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Roman Emperor Vesparian

Roman Emperor Vesparian ‎Vespasian (born A.D. 9), a Roman general who began the siege of Jerusalem in the first Jewish war of rebellion against Rome (A.D. 66–73), was named Roman emperor in the midst of the siege and ruled from 69 to 79. His son Titus, who took over and successfully concluded the siege in Jerusalem, also succeeded him as emperor. Though Vespasian isn’t mentioned in the Bible, Jesus prophesied the siege he initiated. ‎Matt 24:1–2, Mark 13:1–2, Luke 19:41–44, Luke 21:5–6

"Let My People Go"

"Let My People Go" ‎With the return of Moses toward Egypt, his brother Aaron comes for the first time into the tale. Aaron was three years older than Moses; but what his earlier life had been, whether he had shared to any extent in his brother’s lot, either of exaltation or of disgrace, we do not know. We are told in the Bible only that he could “speak well” and was to be Moses’ “spokesman unto the people.” Moreover Aaron was forewarned by God of his brother’s coming, and journeyed forth to meet him in the desert, at “the mount of God.”
‎Together the brothers went among the Israelites to tell them of the Lord’s summons to the race. A gathering of the elders was called, before which Aaron spoke, and Moses showed his miraculous signs. These were believed; the Lord I AM was worshipped; and the downtrodden children of Israel took heart, rejoicing in secret.
‎Being thus accepted of Israel, Moses and Aaron went boldly to the king’s palace. They presented themselves not as the pro…

Castor Oil Plant Flowers

Castor Oil Plant Flowers ‎Most modern commentators agree that the plant mentioned in Jonah 4 was the castor oil plant, Ricinus communis. A member of the spurge family, its flowers produce a seed called a “castor bean,” which is not a true bean. The plant probably originated in eastern Africa but was introduced in ancient times, both for its ornamental beauty and for its useful products, into the eastern Mediterranean Basin, Mesopotamia, and the Indian Subcontinent. ‎Jonah 4:6–11 ‎Image by H. Zell, from Wikimedia Commons. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

High Priest Performing His Duties

High Priest Performing His Duties
High priest performing his duties
Questions for Reflection 1. Why is the context of Leviticus (27:34) important for understanding its message?
2. How do the instructions for worship relate to God’s purpose for the exodus?
3. What was Israel’s role as God’s people, and why was holiness necessary in fulfilling this role?
4. Why were sacrifices and priests necessary?
5. What were the major types of sacrifices, and what were their purposes?
6. Why is Leviticus 17–25 known as the “Holiness Code”? What does God’s demand for holiness teach about His moral character?
7. What do we mean by holiness as “position” and as “condition”?
8. How do the commands to distinguish the ritually clean from the unclean reflect God’s lordship?

Dockery, David S. et al. Holman Bible Handbook. Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 1992. Print.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

July 9

  Surely the Lord is in this place, and I knew it not
Gen. 28:16
“Surely the Lord was in this place, and I knew it not.” My soul, this is also thine experience! How often hast thou said in thy sorrow, “Verily thou art a God that hides Thyself!” How often hast thou slept for very heaviness of heart, and desired not to wake again! And when thou didst wake again, lo, the darkness was all a dream! Thy vision of yesterday was a delusion. God had been with thee all the night with that radiance which has no need of the sun.

O my soul, it is not only after the future thou must aspire; thou must aspire to see the glory of thy past. Thou must find the glory of that way by which thy God has led thee, and be able even of thy sorrow to say, “This was the gate of heaven!”

George Matheson

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 9: Moving Forward
1 Samuel 16:1–23; James 4:1–17; Psalm 119:137–152

Moving on after a person, a hope, or a dream has died can be one of the most difficult challenges of life. It certainly was for Samuel. The prophet Samuel believed that God had chosen Saul as king, but Saul failed God and His people (1 Sam 15:10–35). Now God was ready to select a new king, but Samuel was dragging his feet. Moving forward meant readjusting his expectations about the future and about God’s work in general. God called him out on his hesitancy: “How long will you mourn about Saul? I have rejected him from king over Israel! Fill up your horn with oil and go” (1 Sam 16:1).

Samuel had to learn that things rarely play out the way we think they will. We inevitably end up on a different path than we planned—whether because of our own actions or because God’s route turns in a direction we never anticipated. The key is recognizing the changes when they occur and preparing ourselves for a new reality. Clinging…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year

July 9th
The great probing


Ye cannot serve the Lord. Joshua 24:19.

Have you the slightest reliance on any thing other than God? Is there a remnant of reliance left on any natural virtue, any set of circumstances? Are you relying on yourself in any particular in this new proposition which God has put before you? That is what the probing means. It is quite true to say—‘I cannot live a holy life’; but you can decide to let Jesus Christ make you holy. “Ye cannot serve the Lord God”—but you can put yourself in the place where God’s Almighty power will work through you. Are you sufficiently right with God to expect Him to manifest His wonderful life in you?

“Nay, but we will serve the Lord.” It is not an impulse, but a deliberate commitment. You say—‘But God can never have called me to this, I am too unworthy, it can’t mean me.’ It does mean you, and the weaker and feebler you are, the better. The one who has something to trust in is the last one to come anywhere near saying—‘I will serve t…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, July 9                                                    Go To Evening Reading

 “Forget not all His benefits.”           — Psalm 103:2
It is a delightful and profitable occupation to mark the hand of God in the lives of ancient saints, and to observe his goodness in delivering them, his mercy in pardoning them, and his faithfulness in keeping his covenant with them. But would it not be even more interesting and profitable for us to remark the hand of God in our own lives? Ought we not to look upon our own history as being at least as full of God, as full of his goodness and of his truth, as much a proof of his faithfulness and veracity, as the lives of any of the saints who have gone before? We do our Lord an injustice when we suppose that he wrought all his mighty acts, and showed himself strong for those in the early time, but doth not perform wonders or lay bare his arm for the saints who are now upon the earth. Let us review our own lives. Surely in these we may discover…