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Dyeing vat

Dyeing vat ‎In antiquity, yarn was dyed in stone basins (here an example from Tell Beth Mirsim), wherein they were hung through the small opening. The dyes were mainly obtained from vegetation, such as saffron, mignonette, the peel of the pomegranate (yellow), madder, Henna (red), purpurin, woad, and from the Roman period on also indigo (blue). Colors from animals were crimson and purple, extracted from insects and muscles. ‎Job 38:14;Wisd of Sol 13:14

You Shall Not Steal

You Shall Not Steal ‘You shall not steal’ (20:15). A person has a right to life, freedom and property. These rights are respected and protected by the commandment not to steal. No society can establish trust when theft and burglary are rife. Terrible pain and disruption come from such crimes as kidnapping and slavery. Death itself can result from the theft of someone’s livelihood or savings.
Knowles, Andrew. The Bible Guide. 1st Augsburg books ed. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 2001. Print.

The Wise and the Fool

The Wise and the Fool10:13–14. These statements contrast the wise and the fool. While the discerning person is characterized by his wise statements, one lacking judgment (cf. v. 21; 6:32; 7:7; 9:4, 16; 11:12; 12:11; 15:21; 17:18; 24:30; 28:16) experiences trouble. He may be punished by a rod on the back (cf. 14:3; 26:3). A wise person stores up knowledge; he holds it in for the right occasion without spouting off his knowledge. What a fool says, however, causes him trouble and eventually ruin because he foolishly speaks the wrong things and gets himself in trouble (cf. 10:19)
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. 926. Print.

Word and Law

Word and LawJames 1:22-25 This was James’s first occasion to use the word “law,” and it had a special meaning with him. Law stands by itself in 2:9–11 and 4:11 but also appears as the “royal law” in 2:8 and the “law that gives freedom” in 2:12. The New Testament conveys the understanding that Christ brought a “new law,” in the sense that he fulfilled and placed the law upon a new basis in himself (1 Cor 9:21). To serve him is to serve the law; to truly serve the law is therefore to serve him. The same would go for studying the law and thus to be studying him. James made a personal connection not with the life of Christ but rather with the lives of past exemplars of faith who trusted in the Lord (cf. 2:20–26; 5:10–11, 16–18) and thus can be said to have trusted Christ. The law and keeping the law as testimony to the active Word that makes the believer free is in view here. The absence of a reference in James to any law other than that contained within the Ten Commandments or that which…

Offering up a sacrifice

Offering up a sacrifice
‎The relief shows an altar in the middle, and bulls that were to be sacrificed on this altar behind and in front of it. In the Roman period, ritual sacrifices played a prominent role in cultic rites. ‎Acts 14:12–13, 14:18; 1 Cor 10:20; Heb 8:4

3:8–21 THE TWOFOLD CURSE

Two Fold CurseGenesis 3:15
3:8–21 THE TWOFOLD CURSE Each curse was twofold. The serpent was directly cursed; it received a physical curse and the promise that it would ultimately be crushed by the seed of the woman (3:15). God promised that he would execute his rule through the seed of the woman and Christ came as a fulfillment of that promise. The victory of Christ was a direct crushing of Satan in fulfillment of this curse, for Satan was behind the serpent in Eden (Rom. 16:20; Rev. 12:9; 20:2).
The woman received the consequences of her actions, though they were not called a curse. The conflict between the man and the woman, foretold in the words and “master” in Genesis 3:16, is seen in the same Hebrew words used in 4:7. The strain that would occur between man and woman was in regard to the man’s ruling and supremacy over the woman. The world of man-woman relationships specifically and all relationships generally had fallen prey to the upside-down chaos that resulted from Adam’s sin…

David’s Kindness to Mephibosheth

David’s Kindness to Mephibosheth 9:1     Now David said, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may ashow him 1kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2     And there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name wasbZiba. So when they had called him to David, the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” He said, “At your service!” 3     Then the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, to whom I may show cthe kindness of God?” And Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan who isdlame in his feet.” 4     So the king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king, “Indeed he is in the house of eMachir the son of Ammiel, in Lo Debar.” 5     Then King David sent and brought him out of the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from Lo Debar. 6     Now when fMephibosheth 2the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, had come to David, he fell on his face and prostrated himself. Then David said, “Mephibosheth?” And he answered, “Here is your servant!” 7     So …

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

May 13

  Whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted
Luke 14:11
… If you ask the way to the crown ’tis by the cross; to the mountain—’tis by the valley; to exaltation—’tis he that humbleth himself.

J. H. Evans

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

Connect the Testaments

May 13: Shipwrecked
Ruth 3:1–4:22; 1 Timothy 1:12–20; Psalm 73:11–28

“I am setting before you this instruction, Timothy my child, in accordance with the prophecies spoken long ago about you, in order that by them you may fight the good fight, having faith and a good conscience, which some, because they have rejected these, have suffered shipwreck concerning their faith” (1 Tim 1:18–19).
Paul had experienced being shipwrecked multiple times in his life, and in this passage, he metaphorically ascribes his experience to that of people who turn from faith in Christ. The imagery of being shipwrecked captures the spiritual state of aimlessness that results from a misguided conscience—one that isn’t grounded in faith. Among those who experienced this shipwreck were Hymenaeus and Alexander, former believers who became blasphemers. They had known the truth of Jesus but were now publicly opposing it (1 Tim 1:20).
Paul admits he had once been a blasphemer himself, but he was “shown mercy because …

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, May 13                                              Go To Evening Reading

         “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
         — Psalm 30:5
Christian! If thou art in a night of trial, think of the morrow; cheer up thy heart with the thought of the coming of thy Lord. Be patient, for

         “Lo! He comes with clouds descending.”

Be patient! The Husbandman waits until he reaps his harvest. Be patient; for you know who has said, “Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give to every man according as his work shall be.” If you are never so wretched now, remember

         “A few more rolling suns, at most,
         Will land thee on fair Canaan’s coast.”

Thy head may be crowned with thorny troubles now, but it shall wear a starry crown ere long; thy hand may be filled with cares—it shall sweep the strings of the harp of heaven soon. Thy garments may be soiled with dust now; they shall be white by-and-by. Wait a little longer. Ah! how d…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

May 13th
The habit of a good conscience


A conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men. Acts 24:16.

God’s commands are given to the life of His Son in us, consequently to the human nature in which His Son has been formed, His commands are difficult, but immediately we obey they become divinely easy.
Conscience is that faculty in me which attaches itself to the highest that I know, and tells me what the highest I know demands that I do. It is the eye of the soul which looks out either towards God or towards what it regards as the highest, and therefore conscience records differently in different people. If I am in the habit of steadily facing myself with God, my conscience will always introduce God’s perfect law and indicate what I should do. The point is, will I obey? I have to make an effort to keep my conscience so sensitive that I walk without offence. I should be living in such perfect sympathy with God’s Son, that in every circumstance the spirit of my mind is renewed, …