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Street Scenes, Tiberias

Street Scenes, Tiberias ‎The modern Tiberias—Tubariyeh—lies toward the north, close upon the water’s edge. N. B. Tristram, in his “Travels in Palestine,” says: “The houses of Tiberias are placed without order or arrangement, as though they had been pitched down from a sand cloud, but for the most part looked clean within.” Upon visiting the Jewish quarter on Friday evening, when the Sabbath had begun, and the synagogue services were going on, he adds: “The houses, with their open doors, looked clean and bright inside for the Sabbath; the people were well dressed in their best—the women somewhat like the Jewesses of Algiers. The men wore shabby broad-brimmed hats, and long silk dressing gowns, with a girdle.”
Tiberias is almost exclusively a Jewish town. The streets are lined in some quarters with booths and bazaars, the merchants making a fine display of their bright-colored fabrics and oriental wares. Fruit venders under their canvas canopies, fish and vegetable dealers in their res…

Emmer Kernels and Husks

Emmer Kernels and Husks
‎The hail plague in Egypt did not affect the crop of emmer wheat (Triticum dicoccum), which sprouts later than the barley that Exodus reports the hail destroyed (Exodus 9:31–32). Unfortunately for the Egyptians, the later locust plague did destroy the emmer (Exodus 10:15). The Bible also mentions emmer used as a field border, probably to help prevent encroachment by weeds (Isa 28:25), and as an ingredient in Ezekiel’s bread (Ezek 4:9). ‎Exod 9:32, Isa 28:25, Ezek 4:9 ‎Image by user Rasbak, from Wikimedia Commons. License: Public Domain


Bakery ‎The painting in a small side chamber of the burial site of pharaoh Ramses III (1187–1156 BCE) illustrates the workings of a bakery at court. On the top left the dough is kneaded by feet; then it is brought in a jug to the working table of the baker, who forms the loaves into a variety of shapes. Afterwards the various sorts of bread and cake are baked in many different ovens. ‎Gen 18:6; 40:1–22; Lev 23:17; Jer 7:18; Hos 7:4

Stone Head, Pharaoh Hophra

Stone Head, Pharaoh Hophra ‎ Supporting King Zedekiah’s revolt against Nebuchadnezzar II, Pharaoh Hophra invaded Judah but withdrew without significantly damaging Babylonian forces. Jeremiah prophesied that God would “give Pharaoh Hophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies” (Jer 44:30). After Hophra returned to Egypt, the Greek colony of Cyrene soundly defeated the army he sent against them. Egyptian survivors, rebelling, chose one of Hophra’s generals as leader. This general, who became Pharaoh Ahmose (Amasis) II, deposed Hophra in 570 B.C. and killed him in battle in 567, fulfilling Jeremiah’s prophecy. ‎Jer 37:5–11, Jer 44:30, Ezek 17:15–17 ‎Image by Keith Schengili-Roberts, from Wikimedia Commons. License: CC BY-SA 2.5

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

August 7

  Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus
        Heb. 12:1, 2

Think, as you sit here, of anything that you are doing that is wrong, of any habit of your life, of your self-indulgence, or of that great, pervasive habit of your life which makes you a creature of the present instead of the eternities, a creature of the material earth instead of the glorious skies. Ask yourself of any habit that belongs to your own personal life, and bring it face to face with Jesus Christ.

Phillips Brooks

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 7: Raise the Signal
Isaiah 13:1–14:23; Luke 5:1–39; Job 4:1–11

The Bible echoes with great battle cries: “Raise a signal on a bare hill, lift up your voice to them; wave the hand.… A sound of the roar of the kingdoms, of nations gathering! Yahweh of hosts is mustering an army for battle” (Isa 13:4).
In this proclamation, God declares war on Babylon for their brutal and evil deeds against His people. Yet He calls for “a signal” to be raised so that the Babylonians might repent from their great wickedness. They have an opportunity to surrender to Yahweh before it’s too late—and we must do the same.
We tend to see ourselves as less evil than the infamous sinners of the past, but in a way we all carry shades of Babylon in ourselves. Just as the Babylonians did, we set up and worship idols instead of loving Yahweh with our entire being. Similarly, we attack others instead of loving them the way God has loved us. If we search our hearts, we find that painting ourselves as more right…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, August 7      Go To Evening Reading

         “The upright love thee”
         — Song of Solomon 1:4

Believers love Jesus with a deeper affection then they dare to give to any other being. They would sooner lose father and mother than part with Christ. They hold all earthly comforts with a loose hand, but they carry him fast locked in their bosoms. They voluntarily deny themselves for his sake, but they are not to be driven to deny him. It is scant love which the fire of persecution can dry up; the true believer’s love is a deeper stream than this. Men have laboured to divide the faithful from their Master, but their attempts have been fruitless in every age. Neither crowns of honour, nor frowns of anger, have untied this more than Gordian knot. This is no every-day attachment which the world’s power may at length dissolve. Neither man nor devil have found a key which opens this lock. Never has the craft of Satan been more at fault than when he has exercised it in seeking to …

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

August 7th
Prayer in the Father’s house

Wist ye not that I must be in My Father’s house? Luke 2:49 (R.V.).

Our Lord’s childhood was not immature manhood: our Lord’s childhood is an eternal fact. Am I a holy innocent child of God by identification with my Lord and Saviour? Do I look upon life as being in my Father’s house? Is the Son of God living in His Father’s house in me?
The abiding Reality is God, and His order comes through the moments. Am I always in contact with Reality, or do I only pray when things have gone wrong, when there is a disturbance in the moments of my life? I have to learn to identify myself with my Lord in holy communion in ways some of us have not begun to learn as yet. “I must be about My Father’s business,”—live the moments in My Father’s house.
Narrow it down to your individual circumstances—are you so identified with the Lord’s life that you are simply a child of God, continually talking to Him and realizing that all things come from His hands? Is the Eter…