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Coin of Patara

Coin of Patara ‎Patara was a maritime and commercial city on the Mediterranean coast of Lycia, near the modern town of Gelemis, Antalya Province, Turkey. St. Nicholas, on whose legend the modern Santa Claus is roughly based, was born in Patara. This coin’s obverse portrays Roman emperor Gordian III (ruled A.D. 238–244). On the reverse, the god Apollo, laurel branch in hand, stands between a crow (left) and a tripod altar on which a snake rests (right). Paul changed ships in Patara on his last trip to Jerusalem. ‎Acts 21:1

The Terror of the Philistines

The Terror of the Philistines
‎Great was the terror of the Philistines, when they saw their champion slain. Doubtless the victory of the slim young shepherd lad seemed to them a direct evidence that Israel possessed a god more powerful than theirs, and that Israel’s god was bent on their destruction. To us God’s aid seems to have lain in giving to His champion a stronger faith, a higher spirit and a keener brain than those of Goliath. As David held up the severed head, his own people came pouring across the ravine in triumph, and the Philistines fled.
‎Down from Judah’s mountains swept the rout, and out onto the plains of Philistia, the Israelites pursuing and slaying all whom they could reach, “even unto Gath and unto Ekron.” That is to say, the Philistines had to seek shelter within their own walled cities from the avenging rage of the mountaineers. Philistia in its turn was ravaged and plundered.

Reconstruction of the Midianite Tent-Shrine

Reconstruction of the Midianite Tent-Shrine

OHOLIBAMAH, OHOLAH, OHOLIBAH. Oholibamah was an Edomite name used for both men and women. It was the name of *ESAU‘s second wife, a Canaanite woman, daughter of Anah and mother of Jeush, Jalam and Korah (Gn. 36:1–28). There was also an Edomite chief of this name (Gn. 36:41; 1 Ch. 1:52) which means ‘tent of the high place’. In Gn. 36:34 and 1 Ch. 1:52 the name appears alongside Timnah and it is interesting to note that a tent shrine has been discovered at Timnah in the Negeb, the region of ancient Edom. The shrine is dated to the Midianite period and is a parallel to the desert *TABERNACLE. The name suggests that some early *‘HIGH PLACES’ may have been tents (cf.Ezk. 16:16).
Oholah and Oholibah (AV Aholah and Aholibah) are allegorical names given to the N and S kingdoms in Ezk. 23. Both names mean ‘tent worship-per’ and were inspired by the term Oholibamah. They imply criticism of Israel’s unfaithfulness to God. The two kingdoms are portrayed …

Satan Denies Job’s Goodness

Satan Denies Job’s Goodness ‎ Job’s prosperity seemed to suggest that he was specially favored of Heaven for his goodness. So indeed he was. Having described his happy condition, the Book of Job turns next to a remarkable scene which is represented as occurring in the presence of God himself.
‎The “sons of God,” all the powers and spirits of Heaven, “came to present themselves before the Lord.” Among them came Satan, or as he is called in the Hebrew, “the Adversary.” This mocking “spirit that denies” was questioned by the Lord as to where he had been. Satan said he came “From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.” The Lord asked if he had noted Job? There was no other man, declared the Lord, so perfect and so upright.
‎Satan answered with open malice that it was a wise thing for Job to be good, since therefore the Lord had “made an hedge about him, and about his house,” so that no evil could reach the man. Job had seen that goodness brought prosperity. “B…

Delilah’s Triumph

Delilah’s Triumph ‎ How shall mere strength prosper without wisdom? There arose at last a woman of the Philistines able to lure Samson to destruction. Her name was Delilah, and she dwelled in the valley of Sorek, not far from Samson’s native home. When the huge Israelite wooed her, she answered him with wily words, as once his wife had done. If he really loved her, he would tell her all his secrets, the secret of his strength.
‎At first Samson was as wily as she. He pretended to tell her whence his strength arose, but told her falsely. If bound with new green withs, he said, he would be helpless. So Delilah, waiting till he was asleep, tied him with the supposedly magic bonds and called his enemies into the room. Then she cried in triumph “The Philistines be upon thee, Samson!” ‎“And he brake the withs, as a thread of tow is broken when it toucheth the fire.”
‎Three times she tricked him thus in vain, till at last he yielded and told her in very truth the secret of his strength. It la…

Haggai Promises the Temple’s Grandeur

Haggai Promises the Temple’s Grandeur ‎ With the enthusiasm inspired by Haggai, the new Temple rose rapidly. Yet it was not possible that these impoverished colonists should erect a structure equal in size and splendor to the former Temple of Solomon. Among the colonists were some few aged folk who had been children before the exile, and who remembered the earlier Temple. These could not forbear from weeping at the contrast; even the leaders, Zerubbabel and the high-priest, were discouraged.
‎Haggai came forward again, to hearten them. What mattered earthly gorgeousness, he cried, so long as they strove to please the Lord. Was not He able to amend their weaknesses? Was not all the wealth of all the nations in His hands? “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts.
“The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.”
‎Then Haggai assured them that the curse w…

The Seven Trumpets (Revelations 8:6–11:19)

