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Gazelle as banner

Gazelle as banner ‎Assyrian army units were distinguished by their respective banner that they carried on their standards. Presumably similar banners were also customary in Israel. This banner pictures a gazelle. ‎Exod 17:5; Isa 5:26;Sirach 43:8

Favor before the Egyptians

Favor before the EgyptiansExodus 3:21 Excerpt I will give this people favor refers to something God will give to the Israelites as a group, including Moses. But it is something that will be recognized in the sight of the Egyptians. So favor may be understood as “prestige” (JB), or some quality that would command the “respect” of the Egyptians. It may be easier to think of the Egyptians as the object of God’s action, as in 3:21TEV: “I will make the Egyptians respect you.” In some languages the idea of “face” will be helpful here; for example, “I will lift up your face before the Egyptians,” or “I will cause you to have face before.…”More Osborn, Noel D., and Howard A. Hatton. A Handbook on Exodus. New York: United Bible Societies, 1999. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Charismata

CharismataRomans 12:6–8 Excerpt Paul then applied what he had just said (vv. 3-5) to the exercise of God-given abilities for spiritual service (vv. 6-8). He built on the principle, We have different gifts (cf. v. 4, “not all have the same function”; cf. 1 Cor.12:4). The grace-gifts (charismata) are according to God’s grace(charis). He listed seven gifts, none of which—with the possible exception of prophesying—is a sign gift. The Greek text is much more abrupt than any English translation; let him is supplied for smoother English. More Witmer, John A. “Romans.”The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 488. Print.

Based on Faith

Based on Faith Excerpt To keep the law of God and live by doing so (Matt. 19:17) was the natural aim and hope of a true Israelite; only, in this case, the law was not a collection of statutes, but a revelation of God’s character and will, and he who sought to keep it did so not alone, but in conscious dependence on God whose grace was shown above all things else by His gift of such a revelation. Paul, however, is writing with Pharisees and legalists in his eye, and with the remembrance of his own experience as a Pharisee in his heart; and his idea no doubt is that this road leads nowhere. Compare Galatians 3:10–12. To keep the law thus is an impossibility.” More Wuest, Kenneth S. Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English Reader. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997. Print.

Unjust Masters

Unjust Masters Excerpt The masters had their faces dead set against these Christian slaves. We can understand that attitude when we remember that these slaves lived lives of singular purity, meekness, honesty, willingness to serve, andobedience in the households of their heathen masters. This was a powerful testimony for the gospel, and brought them under conviction of sin. All this irritated them, and they reacted in a most unpleasant way toward their slaves, whom they would punish without provocation. Yet they did not want to sell these Christian slaves and buy pagan ones, for the Christian slaves served them better. So they just had to make the best of the situation. More Wuest, Kenneth S. Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English Reader. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997. Print.

Wrongdoer Will be Paid Back

Wrongdoer Will be Paid Back Excerpt There is a righteous God, who, if servants wrong their masters, will reckon with them for it, though they may conceal it from their master’s notice. And he will be sure to punish the unjust as well as reward the faithful servant: and so if masters wrong their servants.—And there is no respect of persons with him. The righteous Judge of the earth will be impartial, and carry it with an equal hand towards the master and servant; not swayed by any regard to men’s outward circumstances and condition of life. The one and the other will stand upon a level at his tribunal. More Henry, Matthew. Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: Complete and Unabridged in One Volume. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1994. Print

Aquinas on Unjust Laws

Aquinas on Unjust LawsReply Obj. 2. Human law has the nature of law in so far as it partakes of right reason; and it is clear that, in this respect, it is derived from the eternal law. But in so far as it deviates from reason, it is called an unjust law, and has the nature, not of law but of violence. Nevertheless even an unjust law, in so far as it retains some appearance of law, though being framed by one who is in power, is derived from the eternal law; since all power is from the Lord God, according to Rom. 13:1.
Reply Obj. 3. Human law is said to permit certain things, not as approving of them, but as being unable to direct them. And many things are directed by the Divine law, which human law is unable to direct, because more things are subject to a higher than to a lower cause. Hence the very fact that human law does not meddle with matters it cannot direct, comes under the ordination of the eternal law. It would be different, were human law to sanction what the eternal law cond…

Bethesda

Bethesda Bethesda (Βηθεσδὰ). Commonly interpreted House of Mercy; others House of the Portico. The readings also vary. Tischendorf and Westcott and Hort give Βηθζαθά, Bethzatha, House of the Olive. The site cannot be identified with any certainty. Dr. Robinson thinks it may be the Fountain of the Virgin, the upper fountain of Siloam. See Thomson’s “Land and Book,” “Southern Palestine and Jerusalem,”pp. 458–461.
Vincent, Marvin Richardson. Word Studies in the New Testament. Vol. 2. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1887. Print.

