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God Has Dealt Well With Us

God Has Dealt Well With Us However God has dealt with us, he has dealt with us better than we deserve; and all in love, and for our good. Many have knowledge, but little judgment; those who have both, are fortified against the snares of Satan, and furnished for the service of God. We are most apt to wander from God, when we are easy in the world. We should leave our concerns to the disposal of God, seeing we know not what is good for us. Lord, thou art our bountiful Benefactor; incline our hearts to faith and obedience. The psalmist will go on in his duty with constancy and resolution. The proud are full of the world, and its wealth and pleasures; these make them senseless, secure, and stupid. God visits his people with affliction, that they may learn his statutes. Not only God’s promises, but even his law, his precepts, though hard to ungodly men, are desirable, and profitable, because they lead us with safety and delight unto eternal life
Henry, Matthew, and Thomas Scott. Matthew H…


Romans 5:21
The concepts presented in this verse have been commented on in earlier passages. However, for purposes of translation the use of righteousness in this verse needs to be made clear. Righteousness is best understood in the sense of “God’s putting men right with himself,” which is understood as the beginning point and eternal life as the final point of the salvation experience. The meaning, then, is that God’s grace rules us by putting us into a right relation with him and by leading us to eternal life (see verse Romans 6:22) through Jesus Christ our Lord. The phrase through Jesus Christ our Lord must be connected in meaning both with the matter of putting men right with God and of leading them to eternal life.
The transition so then may be rendered in some languages as “to sum up everything,” “finally we may say,” or “as a conclusion.”
Though in some languages one cannot say sin ruled, it may be possible to say “sin was powerful.” By means of death would then b…

Mount Carmel

Mount Carmel

‎Coming back to Lydda, we start with our pilgrims again toward Nazareth. The route north of Lydda is represented as leading by Antiratris and Bethar and Aner, in the Tretrarchy of Herod Archelaus. Entering the plain of Esdrælon, they would be in sight of Mount Carmel, overlooking the sea to their left. Carmel is one of the prominent objects in sight of which Christ grew up. It is one of the sacred mountains of Palestine. It is associated especially with Elijah—1 Kings 17:30. One thinks of the “Altar of God,” the “River Kishon,” and the failure of the “Priests of Baal.” The sea is invisible from the traditional spot of Elijah’s miracle, therefore the Prophet’s servant must have climbed to a higher point of Carmel to see a “little cloud no bigger than a man’s hand spring gradually over the sea.” Carmel is described as “a triangular block of mountains, the apex being the promontory on which the Carmelite monastery stands.” The little town of Haifa nestles under the promonto…

Haman’s Great Hatred

Haman’s Great Hatred
‎After that first feast, Haman left the royal palace, much elated, as indeed to all appearances he might be. Never had his position among these foreigners seemed so assured, his elevation so high. The honor that day accorded him had been most unusual. Not only had he been permitted to behold the carefully secluded queen; but he, he alone, had dined with her and with the king in privacy.
‎Yet even as Haman passed out from the palace he encountered Mordecai; and, as before, the Jew did him no reverence. It was like a sudden chill to Haman’s confidence, this shadowy opponent, grim and silent, scorning him in the very moment of his triumph. He went home to his friends and his wife; he boasted to them of all his wealth and power, of this last great favor the queen had done him; yet he suddenly ended all his vaporizing with that grim outcry which has become the traditional echo of wounded vanity, “Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitt…

Phylacteries with Scriptures

Phylacteries with Scriptures
phy·lac·ter·y [fi-lak-tuh-ree] NOUN [PLURAL PHY·LAC·TER·IES.] 1. Judaism. either of two small, black, leather cubes containing a piece of parchment inscribed with verses 4–9 of Deut. 6, 13–21 of Deut. 11, and 1–16 of Ex. 13: one is attached with straps to the left arm and the other to the forehead during weekday morning prayers by Orthodox and Conservative Jewish men. 2. (in the early Christian church) a receptacle containing a holy relic. 3. an amulet, charm, or safeguard against harm or danger.

Carmel in Judah

Carmel in Judah
‎Carmel in Judah, not to be confused with Mount Carmel, was situated about 7 miles (11 km) south of Hebron in the tribal allotment of Judah. The town was home of Nabal, Abigail’s first husband, who insulted David so badly that David nearly killed him for it, restrained only by God’s wisdom spoken through Abigail. The tower shown in the picture was built in the twelfth century A.D. ‎Josh 15:55, 1 Sam 15:12, 1 Sam 25:2


RedemptionEphesians 1:7 The means of redemption is the sacrificial substitutionary death of Christ (through His blood; cf. Eph. 2:13; 1 Peter 1:19), which completely satisfied God’s justice (Rom. 3:24–25). This was accomplished in accordance with the riches of God’s grace (cf. Eph. 1:6; Eph. 2:7). The cost of Christ’s blood is the measure of the wealth of God’s unmerited favor to every believer. It was accomplished not “out of” but “according to” (kata) the wealth of His grace (cf. Phil. 4:19). Six times in Ephesians Paul referred to God’s riches (Eph. 1:7, Eph. 1:18; Eph. 2:4, Eph. 2:7; Eph. 3:8, Eph. 3:16).
Hoehner, Harold W. “Ephesians.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 618. Print.

