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Babel, Tower of

Babel, Tower of

‎The “Tower of Babel” was an ancient construction called a ziggurat—a step-pyramid building with a shrine at the top reserved for a divine being. The people built this construction in the plain of Shinar to make a great name for themselves and to avoid being scattered over the face of the earth (Gen 11:4). God, however, disapproved of their plans and judged the people by confusing their language in order to scatter them (Gen 11:6–8). The story explains the origin of languages and the nations, especially Babylon (Gen 11:9).

Cisneros, Johnny. “Tower of Babel.” Ed. John D. Barry et al. The Lexham Bible Dictionary2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 : n. pag. Print.

The Lower Pool of Solomon

The Lower Pool of Solomon
‎The above view of the lowest and most extensive of the Pools of Solomon gives one an idea of the masonry used in the structure of this remarkable reservoir. Our artist stood upon a hill to the north of this pool. You may see in the picture our horses and dragoman down in the valley, and the few people at the further corner of the pool look like Liliputians. To the south beyond we see one of the Judean hills. If this reservoir were full it would float one of the largest of ocean steamers. In the narrow valley a short distance below the pools is the little village of Urtâs, with ancient ruins, which is supposed to be the Etham where Josephus says were the Gardens of Solomon. There are gardens and fountains there at this day, and it is very probable that upon those fertile slopes running down to the green cup of the hills lay the vineyards, orchards and pleasure grounds of Solomon; and he, walking through his great plantations here, may have communed with his …

Egyptian Kitchen

Egyptian Kitchen

Threshing floor with sledge at Neot Kedumim

Threshing floor with sledge at Neot Kedumim

Disease on Livestock

Disease on Livestock


Yellowwood Yellowwood
  yel•low•wood \-ˌwu̇d\ noun circa 1666   1:      any of various trees having yellowish wood or yielding a yellow extract especially: a leguminous tree (Cladrastis lutea) of the southern U.S. having showy white fragrant flowers and yielding a yellow dye   2:      the wood of a yellowwood tree

Mish, Frederick C. “Preface.” Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary. 2003 : n. pag. Print.

In the Spirit

In the Spirit
Revelation 1:10

I was in the Spirit (ἐγενομην ἐν πνευματι [egenomēn en pneumati]). Rather, “I came to be (as in 1:9) in the Spirit,” came into an ecstatic condition as in Acts 10:10f.; 22:17, not the normal spiritual condition (εἰναι ἐν πνευματι [einai en pneumati], Rom. 8:9).

Robertson, A.T. Word Pictures in the New Testament. Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1933. Print.

Elected by God’s Mercy

Elected by God’s Mercy

At this point one might wonder about man’s free will. Thus, the question arises: Does God accomplish His purpose in election by letting human freedom take its course? Yes, but one should not presuppose that human freedom takes precedence over God’s electing choice. Rather an omniscient God aware of all possible scenarios and their outcomes, elects first (using an undisclosed criterion), but then accomplishes His purpose through human freedom. That God uses human freedom to accomplish, as well as enforce, His choice may be illustrated through the Scripture account of Pharaoh(Exod 9:16). Only after Pharaoh initially rebels (5:2) and hardens his own heart (7:13, 14, 22; 8:15, 19, 32; 9:7) does God harden his heart (3:19–20; 4:21; 9:12). God, knowing beforehand Pharaoh’s response (cf. Exod 4:21–23), uses him to demonstrate His power and declare His name throughout the earth. Therefore, if God chooses to withhold mercy and harden a heart, He still reserves the…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

December 28

  The friendship of the world is enmity with God
  James 4:4
It is like the ivy with the oak. The ivy may give the oak a grand, beautiful appearance, but all the while it is feeding on its vitals. Are we compromising with the enemies of God? Are we being embraced by the world by its honors, its pleasures, its applause? This may add to us in the world’s estimation, but our strength becomes lost.

Denham Smith

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

Connect the Testaments

December 28: Unity
Jeremiah 52:1–34;Romans 14:13–15:7;Proverbs 29:1–27

Paul calls us to refrain from judging others (Rom 14:3). That’s easy enough to do when the people in our communities are the people we’d want to have over for dinner. What happens when those in our community don’t value (or devalue) the things we value (or devalue)?

“Now may the God of patient endurance and of encouragement grant you to be in agreement with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that with one mind you may glorify with one mouth the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore accept one another, just as Christ also has accepted you, to the glory of God” (Rom 15:5–7).

In this portion of his letter, Paul asks the Roman believers to stretch themselves. For the Roman believers, judgment might have centered on the issue of eating the meat of unclean animals or the observance of Jewish holidays. Paul asks them to withhold judgment of one another because only God has that right (Rom 14:10). …

My Utmost for His Highest

December 28th
Continuous conversion

Except ye be converted, and become as little children.… Matthew 18:3.

These words of Our Lord are true of our initial conversion, but we have to be continuously converted all the days of our lives, continually to turn to God as children. If we trust to our wits instead of to God, we produce consequences for which God will hold us responsible. Immediately our bodies are brought into new conditions by the providence of God, we have to see our natural life obeys the dictates of the Spirit of God. Because we have done it once is no proof that we shall do it again. The relation of the natural to the spiritual is one of continuous conversion, and it is the one thing we object to. In every setting in which we are put, the Spirit of God remains unchanged and His salvation unaltered but we have to “put on the new man.” God holds us responsible every time we refuse to convert ourselves, our reason for refusing is willful obstinacy. Our natural life must not …

Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, December 28      Go To Evening Reading
 “The life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God.” — Galatians 2:20
When the Lord in mercy passed by and saw us in our blood, he first of all said, “Live”; and this he did first, because life is one of the absolutely essential things in spiritual matters, and until it be bestowed we are incapable of partaking in the things of the kingdom. Now the life which grace confers upon the saints at the moment of their quickening is none other than the life of Christ, which, like the sap from the stem, runs into us, the branches, and establishes a living connection between our souls and Jesus. Faith is the grace which perceives this union, having proceeded from it as its firstfruit. It is the neck which joins the body of the Church to its all-glorious Head.

“Oh Faith! thou bond of union with the Lord,
         Is not this office thine? and thy fit name,
         In the economy of gospel types,
         And symbols apposit…