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Turban and Breastplate

Turban and Breastplate
Turban and Breastplate
Sardius (sard, or sardin) is a transpar ent reddish stone, a bit darker than carnelian. The Hebrew word suggests the meaning of “redness.” The “ruby” (28:18 TEV), though well known today, was probably not known in the ancient Near East, for no samples have been found in any of the excavated sites.
Topaz is a translucent stone, usually yellow or brownish yellow. Some scholars equate it with chrysolite, which usually is olive greenish in color. The Hebrew word does not suggest any color, but the Septuagint translates it as topazion.
Carbuncle is an archaic word for any one of several red precious stones. “Garnet” (28:18 TEV) is a translucent dark reddish brown stone. But the Septuagint identifies it as green beryl, possibly emerald.
Emerald is a rich green stone, a superior quality of beryl. Some scholars have suggested the Hebrew word refers to malachite, which is green, or turquoise, and usually a bluish green. The Hebrew word gives no ind…

Public Shame

Public Shame
Hebrews 6:6
The figurative meaning of they are again crucifying the Son of God must be marked in some languages as a simile; for example, “it is just as if they were again crucifying the Son of God” or “it is just as though they were again nailing the Son of God to a cross.” If one adopts meaning (b), it is possible to say “in themselves” or “as far as they themselves are concerned.” But this meaning seems presupposed in view of the figurative significance of “crucifying the Son of God.” This could only have a so-called spiritual meaning with reference to the individuals themselves.
Exposing him to public shame means either (1) “holding him up as a warning to others,” (2) “causing others to look down on Christ,” or (3) “causing others to ridicule Christ.” Here (2) or (3) fits the context better than (1). Criminals were exposed in this way by being crucified or otherwise punished in public.

Ellingworth, Paul, and Eugene Albert Nida. A Handbook on the Letter to the Hebrews.…

Aquinas: The Eucharist the Greatest of Sacraments

Aquinas: The Eucharist the Greatest of Sacraments Secondly, this is made clear by considering the relation of the sacraments to one another. For all the other sacraments seem to be ordained to this one as to their end. For it is manifest that the sacrament of Order is ordained to the consecration of the Eucharist: and the sacrament of Baptism to the reception of the Eucharist: while a man is perfected by Confirmation, so as not to fear to abstain from this sacrament. By Penance and Extreme Unction man is prepared to receive the Body of Christ worthily. And Matrimony, at least in its signification, touches this sacrament; in so far as it signifies the union of Christ with the Church, of which union the Eucharist is a figure: hence the Apostle says (Eph. 5:32): This is a great sacrament: but I speak in Christ and in the Church.
Thomas Aquinas. Summa Theologica. Trans. Fathers of the English Dominican Province. London: Burns Oates & Washbourne. Print.

Myrrh Resin

Myrrh Resin
‎Myrrh, costly since Bible times, has many uses. The Egyptians used it for embalming, and most cultures in Bible lands burned it as incense or used the essential oil, alone or in combinations, as a perfume, salve, or ointment. Medicinally, it may help regulate cholesterol and sugars in the blood. Myrrh shows analgesic activity in experiments on rats. ‎Gen 37:25, Esth 2:12, Ps 45:8, Prov 7:17, Song 1:13, Matt 2:11, Mark 15:23, John 19:39, Rev 18:13 ‎Image by Birgit Lachner, from Wikimedia Commons. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

September 28
  Wait for the promise of the Father
Acts 1:4
Tarry at a promise till God meets you there. He always returns by way of His promises.


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 28: Turning the Tables
Zechariah 12:1–14:21; Acts 26:1–32;Job 31:1–8

When Paul presents the gospel before King Agrippa, we expect him to be defensive. But Paul is ready to shift the spotlight. He offers a surprisingly simple explanation of recent events and a testimony of his faith, and then he describes how the resurrection of Jesus changes everything. He deftly turns the tables and gives the king the opportunity to believe.
Paul describes the gospel as something that was intended all along—it is nothing new: “Therefore I have experienced help from God until this day, and I stand here testifying to both small and great saying nothing except what both the prophets and Moses have said were going to happen, that the Christ was to suffer and that as the first of the resurrection from the dead, he was going to proclaim light both to the people and to the Gentiles” (Acts 26:23).
Paul respectfully tells Agrippa that his testimony should come as no great surprise. Agrippa knows of t…

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

September 28th
The “go” of unconditional identification

One thing thou lackest.… come, take up the cross, and follow Me. Mark 10:21.
The rich young ruler had the master passion to be perfect. When he saw Jesus Christ, he wanted to be like Him. Our Lord never puts personal holiness to the fore when He calls a disciple; He puts absolute annihilation of my right to myself and identification with Himself—a relationship with Himself in which there is no other relationship. Luke 14:26 has nothing to do with salvation or sanctification, but with unconditional identification with Jesus Christ. Very few of us know the absolute “go” of abandonment to Jesus.
“Then Jesus beholding him loved him.” The look of Jesus will mean a heart broken for ever from allegiance to any other person or thing. Has Jesus ever looked at you? The look of Jesus transforms and transfixes. Where you are ‘soft’ with God is where the Lord has looked at you. If you are hard and vindictive, insistent on your own way, certai…

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

Morning, September 28      Go To Evening Reading
 “The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.”          — Psalm 33:13
Perhaps no figure of speech represents God in a more gracious light than when he is spoken of as stooping from his throne, and coming down from heaven to attend to the wants and to behold the woes of mankind. We love him, who, when Sodom and Gomorrah were full of iniquity, would not destroy those cities until he had made a personal visitation of them. We cannot help pouring out our heart in affection for our Lord who inclines his ear from the highest glory, and puts it to the lip of the dying sinner, whose failing heart longs after reconciliation. How can we but love him when we know that he numbers the very hairs of our heads, marks our path, and orders our ways? Specially is this great truth brought near to our heart, when we recollect how attentive he is, not merely to the temporal interests of his creatures, but to their spiritual concerns. Thou…