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Symbolism of Blindness

Symbolism of Blindness
Some of Jesus’ healings of the blind may function as symbolic characterizations of the revelation and recognition of Jesus’ profound identity. That may be the case in the healing of the blind man at Bethsaida in Mark 8:22-26. The painstaking, step-by-step manner in which Jesus performs this healing characterizes the way he is trying to bring his disciples to understand and ‘see’ his profound identity. This healing serves as a symbolic anticipation and transition to the confession of Jesus as ‘the Christ’ in Mark 8:29. Similarly, Bartimaeus, healed of his blindness, represents the insightful disciple who follows Jesus to Jerusalem, the place of his suffering and death (Mark 10:46-52). The healing of the man born blind in John 9 characterizes the spiritual ‘blindness’ of the Jews and indicates how Jesus is the ‘light of the world.’ The concept of blindness was particularly appropriate for metaphorical use; it often characterized spiritual ‘blindness’ or lack of i…

Philadelphia

Philadelphia
‎Philadelphia is a city of Asia Minor, about one hundred and eight miles from Smyrna, containing a population of about twelve thousand, two thousand of whom are Greeks and the rest Mohammedans. It is now called Allah Shehr, “the exalted city.” It was founded by Attalus Philadelphus, king of Pergamos, about 200 B. C. Its walls are still standing, inclosing several hills, upon the sides of which the town stood. They are built of unhewn stone, massed and cemented together with fragments of old buildings. Some immense remains of buildings, huge square stone pillars supporting brick arches, are also standing and are called the ruins of a Christian church. It was to the angel of the church of Philadelphia that Jesus said through John in the book of the Revelation 3:7–12: “I know thy works:behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it:for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. * * * Because thou hast kept the word …

Christian Symbol, Philippi

Christian Symbol, Philippi

‎A Christian symbol scratched in paving stone at Philippi—viewed as multiple crosses or a combination of all the Greek letters in “Ichthys,” a Greek acronym denoting “Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior.”


Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

October 8

  I [Daniel] was left alone, and saw this great vision
Dan. 10:8
Solitude is the antechamber of God; only one step more and you can be in His immediate presence.

Landor

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 8th
The exclusiveness of Christ


Come unto Me. Matthew 11:28.

Is it not humiliating to be told that we must come to Jesus! Think of the things we will not come to Jesus Christ about. If you want to know how real you are, test yourself by these words—“Come unto Me.” In every degree in which you are not real, you will dispute rather than come, you will quibble rather than come, you will go through sorrow rather than come; you will do anything rather than come the last lap of unutterable foolishness—“Just as I am.” As long as you have the tiniest bit of spiritual impertinence, it will always reveal itself in the fact that you are expecting God to tell you to do a big thing, and all He is telling you to do is to “come.”
“Come unto Me.” When you hear those words you will know that something must happen in you before you can come. The Holy Spirit will show you what you have to do, anything at all that will put the axe at the root of the thing which is preventing you from getting throu…

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

October 8: Absence of Pain, Presence of God
Ezekiel 17:1–18:32;Revelation 7:9–8:13; Job 34:16–30

When life is difficult, we often take refuge in knowing there’s a life to come—one in which we’ll be free from pain and the worries of this world. The thought brings us comfort. During the difficult times, the life to come might even be more appealing than the present.
Revelation shows us a picture of what new life for those redeemed by Christ will look like: “These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation, and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Because of this, they are before the throne of God, and they serve him day and night in his temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. They will not be hungry any longer or be thirsty any longer, nor will the sun ever beat down on them, nor any heat” (Rev 7:14–16).
In Revelation the life to come appears as a shelter from all the traumatic and stressful things afflicting the fi…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, October 8      Go To Evening Reading
“Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.”
         — Luke 5:4
We learn from this narrative, the necessity of human agency. The draught of fishes was miraculous, yet neither the fisherman nor his boat, nor his fishing tackle were ignored; but all were used to take the fishes. So in the saving of souls, God worketh by means; and while the present economy of grace shall stand, God will be pleased by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. When God worketh without instruments, doubtless he is glorified; but he hath himself selected the plan of instrumentality as being that by which he is most magnified in the earth. Means of themselves are utterly unavailing. “Master, we have toiled all the night and have taken nothing.” What was the reason of this? Were they not fishermen plying their special calling? Verily, they were no raw hands; they understood the work. Had they gone about the toil un-skilfully? No…