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Site of al-Lahun

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A Sharp Two-Edged Sword

A Sharp Two-Edged Sword
Revelation 1:16Ver. 16.—He holds the Churches in his hand as a precious possession, which he sustains as a glory to himself. These Churches are as planets, which shine, not with their own light, but that of the sun; which shine most brightly in the night of “tribulation,” which (like him who holds them in his right hand) are a guide to the wanderer, and are ever moving, yet ever at rest. Out of his mouth a sharp two-edged sword. This metaphor runs through both Old and New Testaments. It is frequent in this book (ch. 2:12, 16; 19:15, 21; comp. Luke 2:35; Eph. 6:17; Heb. 4:12; Ps. 45:3; 57:4; 59:7; 64:3; 149:6; Prov. 12:18; Isa. 11:4; 49:2, etc.).
The sharp words of men and the searching words of God are both spoken of under this figure of the sword. Tertullian and Richard of St. Victor explain the two edges as the Law and the Gospel. Other still more fanciful explanations have been given. “Two-edged” (δίστομος) is literally “two-mouthed,” and perhaps expresses n…


Petra ‎The picture shows the landscape near the Nabataean capital Petra, lying in a basin among mountains and almost hidden by the towering rocks. One reaches the city only through some 2 km long, narrow pathway between rock faces that rise up to 70 m high. The Nabataeans, who controlled the frankincense trade at the turn of the era, were able to develop here a flourishing city with their own authentic Nabataean culture. Predating the Nabateaens, the Edomites had built settlements on these almost inaccessible into which they could draw back in times of danger. Jer 49:16 may allude to this condition. ‎Gen 25:13; 28:9; 36:3; 1 Chron 1:29; Isa 60:7; Jer 49:16; 1 Macc 5:25; 9:35

View from Northwest Shore, Sea of Galilee

View from Northwest Shore, Sea of Galilee ‎A view at sunset from the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee, facing Tiberias (top background).

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

September 17

  And the angel of the Lord said unto her [Hagar], Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands
Gen. 16:9
SUBMISSION is a great Christian law, but we find it early in Genesis, early in the history of mankind, and angel-given.


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 17: What Shall Be Done?
Micah 7:1–20;Acts 15:22–16:5; Job 24:1–11

How should we respond when those around us seem to be not only falling short of the glory of God, but actually abandoning God’s work? What should we do when we witness neighbors or friends tolerating or even justifying acts of injustice, oppression, greed, or idolatry? We live in such a time. So did the prophet Micah:
“Woe is me! For I have become like the gatherings of summer, like the gleanings of the grape harvest, when there is no cluster of grapes to eat or early ripened fruit that my soul desires. The faithful person has perished from the land, and there is none who is upright among humankind. All of them lie in wait; each hunts his brother with a net. Their hands are upon evil, to do it well; the official and the judge ask for the bribe, and the great man utters the evil desire of his soul; and they weave it together” (Mic 7:1–3).

Micah did what should be done—he spoke up; he told the truth. When we find …

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

September 17th
What’s the good of temptation?

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man.1 Cor. 10:13.

The word ‘temptation’ has come down in the world; we are apt to use it wrongly: Temptation is not sin, it is the thing we are bound to meet if we are men. Not to be tempted would be to be beneath contempt. Many of us, however, suffer from temptations from which we have no business to suffer, simply because we have refused to let God lift us to a higher plane where we would face temptations of another order.

A man’s disposition on the inside, i.e., what he possesses in his personality, determines what he is tempted by on the outside. The temptation fits the nature of the one tempted, and reveals the possibilities of the nature. Every man has the setting of his own temptation, and the temptation will come along the line of the ruling disposition.

Temptation is a suggested short cut to the realization of the highest at which I aim—not towards what I understand as e…

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

Morning, September 17      Go To Evening Reading
 “Bring him unto me.”           — Mark 9:19
Despairingly the poor disappointed father turned away from the disciples to their Master. His son was in the worst possible condition, and all means had failed, but the miserable child was soon delivered from the evil one when the parent in faith obeyed the Lord Jesus’ word, “Bring him unto me.” Children are a precious gift from God, but much anxiety comes with them. They may be a great joy or a great bitterness to their parents; they may be filled with the Spirit of God, or possessed with the spirit of evil. In all cases, the Word of God gives us one receipt for the curing of all their ills, “Bring him unto me.” O for more agonizing prayer on their behalf while they are yet babes! Sin is there, let our prayers begin to attack it. Our cries for our offspring should precede those cries which betoken their actual advent into a world of sin. In the days of their youth we shall see sad tokens of th…