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The Son of Man

The Son of ManJohn 3:13 The purpose of this verse is to emphasize the heavenly origin of the Son of Man. John is the only one of the Gospel writers to emphasize this truth; it is basic to his theology. What gives the Son of Man his authority is his heavenly origin. The Son of Man … came down from heaven to tell men on earth about the things of heaven (verse 12). That is, the coming of the Son of Man is an act of divine revelation. But more than revelation is involved, as can be seen from the following verses—it is also an act of self-giving which leads to the death of the Son of Man.
Some scholars maintain that the verb has gone up refers to the Son of Man, and so implies that he had already ascended to heaven at the time these words were written. That is, they assume that this verse contains John’s comments about the Son of Man and that it reflects the post-resurrection theology of John, rather than the words of Jesus. It is thus one way of explaining the use of the perfect tense (h…

The Shield of Faith

The Shield of FaithEphesians 6:16
6:16. The shield in a Roman soldier’s attire, made of wood, was about 2 1/2’ wide and 4’ long. It was overlaid with linen and leather, to absorb fiery arrows. Thus it also protected the other pieces of the armor; hence Paul used the phrase, in addition to all this. Of faith is a genitive of content; the shield consists of faith. The idea, then, is that a Christian’s resolute faith in the Lord can stop and extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one aimed at him. (Cf. “evil one” [Satan] in John 17:15; 1 John 5:19

Hoehner, Harold W. “Ephesians.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 643–644. Print.

Jerusalem: Church of Mary Magdalene

Jerusalem: Church of Mary Magdalene
‎Jerusalem. The Church of Mary Magdalene with its onion-shaped golden domes stands out from the other churches on the mountain. The cypress trees standing round it like natural steeples connecting the earth to the sky, mingle with the remains of olive groves and pine trees. On the right is the unusually shaped church of Dominus Flevit (“The Lord Wept”) like an inverted teardrop.

Hall of the Royal Mummies in the Gizeh Museum

Hall of the Royal Mummies in the Gizeh Museum
‎“Here the dead lift up their voice and tell the tale of their whole life.”—Renan. In this museum at Gizeh, once at Bûlâk, one may trace the history of Egypt back to the times of the ancient kings. The Hall of the Royal Mummies contains the valuable find at Derel-Bahri (Thebes), July 5, 1881, by M. Mariette-Bey. Cases of great size were found formed of countless layers of linen cloth tightly pressed and glued together, and then covered with a thin coating of stucco. This mass of linen is fully as hard as wood, and is adorned with painted and incised ornaments and inscriptions. The principal representatives found either as mummies, or represented by their mummy cases, include a king and queen of the seventeenth dynasty, five kings and four queens of the eighteenth dynasty, and three successive kings of the nineteenth dynasty, namely: Rameses the Great, his father and his grandfather. The twentieth dynasty is not represented, but belonging t…

God as Father

God as FatherJohn 14:1-14 From early in Israel’s history God was regarded as a father (cf. personal names such as Eliab, Joab “God is [my] father”; Abijah, Abiel “my father is God”). Yahweh was recognized as the father of Israel (e.g., Isa. 63:16; Jer. 3:4; Mal. 1:6), both as suzerain in the covenant relationship (e.g., Deut. 7:14) and as creator of the world (e.g., 32:6; Mal. 2:10). Just as the human father, God possesses ultimate authority (Mal. 1:6; Matt. 7:21–23). Similarly, he demonstrates his love and care for his children (Exod. 4:22–23; Deut. 1:31; Jer. 31:9, 20; Matt. 6:26–34; 18:14). The Gospels frequently distinguish between the relationship of God to his son Jesus (“my father”) and to the disciples (“your father”; cf. John 20:17). Because of Jesus’ particular nature as God’s “only begotten son” (1:14, 18) and thus the authority (8:28–38; 14:10) and intimacy (e.g., 1:18; 10:38) they share, mankind has access to the Father only through the Son (14:6). Nevertheless, Jesus urg…

