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Modern Syrian Tombs

Modern Syrian Tombs

Herod’s Temple

Herod’s Temple Figure 5.6. The Second Temple, as reconstructed in the Holyland Hotel model of ancient Jerusalem. The large outer court is the Court of the Gentiles, where Jesus’ indictment of the temple occurred. (Photo courtesy of the Holyland Hotel and Todd Bolen [BiblePlaces.com])



The Greatest Prayer Ever Prayed

The Greatest Prayer Ever Prayed
Excerpt


‎The very manner in which Jesus prayed reveals that He is God. He did not begin "Our Father" but simply, "Father." Jesus never prayed, "Our Father."Jesus told Mary Magdalene on that first Easter morning, "...go to My brethren, and say to them, ’I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God’ " (John 20:17). God is our Father by grace, but He is Jesus’ Father by nature. And the word that Jesus used for "pray" (verses 9, 15, 20) is not the common word for "pray" in the New Testament. The word means "to requestfrom an equal." You and I could not use this word because we are not equal with God. But Jesus used it three times! Why? Because He is eternal God.

‎In verse 24, Jesus boldly said, "Father, I will..." (KJV). It was not a request; it was a command. Believers today cannot pray with that kind of authority. Such praying would not be faith, it would be pr…

The Good Deeds of Tobit

The Good Deeds of Tobit ‎The Book of Tobit is the most extravagant of the apocryphal writings. In it angels and demons appear, not as visionary messengers, but as actual dwellers among men, interposing in life’s daily avocations, for good or evil, slaying or protecting. Moreover the book tells a vigorous, interesting story, approaching to folk lore or fairy tale in style and form. It is a popular work, widespread, and ancient, dating back to probably the second century B.C. ‎The story is of the trials of the good Hebrew, Tobit, and his rescue from adversity through the adventures of his young son Tobias, guided by the angel Raphael. Tobit was an Israelite of the tribe of Naphtali, carried captive to Assyria at the time of the downfall of the northern kingdom. He alone of all the people of the North remained true to the ancient faith of Jerusalem. His piety made him noted even among his captors, and he rose to high rank and wealth in Nineveh. Amid all his activities, he never forgot h…

A Lily of Palestine

A Lily of Palestine

Artemis Orthia’s shrine in Sparta

Artemis Orthia’s shrine in Sparta ‎In the goddess Artemis Orthia’s shrine in Sparta, archaeologists found this ivory statue of her, evidently left as a votive offering sometime between the eighth and sixth centuries B.C. The portrayal is a variation on the common theme of Artemis, Mistress of Animals, but evokes the local conditions. This shrine is near a marsh; Artemis’ crown is made of wetlands reeds and she holds waterfowl in her hands while others perch on her shoulders. God’s sovereignty over birds figures in several Bible passages, notably Revelation 19:17–21.
‎Gen 1:26–30, Ps 8:6–8, Ps 145:15–16, Ezek 39:4, 17, Dan 2:37–38, Hos 2:18–19, Rev 19:17–21
‎Image by user Marsyas, from Wikimedia Commons. License: CC BY-SA 2.5


Seek First His Righteousness

Seek First His Righteousness
Matthew 6:33
Excerpt


When God’s people corporately seek first his priorities, they will by definition take care of the needy in their fellowships. When one considers that over 50 percent of all believers now live in the Two-Thirds World and that a substantial majority of those believers live below what we would consider the poverty line, a huge challenge to First-World Christianity emerges. Without a doubt, most individual and church budgets need drastic realignment in terms of what Christians spend on themselves versus what they spend on others (cf.2 Cor 8:13–15).


Blomberg, Craig. Matthew. Vol. 22. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992. Print. The New American Commentary.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

February 8

  Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house.… Abraham … was gathered to his people
Gen 12:1; Gen. 25:8
After all communion we dwell as upon islands, dotted over a great archipelago, each upon his little rock with the sea dashing between us; but the time comes when, if our hearts are set upon that great Lord whose presence makes us one, there shall be no more sea and all the isolated rocks shall be parts of a great continent.… If we cultivate that sense of detachment from the present and of having our true affinities in the unseen, if we dwell here as strangers because our citizenship is in heaven, then death will not drag us away from our associates nor hunt us into a lonely land, but will bring us where closer bonds shall knit the “sweet societies” together, and the sheep shall couch close by one another because all gathered round the one Shepherd. Then many a tie shall be re-woven, and the solitary wanderer meet again the dear ones whom…

Connect the Testaments

February 8: It’s Standing between You and God
Exodus 19–20; John 4:1–26; Song of Solomon 2:14–17

