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Stir Up One Another

Stir Up One Another (Ver. 24, 25) “And” (he says) “let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting 3 one another and so much the more as ye see the day approaching.” And again in other places, “The Lord is at hand; be careful for nothing.” (Phil. 4:5, 6.) “For now is our salvation nearer: Henceforth the time is short.” (Rom. 13:11.)
John Chrysostom. “Homilies of St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, on the Epistle to the Hebrews.” Saint Chrysostom: Homilies on the Gospel of St. John and Epistle to the Hebrews. Ed. Philip Schaff. Trans. T. Keble and Frederic Gardiner. Vol. 14. New York: Christian Literature Company, 1889. 455. Print. A Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, First Series.

The Function and Form of Psalm 1

The Function and Form of Psalm 1Psalm 1

This psalm serves as an introduction, or prologue, to the collection of the Psalms in its final form. It is a teaching, or wisdom, psalm advising the readers to dedicate themselves to the study of the Law of God, the Torah, and warning them of the consequences if they don’t.
The psalm consists of two strophes. The first one (verses 1–3) describes the truly pious person, stating what he refuses to do (verse 1), what he does (verse 2), and then describing him as like a healthy tree (verse 3).  The second strophe (verses 4–6) compares the evil person to chaff, which is blown away by the wind. Such a person will not share the future happiness of the righteous but will instead be destined to destruction.
As suggested in the introduction, “Translating the Psalms,” it will help the translator to see how certain psalms are built up so that the parallelism within verses contributes to the larger structure of the psalm and thus gives shape and meaning to…

The Site of the Temple

The Site of the Temple
‎ We have here the best general view of the temple plateau that it has ever been our privilege to see and study. It was not taken by the artist of this expedition, but furnished to one of our editors by the American consul in Jerusalem. It was taken from a housetop in the neighborhood. and we get nothing except a comprehensive view of the temple site with the mountains round about Jerusalem. We see in the picture the mosque of Omar, and beyond us to the southwest, with its smaller dome, the mosque El-Aksa. We see little prayer niches and recesses, walls, stairways, trees casting their dark shadows, the smaller domes and the distant hills. We are able to form a very satisfactory idea of the area on which stood the temple of Solomon a thousand years before Christ, and on which stood the temple of Herod, into which our Savior entered at the time of the royal reception which they gave Him. What memories crowd upon us as we look at these sacred precincts! It was her…

Bowl, mallet, and pegs

Bowl, mallet, and pegs
‎The picture shows objects that are mentioned in Judg 5:25–26 as playing a role in Sisera’s death. Whilst Sisera drank milk from a lordly bowl, Jael took a mallet and crushed his head, and she took pegs and pierced his temple. ‎Judg 5:25

Interior of the Church at Nain

Interior of the Church at Nain
‎At the foot of Little Hermon, looking northward, lies the little mud village that marks the site of the city of Nain, where our Lord raised the widow’s son to life. The town lies on a spur of the mountain, fifteen hundred feet below the summit, and the road to Nazareth ascends in a hollow to the west of it. After the Sermon on the Mount our Savior returned to Capernaum and found there a centurion, an officer of the Roman army, whose servant he healed. “And it came to pass the day after that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and much people.” It was at this time that He stopped the funeral procession, and said to the dead body: “Young man! I say unto thee, arise! and he that was dead sat up and began to speak, and He delivered him to his mother.” Nain is at present a miserable village, but there are many ruins round about. The Arabs have a mosque here with the curious name, The Shrine of Our Lord Jesus.” It is sa…

You Also Have a Master in Heaven

You Also Have a Master in Heaven

Verse 1
The apostle proceeds with the duty of masters to their servants, which might have been joined to the foregoing chapter, and is a part of that discourse. Here observe, 1. Justice is required of them: Give unto your servants that which is just and equal (v. 1), not only strict justice, but equity and kindness. Be faithful to your promises to them, and perform your agreements; not defrauding them of their dues, nor keeping back by fraud the hire of the labourers, Jam. 5:4. Require no more of them than they are able to perform; and do not lay unreasonable burdens upon them, and beyond their strength. Provide for them what is fit, supply proper food and physic, and allow them such liberties as may fit them the better for cheerful service and make it the easier to them, and this though they be employed in the meanest and lowest offices, and of another country and a different religion from yourselves. 2. A good reason for this regard: “Knowing that yo…

The Omniscience of God!

The Omniscience of God! 5     As fyou do not know what is the way of the 1wind, gOr how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, So you do not know the works of God who makes everything.[1]

fJohn 3:8 1 Or spirit gPs. 139:14 [1]The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

May 16

  For this child I prayed, and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him: therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord
1 Sam. 1:27, 28
God sometimes bestows gifts just that love may have something to renounce. The things that He puts into our hands are possibly put there that we may have the opportunity of showing what is in our heart. Oh, that there were in us a fervor of love that would lead us to examine everything that belongs to us, to ascertain how it might be made a means of showing our affection to Christ!

George Bowen

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

Connect the Testaments

May 16: Dysfunctional Problem-Solving
1 Chronicles 3:1–4:23; 1 Timothy 3:8–16; Psalm 77:1–20

When I locate a problem, I often fixate on it. I think that if I analyze it enough, I can solve it. This is a problem when I come to difficult issues that require someone else’s expertise. Stubbornly, I want to figure out the problem myself. I want to be self-sufficient. When God is the only one who can solve my problem, I’ve just created an impossible scenario.
When the psalmist hit troubling times and questioned the things that were accepted truths in his life, he didn’t seek his answer from anyone but God. When he felt far from God and questioned all he had taken for granted, the questions he asks are close to those in our own hearts: “Why God? Have you removed your favor?” (Psa 77:7). “Has your steadfast love ceased forever?” (Psa 77:8). “Do your promises end?” (Psa 77:8).
It would have been tempting to dwell on his personal experiences to answer these questions. But instead, the psalmist t…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, May 16     Go To Evening Reading

         “Who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.”
         — 1 Timothy 6:17
Our Lord Jesus is ever giving, and does not for a solitary instant withdraw his hand. As long as there is a vessel of grace not yet full to the brim, the oil shall not be stayed. He is a sun ever-shining; he is manna always falling round the camp; he is a rock in the desert, ever sending out streams of life from his smitten side; the rain of his grace is always dropping; the river of his bounty is ever-flowing, and the well-spring of his love is constantly overflowing. As the King can never die, so his grace can never fail. Daily we pluck his fruit, and daily his branches bend down to our hand with a fresh store of mercy. There are seven feast-days in his weeks, and as many as are the days, so many are the banquets in his years. Who has ever returned from his door unblessed? Who has ever risen from his table unsatisfied, or from his bosom un-emparadised? His mercie…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

May 16th
The habit of wealth

Partakers of the divine nature. 2 Peter 1:4.

We are made partakers of the Divine nature through the promises; then we have to ‘manipulate’ the Divine nature in our human nature by habits, and the first habit to form is the habit of realizing the provision God has made. ‘Oh, I can’t afford it,’ we say—one of the worst lies is tucked up in that phrase. It is ungovernably bad taste to talk about money in the natural domain, and so it is spiritually, and yet we talk as if our Heavenly Father had cut us off with a shilling! We think it a sign of real modesty to say at the end of a day—‘Oh, well, I have just got through, but it has been a severe tussle.’ And all the Almighty God is ours in the Lord Jesus! And He will tax the last grain of sand and the remotest star to bless us if we will obey Him. What does it matter if external circumstances are hard? Why should they not be! If we give way to self-pity and indulge in the luxury of misery, we banish God’s riche…