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The Earthquake at the Prison

The Earthquake at the Prison
‎The expelling of the evil spirit from the damsel of Philippi brought trouble. The girl was a slave, who, through her demon, had prophesied and so brought money to her masters. These accused Paul and Silas of treason against Rome; there was an uprising of the mob against the newcomers, and they were dragged before the magistrates. They were stripped, beaten, and cast into prison. ‎While they lay there bound and in sore pain, there came an earthquake in the night and shook the prison to its foundations. The prisoners’ bonds were broken and the doors swung open. The jailer, awakened suddenly from sleep, supposed his charges had all escaped. Drawing his sword, he would have slain himself. But Paul called to him from the darkness, “Do thyself no harm; for we are all here.” ‎Deeply realizing that he was in presence of a power greater than that of man, the jailer fell down before Paul and Silas, asking what he must do to be saved. “And they said, Believe on the…

David Restored

David Restored ‎ When David had made peace with his offended soldiers, he waited to see what the people of Israel would do next. Almost everyone wanted him to come back and be king over them once more; but those who had cause to dread his vengeance held back, especially the elders of Judah, his own tribe, which had been foremost in the support of Absalom. The leader among these Judahites was Amasa, David’s nephew, who had been made by Absalom commander of all his soldiers. So David sent word to Amasa promising to let him retain his high post and be captain of all the king’s armies in place of Joab. Perhaps this was done as much in resentment against Joab as in favor of Amasa. ‎It had its effect. Amasa and all Judah understood they were forgiven. There was a general jubilation. Everybody united in urging the king to return. The faithful men of the east escorted him to Jordan; and there all the chiefs of Israel met him to be his escort to Jerusalem. Even Shimei, who had stoned him, cam…

Quarreling with God

Quarreling with God
Numbers 20:13 Israelites quarreled with the LORD But they had quarreled only with Moses (v. 3). Elsewhere Israel’s quarrel with Moses implies that their real object is God (14:2–4, 11, 27, esp.v. 9).25 Indeed, the next quarrel (21:5) makes this explicit. Moreover, Deuteronomy bears the tradition that the people are responsible for Moses’ punishment (Deut. 1:37; 3:26;4:21) as does Psalms 106:32–33, “They provoked wrath at the waters of Meribah and Moses suffered on their account, because they rebelled against Him [or “embittered his spirit”] and he spoke rashly.” Psalms 95:7–11 bears yet another variant tradition: Israel’s forty years in the wilderness was due to its sin at Massah-Meribah (see Exod. 17:7 and Excursus 50 (Numbers 20:1-13) and not to the scout episode (14:26–35; Deut. 1:34–35). Hence, Moses and Aaron must die with them in the wilderness.27
Milgrom, Jacob. Numbers. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1990. Print. The JPS Torah Commentary.

Mary, However, remained “Seated in the House”

Mary, However, remained “Seated in the House” The sisters’ home was Bethany (11:1), which here is described as lying “fifteen stadia” (in the Greek text), or about one and three-fourths miles, from Jerusalem (11:18; the NIV “less than two miles” is an appropriate approximation; a stade was about 607 feet). The mourning events for the family of Lazarus apparently drew a significant number of Jews (“many,”1:19). The use of the “Jews” here does not seem to carry the usual political overtones of Jesus’ opponents. The reference to “many” may suggest that Lazarus had been a person of some influence. But perhaps its primary significance for John was to indicate to the reader that this work of Jesus was witnessed by many people and therefore could not be dismissed easily by the authorities (cf. 12:9; note also the interesting contrast between the Jews and the authorities at 12:9–10). The statement at 11:20 clarifies the fact that Jesus had arrived in the vicinity of Bethany (perhaps the outs…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

October 1

  At Jesus’ feet
Luke 10:39
At Jesus’ feet—that is our place of privilege and of blessing, and here it is that we are to be educated and fitted for the practical duties of life. Here we are to renew our strength while we wait on Him, and to learn how to mount on wings as eagles; and here we are to become possessed of that true knowledge which is power. Here we are to learn how real work is to be done, and to be armed with the true motive power to do it. Here we are to find solace amid both the trials of work—and they are not few—and the trials of life in general; and here we are to anticipate something of the blessedness of heaven amidst the days of earth; for to sit at His feet is indeed to be in heavenly places, and to gaze upon His glory is to do what we shall never tire of doing yonder.

W. Hay Aitken

Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.

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

October 1st
The sphere of exaltation

Jesus leadeth them up into a high mountain apart by themselves. Mark 9:2.

We have all had times on the mount, when we have seen things from God’s standpoint and have wanted to stay there; but God will never allow us to stay there. The test of our spiritual life is the power to descend; if we have power to rise only, something is wrong. It is a great thing to be on the mount with God, but a man only gets there in order that afterwards he may get down among the devil-possessed and lift them up. We are not built for the mountains and the dawns and aesthetic affinities, those are for moments of inspiration, that is all. We are built for the valley, for the ordinary stuff we are in, and that is where we have to prove our mettle. Spiritual selfishness always wants repeated moments on the mount. We feel we could talk like angels and live like angels, if only we could stay on the mount. The times of exaltation are exceptional, they have their meaning in ou…

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

October 1: The Real Reality
Ezekiel 1:1–3:15; Revelation 1:1–20; Job 32:1–10

John and Ezekiel open their prophetic books in a similar fashion—to prepare us for an unexpected view:
“The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his slaves the things which must take place in a short time, and communicated it by sending it through his angel to his slave John, who testified about the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ, all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud and blessed are those who hear the words of the prophecy and observe the things written in it, because the time is near!” (Rev 1:1–3).
“And it was in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, and I was in the midst of the exiles by the Kebar River. The heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. On the fifth day of the month—it was the fifth year of the exile of the king Jehoiachin—the word of Yahweh came clearly to Ezekiel the son of Buzi, the priest, in the land of…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, October 1      Go To Evening Reading
 “Pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved.” 
         — Song of Solomon 7:13
The spouse desires to give to Jesus all that she produces. Our heart has “all manner of pleasant fruits,” both “old and new,” and they are laid up for our Beloved. At this rich autumnal season of fruit, let us survey our stores. We have new fruits. We desire to feel new life, new joy, new gratitude; we wish to make new resolves and carry them out by new labours; our heart blossoms with new prayers, and our soul is pledging herself to new efforts. But we have some old fruits too. There is our first love: a choice fruit that! and Jesus delights in it. There is our first faith: that simple faith by which, having nothing, we became possessors of all things. There is our joy when first we knew the Lord: let us revive it. We have our old remembrances of the promises. How faithful has God been! In sickness, how softly did he make our bed…