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The Golden City of Revelation

The Golden City of Revelation ‎The new Jerusalem in Revelation 21:9–27 is a square 12,000 stadia (approximately 1,380 miles) on each side.

Widow Mourns by Her Husband's Mummy

Widow Mourns by Her Husband's Mummy ‎Resurrection as a concept was integral to Egyptian religion. Egyptians believed that the goddess Isis helped her divine husband Osiris to rise from death. The belief system provided no certainty that a given human would rise again, however. First the god Thoth had to weigh the deceased’s soul. No one could know in advance what Thoth would decide. The woman in this picture, weeping before her nobleman husband’s coffin, does not know if she will ever see her husband again. ‎Gen 50:2–14, Isa 53:3, John 11:35, 1 Thess 4:13, Titus 1:2,
‎Image by the Yorck Project, from Wikimedia Commons. License: Public Domain

The Head of the Son of Man

The Head of the Son of ManRevelation 1:14Ver. 14.—His head. From the garments of the great High Priest, St. John passes on to himself. What he had seen as a momentary foretaste of glory at the Transfiguration, he sees now as the abiding condition of the Christ. In Dan. 7:9“the Ancient of days” has “the hair of his head like pure wool.” This snowy whiteness is partly the brightness of heavenly glory, partly the majesty of the hoary head. The Christ appears to St. John as a son of man, but also as a “Divine Person invested with the attributes of eternity.” As a flame of fire. “The Lord thy God is a consuming fire” (Deut. 4:24). “I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins” (Jer. 17:10). The flame purifies the conscience and kindles the affections.
Spence-Jones, H. D. M., ed. Revelation. London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909. Print. The Pulpit Commentary.

Son of God

Son of GodJohn 1:34. John’s testimony was that this is the Son of God. The prophesied Davidic King was God’s Son (2 Sam. 7:13), and the messianic King is uniquely the Son of God (Ps. 2:7). The title “Son of God” goes beyond the idea of obedience and messianic King to that of Jesus’ essential nature. In the Fourth Gospel this title is not applied to believers. They are called “children” (tekna; e.g., John 1:12) while “Son” (hyios) is used only of Jesus
Blum, Edwin A. “John.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 275. Print.

Must Be Well Thought of By Outsiders

Must Be Well Thought of By OutsidersJohn 3:7. An overseer must also (15) have a good reputation with outsiders (cf. Col. 4:5; 1 Thes. 4:12). Paul’s thought here seems to be that church leaders, as representatives of the congregation, are constantly susceptible to the snares of the devil (cf. 2 Tim. 2:26). Satan likes nothing better than to disgrace God’s work and God’s people by trapping church leaders in sin before a watching world. It is important therefore that overseers achieve and maintain a good reputation before unbelievers
Litfin, A. Duane. “1 Timothy.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 737. Print.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

July 6

  Judas Iscariot … was a thief, and had the bag, and bore what was put therein.… Freely ye have received, freely give
John 12:4, 6; Matt 10:8
Ah, but if we should go thoroughly into this matter, should we not probably find that many of us are guilty, in some modified and yet sufficiently alarming sense, of treachery to the poor? Are we not, some of us, sent to them with benefactions which never reach them, and are only unconscious of guilt because so long accustomed to look upon the goods as bestowed on us, whereas the light of God’s Word would plainly reveal upon those goods the names of the poor and needy?

George Bowen

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 6: Faith
1 Samuel 12:1–13:23; James 2:19–26; Psalm 119:81–96

Sometimes it’s difficult to view our lives as a whole. We fulfill different roles as we interact with different people at school, home, work, and even church. In the natural donning and discarding of these roles, we might be tempted to compartmentalize our lives, yet we do so to the detriment of our faith. Even as we read our Bibles with intellectual vigor at home and participate in a small group at church, we might miss the mark of application. We forget to connect the dots, neglecting to treat our coworkers with kindness and our peers with love. We can know our faith intellectually but still miss out on the call to action and the response of obedience in our lives.

But James shows us that belief and action are inextricably linked. When we think about them as separate entities, we develop a deep-rooted problem: “But do you want to know … that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by wor…

My Utmost for His Highest

July 6
Vision and reality

And the parched ground shall become a pool.Isaiah 35:7.

We always have visions before a thing is made real. When we realize that although the vision is real, it is not real in us, then is the time that Satan comes in with his temptations, and we are apt to say it is no use to go on. Instead of the vision becoming real, there has come the valley of humiliation.

‘Life is not as idle ore,
But iron dug from central gloom,
And batter’d by the shocks of doom
To shape and use.’

God gives us the vision, then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of the vision, and it is in the valley that so many of us faint and give way. Every vision will be made real if we will have patience. Think of the enormous leisure of God! He is never in a hurry. We are always in such a frantic hurry. In the light of the glory of the vision we go forth to do things, but the vision is not real in us yet; and God has to take us into the valley, and put us through fires and flo…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, July 6                                                    Go To Evening Reading

         “Whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.” 
         — Proverbs 1:33
Divine love is rendered conspicuous when it shines in the midst of judgments. Fair is that lone star which smiles through the rifts of the thunder clouds; bright is the oasis which blooms in the wilderness of sand; so fair and so bright is love in the midst of wrath. When the Israelites provoked the Most High by their continued idolatry, he punished them by withholding both dew and rain, so that their land was visited by a sore famine; but while he did this, he took care that his own chosen ones should be secure. If all other brooks are dry, yet shall there be one reserved for Elijah; and when that fails, God shall still preserve for him a place of sustenance; nay, not only so, the Lord had not simply one “Elijah,” but he had a remnant according to the election of grace, who were…