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‎An eagle-headed Assyrian deity, from a bas-relief discovered at Calah (Nimrod) on the walls of the palace of Assur-nazir-pal, king of Assyria, 883–858 B.C. Now in the British Museum. Sennacherib was killed in the temple of Nisroch (2 Kings 19:37; Isa. 37:38).


Judith ‎ Of all the apocryphal books, the one best known to modern times is probably that of Judith. The heroine has ever been a favorite figure with story-teller and poet, with painter and especially with sculptor. She has become the typical figure of the Hebrew race. In historical accuracy the book is wholly lacking. It is a romance, or rather a national epic celebrating some great Jewish triumph which, if not purely imaginary, has been exaggerated and confused beyond all recognition. ‎The book tells how “Nabuchodonossor king of the Assyrians” conquered all other kings, and sent his chief general Holofernes with a mighty army to march through every land and lay it waste, and compel its people to worship Nabuchodonossor as god. All the peoples submitted in terror, except the Jews. These “newly returned from the captivity”, had too deep a sense of God’s greatness to do worship to a mere man. Therefore they fortified themselves among their hills and prayed. One of Holofernes’ own coun…


‎All things, as John tells us, were now accomplished; the Scriptures of old, the prophecies concerning Messiah, were all fulfilled. Only the consummation of the Great Sacrifice, the actual human death of the divine Son, remained to be completed. For more than three hours Jesus had hung upon His cross, from before noon till mid-afternoon; but the last of those hours was not such as the first. Gradually, imperceptibly perhaps, a darkness had closed round the earth. Was not the “light of the world” fading from it? Men who had mocked Him in the sunshine grew silent as this funereal blackness blotted out the day. ‎Every gasp of the sufferer must have been audible now in that strange hush. The tragedy was being mercifully hurried to an end. Some victims lived upon the cross for days; Jesus was dying in three hours. One awful cry of anguish was wrung from Him, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” A cry of human heartbreak; for was it not of heartbreak rather tha…

Jewish Marriage Customs

Jewish Marriage CustomsMatthew 1:18-23

1.      HIS ORIGIN (1:18–23)
1:18–23. The fact that Jesus was born “of Mary” only, as indicated in the genealogical record (v. 16), demanded   V 2, p 20  further explanation. Matthew’s explanation can best be understood in the light of Hebrew marriage customs. Marriages were arranged for individuals by parents, and contracts were negotiated. After this was accomplished, the individuals were considered married and were called husband and wife. They did not, however, begin to live together. Instead, the woman continued to live with her parents and the man with his for one year. The waiting period was to demonstrate the faithfulness of the pledge of purity given concerning the bride. If she was found to be with child in this period, she obviously was not pure, but had been involved in an unfaithful sexual relationship. Therefore the marriage could be annulled. If, however, the one-year waiting period demonstrated the purity of the bride, the husband …

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

August 21

  We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them
Eph. 2:10
No man is born into the world whose work is not born with him. There is always work, and tools to work withal, for those who will.

J. R. Lowell

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.

August 21: Transitions Isaiah 42:10–43:28; Luke 16:1–17:10; Job 9:25–35
Life is marked by seasons—times of great difficulty and times of great joy. Usually we focus on making the transition from pain to relief as quickly as possible, but in the process, we may forget the significance of the transition itself. A transition is an opportunity to contemplate: Who is acting to move us from one season of our lives to the next? Why does winter give way to spring? “Sing a new song to Yahweh; praise him from the end of the earth, you who go down to the sea and that which fills it, the coastlands and their inhabitants. Let the desert and its towns lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar inhabits. Let the inhabitants of Sela sing for joy; let them shout loudly from the top of the mountains. Let them give glory to Yahweh and declare his praise in the coastlands” (Isa 42:10–12). This song of praise moves from the “end of the earth” inward, from region to region, until the whole world is involve…

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

August 21st
The ministry of the unnoticed

Blessed are the poor in spirit. Matthew 5:3.

The New Testament notices things which from our standards do not seem to count. “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” literally—Blessed are the paupers—an exceedingly commonplace thing! The preaching of to-day is apt to emphasize strength of will, beauty of character—the things that are easily noticed. The phrase we hear so often, ‘Decide for Christ,’ is an emphasis on something Our Lord never trusted. He never asks us to decide for Him, but to yield to Him, a very different thing. At the basis of Jesus Christ’s Kingdom is the unaffected loveliness of the commonplace. The thing I am blessed in is my poverty. If I know I have no strength of will, no nobility of disposition, then Jesus says—Blessed are you, because it is through this poverty that I enter His Kingdom. I cannot enter His Kingdom as a good man or woman, I can only enter it as a complete pauper.
The true character of the loveliness that tells f…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, August 21      Go To Evening Reading

“He that watereth shall be watered also himself.”
         — Proverbs 11:25
We are here taught the great lesson, that to get, we must give; that to accumulate, we must scatter; that to make ourselves happy, we must make others happy; and that in order to become spiritually vigorous, we must seek the spiritual good of others. In watering others, we are ourselves watered. How? Our efforts to be useful, bring out our powers for usefulness. We have latent talents and dormant faculties, which are brought to light by exercise. Our strength for labour is hidden even from ourselves, until we venture forth to fight the Lord’s battles, or to climb the mountains of difficulty. We do not know what tender sympathies we possess until we try to dry the widow’s tears, and soothe the orphan’s grief. We often find in attempting to teach others, that we gain instruction for ourselves. Oh, what gracious lessons some of us have learned at sick beds! We went to…