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Ezekiel’s Vision

Ezekiel’s Vision Ezekiel’s vision of the dry bones (Ezek. 37:1–14) (Austria, sixteenth century AD)

Geographical solutions to account for Ezekiel’s apparent knowledge of events in Jerusalem include two suggestions. The first is that Ezekiel ministered only in Jerusalem. His preaching forms the core of chapters 1–39, and a later exilic redactor updated these chapters to address the concerns of an exilic audience and also added chapters 40–48. The second suggestion is that Ezekiel ministered in Jerusalem from 593 BC until the fall of Jerusalem, at which time he was taken into captivity in Babylon, where he continued his ministry among the exiles. The appeal of a dual-ministry approach is that it accounts for the double geographical focus of Ezekiel without resorting to ecstatic or supernatural flight from one city to the other or positing extensive secondhand editing of the book.

On the other hand, there is evidence from other biblical materials that ecstatic or visionary experiences of th…

Ointment preparation and meat cooking

Ointment preparation and meat cooking ‎At the top left, leaves are “wrung out” in order to extract their fragrance and mix it with the oil, which then takes on the scent of the fragrance, for the production of ointment. At the right side, an ox is bound, slaughtered, and butchered; the meat is then cooked in a large pot. ‎Exod 30:25; 1 Sam 2:13–15; 8:13; Neh 3:8; Job 41:31

House of David Inscription

House of David Inscription ‎Discovered during excavations in 1994, this basalt stone stele is the first extra-biblical written source with a reference to the “House of David.”

Jeremiah Denounces the Priests

Jeremiah Denounces the Priests ‎ After this lesson, Jeremiah was bidden give his countrymen one further warning. He was to take the potter’s vessel, and was to summon the elders and the priests to go with him out from Jerusalem to “the valley of the son of Hinnom.” There he was once more to preach repentance. If in the end he prevailed not, he was to break the vessel, and proclaim the doom of the city.
‎The prophet did as he was commanded, crying out at the close of his unheeded exhortation, “Thus will I do unto this place, saith the Lord, and to the inhabitants thereof, and even make this city as Tophet:
‎“And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judith, shall be defiled as the place of Tophet, because of all the houses upon whose roofs they have burned incense unto all the host of heaven, and have poured out drink-offerings unto other gods.”

‎The priests and elders were much enraged by this speech of Jeremiah. They clamored around him with threats: he was beaten, a…

Coin of Zeus and Pan

Coin of Zeus and Pan ‎This silver stater, minted about 370 B.C. in Greece’s Arcadia region, depicts Zeus, king of gods (obverse). Pan, whose cult began in Arcadia, sits by his musical instrument, the Pan pipes or “syrinx” (reverse). Here he is god of hunting, holding a throwing stick used for hunting hares. The monogram “ARK” stands for Arcadia. Worship of Zeus and Pan was widespread in Greece and Hellenized regions. The Lystrans mistook Paul for Zeus (Acts 14:12–13). Caesarea Philippi was a center of Pan worship (Matt 16:13). ‎Matt 16:13, Matt 17:27, Acts 14:12–13

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

November 25

  Call to remembrance the former days
Heb. 10:32
The former days—times of trial, conflict, discouragement, temptation. Did we oftener call these to remembrance, with how much more delight would we make the covert of God’s faithfulness our refuge, exclaiming with the psalmist, “Because Thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of Thy wings will I rejoice.”

R. Fuller

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

Connect the Testaments

November 25: You Have to Mean It
2 Kings 15:1–17:5; Galatians 5:1–6:18;Proverbs 8:1–8

Wisdom really isn’t all that difficult to find. We think of this attribute as hidden or fleeting, but the book of Proverbs portrays Wisdom calling out to us: “Does not wisdom call, and understanding raise its voice? Atop the heights beside the road, at the crossroads she stands. Beside gates, before towns, at the entrance of doors” (Prov 8:1–3). When we seek Wisdom, she shows up. She’s everywhere. She’s waiting—not to be found, but to be embraced.

The intelligence of Wisdom, the prudence she teaches, is at our fingertips. In Proverbs 8:3–5, Wisdom cries out, “To you, O people, I call, and my cry is to the children of humankind. Learn prudence, O simple ones; fools, learn intelligence.” Maybe the real problem is that few of us are wise enough to be what Wisdom requires us to be. The folly of humankind may not be in a lack of seeking, but a lack of doing. If we really want something, we work for it. Wis…

My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year

November 25th
The secret of spiritual coherence

But God forbid that I should glory, … Gal. 6:14.

When a man is first born again, he becomes incoherent, there is an amount of unrelated emotion about him, unrelated phases of external things. In the apostle Paul there was a strong steady coherence underneath, consequently he could let his external life change as it liked and it did not distress him, because he was rooted and grounded in God.

Most of us are not spiritually coherent because we are more concerned about being coherent externally. Paul lived in the basement; the coherent critics live in the upper storey of the external statement of things, and the two do not begin to touch each other. Paul’s consistency was down in the fundamentals. The great basis of his coherence was the agony of God in the Redemption of the world, viz., the Cross of Jesus Christ.

Re-state to yourself what you believe, then do away with as much of it as possible, and get back to the bedrock of the Cross of…

Morning and Evening

Morning, November 25      Go To Evening Reading
 “To preach deliverance to the captives.”  — Luke 4:18
None but Jesus can give deliverance to captives. Real liberty cometh from him only. It is a liberty righteously bestowed; for the Son, who is Heir of all things, has a right to make men free. The saints honour the justice of God, which now secures their salvation. It is a liberty which has been dearly purchased. Christ speaks it by his power, but he bought it by his blood. He makes thee free, but it is by his own bonds. Thou goest clear, because he bare thy burden for thee: thou art set at liberty, because he has suffered in thy stead. But, though dearly purchased, he freely gives it. Jesus asks nothing of us as a preparation for this liberty. He finds us sitting in sackcloth and ashes, and bids us put on the beautiful array of freedom; he saves us just as we are, and all without our help or merit. When Jesus sets free, the liberty is perpetually entailed; no chains can bind again. Le…