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Herod the Tetrarch

Herod the Tetrarch Acts 13:1Government. Galilee was under the Roman rule of emperors Augustus and Tiberius during the time of Christ. Roman fortifications throughout Galilee were a constant reminder of the presence and influence of the Roman Empire. During Christ’s ministry Rome installed the tetrarch, Herod Antipas (Mt 14:1; Lk 23:5–7) to rule the territory. He was appointed to office when 17 years old. Sepphoris was his first capital, and about A.D. 22 he built Tiberias on the shore of the Sea of Galilee as his new capital, in honor of the emperor. Products. Abundant crops enabled Galilee to provide produce for the neighboring Phoenician cities of Tyre and Sidon around the middle of the 1st century A.D. Main crops included grapes, pomegranates, olives, and grains. Fishing in the Sea of Galilee was a prominent business in NT times (Mk 1:14–20). Jesus and Galilee. Jesus was raised in Galilee (Lk 4:16), and 11 of his 12 disciples were from there (Judas was the only Judean). The culture,…

Capernaum: Church of the Twelve Apostles

Capernaum: Church of the Twelve Apostles ‎White walls painted gold by the setting sun, and red domes distinguish the Greek Orthodox Church of the Twelve Apostles. It was built in 1931 at the north of the Sea of Galilee, near Capernaum, on the site of a Byzantine church dedicated to the Apostle St. John the Theologian.


‎Tiberias. This city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, 212 meters below sea level, was built in the years 17–22 A.D. by Herod Antipas, who named the city after his patron, the Roman Emperor Tiberius. For a few hundred years it became the major Jewish spiritual center in the land, where the Jerusalem Talmud was completed and the six books of Mishnah were compiled. From the 5th century many Christians settled in the city. In 1099 Tiberias was captured by the Crusaders and in 1187 it was destroyed in the war between the Moslems and the Crusaders, after which it remained almost forgotten for some 400 years. In the 18th century the town’s Jewish community started to grow again, until it became the capital of Galilee. Today it is a resort town famous for its hot mineral springs, its beautiful scenery and the many historic sites in the area.

Bronze Serpent

Bronze Serpent ‎Numbers 21:4–9 tells that bitter complaining against God and Moses by the Israelites led to punishment from the Lord. Fiery serpents were sent among them, biting them, causing many to die. Once the Israelites repented Moses prayed to the Lord for deliverance. The Lord instructed Moses to make a bronze serpent, set on a pole. If any Israelite was bitten, they would only need to look up at the bronze serpent to live.

The Pentateuch

The Pentateuch Authorship of the Pentateuch has traditionally been attributed to Moses in religious Jewish and Christian communities, but since the Middle Ages, some interpreters have questioned this association. The Pentateuch may have been compiled over a period of centuries as multiple authors or religious communities produced distinct versions of Israel’s early history and laws. Julius Wellhausen (1844–1918) articulated the most influential version of this theory, identifying four sources in the Pentateuch that he called J, E, D, and P. This model for the origin of the Pentateuch is called the “Documentary Hypothesis.”
Barry, John D. et al. Faithlife Study Bible. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2012. Print.

Jordan River: Franciscan Monks

Jordan River: Franciscan Monks
‎Franciscan monks going to immerse themselves in the lower Jordan River, near the place where it flows into the Dead Sea. This was one of the areas of activity of the prophets Elijah and Elisha, and from here John the Baptist spread his message. It became a sanctified place associated with well-known miracles from the Bible. It was here that the Israelites crossed the River Jordan, which opened a path for them to cross, on their way to conquer Jericho. It was here that Elijah rose to heaven in a storm and Elisha, after bathing seven times in the Jordan to purify himself, raised an iron axe from the depths of the water and made it float until its owner took hold of it (II Kings 6:5–7).

Chosen to be Free

Chosen to be Free
13aReason                                            For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; bQualification                                   only Suppliedpdo cRejection                                              not use liberty as an qopportunity for the flesh, dSuggestion                                           but rthrough love serve one another. 14Reason                                                      For sall the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: t“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15aCondition (b)                                   But if you bite and devour one another, bImplication                                 beware lest you be consumed by one another![1]

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

May 25

  If we suffer we shall also reign with him
2 Tim. 2:12
The highest bidder for the crown of glory is the lowliest wearer of the cross of self-denial.

A. J. Gordon

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

Connect the Testaments

May 25: Longing and Being
1 Chronicles 16:1–17:27; 2 Timothy 1:3–18; Psalm 84:1–12

The general sense of what worship “is” is widely known, but the specifics of what it means are a little vague. Aside from obedience (i.e., avoiding sin and following what God asks of us), there are specific ways to show God admiration. In 1 Chronicles, during David’s many great acts, we get a glimpse into ancient worship practices that are still applicable today. We know that the biblical “editors” favored these practices because they would later ascribe countless psalms to David. His way of worship was deemed “the way to worship.”
After David and his comrades journey to Obed-Edom to bring back the ark of the covenant—the symbol of Yahweh’s provision and advocacy for His people—David appoints “some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of Yahweh” (1 Chr 16:4). The Levites, the tribe designated as religious teachers, are first to “invoke” Yahweh (call upon Him). They are then to do what should be nat…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, May 25                                                 Go To Evening Reading

         “Forsake me not, O Lord.”
         — Psalm 38:21
Frequently we pray that God would not forsake us in the hour of trial and temptation, but we too much forget that we have need to use this prayer at all times. There is no moment of our life, however holy, in which we can do without his constant upholding. Whether in light or in darkness, in communion or in temptation, we alike need the prayer, “Forsake me not, O Lord.” “Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe.” A little child, while learning to walk, always needs the nurse’s aid. The ship left by the pilot drifts at once from her course. We cannot do without continued aid from above; let it then be your prayer to-day, “Forsake me not. Father, forsake not thy child, lest he fall by the hand of the enemy. Shepherd, forsake not thy lamb, lest he wander from the safety of the fold. Great Husbandman, forsake not thy plant, lest it wither and die. ‘F…