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The Affliction of Egypt

The Affliction of EgyptExodus 3The affliction of Egypt refers to the affliction of the Israelites in Egypt. It is better expressed as “your misery in Egypt” (NEB). 3:17 TEV’s adjustment to indirect speech becomes “out of Egypt, where they are being treated cruelly.” In some languages it will be more natural to say “from the place where the Egyptians are treating them cruelly.” To the land of the Canaanites, … repeats the list of the six ethnic groups mentioned in 3:8. (See the suggested translation of these names in that verse.) A land flowing with milk and honey means “a rich and fertile land.” (Compare 3:8 and the comment.)
Osborn, Noel D., and Howard A. Hatton. A Handbook on Exodus. New York: United Bible Societies, 1999. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Faith and Obedience

Faith and ObedienceHebrews 3:12Unbelief (3:12). A failure to trust God was the root cause of ancient Israel’s rebellion. They did not believe and so disobeyed. Faith and obedience are everywhere linked in Scripture, for true faith releases us from our fears and results in obeying God gladly
Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Doors Blocked? Try the Roof!

Doors Blocked? Try the Roof!2:1–12 “Doors blocked? Try the roof!” At a house in Capernaum Jesus drew such a crowd that the doorway was impassable. Assessing the situation, some friends lowered a paralytic through the roof, and Jesus declared that his sins were forgiven (2:5). When the scribes accused him of blasphemy, he validated his right to forgive sins by healing the man. Jesus responded not to the paralytic’s faith but to the faith of his energetic and loving friends. His forgiveness was an act of pure grace, since the man had not asked for it. [Matt. 9:1–8; Luke 5:16–26]
Willmington, H. L. Willmington’s Bible Handbook. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1997. Print.

The Forces of Evil

The Forces of EvilEphesians 6:12 The list of opposing powers in 6:12 is a comprehensive one that overlaps those listed earlier. The different designations here are not separated by conjunctions. That is, rather than “the rulers … and the authorities … and the powers of this dark world,” they are simply listed in sequence: against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (NIV inserts an unwarranted and between the last two groups). This could allow the inference that these are different ways of describing the same general group of supernatural enemies. On the other hand it could be that different groups are indicated, with the omission of connectives being for the rhetorical purpose of staccato emphasis.
If there are distinct groups, are the powers ranked? Are levels of authority indicated by the order in this passage? Rulers and authorities were mentioned in the earlier lists in Ephesians, …

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

July 1

  He laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not
Rev. 1:17
One of Wellington’s officers, when commanded to go on some perilous duty, lingered a moment as if afraid, and then said: “Let me have one clasp of your all-conquering hand before I go; and then I can do it.”
Seek the clasp of Christ’s hand before every bit of work, every hard task, every battle, every good deed. Bend your head in the dewy freshness of every morning, ere you go forth to meet the day’s duties and perils, and wait for the benediction of Christ, as He lays His hands upon you. They are hands of blessing. Their touch will inspire you for courage and strength and all beautiful and noble living.

J. R. Miller

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

Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan.

July 1: God Makes Good out of Trouble
1 Samuel 1:1–2:21; James 1:1–8; Psalm 119:1–16

God often shows His goodness to us through trials, making good out of human error. We see this principle in the lives of Elkanah and Hannah. Elkanah was prone to make mistakes. His first mistake was to marry two wives (1 Sam 1:1–4); his second blunder was to ignore his wives’ disputes (1 Sam 1:6). On top of that, he repeatedly imposed his own form of justice by giving Hannah double what he offered Peninnah, his other wife (1 Sam 1:5). In this story, however, the goodness of God redeems the mistakes made by fallible people.

Despite Elkanah’s generosity to her, Hannah was deeply disturbed: Nothing Elkanah offered could compensate for her barrenness (1 Sam 1:8–10). In this period, women who had not borne children were often considered accursed and second rate, as demonstrated by Peninnah’s persecution of Hannah. In her distress, Hannah prayed to God at the temple, seeking redemption. Eli the priest recogn…

My Utmost for His Highest

July 1st
The inevitable penalty


Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou have paid the uttermost farthing.Matthew 5:26.

“There is no heaven with a little of hell in it.” God is determined to make you pure and holy and right; he will not allow you to escape for one moment from the scrutiny of the Holy Spirit. He urged you to come to judgment right away when He convicted you, but you did not; the inevitable process began to work and now you are in prison, and you will only get out when you have paid the uttermost farthing. ‘Is this a God of mercy, and of love?’ you say. Seen from God’s side, it is a glorious ministry of love. God is going to bring you out pure and spotless and undefiled; but He wants you to recognize the disposition you were showing—the disposition of your right to yourself. The moment you are willing that God should alter your disposition, His re-creating forces will begin to work. The moment you realize God’s purpose, which is to get y…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

July 1st
The inevitable penalty


Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou have paid the uttermost farthing.Matthew 5:26.

“There is no heaven with a little of hell in it.” God is determined to make you pure and holy and right; he will not allow you to escape for one moment from the scrutiny of the Holy Spirit. He urged you to come to judgment right away when He convicted you, but you did not; the inevitable process began to work and now you are in prison, and you will only get out when you have paid the uttermost farthing. ‘Is this a God of mercy, and of love?’ you say. Seen from God’s side, it is a glorious ministry of love. God is going to bring you out pure and spotless and undefiled; but He wants you to recognize the disposition you were showing—the disposition of your right to yourself. The moment you are willing that God should alter your disposition, His re-creating forces will begin to work. The moment you realize God’s purpose, which is to get y…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening

Morning, July 1                                                   Go To Evening Reading

“In summer and in winter shall it be.” 
         — Zechariah 14:8
The streams of living water which flow from Jerusalem are not dried up by the parching heats of sultry midsummer any more than they were frozen by the cold winds of blustering winter. Rejoice, O my soul, that thou art spared to testify of the faithfulness of the Lord. The seasons change and thou changest, but thy Lord abides evermore the same, and the streams of his love are as deep, as broad and as full as ever. The heats of business cares and scorching trials make me need the cooling influences of the river of His grace; I may go at once and drink to the full from the inexhaustible fountain, for in summer and in winter it pours forth its flood. The upper springs are never scanty, and blessed be the name of the Lord, the nether springs cannot fail either. Elijah found Cherith dry up, but Jehovah was still the same God of providence.…