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Elijah Prays for the Widow’s Son

Elijah Prays for the Widow’s Son ‎ The poor widow readily brought Elijah drink, even as Rebecca had once given water to Abraham’s steward. But when the prophet asked further that she should take him to her house and give him food, she burst into weeping, and told him her sad plight. She had at home but one more handful of meal and a trifle of oil. With the sticks she was gathering she meant to cook these into one last meal for herself and her little son, and then lie down and die.
‎At once Elijah saw why he had been sent thither, that it was not solely for his own good, and that God values every soul, that He knows and feels for every pang. “And Elijah said unto her, Fear not.… For thus saith the Lord God of Israel. The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth.” So these two strangely met companions went together to the widow’s house, and dwelt there, sustained equally by the bounty of the Lord. So al…

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

Faith and Victory

Faith and Victory Living in obedience to God is the life of faith—a victory over the ways and wiles of the world. Our faith is in the victory of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, over the power of sin and death.
Knowles, Andrew. The Bible Guide. 1st Augsburg books ed. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 2001. Print.

The Book of Proverbs

The Book of Proverbs
Proverbs 3:1–12
PROVERBS, BOOK OF. †The twentieth book of the Old Testament according to the Christian canon and third of thepoetical books (Job, Psalms, Proverbs) in the Hebrew canon included among the Writings. The Book of Proverbs is a collection of largely proverbial Wisdom Literaturetraditionally associated with Solomon, the Israelite king famed for his divine gift of wisdom (1 Kgs. 3–4); the Hebrew title for the book (Heb. mišlê; Prov. 1:1) reflects this association. It is clear from literary analyses and internal evidence that the contents of the book must be attributed to a variety of authors over an extended period of time. At least three authors are named in headings (Solomon, Pr. 1:1; Pr. 10:1; Pr. 25:1; Agur, Pr. 30:1; Lemuel, Pr. 31:1), and other segments are attributed anonymously to “the wise” (Pr. 22:17; Pr. 24:23). The designation of the whole collection as“proverbs”(LXX Gk. Paroimiai; Vulg. Lat. Liber Proverbiorum) is not entirely apt since large …

Jordan River: Baptism I

Jordan River: Baptism I ‎ Eucalyptus trees are reflected in the still waters at the Christian baptismal site, Yardenit, at the point where the Jordan flows out of the Sea of Galilee. The site is run by members of Kibbutz Kinnereth. Those coming to be baptized in the River Jordan recall the words of the New Testament: “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him” (Matthew 3:13). “And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him” (Mark 1:10).

One Has Died for All

One Has Died for All All humans were under sin and merited the just punishment of death (Rom 3:9–18, Rom 3:23; Rom 3:5:12). We can say that one died as a representative of all and brought benefits to all because that one died instead of all.751 It follows that “If ‘one died for all,’ then such a ‘one’ must be uniquely significant.”752 While belief in God today is almost universal, much of the world stumbles over ascribing anything universally significant about Jesus of Nazareth. They may admire his pithy sayings and lament his tragic martyrdom. The lifeblood of the gospel, however, courses from the central truth that in Christ God became one with the human race, that he died for all, and that his resurrection breaks the stranglehold of death.
How many people are covered by the “all”? Texts such as Col 1:20, which speaks of God reconciling “to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross,” and Rom 8:32 which affi…

Columns, Temple of Trajan, Pergamum

Columns, Temple of Trajan, Pergamum ‎ Columns in the Trajaneum, the temple that Roman emperor Hadrian built in Pergamum to honor his predecessor and adoptive father, Trajan.

The Head of the Son of Man

The Head of the Son of ManRevelation 1:14Ver. 14.—His head. From the garments of the great High Priest, St. John passes on to himself. What he had seen as a momentary foretaste of glory at the Transfiguration, he sees now as the abiding condition of the Christ. In Dan. 7:9 “the Ancient of days” has “the hair of his head like pure wool.” This snowy whiteness is partly the brightness of heavenly glory, partly the majesty of the hoary head. The Christ appears to St. John as a son of man, but also as a “Divine Person invested with the attributes of eternity.” As a flame of fire. “The Lord thy God is a consuming fire” (Deut. 4:24). “I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins” (Jer. 17:10). The flame purifies the conscience and kindles the affections.
Spence-Jones, H. D. M., ed. Revelation. London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909. Print. The Pulpit Commentary.

