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The House of God

The House of God But believers have more than a confident spirit. They are also reminded that (2) we have a great priest over the house of God. All that the writer has said about the Melchizedek priesthood of Jesus is recalled here. Believers have not only a confident spirit, but also a competent advocate. He is continually available, completely aware of our present situation, and vitally involved with us in working all things together for good. His great concern is the welfare of each member of the household of God, and “we are his house,” as the writer has told us unmistakably in Heb. 3:6. Encouraged by these two powerful resources, a confident spirit and a competent advocate, believers are now exhorted to three specific activities. (1) Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart. This “drawing near” must be the motive for all subsequent action. It includes more than formal prayer, since the present tense infers a continual drawing near. As the wick of a lamp continually draws oil…

A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey

A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey
Exodus 3:8 The phrase a land flowing with milk means that Canaan was ideal for raising goats and cows. Feeding on good pastureland the goats, sheep, and cows were full of milk. Flowing with honey means that the bees were busy making honey. Milk and honey suggested agricultural prosperity. This is the first of numerous references in the Old Testament to the “land flowing with milk and honey” (cf. v. Ex. 3:17; Ex. 3: 33:3; Lev. 20:24; Num. 13:27; Num. 14:8; Num. 16:13–14; Deut. 6:3; Deut. 11:9; Deut. 26:9, Deut. 26:15; Deut. 27:3; Deut. 31:20; Josh. 5:6; Jer. 11:5; Jer. 32:22; Ezek. 20:6, Ezek. 20:15).

This land then was occupied by Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites (cf. Ex. 3:17; Ex.13:5; Ex.23:23; Ex.33:2; Ex.34:11).

In Genesis 10:15–18 all of these are listed except Perizzites, along with several other peoples who descended from Canaan, son of Ham and grandson of Noah. In the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 15:18–21) God me…

Caesarea Philippi Column Capital

Caesarea Philippi Column Capital ‎An ornate ancient column capital at Caesarea Philippi.

The wickedness of Man

The wickedness of Man
Verses Genesis 6:12–21 God told Noah his purpose to destroy the wicked world by water. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him, Ps 25:14. It is with all believers, enabling them to understand and apply the declarations and warnings of the written word. God chose to do it by a flood of waters, which should drown the world. As he chooses the rod with which he corrects his children, so he chooses the sword with which he cuts off his enemies. God established his covenant with Noah. This is the first place in the Bible where the word ‘covenant’ is found; it seems to mean, 1. The covenant of providence; that the course of nature shall be continued to the end of time. 2. The covenant of grace; that God would be a God to Noah, and that out of his seed God would take to himself a people. God directed Noah to make an ark. This ark was like the hulk of a ship, fitted to float upon the waters. It was very large, half the size of St. Paul’s cathedral, and would hold…

The Destruction of Gog

The Destruction of Gog ‎The Book of Ezekiel becomes ever more vague and mysterious as it approaches its close. Chapters thirty-eight and thirty-nine tell of an invasion to come upon Israel apparently in the days of her restoration. The invaders are an unknown people, whom the prophet calls Gog and Magog. They shall come from the north, even as the Scythian hordes had come. They shall be wild and terrible and seemingly irresistible as the Scyths had been. ‎Through them shall God prove His affection for Israel, and His immeasurable power to save as well as to destroy. The hordes of the invaders shall melt before His wrath. “Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured." ‎“Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God." ‎“And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell careless…

Church of the Multiplication Interior

Church of the Multiplication Interior ‎A view of the interior of the Roman Catholic church at Tabgha, near the Mount of Beatitudes, the traditional site where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5:1–7:29).

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

November 17

  Who is my neighbor
Luke 10:29
“Who is thy neighbor?” It is the sufferer, wherever, whoever, whatsoever he be. Wherever thou hearest the cry of distress, wherever thou seest anyone brought across thy path by the chances and changes of life (that is, by the providence of God), whom it is in thy power to help—he, stranger or enemy though he be—he is thy neighbor.

A. P. Stanley

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

Connect the Testaments

November 17: When in Need
2 Kings 1:1–2:5;Mark 13:24–14:21; Proverbs 6:1–5

When we encounter trouble, we tend to look wherever we can for help: We turn in whatever direction seems most promising at the moment. In doing so, we may unwittingly walk away from Yahweh. Should practicality or convenience stand between God and us?

When King Ahaziah falls through a lattice and is injured, he seeks help from a foreign god rather than Yahweh—likely because it seems natural or right. He thinks the god of Ekron, Baal-Zebub, can provide the healing he needs. But what Ahaziah sees as a desperate situation is actually an opportunity for Yahweh to act; Yahweh plans to use this situation for His glory.

When Ahaziah sends messengers to Ekron, Yahweh intercedes. Elijah approaches them bearing a word from Yahweh that had been spoken to him by an angel: “Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?” (2 Kgs 1:3).

When we experience physical or spirit…

My Utmost for His Highest

November 17th
The external goal


By Myself have I sworn, said the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, … that in blessing I will bless thee.… Genesis 22:15–19.

Abraham has reached the place where he is in touch with the very nature of God, he understands now the reality of God.

‘My goal is God Himself …
At any cost, dear Lord, by any road.’

‘At any cost, by any road’ means nothing self-chosen in the way God brings us to the goal.

There is no possibility of questioning when God speaks if He speaks to His own nature in me; prompt obedience is the only result. When Jesus says—“Come,” I simply come; when He says—“Let go,” I let go; when he says—“Trust in God in this matter,” I do trust. The whole working out is the evidence that the nature of God is in me.

God’s revelation of Himself to me is determined by my character, not by God’s character.

‘Tis because I am mean,
Thy ways so oft look mean to me.’

By the discipline of obedience I get to the place where Abraham was, and I see Who God…

Morning and Evening: Daily Readings.

Morning, November 17      Go To Evening Reading
 “To whom be glory for ever. Amen”  — Romans 11:36
“To whom be glory for ever.” This should be the single desire of the Christian. All other wishes must be subservient and tributary to this one. The Christian may wish for prosperity in his business, but only so far as it may help him to promote this—“To him be glory for ever.” He may desire to attain more gifts and more graces, but it should only be that “To him may be glory for ever.” You are not acting as you ought to do when you are moved by any other motive than a single eye to your Lord’s glory. As a Christian, you are “of God, and through God,” then live “to God.” Let nothing ever set your heart beating so mightily as love to him. Let this ambition fire your soul; be this the foundation of every enterprise upon which you enter, and this your sustaining motive whenever your zeal would grow chill; make God your only object. Depend upon it, where self begins sorrow begins; but if God be…