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"I stand at the door and knock"

"I stand at the door and knock"


3:20–21. Dramatically Christ pictured Himself as standing outside and knocking on a door. In a familiar painting the latch is not shown but is assumed to be on the inside. The appeal is for those who hear to open the door. To them Christ promised, I will go in and eat with him, and he with Me. With Christ on the outside, there can be no fellowship or genuine wealth. With Christ on the inside, there is wonderful fellowship and sharing of the marvelous grace of God. This was an appeal to Christians rather than to non-Christians. This raises the important question concerning the extent of one’s intimate fellowship with Christ. To those who respond, Christ promises to give the right to sit with Him on His throne and share His victory.
3:22. Once again the invitation to listen and respond is given: He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
The letters to the seven churches are a remarkably complete treatment of problems th…

The Greek Word for "Send"

The Greek Word for "Send" Under the influence of Jewish teaching about sending, John develops this tradition (1 John 4:9, 10, 14; John 3:16f.) into the basis for christological legitimation (5:36, 38; 6:29, 57; 7:29; 10:36; 11:42; 17:3, 8, 18): ἀποστέλλω denotes commissioning and authorization from God. The sending discloses the unique manner in which the Son is bound to the Father; a believing acknowledgment of the phrase “that you have sent me” therefore constitutes the goal and content of confession (11:42; 17:3, 8, 21, 23, 25). Along with ἀποστέλλω there also appears the formula ὁ πέμψας με πατήρ (→ πέμπω). J.-A. Bühner

Balz, Horst Robert, and Gerhard Schneider. Exegetical dictionary of the New Testament 1990– : 142. Print.

Reed

Reed ‎Reed was cut and bound to sheaves, so that it could be carried on the back. ‎Exod 2:3, 2:5; Job 8:11; Ps 68:30; Isa 19:6; 35:7; 58:5; Jonah 2:5

Jerusalem: Via Dolorosa: Mary

Jerusalem: Via Dolorosa: Mary
‎Jerusalem. The relief above the doorway at the Fourth Station, outside the Armenian Church of Our Lady of the Spasm, is the work of the artist A. Linghetti. It shows Mary meeting Jesus on the Via Dolorosa. According to tradition the Virgin Mary went back to the places where her son had suffered, been crucified, buried and rose again. The memory of the mother’s suffering and grief over her son is expressed poetically in the Stabat Mater Dolorosa, written by the 13th century Franciscan monk, Jacopone da Todi: “The Mother of Sorrow stood in tears beside the Cross on which her Son was hanging”. The poem has been set to beautiful music by the greatest composers over the centuries, and in the 18th century it was officially adopted into the Christian liturgy.

Mizpah

Mizpah ‎Mizpah (today Tell en-Nasbe) was located some kilometers northwest of Jerusalem. Because of its strategically excellent position on the water divide of the central hill country, Mizpah was already a large and fortified city in the monarchic period. After the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians, Mizpah was for a short time the residential city of Gedaliah whom the Babylonians had appointed. The city had a methodical layout and mighty city walls. ‎Josh 18:26; Judg 20:1, 20:3; 21:1, 21:5, 21:8; 1 Sam 7:5–7, 7:11–12, 7:16; 10:17; 1 Kings 15:22; 2 Kings 25:23, 25:25; Jer 40:6–15; 41:1, 41:3, 41:6, 41:10, 41:14, 41:16; Neh 3:7, 3:15, 3:19; Hos 5:1;1 Macc 3:46

Cataract of the Jordan

Cataract of the Jordan
‎Dean Stanley compares the fountains and the cataracts which constitute the sources of the Jordan to a “Syrian Tivoli.” He says: “From the cave, from the ruins, from every chink and every cranny in the soil and rocks around, the water gushes forth, which soon collects into a torrent, dashes in sheets of foam down a rocky bed and at length plunges over a precipice into a dark ravine.” The cataract of the eastern branch of the Jordan, which we see in the above picture, is 1,000 feet above the level of the waters of Merom, which are on a level with the Mediterranean Sea. As these waters make a descent of 682 feet in the whole distance from Lake Huleh to the Sea of Galilee, and 610 feet from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea, we are, therefore, at this point 2,292 feet above the Dead Sea, which shows that the fall of the River Jordan in a direct line, not more than ninety-five miles, is 2,292 feet. In making this descent, the Jordan runs with every point of the co…

