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Herod

Herod Luke 1:5
 Herod Herod (hairʹuhd), name of a family of Idumean origin with strong connections with the Roman government who, from the time of Queen Alexandra (76-67 B.C.), became centrally involved in the affairs of the Jewish state. Members of the family, under a variety of titles, governed Palestine and adjacent areas from ca. 55 B.C. until near the close of the first century A.D. The name ‘Herod’ is Greek and originated with a shadowy ancestor about whom, even in antiquity, little was known. Two ancient traditions make him either a descendant of a notable Jewish family with a lineage traceable to the Babylonian exile or a slave in the temple of Apollo in the Philistine city of Ashkelon. Neither can be proved. 
The first Antipater, the grandfather of Herod the Great, rose to the position of military commander of his native Idumea under the Hasmonean rulers Alexander Jannaeus (103-76 B.C.) and Alexandra. The Idumeans had been forcibly converted to Judaism by John Hyrcanus (134-…

The Annunciation of Mary by the Angel Gabriel

The Annunciation of Mary by the Angel Gabriel
The annunciation to Mary by the angel Gabriel. The book in Mary’s hand is open to the passage from Isaiah, “Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son” (7:14). Detail of a painting by Masolino da Panicale ca. 1430.
Powell, Mark Allan, ed. “Zurishaddai.” The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated) 2011 : n. pag. Print.

Ruler with Royal Staff

Ruler with Royal Staff ‎The picture shows an Egyptian ruler with the royal staff in his left hand, and the scepter in his right hand. ‎Gen 49:10

A Work of Ark

A Work of Ark ‎The sixth and seventh chapters of the book of Genesis record the extraordinary account of the ark that God commanded Noah to build to escape the great flood that covered the earth. The flood destroyed all life but Noah’s and “those who were with him in the ark.” (Genesis 7:23b)

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

August 5

  Go in this thy might … have not I sent thee
        Judges 6:14

God never leaves His child to fail when in the path of obedience.

Theodore Cuyler


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

Barry, John D., and Rebecca Kruyswijk. Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan

August 5: Patterns and Prophecies
Isaiah 9:1–10:19; Luke 3:1–38; Job 3:1–16

Luke sees the events surrounding Jesus’ life through the lens of Isaiah. For Luke, Jesus’ life is Isaiah’s prophecy made tangible and complete. Jesus is the anticipated Messiah, prophet, and savior. Even John the Baptist’s role in Jesus’ life is based on Isaiah’s prophesy. Luke repeats the metaphor of “the wilderness” from Isaiah—used by the prophet to describe the time when the Israelites would come out from their captivity in Babylon—to cast John the Baptist as a central figure in God’s work.
The wilderness metaphor doesn’t originate with Isaiah. He uses it to represent the second time God’s people entered the land He promised them (the term originally comes from the time when the Israelites roamed the wilderness after the exodus). Luke quotes Isaiah in casting John the Baptist as “the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight! Every valley will be fill…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Go To Morning Reading      Evening, August 4

         “I smote you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all the labours of your hands.”
         — Haggai 2:17

How destructive is the hail to the standing crops, beating out the precious grain upon the ground! How grateful ought we to be when the corn is spared so terrible a ruin! Let us offer unto the Lord thanksgiving. Even more to be dreaded are those mysterious destroyers—smut, bunt, rust, and mildew. These turn the ear into a mass of soot, or render it putrid, or dry up the grain, and all in a manner so beyond all human control that the farmer is compelled to cry, “This is the finger of God.” Innumerable minute fungi cause the mischief, and were it not for the goodness of God, the rider on the black horse would soon scatter famine over the land. Infinite mercy spares the food of men, but in view of the active agents which are ready to destroy the harvest, right wisely are we taught to pray, “Give us this day our daily bre…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

August 5th

The baffling call of God



And all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished.… And they understood none of these things. Luke 18:31, 34.

God called Jesus Christ to what seemed unmitigated disaster. Jesus Christ called His disciples to see Him put to death; He led every one of them to the place where their hearts were broken. Jesus Christ’s life was an absolute failure from every standpoint but God’s. But what seemed failure from man’s standpoint was a tremendous triumph from God’s, because God’s purpose is never man’s purpose.
There comes the baffling call of God in our lives also. The call of God can never be stated explicitly; it is implicit. The call of God is like the call of the sea, no one hears it but the one who has the nature of the sea in him. It cannot be stated definitely what the call of God is to, because His call is to be in comradeship with Himself for His own purpose, and the test is to believe that God knows wha…