There is nothing more frustrating than being ordered around. Few people take to a drill sergeant. Although we like to cite the Ten Commandments (Exod 20) because they’re the norm, the rebellious part of our spirits has trouble with them. If we’re honest with ourselves and take them the way Jesus did (Matt 5–7), we’re confronted with the fact that we’ve all violated them at some point or another. (I don’t know anyone who has always honored their father and mother.)
If everyone lived by the Ten Commandments, the world would be a peaceful place. But again, we’re rebellious. The Ten Commandments reveal something about us: we’re weaker than we would like to believe. They also reveal something about our place before God: it’s not good—not without Jesus’ saving act that redeems us from our sins.
In John 4:1–26, we see Jesus confront a woman at a well who, like us, is a commandment-breaker. And bec…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, February 8      Go To Evening Reading
       “Thou shalt call his name Jesus.”           — Matthew 1:21
When a person is dear, everything connected with him becomes dear for his sake. Thus, so precious is the person of the Lord Jesus in the estimation of all true believers, that everything about him they consider to be inestimable beyond all price. “All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia,” said David, as if the very vestments of the Saviour were so sweetened by his person that he could not but love them. Certain it is, that there is not a spot where that hallowed foot hath trodden—there is not a word which those blessed lips have uttered—nor a thought which his loving Word has revealed—which is not to us precious beyond all price. And this is true of the names of Christ—they are all sweet in the believer’s ear. Whether he be called the Husband of the Church, her Bridegroom, her Friend; whether he be styled the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world—the Ki…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

February 8

  Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house.… Abraham … was gathered to his people
Gen 12:1; Gen. 25:8
After all communion we dwell as upon islands, dotted over a great archipelago, each upon his little rock with the sea dashing between us; but the time comes when, if our hearts are set upon that great Lord whose presence makes us one, there shall be no more sea and all the isolated rocks shall be parts of a great continent.… If we cultivate that sense of detachment from the present and of having our true affinities in the unseen, if we dwell here as strangers because our citizenship is in heaven, then death will not drag us away from our associates nor hunt us into a lonely land, but will bring us where closer bonds shall knit the “sweet societies” together, and the sheep shall couch close by one another because all gathered round the one Shepherd. Then many a tie shall be re-woven, and the solitary wanderer meet again the dear ones who…

Connect the Testaments

February 8: It’s Standing between You and God
Exodus 19–20; John 4:1–26; Song of Solomon 2:14–17

There is nothing more frustrating than being ordered around. Few people take to a drill sergeant. Although we like to cite the Ten Commandments (Exod 20) because they’re the norm, the rebellious part of our spirits has trouble with them. If we’re honest with ourselves and take them the way Jesus did (Matt 5–7), we’re confronted with the fact that we’ve all violated them at some point or another. (I don’t know anyone who has always honored their father and mother.)
If everyone lived by the Ten Commandments, the world would be a peaceful place. But again, we’re rebellious. The Ten Commandments reveal something about us: we’re weaker than we would like to believe. They also reveal something about our place before God: it’s not good—not without Jesus’ saving act that redeems us from our sins.
In John 4:1–26, we see Jesus confront a woman at a well who, like us, is a commandment-breaker. And bec…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

February 8th
Instantaneous and insistent sanctification


And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly. 1 Thess. 5:23–24 .

When we pray to be sanctified, are we prepared to face the standard of these verses? We take the term sanctification much too lightly. Are we prepared for what sanctification will cost? It will cost an intense narrowing of all our interests on earth, and an immense broadening of all our interests in God. Sanctification means intense concentration on God’s point of view. It means every power of body, soul and spirit chained and kept for God’s purpose only. Are we prepared for God to do in us all that He separated us for? And then after His work is done in us, are we prepared to separate ourselves to God even as Jesus did? “For their sakes I sanctify Myself.” The reason some of us have not entered into the experience of sanctification is that we have not realized the meaning of sanctification from God’s standpoint. Sanctification means being made one with Jesus so t…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening

Morning, February 8      Go To Evening Reading
   “Thou shalt call his name Jesus.”          — Matthew 1:21
When a person is dear, everything connected with him becomes dear for his sake. Thus, so precious is the person of the Lord Jesus in the estimation of all true believers, that everything about him they consider to be inestimable beyond all price. “All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia,” said David, as if the very vestments of the Saviour were so sweetened by his person that he could not but love them. Certain it is, that there is not a spot where that hallowed foot hath trodden—there is not a word which those blessed lips have uttered—nor a thought which his loving Word has revealed—which is not to us precious beyond all price. And this is true of the names of Christ—they are all sweet in the believer’s ear. Whether he be called the Husband of the Church, her Bridegroom, her Friend; whether he be styled the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world—the King, …