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Assyrian Bottles, from originals

Assyrian Bottles, from originals

Jerusalem: Church of the Holy Sepulchre—Pilgrims

Jerusalem: Church of the Holy Sepulchre—Pilgrims ‎ Jerusalem. Thousands of believers from all over the world flock to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for the “Saturday of Light” ceremony, held between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The ceremony opens with morning prayers in the church. The Greek Orthodox patriarch enters the Chamber of the Holy Sepulchre and is sealed inside with a wax seal. The lights in the church are extinguished and the huge congregation waits for the new fire, symbol of the moment of resurrection, when the patriarch exits the chamber. From this fire the people light candles, lamps and torches and push with all their strength to go outside and bring home the holy flame. A special lamp lit from this fire is flown to Athens and from there spread to all the churches in Greece and other Balkan countries.

Achan’s Sin Revealed

Achan’s Sin Revealed ‎ When after the defeat at Ai Joshua appealed to God for help, that help was given him, as always. God declared that there was among the Israelites one man who had disobeyed even the most direct of the divine commands, one who had coveted the riches of Jericho and had rescued and secreted for his own use some of those spoils which had been intended as a “burnt offering” to be sacrificed to God in the flames of Jericho. For the sin of this one fallen soul, covetous, treacherous and disobedient, and also, it may be, for the recklessness and vainglory of the nation, all Israel was being punished. ‎The next morning Joshua sought to detect the guilty man, appealing to the Lord for help. The entire nation was bidden to march before Joshua; whereon the lot, or whatever method was employed, indicated that the tribe of Judah contained the guilty man. Then the tribe of Judah was divided into families, and then into single households, and so at last the lot was narrowed dow…

An Ornate Egyptian Vase

An Ornate Egyptian Vase
‎Egyptian craftsmen fashioned gold, silver, or clay into vases like the one pictured, with its stylized antelope heads, birds, and flowers. Such vases were often portrayed in paintings or stone relief sculpture. Beautiful luxuries like this surrounded Moses, adopted son of the pharaoh. He chose to identify with his Hebrew heritage, which entailed leaving such luxuries behind, obediently trusting God and suffering with God’s people. ‎Heb 11:26

Delilah’s Triumph

Delilah’s Triumph ‎ How shall mere strength prosper without wisdom? There arose at last a woman of the Philistines able to lure Samson to destruction. Her name was Delilah, and she dwelled in the valley of Sorek, not far from Samson’s native home. When the huge Israelite wooed her, she answered him with wily words, as once his wife had done. If he really loved her, he would tell her all his secrets, the secret of his strength. ‎At first Samson was as wily as she. He pretended to tell her whence his strength arose, but told her falsely. If bound with new green withs, he said, he would be helpless. So Delilah, waiting till he was asleep, tied him with the supposedly magic bonds and called his enemies into the room. Then she cried in triumph “The Philistines be upon thee, Samson!” ‎“And he brake the withs, as a thread of tow is broken when it toucheth the fire.” ‎Three times she tricked him thus in vain, till at last he yielded and told her in very truth the secret of his strength. It la…

Shiloh, the Resting Place of the Ark, Palestine

Shiloh, the Resting Place of the Ark, Palestine ‎1 Samuel 4:4

Tabernacle altar of incense

Tabernacle altar of incense

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, January 18      Go To Evening Reading

         “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.”
         — Hebrews 4:9

How different will be the state of the believer in heaven from what it is here! Here he is born to toil and suffer weariness, but in the land of the immortal, fatigue is never known. Anxious to serve his Master, he finds his strength unequal to his zeal: his constant cry is, “Help me to serve thee, O my God.” If he be thoroughly active, he will have much labour; not too much for his will, but more than enough for his power, so that he will cry out, “I am not wearied of the labour, but I am wearied in it.” Ah! Christian, the hot day of weariness lasts not for ever; the sun is nearing the horizon; it shall rise again with a brighter day than thou hast ever seen upon a land where they serve God day and night, and yet rest from their labours. Here, rest is but partial, there, it is perfect. Here, the Christian is always unsettled; he feels that he has no…

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

January 18: Giving Up Control
Genesis 30; Matthew 22:23–23:36; Ecclesiastes 7:6–12

We are born bent on our own ambitions. It’s in our nature to control and compete. And pride—often the source of this behavior—keenly notices the pride of others. Often, we want to point out the failing of the equally prideful and impose our own wills on them, while neglecting to see these traits in ourselves.
In Genesis 30, we find a myriad of characters who are bent on obtaining favor and selfish gain—often at the expense and exasperation of others. Rachel foolishly demands a son of Jacob (Gen 30:1) and then—because the family dynamics weren’t complicated enough—she has her handmaid bear her a child via Jacob. When she finally obtains a son, she is not joyful—she is triumphant: “With mighty wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister and have prevailed” (Gen 30:8). Leah uses bribery and her own handmaid to gain the attention of her neglectful husband, while Laban and Jacob continue circling, using and man…

My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year

January 18th
It is the Lord!

Thomas answered and said unto Him, My Lord and my God. John 20:28.

“Give Me to drink.” How many of us are set upon Jesus Christ slaking our thirst when we ought to be satisfying Him? We should be pouring out now, spending to the last limit, not drawing on Him to satisfy us. “Ye shall be witnesses unto Me”—that means a life of unsullied, uncompromising, and un bribed devotion to the LordJesus, a satisfaction to Him wherever He places us.
Beware of anything that competes with loyalty to Jesus Christ. The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service for Him. It is easier to serve than to be drunk to the dregs. The one aim of the call of God is the satisfaction of God, not a call to do something for Him. We are not sent to battle for God, but to be used by God in His battling. Are we being more devoted to service than to Jesus Christ?

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year. Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Ma…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

January 18

  All things work together for good to them that love God
  Rom. 8:28
In one thousand trials it is not five hundred of them that work for the believer’s good, but nine hundred and ninety-nine of them, AND ONE BESIDE.

George Mueller

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