Threshing with Oxen

Threshing with Oxen ‎After the stalks of standing grain were cut, the sheaves had to be brought to the threshing floor. For threshing, oxen pulled a threshing sledge that had sharp flints stuck in the under surface; a worker would stand on the sledge to add to its weight. By constantly dragging the sledge over the sheaves, the cereal grains were knocked loose from the ears, and then the chaff could be separated from the grain by winnowing. ‎Deut 25:4; Judg 6:11; 2 Kings 13:7; 1 Chron 21:20; Isa 28:27–28; Hos 10:11; Amos 1:3; Micah 4:13; 1 Cor 9:9–10; 1 Tim 5:18

All Things Made New

All Things Made New 1aExperience                                  Now aI saw a new heaven and a new earth, bReasonbfor the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. cReason                                            Also there was no more sea. 2aTopic                                          Then I, 1John, bExperience                                       saw aTopiccthe holy city, New Jerusalem, cArrival                                             coming down dSource                                                  out of heaven e

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

June 3

  I am black … as the tents of Kedar.… I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me
Song of Sol 1:5; Song of Sol. 7:10
Nothing humbles the soul like sacred and intimate communion with the Lord; yet there is a sweet joy in feeling that He knows all, and, notwithstanding, loves us still.

J. Hudson Taylor

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

Connect the Testaments

June 3: Searching for Justice
2 Chronicles 6:12–8:18; Titus 1:10–16; Psalm 94:1–23

“Do you favor justice or mercy?” Trick question. Both responses are technically incorrect: God’s ways require mercy and justice. Mercy cannot be fully known without perfect justice, and justice without mercy is harsh and graceless.

God’s mercy is a regular topic in Christian communities, but we often shy away from discussing His justice. This leaves us on our own to confront the injustices we commit against Him and others, those committed against us, and our own unjust nature. Carrying out God’s justice feels scary because it requires making large-scale changes in our world. But we can’t carry out His justice if we act only from the right purpose—we must also act in His way.

The psalmist cries out for justice: “O Yahweh, God of vengeance, God of vengeance, shine forth. Rise up, O Judge of the earth.… They crush your people, O Yahweh; they oppress your inheritance. They kill widow and stranger, and they m…

Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, June 3      Go To Evening Reading

         “These were potters, and those that dwelt among plants and hedges: there they dwelt with the king for his work.”
         — 1 Chronicles 4:23

Potters were not the very highest grade of workers, but “the king” needed potters, and therefore they were in royal service, although the material upon which they worked was nothing but clay. We, too, may be engaged in the most menial part of the Lord’s work, but it is a great privilege to do anything for “the king”; and therefore we will abide in our calling, hoping that, “although we have lien among the pots, yet shall we be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.” The text tells us of those who dwelt among plants and hedges, having rough, rustic, hedging and ditching work to do. They may have desired to live in the city, amid its life, society, and refinement, but they kept their appointed places, for they also were doing the king’s work. The place of …

My Utmost for His Highest

June 3rd
The secret of the Lord

The secret (friendship R.V.) of the Lord is with them that fear Him. Psalm 25:14.

What is the sign of a friend? That he tells you secret sorrows? No, that he tells you secret joys. Many will confide to you their secret sorrows, but the last mark of intimacy is to confide secret joys. Have we ever let God tell us any of His joys, or are we telling God our secrets so continually that we leave no room for Him to talk to us? At the beginning of our Christian life we are full of requests to God, then we find that God wants to get us into relationship with Himself, to get us in touch with His purposes. Are we so wedded to Jesus Christ’s idea of prayer“Thy will be done”—that we catch the secrets of God? The things that make God dear to us are not so much His great big blessings as the tiny things, because they show His amazing intimacy with us; He knows every detail of our individual lives.

“… him shall He teach in the way that He shall choose.” At first we w…