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Satan Smites Job’s Person

Satan Smites Job’s Person ‎ After this great proof and triumph of Job’s faith in God, his love and his submission, there came another gathering of the “sons of God,” before the Lord of Heaven. Again came Satan from his “going to and fro in the earth.” The Lord spake to the Adversary with joy and pleasure at Job’s vindication from Satan’s malicious sneer. Then Satan answered with those blackest words of coarse materialism. He declared that no spiritual sufferings were so great as those of the body. Emotions he ranked as shadows. “Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.” This expresses an Eastern proverb: the wealth of those days was counted in animals; and all of these animals’ skins, according to Satan, would a man give up rather than have his own skin, his own body injured. ‎The Lord, said the Evil One, had not tested Job far enough. “But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.” So God bade Satan try …

“Apostleship” Outside of the New Testament

“Apostleship” Outside of the New Testament
Galatians 1:1
Excerpt


The Greek word for “apostle” is not used outside the NT in the same sense as it is in the NT. It is derived from the verb “to send” and is at home in the language of the sea meaning a particular “ship” or “group of ships,” a “marine expedition” or “the leader” of such. Its usage is almost always impersonal and thoroughly passive. There is no hint of personal initiative or authorization, merely the connotation of something being sent. Later papyri use the word to mean “bill” or “invoice” or even a “passport,” continuing to reflect the vocabulary of maritime affairs.


Elwell, Walter A., and Philip Wesley Comfort. Tyndale Bible dictionary 2001 : 96. Print. Tyndale Reference Library.

A “Julia Lepton”

A “Julia Lepton”

‎Pontius Pilate minted this coin, known as the “Julia lepton,” in Jerusalem in A.D. 29. The obverse features a “simpulum,” a ceremonial ladle used at Roman sacrifices to make libations and to taste the liquids to be poured on sacrificial victims. The inscription reads “Of Emperor Tiberius.” On the reverse, the inscription “Of Empress Julia” (Tiberius’ mother) rings barley stalks. The lepton, the “widow’s mite” of Mark 12:42, was the smallest denomination of coin used in first-century Palestine. ‎Jer 7:18, Jer 32:29, Mark 12:42, Luke 3:1, John 19:1–16

Source of the Jordan

Source of the Jordan
‎The fountain at Dan, Tel el-Kady, is the main, permanent source of that sacred river in which the Son of Man was baptized. The stream which flows from this spring is called the Leddan. This is the birthplace of the Jordan. It is called the chief of the Jordan from its being the most copious. It is 504 feet above the sea level and contains twice as much water as the stream from Banias. There is another spring about half as large as this one at Dan at Cæsarea Philippi, two and a half miles to the east. The spring at Cæsarea Philippi is the eastern source of the holy river. There is another source near the town of Hasbeya, under the west side of Mount Hermon. These three noted springs are fed by the snows of Mount Hermon and maintain their flow throughout the whole year. In the above view we are looking toward the north. You will observe a large vigorous fig tree just at the point where the Jordan issues from under the tangled growth of vegetation. How exquisitely …

Respect of the Law

Respect of the Law
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When a Jewish boy was three years old he was given the tasseled garment directed by the Law (Numb. 15:38–41; Deut. 22:12). At five he usually began to learn portions of the Law, under his mother’s direction; these were passages written on scrolls, such as the shema or creed of Deut. 6:4, the Hallel Psalms (Ps. 114, 118, 136). When the boy was thirteen years old he wore, for the first time, the phylacteries, which the Jew always put on at the recital of the daily prayer. In the well-known and most ancient ‘Maxims of the Fathers’ (‘Pirke Avoth’), we read that, at the age of ten, a boy was to commence the study of the Mishna (the Mishna was a compilation of traditional interpretations of the Law); at eighteen he was to be instructed in the Gemara (the Gemara was a vast collection of interpretations of the Mishna. The Mishna and Gemara together make up the Talmud. The Mishna may roughly be termed the text, the Gemara the commentary, of the Talmud).


Spence-Jones, H…

Restored Buildings, Corinth

Restored Buildings, Corinth

Partially restored ancient buildings at the lower city of Corinth.

Pool of Siloam excavations

Pool of Siloam excavations

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

December 2

  When I am weak, then am I strong
  2 Cor. 12:10
This is God’s way. We advance by going backwards, we become strong by becoming weak, we become wise by being fools.

F. Whitfield

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

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

December 7

  And they came unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy
Mark 2:3
Had it not been for the palsy, this man might never have seen Christ!

Selected

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

Connect the Testaments

December 2: The Mystery of God
Jeremiah 3:1–4:18; Colossians 1:15–2:5; Proverbs 11:1–12

“God wanted to make known what is the glorious wealth of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col 1:27).
Paul’s use of the word “mystery” in this passage may strike us as a bit strange. How is the person and work of Christ shrouded in secrecy? And why would Paul present Christ as a mystery if his point is that God wanted to make Christ known?

The answer is found in the culture of early Colossae, a city known for its infatuation with magic and the occult. Among the Gentile cults, “mystery” was often associated with a secret ritual that people must perform to create a relationship with a god. False teachers in the community at Colossae were promoting alternative ways to get to God—secret rituals that would lead to special knowledge for a select few.
Paul contextualizes the gospel for the Colossians. He adopts this “mystery” language to show that Christ is the onl…

My Utmost for His Highest

December 2nd
Christian perfection


Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect.… Phil. 3:12.

It is a snare to imagine that God wants to make us perfect specimens of what Hecan do; God’s purpose is to make us one with Himself. The emphasis of holiness movements is apt to be that God is producing specimens of holiness to put in His museum. If you go off on this idea of personal holiness, the dead-set of your life will not be for God, but for what you call the manifestation of God in your life. ‘It can never be God’s will that I should be sick,’ you say. If it was God’s will to bruise His own Son, why should He not bruise you? The thing that tells for God is not your relevant consistency to an idea of what a saint should be, but your real vital relation to Jesus Christ, and your abandonment to Him whether you are well or ill.

Christian perfection is not, and never can be, human perfection. Christian perfection is the perfection of a relationship to God which shows it…

Morning and Evening

Morning, December 2      Go To Evening Reading
       “Thou art all fair, my love.”           — Song of Solomon 4:7
The Lord’s admiration of his Churchis very wonderful, and his description of her beauty is very glowing. She is not merely fair, but “all fair.” Heviews her in himself, washed in his sin-atoning blood and clothed in his meritorious righteousness, and he considers her to be full of comeliness and beauty. No wonder that such is the case, since it is but his own perfect excellency that he admires; for the holiness, glory, and perfection of his Church are his own glorious garments on the back of his own well-beloved spouse. She is not simply pure, or well-proportioned; she is positively lovely and fair! She has actual merit! Her deformities of sin are removed; but more, she has through her Lord obtained a meritorious righteousness by which an actual beauty is conferred upon her. Believers have a positive righteousness given to them when they become “accepted in the beloved”