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The Village of Amwas, (Emmaus), Palestine

The Village of Amwas, (Emmaus), PalestineSt. Luke 24:13-31 Amwas
Jesus and His disciples on the road to Emmaus

‎St. Luke 24:13–31 ‎We are looking southward over a valley in which are the squalid ruins of the one-time prosperous village of Amwas (Emmans). Behind us stretches a craggy upland leading to Beth-haron, where Joshua triumphed over the Canaanites in one of the most fateful battles of history. Jerusalem is only twenty miles southeast (left).
‎“The square opening set around with stones is the mouth of a spring from which the village people get supplies for drinking, cooking and such little cleaning as they are disposed to do."
“Notice how carefully the women shield their faces from a stranger’s gaze—that is a principle of good manners which every Mohammedan girl is taught. Bare feet are not immodest, but the face must be shielded. Those earthen jars are of local manufacture and cost only a few cents apiece. You notice how erect and graceful is the pose of those women, even …

Gathering the Animals

Gathering the Animals Gathering the animals (vv. 19–22). God not only wanted humans to be preserved from destruction but also every kind of creature that would be drowned by the waters of the Flood. But how was Noah to gather such a large number of animals, birds, and creeping things? God would cause these creatures to come to Noah (v. 20; 7:8, 15) and Noah would take them into the ark (6:19). This included not only pairs of unclean animals who would be able to reproduce after the Flood, but also seven pairs of clean animals, some of whom would be used for sacrifices (8:20; 9:3). Noah and his family not only learned about the faithfulness of God, but they also saw the sovereignty of God in action.
In His sovereign power, God brought the animals to Noah and his sons and controlled them so that they did His bidding. However, this magnificent demonstration of God’s power didn’t touch the hearts of his neighbors, and they perished in the Flood. The birds, beasts, and creeping things knew…

Altar of Burnt Offering

Altar of Burnt Offering

Eastern Curses

Eastern Curses

Glorify God Together

Glorify God Together 7 Therefore hreceive one another, just ias Christ also received 4us, to the glory of God. 8 Now I say that jJesus Christ has become a 5servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, kto confirm the promises made to the fathers, 9 and lthat the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written: m“For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles, And sing to Your name.” 10 And again he says: n“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!” 11 And again: o“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples!” 12 And again, Isaiah says: p“There shall be a root of Jesse; And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, In Him the Gentiles shall hope.” 13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all qjoy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.[1]




hRom. 14:1, Rom. 14:3 iRom. 5:2 4 NU, M you jMatt. 15:24; Acts 3:26 5 minister k [Rom. 4:16]; 2 Cor. 1:20 lJohn 10:16 m2 Sam. 22:50; Ps. 18:49 nDeut. 32:43 o Ps. 117:1

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

September 22
When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father, which is in secret
Matt. 6:6
This is faith’s stronghold; here she weapons herself for the daily conflict. Silence in that closet of prayer bespeaks death throughout all the house. When that door is suffered to rust on its hinges, and that chamber is deserted, then the heart-house is soon retaken by Satan, and evil spirits come in and dwell there.

Theodore Cuyler

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 22: Keep Us from Distraction
Haggai 1:1–2:23;Acts 20:1–38; Job 28:1–11

It’s easy to get distracted from the good work God intends for us to do. Competing forces vie for our attention; we’re sidetracked by fear or selfishness. We start living our own stories and lose sight of the greater narrative, of which our lives are just one thread.
The Jewish exiles who returned to Jerusalem had begun the work of reconstructing the temple, a symbol of God’s presence among His people. In the rebuilding of the temple, they gathered up the remnants of their broken identities and together formed a collective identity as Yahweh’s people. They had their priorities in order.
Then they got distracted. When they started putting their own needs and security first, Yahweh sent the prophet Haggai to remind them of their true purpose: “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your houses that have been paneled while this house is desolate?… Consider your ways! You have sown much but have harvested…

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

September 22nd
The missionary’s Master


Ye call Me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. John 13:13.

To have a master and to be mastered is not the same thing. To have a master means that there is one who knows me better than I know myself, one who is closer than a friend, one who fathoms the remotest abyss of my heart and satisfies it, one who has brought me into the secure sense that he has met and solved every perplexity and problem of my mind. To have a master is this and nothing less—“One is your Master, even Christ.”
Our Lord never enforces obedience; He does not take means to make me do what He wants. At certain times I wish God would master me and make me do the thing, but He will not; in other moods I wish He would leave me alone, but He does not.
“Ye call me Master and Lord”—but is He? Master and Lord have little place in our vocabulary, we prefer the words Saviour, Sanctifier, Healer. The only word to describe mastership in experience is love, and we know very littl…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings. Complete and unabridged; New modern edition.

Morning, September 22      Go To Evening Reading
 “Let Israel rejoice in him.”          — Psalm 149:2
Be glad of heart, O believer, but take care that thy gladness has its spring in the Lord. Thou hast much cause for gladness in thy God, for thou canst sing with David, “God, my exceeding joy.” Be glad that the Lord reigneth, that Jehovah is King!  Rejoice that he sits upon the throne, and ruleth all things!  Every attribute of God should become a fresh ray in the sunlight of our gladness. That he is wise should make us glad, knowing as we do our own foolishness. That he is mighty, should cause us to rejoice who tremble at our weakness. That he is everlasting, should always be a theme of joy when we know that we wither as the grass. That he is unchanging, should perpetually yield us a song, since we change every hour. That he is full of grace, that he is overflowing with it, and that this grace in covenant he has given to us; that it is ours to cleanse us, ours to keep us, ours to sanc…