Roman Military Triumphs

Roman Military Triumphs2 Corinthians 2:14
  But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.
A Roman military triumphal procession was one of the grandest spectacles of ancient times. It was granted to a conqueror only when certain conditions had been fully complied with. Among these it was required that the victory be complete and decisive, that it should be over a foreign foe, that at least five thousand of the enemy should be slain in a single battle, that the conquest should extend the territory of the state, and that it put an end to the war. When the senate decided that all required conditions had been met, a day was appointed and every necessary arrangement was made for the splendid pageant. When the day arrived the people crowded the streets and filled every place from which a good view of the procession could be obtained. The temples were all open and decorated with flowers, an…

Tomb of Joseph, Nablous

Tomb of Joseph, Nablous
‎The pilgrims from Jerusalem having left Shiloh would in about ten miles’ further travel reach Joseph’s Tomb, a mile and a half to the south of Nablous. This is supposed to be on “the parcel of ground purchased by Jacob,” and is an object of great veneration. It stands at the eastern entrance to the valley between Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal. Jews, Samaritans, Christians and Mohammedans agree on the identity of this sacred place. The low-domed mosque gleams white against the mountain back ground. The tomb itself is about six feet long and four feet high, covered with ordinary plaster, which has been whitewashed, as are all the Moslem graves of the country. Within the entrance to the inclosure is the vine “whose branches run over the wall,” recording the words of Jacob when he blessed Joseph. Hebrew, Arabic and Samaritan inscriptions are on the wall. It is really the tomb that should mark the resting place of the bones of Joseph, the Hebrew prince of Egypt and…

The Burning of Jerusalem

The Burning of Jerusalem
‎Nebuchadnezzar, at the time of the carrying away of that first train of captives, did not wholly destroy Jerusalem. On the contrary, he accepted the Jews as subjects, and placed over their heads as his vice-king a third son of Josiah, to whom the conqueror gave the new name of Zedekiah. ‎For eleven years Zedekiah ruled in shame and sin, then, encouraged apparently by the Egyptian government, he rebelled against Babylon. This time Nebuchadnezzar did not come in person against Jerusalem; he sent one of his generals, who besieged the city. When the pinch of famine came, King Zedekiah attempted to break out with his troops and escape. He was captured; his sons were all slain before his eyes, and then, that his might be the last sight those eyes should ever behold, he was blinded, and kept a prisoner until his death. ‎Meanwhile Jerusalem itself was stormed, and set on fire. Massacre was let loose in every street. The huge walls and gorgeous buildings were beaten …

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

October 30

  He placed … cherubim's, and a flaming sword … to keep the way of the tree of life.… Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree at life
Gen. 3:24; Rev. 22:14
How remarkable and how beautiful it is that the last page of the Revelation should come bending round to touch the first page of Genesis! The history of man began with angels with frowning faces and flaming swords barring the way to the Tree of Life. It ends with the guard of cherubim withdrawn; or rather, perhaps, sheathing their swords and becoming guides to the no longer forbidden fruit, instead of being its guards. That is the Bible’s grand symbolical way of saying that all between—the sin, the misery, the death—is a parenthesis. God’s purpose is not going to be thwarted. The end of His majestic march through history is to be men’s access to the Tree of Life, from which, for the dreary ages that are but as a moment in the great eternities—they were barred out by their sin.


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

October 30: An Obstructed View
Daniel 9:1–10:21; 2 Thessalonians 2:1–17; Job 42:1–9

We need to see ourselves as we truly are, but we can’t do that on our own. Our communities can help us glimpse a more accurate reflection, but we truly know ourselves only when we know God. His light brings us understanding.
After suffering incredible loss, Job tries to understand his pain. He speaks some truth, but he often misunderstands God’s motives and minimizes His love. As his friends try to help him grapple with his grief, they sometimes point out truth, but more often they cause even more pain and confusion. It’s only when God arrives to enlighten Job’s understanding that everything changes. First God questions Job’s knowledge (Job 38:19–21), power (Job 38:25–38), and ideas about justice (Job 40:10–12). Then He shows Job that He is all of these things.
The realization exposes Job’s heart. “Then Job answered Yahweh and said, ‘I know that you can do all things, and any scheme from you will not be…

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

October 30th

Without faith it is impossible to please Him. Hebrews 11:6.

Faith in antagonism to common sense is fanaticism, and common sense in antagonism to faith is rationalism. The life of faith brings the two into a right relation. Common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense; they stand in the relation of the natural and the spiritual; of impulse and inspiration. Nothing Jesus Christ ever said is common sense, it is revelation sense, and it reaches the shores where common sense fails. Faith must be tried before the reality of faith is actual. “We know that all things work together for good,” then no matter what happens, the alchemy of God’s providence transfigures the ideal faith into actual reality. Faith always works on the personal line, the whole purpose of God being to see that the ideal faith is made real in His children. For every detail of the commonsense life, there is a revelation fact of God whereby we can prove in practical experience what we believ…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, October 30      Go To Evening Reading
“I will praise thee, O Lord.”          — Psalm 9:1
Praise should always follow answered prayer; as the mist of earth’s gratitude rises when the sun of heaven’s love warms the ground. Hath the Lord been gracious to thee, and inclined his ear to the voice of thy supplication? Then praise him as long as thou livest. Let the ripe fruit drop upon the fertile soil from which it drew its life. Deny not a song to him who hath answered thy prayer and given thee the desire of thy heart. To be silent over God’s mercies is to incur the guilt of ingratitude; it is to act as basely as the nine lepers, who after they had been cured of their leprosy, returned not to give thanks unto the healing Lord. To forget to praise God is to refuse to benefit ourselves; for praise, like prayer, is one great means of promoting the growth of the spiritual life. It helps to remove our burdens, to excite our hope, to increase our faith. It is a healthful and invigoratin…