The Mount of Olives from the Jericho Road

The Mount of Olives from the Jericho Road
‎This view was taken by our artist after his return from Jericho on Friday, April 26, 1894. We have left Bethany. We shall soon turn around the brow of Olivet and see the Holy City before us. The lofty dome of the Russian church crowns the summit of Olivet. After the triumphal entry into Jerusalem and his visit to the temple Jesus returned to Bethany. The next morning as He went into the city again He pronounced a ban upon the fig tree, and it withered. Having cleansed the temple, He returned to Bethany. This, if our chronology be correct, was on Friday, March 31, A. D. 30. On Saturday, the 1st of April, He was anointed by Mary; on Sunday, April 2nd, He entered triumphantly into Jerusalem, visited the temple and returned to Bethany. It was on Monday, April 3rd, that the barren fig tree was cursed and the temple cleansed, and on Friday, April 4th, that the fig tree was found withered on the Mount of Olives. Let us move on toward the Holy City.…

The Meaning of Teaching Proverbs 3:1

The Meaning of Teaching
Proverbs 3:1 Teaching renders the Hebrew word Torah, as used in Pr.1:8 where the learner was advised not to forsake his mother’s “teaching.” The term should not be translated as “law” in these contexts, even though the law lies behind and supports the teaching given by the wise ones.

Reyburn, William David, and Euan McG. Fry. A Handbook on Proverbs. New York: United Bible Societies, 2000. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

The Ten Plagues of Egypt

The Ten Plagues of Egypt

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

October 29

  He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded
John 13:4, 5
Acts are common and mean because they are ordinarily expressive of the common and mean thoughts of men. Let us not accuse the acts that make up our daily life of meanness, but our ignoble souls that reveal themselves so unworthily through those acts. The same act may successively mount up through every intermediate stage from the depth of unworthiness to a transcendent height of excellence, according to the soul that is manifested by it. One of the glorious ends of our Lord’s incarnation was that He might propitiate us with the details of life, so that we should not disdain these as insignificant, but rather disdain ourselves for our inability to make these details interpreters of a noble nature. Oh, let us then look with affectionate an…

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

October 29: Apocalyptic at Its Best
Daniel 7:1–8:27;2 Thessalonians 1:1–12; Job 41:21–34

Daniel is full of spooky scenes. If Daniel doesn’t scare you a bit, you’ve probably watched too many horror movies.
Apocalyptic literature in the Bible has a way of playing tricks on us. It’s full of vivid imagery that can be haunting—and that’s intentional. The pictures it paints are meant to stay with us. We’re meant to remember what these passages are teaching. Of course, the same can be said of the entire Bible, but apocalyptic literature is especially vivid because its message requires us to choose: to follow or to turn away from God at the most important time—the end.
The dreams Daniel has, including those recorded in Dan 7:3–14, are images of what is and is to come. The beasts in Daniel were evocative symbols for his audience. When they heard of the lion with eagles, they envisioned Babylon (Dan 7:4). When the bear appeared, they thought of Media (Dan 7:5). Likewise, the leopard with four wi…

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

October 29th

He hath made Him to be sin for us, … that we might be made the righteousness of God.… 2 Cor. 5:21.

The modern view of the death of Jesus is that He died for our sins out of sympathy. The New Testament view is that He bore our sin not by sympathy, but by identification. He was made to be sin. Our sins are removed because of the death of Jesus, and the explanation of His death is His obedience to His Father, not His sympathy with us. We are acceptable with God not because we have obeyed, or because we have promised to give up things, but because of the death of Christ, and in no other way. We say that Jesus Christ came to reveal the Fatherhood of God, the loving-kindness of God; the New Testament says He came to bear away the sin of the world. The revelation of His Father is to those to whom He has been introduced as Saviour: Jesus Christ never spoke of Himself to the world as one Who revealed the Father, but as a stumbling-block (see John 15:22–24 ). John 14:…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, October 29      Go To Evening Reading
“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, etc.”           — Matthew 6:9
This prayer begins where all true prayer must commence, with the spirit of adoption, “Our Father.” There is no acceptable prayer until we can say, “I will arise, and go unto my Father.” This child-like spirit soon perceives the grandeur of the Father “in heaven,” and ascends to devout adoration, “Hallowed be thy name.” The child lisping, “Abba, Father,” grows into the cherub crying, “Holy, Holy, Holy.” There is but a step from rapturous worship to the glowing missionary spirit, which is a sure outgrowth of filial love and reverent adoration—“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Next follows the heartfelt expression of dependence upon God—“Give us this day our daily bread.” Being further illuminated by the Spirit, he discovers that he is not only dependent, but sinful, hence he entreats for mercy, “Forgive us our …