Verse for Today

Verse for Today11kYours, O Lord, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, And You are exalted as head over all. (1 Chr. 29:11, NKJV)


kMatt. 6:13; 1 Tim. 1:17; Rev. 5:13

Thought for Today

Thought for Today
23 Jesus said to him, r“If 4you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mk. 9:23) Encourage yourselves that no matter what happens today or come your way, you will not allow it to steal your joy. Be careful with whom you share your blessings and dreams, because some people can't handle seeing you blessed. Let no one steal this day God allowed you to see.Enjoy your day. Sister Shirley Thomas
rMatt. 17:20; Mark 11:23; Luke 17:6; John 11:40 4 NU “ ‘If you can!’ All things

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

June 4

  David inquired of the Lord
2 Sam. 5:19
Christian, if thou wouldst know the path of duty, take God for thy compass; if thou wouldst steer thy ship through the dark billows, put the tiller into the hand of the Almighty. Many a rock might be escaped if we would let our Father take the helm; many a shoal or quicksand we might well avoid if we would leave it to His sovereign will to choose and to command. The Puritan said, “As sure as ever a Christian carves for himself he’ll cut his own fingers.” “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go” is God’s promise to His people. Let us, then, take all our perplexities to Him and say, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” Leave not thy chamber this morning without inquiring of the Lord.

Spurgeon

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

Connect the Testaments

June 4: Faithful Examples
2 Chronicles 9:1–10:19; Titus 2:1–8; Psalm 95:1–11

We cringe when we see other Christians exploiting the gospel, using it to advance their own personal or political agenda. Today, it doesn’t take much effort to do so—it’s as easy as posting a video or link online. In these situations, it’s tempting to respond with anger or frustration, but if we do so, we’re compounding the problem with our own behavior.
We can learn a lot from an ancient Graeco—Roman context that really isn’t so different from ours. Paul had left Titus in Crete to help the Cretans learn what it looked like to live the gospel. Paul gives Timothy instructions for each age and gender group to help the Cretan believers reset their old ways of being and avoid bringing the gospel message into disrepute.

Paul realized, though, that the Cretans needed real-life examples to truly change. He set up mentors within the community. The elderly women were to teach younger women so that “the word of God may …

Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, June 4                                                   Go To Evening Reading

“The kindness and love of God our Saviour.” 
         — Titus 3:4
How sweet it is to behold the Saviour communing with his own beloved people! There can be nothing more delightful than, by the Divine Spirit, to be led into this fertile field of delight. Let the mind for an instant consider the history of the Redeemer’s love, and a thousand enchanting acts of affection will suggest themselves, all of which have had for their design the weaving of the heart into Christ, and the inter-twisting of the thoughts and emotions of the renewed soul with the mind of Jesus. When we meditate upon this amazing love, and behold the all-glorious Kinsman of the Church endowing her with all his ancient wealth, our souls may well faint for joy. Who is he that can endure such a weight of love? That partial sense of it which the Holy Spirit is sometimes pleased to afford, is more than the soul can contain; how transpor…

My Utmost for His Highest

June 4th
The never-failing God


For He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5.

What line does my thought take? Does it turn to what God says or to what I fear? Am I learning to say not what God says, but to say something after I have heard what He says? “He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

“I will in no wise fail thee”—not for all my sin and selfishness and stubbornness and waywardness. Have I really let God say to me that He will never fail me? If I have listened to this say-so of God’s, then let me listen again.

“Neither will I in any wise forsake thee.” Sometimes it is not difficulty that makes me think God will forsake me, but drudgery. There is no Hill Difficulty to climb, no vision given, nothing wonderful or beautiful, just the commonplace day in and day out—can I hear God’s say-so in these things?

We have the idea that God is going to…