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‎This Egyptian picture shows (on the left) a priest approaching a deity. In his left hand he holds a libation vase, out of which he pours liquid. In his right hand he holds an incense burner. Four musicians with various musical instruments are depicted on the right side. At least the first of each row seem to be blind.

Man Healed at Pool of Bethsada

Man Healed at Pool of Bethsada One man there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying by the pool and knew he had been there a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to get well?”
“Sir,” he replied, “I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am coming, someone else gets there first.” (They believed that an angel came down at intervals and energized the waters and whoever stepped in first was healed of his affliction.)
This is the eighteenth of thirty-five major miracles
Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” Immediately the man was healed, and he picked up his mat and began walking. This happened on a Sabbath day, so the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “This is the Sabbath. It’s illegal for you to carry the mat.” He answered, “The Man who made me well is the One who told me to pick up the mat and walk.” So they asked him, “Who is this Man who told you, ‘Pick up your mat and walk’?” But he didn’t know …

The Boldness of a Blind Man

The Boldness of a Blind Man
John 9:30–33

The blind man is bolder than his parents, who refuse to take any position on their son’s healing because of the known hostility of the religious leaders to Jesus (cf. Lk, 9:20–23). The once blind man openly expressed the obvious fact that the leaders were intent on trying to hide. The blessing of sight restored was so great that nothing the leaders could do would intimidate him.

Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

The Name “John”

The Name “John”
Luke 1:13

The name means Yahweh has been gracious, but the significance of the name was not explained. The name was not given because of its etymology (contrast Matt 1:21). It was noted because Luke’s readers already knew of John the Baptist and his role in salvation history and because Luke wanted to point out John’s miraculous birth and divine calling to prepare for the coming of the Messiah. John is referred to again in Luke 3:1–20; 5:33; 7:18–35; 9:7–9;11:1; 16:16; 20:4–6.

Stein, Robert H. Luke. Vol. 24. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992. Print. The New American Commentary.

Garden Tomb burial spot of Jesus

Garden Tomb burial spot of Jesus

God Speaks to Us

God Speaks to Us

We hear several voices in this section, and it begins with God speaking to us (Ps. 119:41). He does this, of course, as we read His Word and meditate on it. He speaks in love and in mercy, and even the warningscome from Hiscompassionate heart. The Word of God is the expression of the love of God to us (Ps. 33:11) and it should result in love from our hearts to the Lord, to His people, and to the lost. God’s Word shares God’s promises, and promises always imply future hope. Scripture is “the word of his promise” (1 Kings 8:56), and all His promises have their realization inJesus Christ (2 Cor. 1:20). The Scriptures are also “the word of this salvation” (Acts 13:26), for the Word declares that Jesus is the only Savior and we can trust in Him. What a wonder that God has spoken to us! (Heb. 1:1–2). Are we listening?

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

“Make Me to Know Mine End”

“Make Me to Know Mine End” ‎ The psalms following the thirty-third begin to take more and more thought of the position of the wicked, of their temporary prosperity, and of the certainty that it cannot endure. The verses grow full of warnings as to the inevitable result of evil courses. “I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. ‎“Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.” ‎This solemn facing of death casts its shadow over all these psalms. “Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. ‎“Behold, thou hast made my days as an hand breath; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah. ‎“Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.” ‎Thus with earnest warning against avarice, the psalmist points out t…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, January 14      Go To Evening Reading
   “Mighty to save.”           — Isaiah 63:1
By the words “to save” we understand the whole of the great work of salvation, from the first holy desire onward to complete sanctification. The words are multum in parro: indeed, here is all mercy in one word. Christ is not only “mighty to save” those who repent, but he is able to make men repent. He will carry those to heaven who believe; but he is, moreover, mighty to give men new hearts and to work faith in them. He is mighty to make the man who hates holiness love it, and to constrain the despised of his name to bend the knee before him. Nay, this is not all the meaning, for the divine power is equally seen in the after-work. The life of a believer is a series of miracles wrought by “the Mighty God.” The bush burns, but is not consumed. He is mighty to keep his people holy after he has made them so, and to preserve them in his fear and love until he consummates their spiritual existence i…

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

January 14: Unexpected Rivalries
Genesis 25; Matthew 18;Ecclesiastes 5:12–20

When in survival mode, you have to compete against anything that could hinder your survival. Strong competitors, like professional athletes, often can’t explain their almost inhuman acts under pressure; adrenaline takes over. The same thing that the ancients used to escape from wild animals is what makes us win. Yet, for all the good that comes from a competitive survival instinct, it can result in ostracizing others. Esau and Jacob, the twin sons of Isaac and Rebekah, reminds us of this.
From the prophecy of Yahweh forward, we know that they will be rivals: “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the older shall serve the younger” (Gen 25:23). Yahweh didn’t necessarily desire that the two would feud. A division doesn’t always mean a strained relationship, and the word “divided” in Hebrew doesn’t imply derision.
Those of us with…

My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year

January 14th
Called of God

Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. Isaiah 6:8.

God did not address the call to Isaiah; Isaiah overheard God saying—“Who will go for us?” The call of God is not for the special few, it is for everyone. Whether or not I hear God’s call depends upon the state of my ears; and what I hear depends upon my disposition. “Many are called but few are chosen,” that is, few prove themselves the chosen ones. The chosen ones are those who have come into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ whereby their disposition has been altered and their ears unstopped, and they hear the still small voice questioning all the time—“Who will go for us?” It is not a question of God singling out a man and saying, ‘Now, you go.’God did not lay a strong compulsion on Isaiah; Isaiah was in the presence of God and he overheard the call, and realized that there was nothing else for him but to say, in conscious freedom—“Here am I; send me.”
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