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Haram esh-Sherif

Haram esh-Sherif
‎In this picture we have a view of the entrance to the Haram esh-Sherif. It is one of the many pictures of the temple plateau and its buildings which we have given. This great area was, in a sense, at the very heart of the Jewish national life. Here were fore-gleams through all the centuries of the light that did shine in this sacred place when Jesus, the Light of the World, appeared to the people of Jerusalem. It was on Tuesday, April 4th, that Christ’s authority was questioned in the temple. On the same day He gave the parable of the two sons, and of the wicked husbandman and the marriage of the king’s son. It was at this time that the Pharisees questioned Jesus about tribute, and the Sadducees about the resurrection, and a lawyer about the great commandment. The first among the buildings of Jerusalem for extent, splendor and sacred interest was the temple. One of Captain Warren’s most interesting discoveries is to prove that the eastern wall of the present Haram ar…

The Power of the Word Unto Wisdom

The Power of the Word Unto Wisdom [Tsade] 4. The power of the word unto righteousness (119:137–144). The fundamental character of God is reflected in his law. His commandments express his absolute righteousness and faithfulness to his covenant. The psalmist’s zeal for God has triggered animosity on the part of those who had forgotten God’s word. He is especially drawn to God’s word because it is pure, i.e., like pure gold without any impurities. Though he is insignificant in the eyes of men and despised for his strict adherence to the law, yet he cannot be moved from his allegiance to the Lord. He knows that Yahweh’s righteousness is everlasting, and his law is truth. Yahweh’s righteousness is reflected in the law. So even if trouble and anguish take hold of him, yet he will delight in God’s commandments. The psalmist concludes this contemplation of the character of God’s law with a prayer for fuller understanding of it. Through the knowledge of that law and obedience to it man, real…

Paul’s Salutation

Paul’s Salutation
Romans 1:1. 1. Paul began his letter by identifying himself in three different ways. 2. First, he was a “servant of Christ Jesus.” He belonged without reserve to the One who confronted him on the Damascus road. Although cultured Greeks would never refer to themselves in such a demeaning fashion, the Old Testament designation “servant of the LORD” was a title of honor given to Moses and other prominent leaders (Josh 14:7; 24:29). Then Paul said that he was “called to be an apostle.” God initiated the process. Paul did not choose the role for himself. And even before he was called, he had been “set apart” 3. to serve in the interests of the gospel ofGod. 4. All three statements reflect the subordinate role the apostle played. Not for a moment did he elevate himself above his assigned position as a servant of God, set apart and called to serve in the interests of the proclamation of the gospel.
Christians in leadership positions must recognize the servant nature of their…

Words of “Sin” in the New Testament

Words of “Sin” in the New TestamentRomans 5:12–21 The principal NT term is hamartia (and cognates), which is equivalent to ḥṭ’. In classical Gk. it is used for missing a target or taking a wrong road. It is the general NT term for sin as concrete wrongdoing, the violation of God’s law (Jn. 8:46; Jas. 1:15; 1 Jn. 1:8). In Rom. 5–8 Paul personifies the term as a ruling principle in human life (cf. 5:12; 6:12, 14; 7:17, 20; 8:2). paraptōma occurs in classical contexts for an error in measurement or a blunder. The NT gives it a stronger moral connotation as misdeed or trespass (cf. ‘dead through …’, Eph. 2:1; Mt. 6:14f.). parabasis is a similarly derived term with similar meaning, ‘transgression’, ‘going beyond the norm’ (Rom. 4:15; Heb. 2:2). asebeia is perhaps the profoundest NT term and commonly translates pš‘ in the LXX. It implies active ungodliness or impiety (Rom. 1:18; 2 Tim. 2:16). Another term is anomia, lawlessness, a contempt for law (Mt. 7:23; 2 Cor. 6:14). kakia and ponēria…

Behold the Lamb of God

Behold the Lamb of God
John 1:36.—And steadfastly regarding (see Mark. 10:21, 27; Luke 20:17; 22:61)—with eager and penetrating glance, as though something might be learned from his slightest movements—Jesus as he walked; “walked,” not towards John, as on the previous day, but in some opposite direction. This implies that their relative functions were not identical, and not to be confounded. This is the last time when the Baptist and the Christ were together, and the sublime meekness of John, and his surrender of all primary claims to deference, throw light on the unspeakable and gentle dignity of Jesus. He saith, Behold the Lamb of God. The simple phrase, without further exposition, implies that he was recalling to their minds the mighty appellation which he had bestowed upon the Saviour on the previous day, with all the additional interpretation of the term with which it had then been accompanied. The brevity of the cry here marks the emphasis which it bore, and the rich association…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

September 8

  He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever
Ps. 21:4
When poor men make requests of us we usually answer them as the echo does the voice—the answer cuts off half the petition. We shall seldom find among men Jael’s courtesy, giving milk to those that ask water, except it be as this was, an entangling benefit, the better to introduce a mischief. There are not many Naamans among us, that, when you beg of them one talent, will force you to take two; but God’s answer to our prayers is like a multiplying glass, which renders the request much greater in the answer than it was in the prayer.

Bishop Reynolds

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

September 8: Resilient Hope and Red Herrings
Joel 3:1–21; Acts 7:54–8:25; Job 19:1–12

The death of Stephen, the first Christian martyr, must have crushed and discouraged the early church. But in this event Luke shows us glimmers of hope. He reminds us that God is working behind the scenes.

Facing death, Stephen prayed for his persecutors, asking that God “not hold this sin against them” (Acts 7:60). God answered that cry of mercy in a generous way. As we watch Stephen being forced out of the city and stoned to death, Luke introduces us to another character present in the crowd: “The witnesses laid aside their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul” (Acts 7:54).

This detail seems like a red herring, but by introducing Saul (later Paul) to us before his conversion, Luke gives his readers hope in desperate circumstances. Saul was determined to squelch this dangerous new sect coming out of Nazareth, but soon Paul would become its greatest advocate. By placing Stephen’s death alongsid…

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

September 8th
Do it yourself

Determinedly Demolish some Things.

Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God. 2 Cor. 10:5.
Deliverance from sin is not deliverance from human nature. There are things in human nature, such as prejudices, which the saint has to destroy by neglect; and other things which have to be destroyed by violence, i.e., by the Divine strength imparted by God’s Spirit. There are some things over which we are not to fight, but to stand still in and see the salvation of God; but every theory or conception which erects itself as a rampart against the knowledge of God is to be determinedly demolished by drawing on God’s power, not by fleshly endeavour or compromise (v. 4).
It is only when God has altered our disposition and we have entered into the experience of sanctification that the fight begins. The warfare is not against sin; we can never fight against sin: Jesus Christ deals with sin in Redemption. The conflict is…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, September 7      Go To Evening Reading
 “And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.”          — Mark 2:4
Faith is full of inventions. The house was full, a crowd blocked up the door, but faith found a way of getting at the Lord and placing the palsied man before him. If we cannot get sinners where Jesus is by ordinary methods we must use extraordinary ones. It seems, according to Luke 5:19, that a tiling had to be removed, which would make dust and cause a measure of danger to those below, but where the case is very urgent we must not mind running some risks and shocking some proprieties. Jesus was there to heal, and therefore fall what might, faith ventured all so that her poor paralysed charge might have his sins forgiven. O that we had more daring faith among us! Cannot we, dear reader, seek it this morning for ourselves and for our fe…