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The Beginning of Epiphany - January 6

January 6

William C. Dix, 1837–1898
  After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi (Wise Men) from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the One who has been born king of the Jews? We saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” (Matthew 2:1, 2)
The period in the church year that begins with January 6 and extends to Ash Wednesday is known as Epiphany.
Epiphany marks the time that the Christ Child was revealed to the wise men in His first manifestation to the Gentiles as the Light of the whole world. It is generally believed by Bible scholars that these wise men from the East arrived approximately 2 years after the birth of Christ. The earnestness of their search, their worship and gifts, and their desire to return home to share their spiritual experience with others have much to teach us. In many churches, Epiphanyis ushered in with a special week of prayer, a renewed commitment to evangelism, and a wor…

Wilderness of Paran

Wilderness of Paran

Rubbing Stones

Rubbing Stones
Fig. 16. Rubbing stones.
Other unshaped informal tools include the grinding slabs made using boulders selected for their broad, flat surface or surfaces (if bifacial), which performed the same basic function as the more formally shaped querns defined as a curated tool type (cf. Frankel and Webb 1996: 72; 2006: 229). Rubbing stones (fig. 16) represent the dominant tool type (Kassianidou 2007: 278–79, pl. 80). These tools demonstrate the careful selection of small-to medium-sized cobbles with flat surfaces used with little or no formal shaping. Such tools, while variable in terms of plan view, are very consistent in terms of tool profile, which was sometimes enhanced by pecking along the lateral edges, probably to facilitate the user’s ability to grip the tool. The work faces of such tools frequently demonstrate the resharpening of the work face by pecking, and favorite tools were utilized bifacially. These tools, in spite of their simple form which can be categorized as …


‎The drawing on a potsherd shows a warrior in a very schematic way. The right figure has a sword in his hand; the left figure carries a shield. ‎2 Sam 17:10; Ps 76:5; Isa 3:25; 1 Macc 6:37; 9:11

Ornate Stone Frieze, Philippi

Ornate Stone Frieze, Philippi

The Archangel Michael

The Archangel Michael

The archangel Michael was sent to bury Moses’ body, but according to Jewish tradition (the pseudepigraphical book, The Assumption of Moses), the devil argued with the angel about the body, apparently claiming the right to dispose of it. But Michael, though powerful and authoritative, did not dare dispute with Satan, so he left the matter in God’s hands, saying, The Lord rebuke you!
The false teachers Jude spoke of had no respect for authority or for angels. The apostates’ slandering of celestial beings (v. 8) stands in arrogant contrast to the chief angelic being, Michael, who would not dare slander Satan, chief of the fallen angels.

Pentecost, Edward C. “Jude.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 921. Print.

Urartian Bronze Cauldron with Winged Beings

Urartian Bronze Cauldron with Winged Beings
‎The civilization of Urartu (“Ararat”), in the area now known as the Armenian Highlands, blossomed from the ninth to the seventh centuries B.C., though by the mid-seventh century Urartu had submitted to Assyrian domination. The Urartian bronze cauldron in this photograph, from Altintepe in Eastern Anatolia, modern Turkey, was crafted during this cultural zenith. The winged figures that hold rings for hanging the caldron probably represent Shivini, the Urartian sun god. ‎Gen 8:4, Isa 37:38, Jer 51:27, Ezek 24:11
‎Image by Evgeny Genkin, from Wikimedia Commons. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

Urartian cauldron

Urartian Cauldron with Bulls 

The attachment hardware on this Urartian cauldron features the bull motif common in Urartian art of the eighth century B.C., probable date of this artifact from Altintepe, Turkey. The Urartians were early and powerful rivals of the Assyrians, whose domain bordered Urartu (“Ararat”) to the south. As the Assyrian Empire grew stronger, Urartu weakened, becoming a vassal state to Assyria by the reign of Ashurbanipal. Urartu’s King Sardur III (reigned 645–635 B.C.) called Ashurbanipal his “father,” a common term of submission.
‎Gen 8:4, Isa 37:38, Jer 51:27, Ezek 24:11

Image by Evgeny Genkin, from Wikimedia Commons. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

January 6

  Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord
Exod. 14:13
Often God seems to place His children in positions of profound difficulty—leading them into a wedge from which there is no escape; contriving a situation which no human judgment would have permitted, had it been previously consulted. The very cloud conducts them thither. You may be thus involved at this very hour. It does seem perplexing and very serious to the last degree; but it is perfectly right. The issue will more than justify Him who has brought you hither. It is a platform for the display of His almighty grace and power. He will not only deliver you, but in doing so He will give you a lesson that you will never forget; and to which, in many a psalm and song in after days, you will revert. You will never be able to thank God enough for having done just as He has.

F. B. Meyer

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

Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan

January 6: I Did It My Way
Genesis 10–11;Matthew 9; Ecclesiastes 2:18–26

Frank Sinatra was wrong to do things “his way.” In Gen 11, we see people uniting in building what seems like a great triumph of humanity—until we realize what their work is all about. They’re tired of being distant from God, so they build a structure that will reach the heavens.
“Surely the gods will know and find us now.… Let’s meet our maker,” you can almost hear them say. But the true God, Yahweh, knows their plan and says: “Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech” (Gen 11:7). Because all the people spoke one language, they were dangerous to themselves. In the unity of one world, there is disunity: we choose to assault the God we should serve.
There is an alternative—a unity that God desires: where we serve Him by serving others. Jesus describes how we should act towards one another and towards Him, even teaching us how to pray. With Christ, God…

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

January 6th

And he pitched his tent having Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he builded an altar. Genesis 12:8.

Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have. Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship. If you hoard a thing for yourself, it will turn into spiritual dry rot, as the manna did when it was hoarded. God will never let you hold a spiritual thing for yourself; it has to be given back to Him that He may make it a blessing to others.

Bethel is the symbol of communion with God; Ai is the symbol of the world. Abraham pitched his tent between the two. The measure of the worth of our public activity for God is the private profound communion we have with Him. Rush is wrong every time; there is always plenty of time to worship God. Quiet days with God may be a snare. We have to …

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, January 6      Go To Evening Reading
         “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”          — 1 Peter 5:7
It is a happy way of soothing sorrow when we can feel—“HE careth for me.”Christian! do not dishonour religion by always wearing a brow of care; come, cast your burden upon your Lord. You are staggering beneath a weight which your Father would not feel. What seems to you a crushing burden, would be to him but as the small dust of the balance. Nothing is so sweet as to

 “Lie passive in God’s hands,
         And know no will but his.”

O child of suffering, be thou patient; God has not passed thee over in his providence. He who is the feeder of sparrows, will also furnish you with what you need. Sit not down in despair; hope on, hope ever. Take up the arms of faith against a sea of trouble, and your opposition shall yet end your distresses. There is One who careth for you. His eye is fixed on you, his heart beats with pity for your woe, and his handomnipoten…