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Altar near Zorah

Altar near Zorah ‎Near Zora in the Shephelah, a peculiar stone was discovered that had on top a structure like a ladder. It was quickly connected to the altar of Manoah (Judg 13:19–20). However, a new analysis of the stone made clear that it probably was only cut in such way in the Byzantine period, and was presumably used for pressing fresh olive oil. ‎Judg 13:19–20

Death of Eleazar

Death of Eleazar

Church at Gilgal

Church at Gilgal ‎In the above view we have a picture of a church built in Jericho by the Greek Christians. There is nothing of special interest on the plains between the Judean Mountains and the River Jordan. Were it not for the historic memories of Abraham, of Joshua and of Jesus, pilgrimages would not be made. The place is about twenty miles from Jerusalem. In reaching it one makes a descent of thirty-eight hundred feet over a rocky road. The historic associations make the region rich in suggestions. One thinks here of Joshua, the Israelites crossing the Jordan, the encampment in Giigal, the keeping of the Passover, the man whom Joshua saw standing over against him with sword drawn in his hand, the conquest of Jericho; and here one recalls Elisha and Elijah. Indeed, one goes back to the days of Abraham and Lot, as he looks out on this now deserted landscape. It is doubtful whether the name Gilgal was applied at first to a city or to an open place for encampment. If one walks from …

Josiah’s Lamentation

Josiah’s Lamentation ‎The “Book of the Law” thus strangely recovered, is believed by [critics] to have been our present book of Deuteronomy, or perhaps the entire five books of Moses. Just how completely the ancient law had been forgotten, or for how long a period, we do not know; but certainly the doings of most of Judah’s kings, even to the best of them, seem to imply that they knew very little of the strict code of [Deuteronomy].
‎At any rate the reading of this completed “Book of the Law” seems to have come like a thunderclap upon King Josiah. He was astounded to discover how far he and his people had wandered from the ancient faith. He was stunned and terrified, as he heard the awful curses which God had declared should fall upon the Hebrews if they deserted Him. The king “rent his clothes.” Then he sent in haste for a noted prophetess, Huldah, to inquire of her. All these sins of blasphemy had certainly been committed by his people; must the doom pronounced against them, inevit…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

September 16

  Jesus … went about doing good
Acts 10:38
The finest of all fine arts is the art of doing good; and yet it is the least cultivated.

T. DeWitt Talmage

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 16: Freedom and Response
Micah 4:1–6:16; Acts 14:8–15:21; Job 23:1–17

Freedom from sin gives us the power to love. But freedom from poverty or oppression or guilt sometimes makes us complacent. We forget our inclination to wander away from God’s will and pursue our own, and we overlook that God will eventually call us to account. Although Micah prophesied during a time of prosperity in Israel, it was also a time of spiritual deficiency. The powerful were oppressing the weak (Mic 2:1–2; 3:2–3) politically and economically.

Micah holds Israel to account in this passage. The prophet paints a courtroom scene with God judging His people for their unfaithfulness: “He has told you, O mortal, what is good, and what does Yahweh ask from you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Mic 6:8).

The mountains and the hills listen as Yahweh accuses Israel, and the evidence He presents is startling. God has been active and present in His people’s lives, tu…

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

September 16th
The divine region of religion


"But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret".Matthew 6:6.

The main idea in the region of religion is—Your eyes upon God, not on men. Do not have as your motive the desire to be known as a praying man. Get an inner chamber in which to pray where no one knows you are praying, shut the door and talk to God in secret. Have no other motive than to know your Father in heaven. It is impossible to conduct your life as a disciple without definite times of secret prayer:
“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions.…” (v. 7). God is never impressed by our earnestness. He does not hear us because we are in earnest, but only on the ground of Redemption. Prayer is not simply getting things from God, that is an initial form of prayer; prayer is getting into perfect communion with God. If the Son of God is formed in us by regeneration, He will press forward in front o…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings.

Morning, September 16      Go To Evening Reading
 “Partakers of the divine nature.”           — 2 Peter 1:4
To be a partaker of the divine nature is not, of course, to become God. That cannot be. The essence of Deity is not to be participated in by the creature. Between the creature and the Creator there must ever be a gulf fixed in respect of essence; but as the first man Adam was made in the image of God, so we, by the renewal of the Holy Spirit, are in a yet diviner sense made in the image of the Most High, and are partakers of the divine nature. We are, by grace, made like God. “God is love”; we become love—“He that loveth is born of God.” God is truth; we become true, and we love that which is true: God is good, and he makes us good by his grace, so that we become the pure in heart who shall see God. Moreover, we become partakers of the divine nature in even a higher sense than this—in fact, in as lofty a sense as can be conceived, short of our being absolutely divine. Do we not b…