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Horse Mint (Mentha longifolia) ‎Of the two main mint species that people consumed in first-century Palestine, horse mint (Mentha longifolia) was the more hardy. It grew both wild and cultivated in many moist, well-lit niches, though rarely by the sea. God’s law never specifically mentions mint leaves, which were used in cooking and in medicines. When Jesus chided his opponents for tithing mint, he was not opposing their tithing per se, but rather their emphasis on less important matters as they neglected the core issues of justice and of loving God. ‎Matt 23:23, Luke 11:42 ‎Image by Franz Xaver, from Wikimedia Commons. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

Genesis from the First Bible of Charles the Bald

The frontispiece to Genesis from the first Bible of Charles the Bald (ninth century) shows (top) the creation of man and woman, (middle) eating the fruit of the forbidden tree, and (bottom) the banishment of Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden.
The ancestral story is constructed of three narrative cycles that are collections of material revolving around Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph, respectively, with genealogical interludes devoted to Ishmael and Esau. In the Abraham cycle Abraham is guided by God to journey to Canaan and settle there, with the promise of divine blessing and offspring (Gen. 12). Arriving at his destination, Abraham and his wife, Sarah, find the land to be rife with disappointment and danger, from famine to threats to personal safety, to infertility. Eventually Abraham and Sarah have a son, Isaac, but the bestowing deity demands him back, as told in the wrenching episode called the Akedah, or binding of Isaac (Gen. 22). …

Chariots with cases for Bow and Arrows

Chariots with cases for Bow and Arrows ‎ Egyptian war chariots were lighter than their Assyrian counterparts. Designed for speed, maneuverability, and convenience, they were usually made of wood with a standing platform made of interlaced bands of leather to mitigate the jolting. They incorporated forward-facing cases for arrows and a bow, as in this image, and rearward-facing cases for spears. Wheels featured a thinner rim than Assyrian chariot wheels, and six thinner spokes compared to the Assyrians’ eight thicker ones. God destroyed chariots similar to this one in the Red Sea (Exod 14:23–28). ‎Gen 46:29, Exod 14:6–31, 1 Kgs 7:29, Josh 17:16–18, Judg 1:19, Ps 20:7,Acts 8:28–39,Rev 9:9

Tomb of David

Tomb of David ‎
The tomb of David, a picture of which was taken by our artist on the 24th of April, 1894, is on the south brow of the hill outside of the Zion Gate. Here it is supposed that David and other kings of Judah were buried, and here is the Cœnaculum which tradition says was the “upper chamber” where the Lord’s supper was held, and where the disciples gathered on the day of Pentecost. This tradition is more respectable than many of the traditions in Jerusalem. It dates back to the fourth century. Jews, Christians and Moslems have for many centuries united in agreeing that this site is genuine, and it is said that the Jews are often seen near to the building reverently and with tears looking toward it—not, indeed, for its Pentecostal memories, but because they believe that here their royal David was entombed. Josephus tells us that Hyrcanus took from David’s tomb three thousand talents, and when Herod the Great attempted to plunder the royal tombs he found to his disappointme…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

September 29
  This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith
      1 John 5:4
The world conquers me when it succeeds in hindering me from seeing, loving, holding communion with, and serving my Father, God. I conquer it when I lay my hand upon it and force it to help me to get nearer Him, to get more like Him, to think oftener of Him, to do His will more gladly and more constantly. The one victory over the world is to bend it to serve me in the highest things—the attainment of a clearer vision of the divine nature, the attainment of a deeper love to God Himself, and a more glad consecration and service to Him. That is the victory—when you can make the world a ladder to lift you to God. When the world comes between you and God as an obscuring screen, it has conquered you. When the world comes between you and God as a transparent medium you have conquered it. To win victory is to get it beneath your feet and stand upon it, and reach up thereby to God.

Alexander Maclaren


Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan

September 29: Rebuilding Is Not Always Wise
Malachi 1:1–2:9;Acts 27:1–44; Job 31:9–22

Who can rebuild what Yahweh tears down? The prophets articulate this message again and again. Yahweh tears down evil things; evil people rebuild them; the prophets insist that He will just tear them down again. God tolerates evil for a time, waiting for people to repent, but when His patience is up, it’s up.
“ ‘I have loved you,’ says Yahweh, but you say, ‘How have you loved us?’ ‘Is Esau not Jacob’s brother?’ declares Yahweh. ‘I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated. I have made his mountain ranges a desolation, and given his inheritance to the jackals of the desert.’ If Edom says, ‘We are shattered, but we will return and rebuild the ruins,’ Yahweh of hosts says this: ‘They may build, but I will tear down; and they will be called a territory of wickedness, and the people with whom Yahweh is angry forever.’ Your eyes will see this, and you will say, ‘Yahweh is great beyond the borders of Israel’ ” (…

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

September 29th
The consciousness of the call

For necessity is laid upon me: yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! 1 Cor. 9:16.
We are apt to forget the mystical, supernatural touch of God. If you can tell where you got the call of God and all about it, I question whether you have ever had a call. The call of God does not come like that, it is much more supernatural. The realization of it in a man’s life may come with a sudden thunder-clap or with a gradual dawning, but in whatever way it comes, it comes with the undercurrent of the supernatural, something that cannot be put into words, it is always accompanied with a glow. At any moment there may break the sudden consciousness of this incalculable, supernatural, surprising call that has taken hold of your life—“I have chosen you.” The call of God has nothing to do with salvation and sanctification. It is not because you are sanctified that you are therefore called to preach the gospel; the call to preach the gospel is infi…

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

Morning, September 29      Go To Evening Reading
“Behold, if the leprosy have covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce him clean that hath the plague.”           — Leviticus 13:13
Strange enough this regulation appears, yet there was wisdom in it, for the throwing out of the disease proved that the constitution was sound. This morning it may be well for us to see the typical teaching of so singular a rule. We, too, are lepers, and may read the law of the leper as applicable to ourselves. When a man sees himself to be altogether lost and ruined, covered all over with the defilement of sin, and no part free from pollution; when he disclaims all righteousness of his own, and pleads guilty before the Lord, then is he clean through the blood of Jesus, and the grace of God. Hidden, unfelt, unconfessed iniquity is the true leprosy, but when sin is seen and felt it has received its death blow, and the Lord looks with eyes of mercy upon the soul afflicted with it. Nothing is more deadly than s…