The Seven Trumpets (Revelations 8:6–11:19)Revelation 8:6–11:19
Revelation 8:6–11:19 The Seven Trumpets
The seven seals were divided between the four horsemen and the remaining three seals, with a narrative break between the sixth and seventh seals to remind the people of God of the Lord’s promise of final protection and their hope of eternal glory. A similar pattern occurs with the seven trumpets (Rev. 8:7–11:19).
The first four trumpets describe partial judgments (“a third,”Rev. 8:7) upon the earth’s vegetation, the oceans, fresh waters, and the heavenly lights. The last three trumpets are grouped together and are also described as three “woes” upon the earth, emphasizing God’s judgment upon humankind. The fifth trumpet (and first woe) releases hellish locusts who will sting those not having the seal of God (Rev. 9:1–12). The sixth trumpet (and second woe) brings forth a mighty army of infernal horsemen who kill a third of humankind (Rev. 9:13–19). But all these judgments have no rede…

Remember the Height from which You have Fallen

Remember the Height from which You have Fallen 4. EXHORTATION (2:5–6)

Revelations 2:5–6. The Ephesians were first reminded to remember the height from which you have fallen! They were told to repent and to return to the love they had left. Similar exhortations concerning the need for a deep love for God are frequently found in the New Testament (Matt. 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27; John 14:15, John 14:21, John 14:23; John 21:15–16; James 2:5; 1 Peter 1:8). Christ stated that one’s love for God should be greater than his love for his closest relatives, including his father, mother, son, and daughter (Matt. 10:37). Paul added that love for God should even be above one’s love for his or her mate (1 Cor. 7:32–35). In calling the Ephesian believers to repentance Christ was asking them to change their attitude as well as their affections. They were to continue their service not simply because it was right but because they loved Christ. He warned them that if they did not respond, the l…

Transformation of the Land

Transformation of the LandIsaiah 55:12, Isa 55:13Isa. 55:12, Isa. 55:13. The true point of comparison, however, is the energy with which the word is realized. Assuredly and irresistibly will the word of redemption be fulfilled. vv. Isa. 55:12, Isa. 55:13. “For ye will go out with joy, and be led forth in peace: the mountains and the hills will break out before you into shouting, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thorn will cypresses shoot up, and instead of the fleabane will myrtles shoot up: and it will be to Jehovah for a name, for an everlasting memorial that will not be swept away.” “With joy,”i.e., without the hurry of fear (Isa. 52:12); “in peace,”i.e., without having to fight their way through or flee. The idea of the sufferer falls back in הוּבַל behind that of a festal procession (Ps. 45:15, Ps. 45:16). In applying the term kaph (hand) to the trees, the prophet had in his mind their kippōth, or branches. The psalmist in Ps. 98:8 transfers t…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

November 4
Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men

Gen. 33:1
Do not lift up your eyes and look for Esau’s. Those who look for troubles will not be long without finding trouble to look at. Lift them higher—to Him from whom our help cometh. Then you will be able to meet your troubles with an unperturbed spirit. Those who have seen the face of God need not fear the face of man that shall die. To have power with God is to have power over all the evils that threaten us.

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

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

November 4: Cutting a Deal with God
1 Kings 5:1–6:38; Mark 4:1–24;Proverbs 1:20–27

Sometimes we think we can make deals with God. We hear His commands, but we plan on being faithful later. Or we make light of our rebellious thoughts and actions, thinking they’re only minor offenses in the grand scheme of things. Perhaps we think God will overlook them just as easily as we’ve rationalized them.

Jesus put special emphasis on “having ears to hear” in the Gospel of Mark. He expected much more than a captive audience, though: “ ‘If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!’ And he said to them, ‘Take care what you hear! With the measure by which you measure out, it will be measured out to you, and will be added to you’ ” (Mark 4:23–24).
Jesus issued this command shortly after giving His disciples special insight into the parable of the Sower and the Seed. The rocky soil, the thorns, the road, the good soil—these represented various responses to the good news. The good soil was receptive to the…

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

November 4th
The authority of reality

Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. James 4:8.

It is essential to give people a chance of acting on the truth of God. The responsibility must be left with the individual, you cannot act for him, it must be his own deliberate act, but the evangelical message ought always to lead a man to act. The paralysis of refusing to act leaves a man exactly where he was before; when once he acts, he is never the same. It is the foolishness of it that stands in the way of hundreds who have been convicted by the Spirit of God. Immediately I precipitate myself over into an act, that second I live; all the rest is existence. The moments when I truly live are the moments when I act with my whole will.

Never allow a truth of God that is brought home to your soul to pass without acting on it, not necessarily physically, but in will. Record it, with ink or with blood. The feeblest saint who transacts business with Jesus Christ is emancipated the second he…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, November 4      Go To Evening Reading
         “For my strength is made perfect in weakness.”          — 2 Corinthians 12:9
A primary qualification for serving God with any amount of success, and for doing God’s work well and triumphantly, is a sense of our own weakness. When God’s warrior marches forth to battle, strong in his own might, when he boasts, “I know that I shall conquer, my own right arm and my conquering sword shall get unto me the victory,” defeat is not far distant. God will not go forth with that man who marches in his own strength. He who reckoneth on victory thus has reckoned wrongly, for “it is not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” They who go forth to fight, boasting of their prowess, shall return with their gay banners trailed in the dust, and their armour stained with disgrace. Those who serve God must serve him in his own way, and in his strength, or he will never accept their service. That which man doth, unaided by d…