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Mug and Goblet in Silver

Mug and Goblet in Silver
‎Contrary to economically rather unimportant Palestine, Egypt was an advanced civilization with a high culture. Many luxurious goods for the upper class originated in Egypt. The two silver vessels belong to those luxurious articles. The right chalice is shaped in the form of a lotus. ‎Gen 44:2, 44:5; 1 Kings 7:26; 10:25;Baruch 1:8

Reading of Isaiah

Reading of Isaiah
V 1, p 290  To read (ἀναγνῶναι). Usually in New Testament of public reading.* After the liturgical services which introduced the worship of the synagogue, the “minister” took a roll of the law from the ark, removed its case and wrappings, and then called upon some one to read. On the Sabbaths, at least seven persons were called on successively to read portions of the law, none of them consisting of less than three verses.  After the law followed a section from the prophets, which was succeeded immediately by a discourse. It was this section which Jesus read and expounded. SeeActs 13:15; Neh. 8:5, 8. For a detailed account of the synagogue-worship, see Edersheim, “Life and Times of Jesus,” i., 430 sq.
17. The book (βιβλίον). A diminutive of βίβλος, the inner bark of the papyrus, used for writing. Hence a roll. The word is also used to denote a division of a work, and is therefore appropriate here to mark the writings of a single prophet as related to the whole body of …

Two Translations of Genesis 1:1-2

Two Translations of Genesis 1:1-2
1:1 THE BEGINNING Two major and differing translations of Genesis 1:1–2 are believed to be true today. The first reads: “When God began to create the heavens and the earth, the earth was formless and empty.” This translation focuses on the state of the earth before God began the creative activity that is recorded in the Genesis account. Those who accept this translation believe that God’s historical involvement with creation began after the earth already existed in a formless and empty state. That is, the earth was formless and empty, and then God began to create. According to this view, Genesis does not address how the earth originally came into existence in its formless and empty state, but what God did with a world already in existence.
The second translation reads: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was empty, a formless mass ….” This traditional translation teaches that God created everything out of nothing. Theref…



Russian Christian Orthodoxy

Russian Christian Orthodoxy
Still not truly impartial freedom: Most sources say it’s now no problem for the elderly and the lower-class workers to attend the elaborate Russian Orthodox Church services, such as this one. but for any young person with a good job, it can still easily mean the end of a career. The struggle goes on.
But in the background, local persecutions against Christians still go on. In the last few months, the militia has broken up services of unregistered churches in no fewer than 13 towns. The owners of the homes where the services were conducted were fined 100 rubles, or about half a month’s pay. One Christian, within a recent two-year period, was fined 3,000 rubles, or 15 months’ full pay.
The legal bases for these persecutions are statutes enacted by Josef Stalin in 1929. These statutes outlaw all religious activities except Sunday worship services in registered churches. Though the Soviet government now practices selective non-enforcement of these laws, it is s…

Mount Ebal

Mount Ebal ‎ About half way between Nablous and Jacob’s Well, Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim so come together as to form a natural amphitheater. Here it is supposed the children of Israel were gathered when a copy of the law of Moses was written upon the twelve stones in the presence of Israel. “Then Joshua built an altar to the Lord God of Israel in Mount Ebal. * * * * And he wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel. And all Israel, and their elders, and officers and their judges, stood on this side the Ark and on that side, before the priests, the Levites, which bear the Ark of the covenant of the Lord, as well the stranger as he that was born among them; half of them over against Mount Gerizim and half of them over against Mount Ebal; as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded before, that they should bless the people of Israel. And afterwards he read all the words of the law, the blessings and the cursings,…

A Christian Woman Must Fear God

A Christian Woman Must Fear God
30     Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. (Proverbs 31:30)[1]

[1]The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

May 14

  For their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth
John 17:19
Do you remember, when Jesus was sitting with His disciples at the Last Supper, how He lifted up His voice and prayed, and in the midst of His prayer there came these wondrous words: “For their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified?” Is there anything in all the teachings that man has had from the lips of God that is nobler, that is more far-reaching than that—to be my best not simply for my own sake, but for the sake of the world? You can help your fellowmen—you must help your fellowmen; but the only way you can help them is by being the noblest and the best man that it is possible for you to be.

Phillips Brooks

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

Connect the Testaments

May 14: A Sense of History
1 Chronicles 1:1–54; 1 Timothy 2:1–15; Psalm 74:1–23

When I was in sixth grade, my teacher assigned our class a family genealogy and history project. At first it was frustrating. It seemed like unnecessary work. But eventually I became obsessive over it as I discovered our family stories. Many of us share this same experience; we’ve uncovered ancestors who have done great things. Through this process, we can begin to understand not just these people of history, but also ourselves.
Although we may be especially interested in our own family history, who doesn’t skip (or at least think about skipping) the genealogies of the Bible? Even if we’re serious about reading biblical books front to back, we prefer to skip over the long lists of names. But that would be a mistake in the case of 1 Chr 1:1–54. This genealogy is about human history leading up to a monumental person: King David. The lineage also makes the book of Ruth incredibly relevant: Boaz, Ruth’s husband…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, May 14                                                 Go To Evening Reading

         “Joint heirs with Christ.”
         — Romans 8:17
The boundless realms of his Father’s universe are Christ’s by prescriptive right. As “heir of all things,” he is the sole proprietor of the vast creation of God, and he has admitted us to claim the whole as ours, by virtue of that deed of joint-heir-ship which the Lord hath ratified with his chosen people. The golden streets of paradise, the pearly gates, the river of life, the transcendent bliss, and the unutterable glory, are, by our blessed Lord, made over to us for our everlasting possession. All that he has he shares with his people. The crown royal he has placed upon the head of his Church, appointing her a kingdom, and calling her sons a royal priesthood, a generation of priests and kings. He uncrowned himself that we might have a coronation of glory; he would not sit upon his own throne until he had procured a place upon it for all w…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

May 14th
The habit of enjoying the disagreeable

That the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 2 Cor. 4:10.

We have to form habits to express what God’s grace has done in us. It is not a question of being saved from hell, but of being saved in order to manifest the life of the Son of God in our mortal flesh, and it is the disagreeable things which make us exhibit whether or not we are manifesting His life. Do I manifest the essential sweetness of the Son of God, or the essential irritation of ‘myself’ apart from Him? The only thing that will enable me to enjoy the disagreeable is the keen enthusiasm of letting the life of the Son of God manifest itself in me. No matter how disagreeable a thing may be, say—“Lord, I am delighted to obey Thee in this matter,” and instantly the Son of God will press to the front, and there will be manifested in my human life that which glorifies Jesus.
There must be no debate. The moment you obey the light, the Son of God presses…