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The Nephilim

The Nephilim The expression “sons of God” is used exclusively in the Old Testament of angels (Job 1:6; Job 2:1; Job 38:7). According to this view, the Nephilim (from a Hebrew word meaning “to fall”) were the monstrous offspring of these unnatural unions. (For more on the Nephilim, cf. Num. 13:33.) Although they were big, they were not stronger than God, who blotted them out (Gen. 6:7; Gen. 7:23) in the flood, along with the rest of the world.
Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Laney. Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001. Print. The Tyndale Reference Library.

Tra-janeum Close-Up, Pergamum

Tra-janeum Close-Up, Pergamum . ‎A close-up of the Trajaneum, the temple that Roman emperor Hadrian built in Pergamum to honor his predecessor and adoptive father, Trajan.

Noah's Ark

Noah's Ark ‎Volume: 1,396,000 Cubic Feet ‎Gross Tonnage: 13,960 Tons ‎Capacity: 522 Railroad stock cars or 125,280 Sheep-sized animals

The Fall of Jericho

The Fall of Jericho The fall of Jericho detailed in Josh 6 represents one of the most contested subjects for those studying the history and archaeology of the biblical world. Since the 1950s, debate has centered on the question of whether the archaeology of Jericho confirms or invalidates the biblical story. Many today opt for the latter for several reasons. If the biblical chronology is taken at face value, then the exodus from Egypt occurred in 1446 BC. Forty years of wandering in the wilderness followed, placing Joshua’s attack on Jericho at approximately 1400 BC. Many believe the archaeological record shows that Jericho was destroyed ca. 1550–1500 BC, meaning that there was no city for the biblical Joshua to attack.
Those who believe the exodus occurred in the mid-3rd century BC, placing the attack at roughly 1200 BC, must explain the lack of evidence for walled cities like Jericho at that time (Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age). To be sure, archaeologists and scholars who defend t…

Jewish Marriage Customs

Jewish Marriage Customs
Matthew 1:18–23

B.      Presentation by advent (Matthew 1:18–2:23) (Luke 2:1–7)

  1.      HIS ORIGIN (Matthew 1:18–23)
Matthew 1:18–23. The fact that Jesus was born “of Mary” only, as indicated in the genealogical record (v. Matthew 1:16), demanded further explanation. Matthew’s explanation can best be understood in the light of Hebrew marriage customs. Marriages were arranged for individuals by parents, and contracts were negotiated. After this was accomplished, the individuals were considered married and were called husband and wife. They did not, however, begin to live together. Instead, the woman continued to live with her parents and the man with his for one year. The waiting period was to demonstrate the faithfulness of the pledge of purity given concerning the bride. If she was found to be with child in this period, she obviously was not pure, but had been involved in an unfaithful sexual relationship. Therefore the marriage could be annulled. If, however, …

Still Living by Faith

Still Living by FaithHebrews 11:13–16. In an impressive summary of his discussion thus far, the writer pointed out that people can be still living by faith when they die, even if by that time they do not receive the things promised. By faith the old saints saw the promised realities from a distance and persisted in their pilgrim character, looking for a country of their own and refusing to return to the land they had left. So too the readers should renounce the opportunity to go back to any form of their ancestral religion and should persist in longing for a better country—a heavenly one. If they did so they, like the patriarchs, would be people with whom God would not be ashamed to be associated.
Hodges, Zane C. “Hebrews.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 808. Print.

Presents to a Bedouin Chief

Presents to a Bedouin Chief

The Counselor

The Counselor John took time to counsel people personally and prepare them for baptism and their new life of faith. He admonished the people in general to be generous and share what they have (Acts 2:44–45; Acts 4:32–37). He charged the tax collectors to be honest and the soldiers to be just. (Perhaps he knew that the soldiers and publicans worked together to extort money from the people.) Luke mentions tax collectors three other times (Matthew 5:27; Luke 15:1; Luke 19:2). These soldiers were not likely Romans (see howeverMatt. 8:5–13), but were probably Jewish soldiers belonging to the temple guard or the court of Herod. It is interesting that John did not condemn the tax collectors’ and soldiers’ professions; he simply told the publicans and soldiers to do their jobs honestly and not to hurt people. They could remain in their vocations and serve God.
Wiersbe, Warren W. Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the New Testament. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1992. Print.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

November 13

  Choose you this day whom ye will serve
Josh. 24:15
CHOICE AND SERVICE—these were demanded of the Israelites; these are demanded of you, these only. Choice and service—in these are the whole of life.

Mark Hopkins

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

Connect the Testaments

November 13: The Spiritual Battle
1 Kings 18:1–46; Mark 10:17–52; Proverbs 4:8–17

Sometimes our work for God requires severe actions. In these times—ones that we can’t possibly prepare for—we need to rely on the Spirit and its work to empower us.

I have always admired Elijah the prophet because he goes into firestorms with little, if any, preparation. The Spirit of God is his leader, sword, and shield. One of the most frightening moments in Elijah’s life is his encounter with the prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel. How could Elijah prepare to face 450 prophets from the enemy nation who are endorsed by Elijah’s own king? He faced certain death. Perhaps he had even reconciled himself to the idea that his life would end on that mountain.
Elijah’s supreme confidence in Yahweh is inspiring. He instructs the prophets of Baal, “Choose for yourselves one bull and prepare it first, for you are the majority, and call on the name of your god, but don’t set fire under it” (1 Kgs 18:25). After the ot…

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

November 13th
Faith and experience

The Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me. Gal. 2:20.

We have to battle through our moods into absolute devotion to the Lord Jesus, to get out of the hole-and-corner business of our experience into abandoned devotion to Him. Think Who the New Testament says that Jesus Christ is, and then think of the despicable meanness of the miserable faith we have—‘I haven’t had this and that experience!’ Think what faith in Jesus Christ claims—that He can present us faultless before the throne of God, unutterably pure, absolutely rectified and profoundly justified. Stand in implicit, adoring faith in Him, He is made unto us “wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” How can we talk of making a sacrifice for the Son of God! Our salvation is from hell and perdition, and then we talk about making sacrifices!

We have to get out into faith in Jesus Christ continually; not a prayer meeting Jesus Christ, nor a book Jesus Christ, but th…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, November 13      Go To Evening Reading
 “The branch cannot bear fruit of itself.”  — John 15:4
How did you begin to bear fruit? It was when you came to Jesus and cast yourselves on his great atonement, and rested on his finished righteousness. Ah! what fruit you had then! Do you remember those early days? Then indeed the vine flourished, the tender grape appeared, the pomegranates budded forth, and the beds of spices gave forth their smell. Have you declined since then? If you have, we charge you to remember that time of love, and repent, and do thy first works. Be most in those engagements which you have experimentally proved to draw you nearest to Christ, because it is from him that all your fruits proceed. Any holy exercise which will bring you to him will help you to bear fruit. The sun is, no doubt, a great worker in fruit-creating among the trees of the orchard: and Jesus is still more so among the trees of his garden of grace. When have you been the most fruitless? Has …