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The Tower of Jezreel

The Tower of Jezreel ‎At Jezreel, now called Zer’in, Joseph and Mary would be reminded of the wicked life of Ahab, the son of Omri, who reigned in Israel 918–897 B. C., and whose contribution to the fund of iniquity exceeded that of all who had preceded him in Israel. They would remember, too, the name and infamy of Jezebel, the wife of Ahab, and the daughter of Ethbaal, the King of the Zidonians; how she established the Phœnician worship in the court of Ahab and built a temple and set apart a grove of Astarte in the neighborhood of Jezreel; how she supported four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and four hundred prophets of Astarte from her own table. They would remember Elijah and his conflict with the prophets of Baal on Carmel. At Jezreel they could perhaps have seen the very point on Mt. Carmel from which Ahab left with his chariot, when Elijah sent the message to him to get down from the Mountain. And Elijah said, “Go up, say unto Ahab, prepare thy chariot and get thee down t…

Egyptian Bellows

Egyptian Bellows
Egyptian bellows
Ancient bellows consisted of a leather bag in a wooden frame, with a long mouthpiece of reed tipped with metal to preserve it from the heat of the fire. The operator stood with a bellows under each foot. In each hand, attached to the instrument under the foot, was a cord by which he lifted the top side of the bag of skin when it was emptied of air by the pressure of his foot.

Freeman, James M., and Harold J. Chadwick. Manners & Customs of the Bible. North Brunswick, NJ: Bridge-Logos Publishers, 1998. Print.

Symbolism of Bread

Symbolism of Bread
John 6:23, 31–35, 41, 48, 50–51, 58
BREAD. Bread was the all-important commodity of the ancient Near East, and the price to grain is an infallible index to economic conditions at any given time. In early Babylonia the grain of corn provided the basic unit for the system of weights, and cereal took the place of money in commerce. Hosea paid part of the price of his wife in grain. While we possess much information about the price of grain, references to the price of bread are extremely rare because it was usually made by each housewife. One reference from the Hammurapi period (18th century BC) gives 10 še (about a twentieth of a shekel) as the price of about 2½ litres (4 sila) of bread, and half this amount was a man’s daily ration. (B. Meissner, Warenpreise in Babylonien, p. 7.) In 2 Ki. 7:1 the price quoted for cereal seems abnormally high, but it was doubtless considerably lower than in the preceding famine. In Rev. 6:6 the prices describe graphically the grim condi…

Thy Word have I Hidden in My Heart

Thy Word have I Hidden in My Heart By: Shirley Thomas 11     Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You (Psalm 119:11, NKJV).
We may have many excuses for not reading, meditating or memorizing God's word, however, we need His word to live by His statues and precepts. I pray that we ask will begin a daily study regiment without hindrances to devotion: personal time in prayer, Bible reading and studying and memorizing verses. Lord let my life in Your word be a Bible to those that do not know You. The more you devote time to the Lord, the stronger you will get in His word, and your personal life as well. By storing His word in your heart others will also see the changes in you. “Lord give me the desire to read Your word, that I may I implant it in my heart, mind and soul to live my life in Your word.” 

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

October 10

  O Lord God, thou knowest
Ezek. 37:3
Here is the response of faith. “Thou knowest!” What a pillow for the heart to repose upon! “Thou knowest!” What few but comprehensive words to sum up and express the heart’s difficulties and perplexities and trials. “Thou knowest!” What an inexpressibly sweet resting-place in the midst of life’s tumultuous heaving; in the midst of a sea that knows no calm; in the midst of a scene in which tossing's to and fro are the hourly history! What an answer they contain for every heart that can find no words to express its big emotions; for a heart whose sorrows are too deep for language to find its way to God! Oh, that they were ever uppermost in the soul, as the response to every difficulty in our path! They are God’s answer to everything we cannot fathom; God’s answer for our hearts to rest upon, and our lips to utter, when every way is hedged up so that we cannot pass. “O Lord God, thou knowest!” Rest here, believer. Lean thy soul on these…

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

October 9th
Pull yourself together

Yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. Romans 6:13–22.

I cannot save and sanctify myself; I cannot atone for sin; I cannot redeem the world; I cannot make right what is wrong, pure what is impure, holy what is unholy. That is all the sovereign work of God. Have I faith in what Jesus Christ has done? He has made a perfect Atonement, am I in the habit of constantly realizing it? The great need is not to do things, but to believe things. The Redemption of Christ is not an experience, it is the great act of God which He has performed through Christ, and I have to build my faith upon it. If I construct my faith on my experience, I produce that most un-scriptural type, an isolated life, my eyes fixed on my own whiteness. Beware of the piety that has no presupposition in the Atonement of the Lord. It is of no use for anything but a sequestered life; it is useless to God and a nuisance to man. Measure every type of experience by our Lord…

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

October 9: Judgment: It’s Tricky
Ezekiel 19:1–20:49; Revelation 9:1–21; Job 34:31–37

Judgment is both a curse and a blessing. If you judge others, you might be judged yourself—especially if you judge them incorrectly. Yet if you know how to judge right from wrong, you can discern truth from fiction.
Although judgment can be a wretched thing, there is a time for it: When God has confirmed something in your heart, and the Bible verifies your view, you must stand up for it. When Jesus tells us not to judge, He is not declaring that we should be passive (see Matt 7:1–6; see alsoMatt 7:15–23, where He condemns false prophets and false followers). Instead, Jesus is saying that we should be careful about what we say and do, for we could be the one at fault.
Ezekiel also deals with the very fine line of judgment. Yahweh says to him, “Will you judge them? Will you judge them, son of man?” (Ezek 20:4). This question implies the very point Jesus makes: Is Ezekiel capable of dealing out judgment? …

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, October 9      Go To Evening Reading
   “Able to keep you from falling.”
         — Jude 24
In some sense the path to heaven is very safe, but in other respects there is no road so dangerous. It is beset with difficulties. One false step (and how easy it is to take that if grace be absent), and down we go. What a slippery path is that which some of us have to tread! How many times have we to exclaim with the Psalmist, “My feet were almost gone, my steps had well nigh slipped.” If we were strong, sure-footed mountaineers, this would not matter so much; but in ourselves, how weak we are! In the best roads we soon falter, in the smoothest paths we quickly stumble. These feeble knees of ours can scarcely support our tottering weight. A straw may throw us, and a pebble can wound us; we are mere children [trembling] taking our first steps in the walk of faith, our heavenly Father holds us by the arms or we should soon be down. Oh, if we are kept from falling, how must we bless the…