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No tyranny ever has been so unprincipled as that some appearance of equity was not maintained in it; however corrupt a government be, God never suffers it to be so much so as not to be better than anarchy [Calvin]. Although bad kings often oppress the good, yet that is scarcely ever done by public authority (and it is of what is done by public authority that Peter speaks), save under the mask of right. Tyranny harasses many, but anarchy overwhelms the whole state [Horneius]. The only justifiable exception is in cases where obedience to the earthly king plainly involves disobedience to the express command of the King of kings.

Jamieson, Robert, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. Vol. 2. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997. Print.

Wonder Leads to Obedience

Wonder Leads to Obedience

People obey God’s Word for different reasons, some because of fear of punishment, others to secure blessings, and still others because they love God and want to please Him. The psalmist stood in awe at the wonder of God’s Word—its harmony, beauty, perfection, practicality, power, and revelations. The longer I read and study the Bible, the more wonderful it becomes, and a God who wrote a book that wonderful deserves my obedience. To obey the Word is to become part of that wonder, to experience power and spiritual transformation in our lives.

Wiersbe, Warren W. Be Exultant. 1st ed. Colorado Springs, CO: Cook Communications Ministries, 2004. Print. “Be” Commentary Series.

Interior of the Great Temple of Karnak

Interior of the Great Temple of Karnak ‎Illustrating Egyptian Hieroglyphics.

The Vision of Ezekiel

The Vision of Ezekiel
‎This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake. ‎Ezekiel 1:28

Bethlehem: Franciscan Church—Entrance

Bethlehem: Franciscan Church—Entrance
‎Bethlehem. The entrance to the Franciscan church which was built in 1871 over the Milk Grotto, south of the Church of the Nativity. It was named after the drop of milk that fell from Mary’s breast, according to tradition, when she was hiding in the cave with the baby Jesus and her husband Joseph. The drop of milk whitened the soft limestone of the cave wall, which nursing mothers scrape off to mix with their food, in the belief that it will improve their milk. The stonework on the entrance arches depicts scenes from the life of the Holy Family.

Sickling and Bundling

Sickling and Bundling ‎ Unlike modern motorized reaping machinery, Egyptian reapers cut wheat and most other grains a few inches below the head rather than near ground level. This process facilitated the separate harvest of the stalks, which were then used as animal bedding and fodder and as a binder for mud bricks. The sheaves consisted of multiple bundles of cut grain tied together with the heads in each bundle lying against the stalks of another bundle. The sickles shown here are metal. ‎Deut 16:9, Deut 23:25, Deut 24:19, Ruth 2:1–9, 1 Sam 13:20, Ps 129:5–7, Rev 14:14–20

Coin of Herod Agrippa II

Coin of Herod Agrippa II

My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year

January 12th
Have you ever been alone with God?

When they were alone, He expounded all things to His disciples. Mark 4:34.
Our Solitude with Him. Jesus does not take us alone and expound things to us all the time; He expounds things to us as we can understand them. Other lives are parables. God is making us spell out our own souls. It is slow work, so slow that it takes God all time and eternity to make a man and woman after His own purpose. The only way we can be of use to God is to let Him take us through the crooks and crannies of our own characters. It is astounding how ignorant we are about ourselves! We do not know envy when we see it, or laziness, or pride. Jesus reveals to us all that this body has been harboring before His grace began to work. How many of us have learned to look in with courage?
We have to get rid of the idea that we understand ourselves, it is the last conceit to go. The only One Who understands us is God. The greatest curse in spiritual life is conceit. If …

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

January 12

  Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed
John 20:29

The seen are shadows: the substance is found in the unseen.… No doubt, in Christ, the foundation of our faith is unseen; but so is that of yonder tower that lifts its tall erect form among the waves over which it throws a saving light. It appears to rest on the rolling billows; but, beneath these, invisible and immovable, lies the solid rock on which it stands secure: and when the hurricane roars above, and breakers roar below, I could go calmly to sleep in that lone sea tower. Founded on a rock, and safer than the proudest palace that stands on the sandy, surf-beaten shore, it cannot be moved. Still less the Rock of Ages! Who trusts in that is fit for death, prepared for judgment, ready for the last day’s sounding trumpet, since,“The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants, and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.”


Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet H…

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

January 12: Fear God
Genesis 21:22–23:20; Matthew 15; Ecclesiastes 5:1–7

In Ecclesiastes 5, the author stops to consider God’s place in the heavens and our place on earth. He acknowledges that there is a great gulf of understanding between who God is and who we think He is. This realization should affect our entire posture before Him.
“Guard your steps when you go to the house of God,” he says. “Do not be rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth.” Don’t attempt to offer the “sacrifice of fools” with your lips, or even your heart, he adds. Instead, we should come prepared to listen (Eccl 5:1–3).
Coming to God ready to listen doesn’t mean neglecting to bring our troubles or needs before Him. He wants us to do this—but not rashly. Rather, we should offer acknowledgement that He guides our lives. Like Rachel and Leah, in Genesis 30, we may sometimes use God to justify the pursuit of our own goals, rather than see…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, January 12      Go To Evening Reading
   “Ye are Christ’s.”           — 1 Corinthians 3:23
“Ye are Christ’s.” You are his by donation, for the Father gave you to the Son; his by his bloody purchase, for he counted down the price for your redemption; his by dedication, for you have consecrated yourself to him; his by relation, for you are named by his name, and made one of his brethren and joint-heirs. Labour practically to show the world that you are the servant, the friend, the bride of Jesus. When tempted to sin, reply, “I cannot do this great wickedness, for I am Christ’s.” Immortal principles forbid the friend of Christ to sin. When wealth is before you to be won by sin, say that you are Christ’s, and touch it not. Are you exposed to difficulties and dangers? Stand fast in the evil day, remembering that you are Christ’s. Are you placed where others are sitting down idly, doing nothing? Rise to the work with all your powers; and when the sweat stands upon your brow, and you…