Favor before the Egyptians

Favor before the EgyptiansExodus 3:21
I will give this people favor refers to something God will give to the Israelites as a group, including Moses. But it is something that will be recognized in the sight of the Egyptians. So favor may be understood as “prestige” (JB), or some quality that would command the “respect” of the Egyptians. It may be easier to think of the Egyptians as the object of God’s action, as in 3:21TEV: “I will make the Egyptians respect you.” In some languages the idea of “face” will be helpful here; for example, “I will lift up your face before the Egyptians,” or “I will cause you to have face before.…”
The second clause, and when you go …, states the purpose of God’s favor, so it is better introduced as “so that when you leave” (see 3:21 TEV). Some translations such as NJB relate the two clauses even more closely: “I shall ensure that the Egyptians are so much impressed with this people that when you go, you shall not go empty-handed.” You shall not go empty, o…

Tools of a construction worker

Tools of a construction worker
‎The three drawings illustrate the basic tools of a carpenter in antiquity. With a plumb he would check whether the walls were truly vertical; with an angle he would check the perpendicularity of the walls and the cut stones; and the hoe was needed to work on stones and bricks. ‎1 Kings 5:18; 2 Kings 12:11; 22:6; 2 Chron 34:11; Ezra 3:10; Neh 4:5; Ps 118:22; Ezek 27:4; Matt 21:42; Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17; Acts 4:11; 1 Pet 2:7

Repentance

Repentance In the NT repentance primarily relates to the Greek words metanoéō and metńoia, meaning to understand something differently after thinking it over. This change of mind necessarily leads to changed actions, in keeping with the Greek view that the mind (noús) controlled the body. Repentance comprises a central theme in the preaching of Jesus, Peter, and Paul.
Jesus began his ministry with a call to repentance as the prerequisite for entering the kingdom of God (Mark 1:15; Matt. 4:17). Mark 6:12–13 summarizes Jesus ministry by saying that Jesus preached repentance, cast out demons, and healed sick people. At the conclusion of his earthly ministryJesus commissioned his disciples to preach repentance and forgiveness to all nations in his name (Luke 24:47). A call to repentance characterizes the content of his preaching.
Peter, Paul, and the rest of the apostles proclaimed a gospel of repentance (Mark 6:12). Peter’s sermon at Pentecost instructed people to repent and believe in J…

Heavenly Versus Demonic Wisdom

Heavenly Versus Demonic Wisdom 13aQuestionnWho is wise and understanding among you? bMandate                                     Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14aBackground-Condition (b)                But if you have obitter envy and 8self-seeking in your hearts, bCommandpdo not boast and lie against the truth. 15aPronouncementqThis wisdom does not descend from above, bContrast                                          but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16aReason (15a)                                         For rwhere envy and self-seeking Supplied

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

May 21

  While I was musing the fire burned
Ps. 39:3
My soul, if thou wouldst muse more, the fire would burn more. Why dost thou not retire oftener with thyself? Thou wouldst be better fitted for the world if thou wert less worldly. If thou hadst more heavenly fire thou wouldst have more earthly power.
Is there no secret pavilion into which thou canst go and warm thyself? Is there no holy of holies where thou canst catch a glow of impulse that will make thee strong? Is it not written of the Son of Man that “as he prayed the fashion of his countenance was altered?” Yes; it was from His prayer that His transfigured glory came. It was from the glow of His heart that there issued the glow of His countenance. It was when He was musing that the fire kindled.
O my soul, wouldst thou have thy life glorified, beautified, transfigured to the eyes of men? Get thee up into the secret place of God’s pavilion, where the fires of love are burning. Thy life shall shine gloriously to the dwellers on th…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening

Morning, May 21      Go To Evening Reading

         “If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”
         — 1 Peter 2:3

If:—then, this is not a matter to be taken for granted concerning every one of the human race. “If:”—then there is a possibility and a probability that some may not have tasted that the Lord is gracious. “If:”—then this is not a general but a special mercy; and it is needful to enquire whether we know the grace of God by inward experience. There is no spiritual favour which may not be a matter for heart-searching.

But while this should be a matter of earnest and prayerful inquiry, no one ought to be content whilst there is any such thing as an “if” about his having tasted that the Lord is gracious. A jealous and holy distrust of self may give rise to the question even in the believer’s heart, but the continuance of such a doubt would be an evil indeed. We must not rest without a desperate struggle to clasp the Saviour in the arms of faith, and say, “I know w…

My Utmost for His Highest

May 21st

Divine reasoning's of faith
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33.
Immediately we look at these words of Jesus, we find them the most revolutionary statement human ears ever listened to. "Seek ye first the kingdom of God." We argue in exactly the opposite way, even the most spiritually-minded of us—‘But I must live; I must make so much money; I must be clothed; I must be fed.’ The great concern of our lives is not the kingdom of God, but how we are to fit ourselves to live. Jesus reverses the order: Get rightly related to God first, maintain that as the great care of your life, and never put the concern of your care on the other things.
"Take no thought for your life …" Our Lord points out the utter unreasonableness from His standpoint of being so anxious over the means of living. Jesus is not saying that the man who takes thought for nothing is blessed—that man is a fool.…