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Palm Trees and Pyramids

Palm Trees and Pyramids ‎ It is proper to bring the sojourn in Egypt to a close with the above view. The first thing Joseph and Mary saw upon coming into the neighborhood of Heliopolis and Memphis were the pyramids and palm trees. The last thing they saw upon leaving Egypt were the pyramids and palm trees. One can never think of Cairo and Heliopolis and Memphis without having the pyramids rise on the horizon of his vision. Pyramids and palm trees become part of the permanent mental furnishment of every traveler who has ever visited Egypt. Authorities differ widely as to the length of time Joseph and Mary sojourned in Egypt. In the Gospel of the Infancyit is put down at three years; in the history of Joseph at one year; in the Harmony of Tatian at seven years; Epiphanius regards it as two years; Athanasius thinks Jesus was four years old when he came from Egypt, and Baronius thinks the Holy Family spent eight years in Egypt. All we know from Scripture is that Joseph and Marywere in Eg…

Base with Laver

Base with Laver
‎Hiram, a Phoenician artisan, came from Tyre to Zarethan in the Jordan Valley, about 40 miles (64 km) northeast of Jerusalem, to cast all the bronze vessels and instruments for Solomon’s Temple. He made 10 bronze bases with axles and wheels to carry bronze basins or lavers, which were removable for easier washing. In the lavers the priests were to rinse off both the instruments used for the burnt offering and certain parts of the offering itself. ‎Lev 1:8–9, 1 Kgs 7:27–39, 45–46, 2 Chr 4:2–14

Threshing Flail

Threshing Flail ‎Sometimes referred to as a “stick” or a “rod,” in the Bible, the threshing flail was actually two sticks attached together by a short chain.

Shalmaneser III with inscription from Assur

Shalmaneser III with inscription from Assur

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

September 14

  I will instruct thee, and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye
Ps. 32:8
When God does the directing, our life is useful and full of promise, whatever it is doing; and discipline has its perfecting work.

H. E. Cobb

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 14: Going Your Own Way
Jonah 1:1–4:11; Acts 13:1–12; Job 22:1–13

I work hard to make my disobedience socially acceptable: “I have a stubborn streak,” I explain, or “I’m just like my dad.” But the truth is that my weaknesses aren’t cute or transitory—and they’re not anyone else’s fault. Instead, my disobedience is a deep-rooted, rebellious tendency to follow my own path when I should be humbling myself, seeking wisdom, or obeying leaders who know better.

The book of Jonah illustrates these opposing responses to God’s will. We can easily identify with Jonah’s stubborn character. When God tells Jonah to warn Nineveh of its coming judgment, Jonah not only disobeys, but he sets off in the opposite direction. As Jonah’s story progresses, however, we see God orchestrate a reversal. In His incredible mercy, He breaks Jonah’s stubborn streak and replaces it with humility. God also has mercy on the Ninevites—a “people who do not know right from left”—and they repent in sackcloth and as…

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

September 14th
Imagination v. inspiration

The simplicity that is in Christ. 2 Cor. 11:3.

Simplicity is the secret of seeing things clearly. A saint does not think clearly for a long while, but a saint ought to see clearly without any difficulty. You cannot think a spiritual muddle clear, you have to obey it clear. In intellectual matters you can think things out, but in spiritual matters you will think yourself into cotton wool. If there is something upon which God has put His pressure, obey in that matter, bring your imagination into captivity to the obedience of Christ with regard to it and everything will become as clear as daylight. The reasoning capacity comes afterwards, but we never see along that line, we see like children; when we try to be wise we see nothing (Matthew 11:25.).

The tiniest thing we allow in our lives that is not under the control of the Holy Spirit is quite sufficient to account for spiritual muddle, and all the thinking we like to spend on it will never make …

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, September 14      Go To Evening Reading
“There were also with him other little ships.”           — Mark 4:36
Jesus was the Lord High Admiral of the sea that night, and his presence preserved the whole convoy. It is well to sail with Jesus, even though it be in a little ship. When we sail in Christ’s company, we may not make sure of fair weather, for great storms may toss the vessel which carries the Lord himself, and we must not expect to find the sea less boisterous around our little boat. If we go with Jesus we must be content to fare as he fares; and when the waves are rough to him, they will be rough to us. It is by tempest and tossing that we shall come to land, as he did before us.

When the storm swept over Galilee’s dark lake all faces gathered blackness, and all hearts dreaded shipwreck. When all creature help was useless, the slumbering Saviour arose, and with a word, transformed the riot of the tempest into the deep quiet of a calm; then were the little vessels at res…