise shines like a star upon you—“Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Take that promise to the throne continually; do not plead anything else, but go to God over and over again with this—“Lord, thou hast said it, do as thou hast said.” Are you distressed because of sin, and burdened with the heavy load of your iniquities? Listen to these words—“I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy …