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View from Mt. Nebo

View from Mt. Nebo ‎The view from the summit of Mt. Nebo provides a panorama of the Jordan Rift, the Dead Sea, and Jericho. If the air is clear, one can even see the church towers on the Mount of Olives at Jerusalem. ‎Deut 32:49; 34:1

Wadi Qelt

Wadi Qelt
‎Wadi Qelt, which connects the Jordan Valley with Jericho and Jerusalem served the early Christians as a detour to avoid Samaria on their way from Galilee to Jerusalem. The spectacular Greek Orthodox Monastery of St. George on its slopes some 5 kilometers west of Jericho is in admirable harmony with the topography and colors of the place. It was built in the 5th century A.D. by John of Thebes-in-Egypt, a hermit monk who lived in the wadi, and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The monastery was restored in the 19th century and is now called St. George—after Georgias of Cosiba, who spent most of his life there.

Rod, staff, scepter, tribe

2314      שׁבט (šbṭ). Assumed root of the following.

 2314a      שֵׁבֶט (šēbeṭ) rod, staff.
           2314b      שַׁרְבִּיט (šarbîṭ) dart, spear.

שֵׁבֶט (šēbeṭ). Rod, staff, scepter, tribe. This noun commonly denotes a rod. It was used for beating cumin (Isa 28:27), as a weapon (II Sam 23:21), and as a shepherd’s implement either to muster or count sheep (Lev 27:32; Ezk 20:37), or to protect them (Ps 23:4; Mic 7:14). In Ps 23:4 it is used metaphorically of the Lord’s protection of his servant as he walks in paths of righteousness.

The rod was also used as an instrument for either remedial or penal punishment. As a corrective instrument it was used for a slave (Ex 21:20), a fool (Prov 10:13; 26:3), and a son (Prov 13:24; 22:15; 23:13–14; 29:15). In Prov it is the symbol of discipline, and failure to use the preventive discipline of verbal rebuke and the corrective discipline of physical punishment will end in the child’s death. Metaphorically, the Lord used Assyria as his instrument to c…

Parapet on a roof

Parapet on a roof ‎In Deut 22:8 it is commanded that a newly-built should have a parapet on the edge of its flat roof as a protecting wall-like barrier, so that nobody could accidentally fall from the roof. Thus this command was the oldest order in the world for preventing accidents. It was a necessary command, because the roof of a house was not only used for storing goods, or for drying flax, but also as a living space. ‎Deut 22:8

A Better Estimate

A Better Estimate 9aPronouncement                          But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, bCondition                                        though we speak in this manner. 10aReason                                            For lGod is not unjust to forget myour work and 4labor of love bCharacterization                                   which you have shown toward His name, Suppliedin that cExpansion                                                 you have nministered to the saints, dExpansion                                                 and do minister. 11aWish (Pos.)                                 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence b

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

May 20

  Then said I, Woe is me, for I am undone, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts
Isa. 6:5
It is not the sight of our sinful heart that humbles us; it is a sight of Jesus Christ. I am undone because mine eyes have seen the King.

Andrew A. Bonar

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

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening

Morning, May 20                                                 Go To Evening Reading

         “Marvellous lovingkindness.”
         — Psalm 17:7
When we give our hearts with our alms, we give well, but we must often plead to a failure in this respect. Not so our Master and our Lord. His favours are always performed with the love of his heart. He does not send to us the cold meat and the broken pieces from the table of his luxury, but he dips our morsel in his own dish, and seasons our provisions with the spices of his fragrant affections. When he puts the golden tokens of his grace into our palms, he accompanies the gift with such a warm pressure of our hand, that the manner of his giving is as precious as the boon itself. He will come into our houses upon his errands of kindness, and he will not act as some austere visitors do in the poor man’s cottage, but he sits by our side, not despising our poverty, nor blaming our weakness. Beloved, with what smiles does he speak! What golden…

My Utmost for His Highest

May 20th

The realm of the real

In your patience possess ye your souls. Luke 21:19.
When a man is born again, there is not the same robustness in his thinking or reasoning for a time as formerly. We have to make an expression of the new life, to form the mind of Christ. "Acquire your soul with patience." Many of us prefer to stay at the threshold of the Christian life instead of going on to construct a soul in accordance with the new life God has put within. We fail because we are ignorant of the way we are made, we put things down to the devil instead of our own undisciplined natures. Think what we can be when we are roused!
There are certain things we must not pray about—moods, for instance. Moods never go by praying, moods go by kicking. A mood nearly always has its seat in the physical condition, not in the moral: It is a continual effort not to listen to the moods which arise from a physical condition; never submit to them for a second. We have to take ourselves by the sc…