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Patmos view of Aegean and Church of Apocalypse

Patmos view of Aegean and Church of Apocalypse

Shapes of Bread

Shapes of Bread
‎Wheat bread was the most important staple food in antiquity. In order to have a certain variety in the daily meals, the bread was mixed, for instance, with spices or millet, and was baked in various shapes. The basic flat breads as shown below on the right was probably [the] most frequently baked bread. The moist dough was stuck on the outer side of the hot oven. When it fell off, it was ready to eat. ‎Gen 3:19; 14:18; 18:5; 28:20; Exod 12:15; 16:3; 29:23; Lev 7:13; 23:14; Deut 8:9; 1 Kings 14:3; Ezek 4:9, 4:13, 4:15

The Sermon from the Boat

The Sermon from the Boat ‎Being endangered by the Pharisees, Jesus withdrew once more to the seashore in Galilee, where probably His popularity made Him secure. During this, His second year’s ministry in Galilee, He began to teach in parables, more or less obvious of application. The first recorded day on which He thus addressed His followers was that of the “sermon from the boat” when, seating Himself in a boat to keep back the multitude as once before He had preached from Peter’s fishing smack, He addressed those gathered on the shore. On this day Hetold of“the sower,”of “the tares and wheat,”of the“mustard seed”and the “light under a bushel.” His disciples, unused to this mode of teaching, listened in perplexity.
There must also have been many women listeners, especially one group, who, during this second year followed Christ to minister toHim andHis apostles. One of these was wealthy and prominent. She was Joanna, the wife of King Herod’s “steward,” whom some suppose to have bee…

Unbelieving Jews were Blind

Unbelieving Jews were Blind The subsequent evaluation of Jesus confirmed this distinction between seeing and not seeing in the comparison made between the believing man and the unbelieving Jews. Blindness is here to be interpreted on two levels (John 9:39). On the one hand, the Pharisees who had by physical standards been able to see were by spiritual standards revealed to be blind. On the other hand, the former blind man who had come to see physically in fact also became the model of spiritual perception. Jesus’ answer to the Pharisees’ question concerning their state (John 9:40) was thus for the evangelist self-evident. Accordingly, Jesus confirmed the continuation of their pitiful state of both blindness and guilt. The judgment on the blind state of the Pharisees here in John was not very different from Jesus’ judgment on the hypocritical Pharisees of Matt 23:16–19, who were condemned as pathetic, blind guides. That view is reinforced by Paul’s judgment on the self-righteous Jews …

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

September 10

  In the daytime … he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire
Ps. 78:14
My day is my prosperity; it is the time when the sun of fortune is bright above me, and, therefore, it is the time when I need a shade. If my sunshine were not checkered I would forget Thee, O my God.
But I have nights to meet as well as days. The night is my adversity; it is the time when the sun of fortune has gone down behind the hills, and I am left alone, and then it is, O my Father, that I need the light of Thy fire! My light of fire for the night is the vision of Calvary—the vision of Thy love in the cross. I need the light of Thy fire “all the night.”

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

September 10: God Doesn’t Promise Ease or Invisibility
Amos 4:6–5:27; Acts 9:20–43; Job 20:1–11

As Christians, we might be tempted by the lure of invisibility—the fabled cloak or ring that gives us the power to walk undetected among our friends or enemies. Although it is true that “making much of God” means making little of ourselves, we sometimes use this truth as an excuse to avoid proclaiming God’s work in our lives. Living under the radar is much more comfortable.

Paul never chose the comfortable route. As a former persecutor of the Church, Paul knew the danger of preaching Christ in the open—the chief priests had once empowered him to imprison all who publicly professed Christ (Acts 9:14). Yet as a new convert, Paul loudly proclaimed the name of Christ to anybody within hearing distance: “And he was going in and going out among them in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. And he was speaking and debating with the Greek-speaking Jews, but they were trying to do away …

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

September 10th
Missionary munitions

Worshiping as Occasion serves. When thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. John 1:48.

We imagine we would be all right if a big crisis arose; but the big crisis will only reveal the stuff we are made of, it will not put anything into us. ‘If God gives the call, of course I will rise to the occasion.’ You will not unless you have risen to the occasion in the workshop, unless you have been the real thing before God there. If you are not doing the thing that lies nearest, because God has engineered it, when the crisis comes instead of being revealed as fit, you will be revealed as unfit. Crises always reveal character.

The private relationship of worshipping God is the great essential of fitness. The time comes when there is no more ‘fig-tree’ life possible, when it is out into the open, out into the glare and into the work, and you will find yourself of no value there if you have not been worshipping as occasion serves you in your home. Worship arig…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, September 10      Go To Evening Reading
 “And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him.”          — Mark 3:13
Here was sovereignty. Impatient spirits may fret and fume, because they are not called to the highest places in the ministry; but reader be it thine to rejoice that Jesus calleth whom he wills. If he shall leave me to be a doorkeeper in his house, I will cheerfully bless him for his grace in permitting me to do anything in his service. The call of Christ’s servants comes from above. Jesus stands on the mountain, evermore above the world in holiness, earnestness, love and power. Those whom he calls must go up the mountain to him, they must seek to rise to his level by living in constant communion with him. They may not be able to mount to classic honours, or attain scholastic eminence, but they must like Moses go up into the mount of God and have familiar intercourse with the unseen God, or they will never be fitted to procl…