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Nard ‎In antiquity, perhaps the most expensive fragrance was the nard (a loanword in Hebrew: nard; Sanskrit: nalada; Persian: narada). The plant grows only in the Himalayas, at an elevation of 4000 m. The hairy stems of the plant provide the fragrance. ‎Song 1:12; 4:13–14; Mark 14:3; John 12:3

The Priestly Garments

The Priestly Garments ‎On Mount Sinai, Moses is instructed by God to gather his brother Aaron and Aaron’s sons to be priests in the Holy Temple, built in 957 BC. To fulfill their duties, sacred garments are to be made at the highest standards of craftsmanship. In the generations of priests that follow, painstaking attention is paid to ensure every piece is woven and tailor-made to fit each priest.


Therefore...Romans 5:1 Excerpt The “therefore” with which chap. 5 begins connects it to what Paul had written in the previous verses. In fact, “since we have been justified through faith” (v. 1) summarizes the entire argument of chaps. 1–4More Mounce, Robert H. Romans. Vol. 27. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995. Print. The New American Commentary

Mount Carmel: Carmelite Monastery - Interior

Mount Carmel: Carmelite Monastery - Interior
‎The interior of the Carmelite Monastery on Mount Carmel. Elijah’s cave is further down the mountainside. It is thought that he rested in this cave before going out to do battle with the prophets of Ba’al. Jewish tradition also associates this cave with Elijah’s pupil, the prophet Elisha, who lived on the Carmel after him, and some believe that Elisha is buried in the cave. Since the 4th century A.D. it has been a place of pilgrimage for those seeking healing or fertility. Elijah’s struggle for social justice, his ability to perform miracles and the mystery of his rising to heaven in a whirlwind all contribute to the special status he has acquired over the centuries among Jews, Christians, Moslems and Druze.


TemptationsJames 1:13–18 Excerpt The pull toward evil we feel when tested—a pull toward anger, striking out, or surrender to passion—does not “come from” God. That is, temptation is not located in the test but in our sin nature’s response to the test. If we realize God intends the test as a “good and perfect gift,” our perspective changes. Rather than view tests as temptation and give in, we can welcome tests as blessings intended to help us grow. James reminds us that God has given us a new birth (v. 18). That new life is the source of an inner power that will enable us to triumph not only over the circumstances but our sinful tendencies as well. More Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print

Connect the Testaments

May 1: Who Will Fight for Us?
Judges 1:1–2:10; Philippians 1:1–11; Psalm 61:1–62:12

“Who will go up first for us against the Canaanites to fight against them?” (Judg 1:1).

I’ve felt this way before—wondering who will be my advocate in my time of need. It’s ironic that we are surrounded by people, and we have constant access to communication, and yet we can still feel alone. In a world of ambient noise, we’re often left feeling that no one is there to come to our aid. Most of us do have people to help us; it’s just that we’re not willing to ask for help. At all times, we have someone who will be our guide in times of distress.

Paul tells us that it is Christ “who began a good work in you [and He] will finish it until the day [He returns]” (Phil 1:6). In essence, the story of Paul and the Philippian believers’ struggles is really the same story told in the book of Judges. God’s people are at war against powers seen and unseen (Phil 3:1–4; compare Col 1:16). They feel lonely and wounded, …

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

May 1

  Thou art my God: early will I seek thee
Ps. 63:1
In a world where there is so much to ruffle the spirit’s plumes, how needful that entering into the secret of God’s pavilion, which will alone bring it back to composure and peace! In a world where there is so much to sadden and depress, how blessed the communion with Him in whom is the one true source and fountain of all true gladness and abiding joy! In a world where so much is ever seeking to un hallow our spirits, to render them common and profane, how high the privilege of consecrating them anew in prayer to holiness and to God.

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

May 1st
Insight not emotion

I have to lead my life in faith, without seeing Him. 2 Cor. 5:7. (Moffatt.)

For a time we are conscious of God’s attentions, then, when God begins to use us in His enterprises, we take on a pathetic look and talk of the trials and the difficulties, and all the time God is trying to make us do our duty as obscure people. None of us would be obscure spiritually if we could help it. Can we do our duty when God has shut up heaven? Some of us always want to be illuminated saints with golden haloes and the flush of inspiration, and to have the saints of God dealing with us all the time. A gilt-edged saint is no good, he is abnormal, unfit for daily life, and altogether unlike God. We are here as men and women, not as half-fledged angels, to do the work of the world, and to do it with an infinitely greater power to stand the turmoil because we have been born from above.
If we try to re-introduce the rare moments of inspiration, it is a sign that it is not God we …

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening

Morning, May 1                                                 Go To Evening Reading

“His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers.”
 — Song of Solomon 5:13
Lo, the flowery month is come! March winds and April showers have done their work, and the earth is all bedecked with beauty. Come my soul, put on thine holiday attire and go forth to gather garlands of heavenly thoughts. Thou knowest whither to betake thyself, for to thee “the beds of spices” are well known, and thou hast so often smelt the perfume of “the sweet flowers,” that thou wilt go at once to thy well-beloved and find all loveliness, all joy in him. That cheek once so rudely smitten with a rod, oft bedewed with tears of sympathy and then defiled with spittle—that cheek as it smiles with mercy is as fragrant aromatic to my heart. Thou didst not hide thy face from shame and spitting, O Lord Jesus, and therefore I will find my dearest delight in praising thee. Those cheeks were furrowed by the plough of grief, and crims…