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‎A metal-cast arrowhead was attached to the front of the shaft. Arrowheads came in different forms and sizes; they sometimes even had a barbed hook. A feather fletching at the back of the shaft provided a small amount of drag used to stabilize the flight of the arrow. ‎Deut 32:23; 1 Sam 20:20; 2 Sam 22:15; 2 Kings 13:15; 19:32; Job 16:13; 34:6; Ps 11:2; 45:5; 64:3, 64:7; 76:3; Isa 49:2

The Churches of Galatia

The Churches of Galatia
John 4:1-45
Samaritan Beliefs The main beliefs of the Samaritans demonstrate both the close affinities with and obvious divergences from mainstream Judaism. They held in common with Judaism a strong monotheistic faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. In contrast, however, there was an elevating of Mt Gerizim in the north as the only holy place for sacrifice, based on several divergent passages in Deuteronomy and Exodus in the Samaritan text. Mt Gerizim came to be identified with the site of Abel’s first altar (Gn 4:4), the site of Noah’s sacrifice after the Flood (8:20), the meeting place of Abraham and Melchizedek (14:18), the site of Isaac’s intended sacrifice (ch 22), and many other associations.
The Samaritans held only the first five biblical books (Pentateuch) to be inspired and based their dogma and practice exclusively on these books. Such a narrow canon not only determined the direction of Samaritan theology but further separated them from contemp…

The Churches of Galatia

The Churches of GalatiaGalatians 1:2
To the churches in Galatia:
1:2b The word “church” is used in two senses in the New Testament. Sometimes it refers to the whole company of all the redeemed of all ages and places, the body of Christ extended throughout time as well as space. Thus Paul spoke to the Ephesian elders of “the church of God, which he bought with his own blood” (Acts 20:28). To the same believers Paul wrote this doxology: “To [God] be glory in the church and in ChristJesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!” (Eph 3:21). More often, however, the word “church” is used as it is here in Galatians to refer to local congregations of baptized believers who regularly meet for worship and witness.

George, Timothy. Galatians. Vol. 30. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1994. Print. The New American Commentary.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

June 5

  A certain man … who never had walked … heard Paul speak: who … perceiving that he had faith to be healed, said … Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked
Acts 14:8, 9, 10
Where true faith is, it will induce obedience; and where it does induce obedience, it will always, in one form or another, bring a blessing.

W. Hay Aitken

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

Connect the Testaments

June 5: When Words Are Enough
2 Chronicles 11:1–13:22; Titus 2:9–2:15; Psalm 96:1–13

It’s not often that words change the course of history. But Shemaiah, a little-known prophet, was given such an opportunity. We can easily pass over these life-altering moments if we’re not looking for them.
Rehoboam had assembled 180,000 chosen “makers of war” to fight against Israel in hopes of restoring his kingdom. He was prepared to destroy a portion of God’s people in order to gain a temporary victory. Then Shemaiah—a “man of God”—came along (2 Chr 11:2).

When Shemaiah spoke for Yahweh, Rehoboam backed down; he sent the 180,000 men home (2 Chr 11:1–4). You can imagine Rehoboam trembling in fear as he told this enormous number of warriors, “Thanks for coming out today, but Shemaiah just told me that Yahweh doesn’t approve, so we can start fortifying this city instead (see 2 Chr 11:5–12), or you can just go home if you want.”

Trust goes both ways in this story. Rehoboam trusted that Shemaiah spoke …

Morning and Evening

Morning, June 5                                                  Go To Evening Reading

 “The Lord shut him in.” 
         — Genesis 7:16
Noah was shut in away from all the world by the hand of divine love. The door of electing purpose interposes between us and the world which lieth in the wicked one. We are not of the world even as our Lord Jesus was not of the world. Into the sin, the gaiety, the pursuits of the multitude we cannot enter; we cannot play in the streets of Vanity Fair with the children of darkness, for our heavenly Father has shut us in. Noah was shut in with his God. “Come thou into the ark,” was the Lord’s invitation, by which he clearly showed that he himself intended to dwell in the ark with his servant and his family. Thus all the chosen dwell in God and God in them. Happy people to be enclosed in the same circle which contains God in the Trinity of his persons, Father, Son, and Spirit. Let us never be inattentive to that gracious call, “Come, my people, enter tho…

My Utmost for His Highest

June 5th
God’s say-so

He hath said … so that we may boldly say … Hebrews 13:5–6 .

My say-so is to be built on God’s say-so. God says—“I will never leave thee,” then I can with good courage say—“The Lord is my helper, I will not fear”—I will not be haunted by apprehension. This does not mean that I will not be tempted to fear, but I will remember God’s say-so. I will be full of courage, like a child ‘bucking himself up’ to reach the standard his father wants. Faith in many a one falters when the apprehensions come, they forget the meaning of God’s say-so, forget to take a deep breath spiritually. The only way to get the dread taken out of us is to listen to God’s say-so.

What are you dreading? You are not a coward about it, you are going to face it, but there is a feeling of dread. When there is nothing and no one to help you, say—‘But the Lord is my Helper, this second, in my present outlook.’ Are you learning to say things after listening to God, or are you saying things and trying t…