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‎Doxa essentially describes manifestations of supernatural splendor or divine glory. In the Greek translation of the ot (LXX), doxa is the usual translation for the Hebrew word kabod, whose primary meaning relates to weight (being heavy, weighty, or impressive). God’s presence was manifested by a visible, luminous phenomenon referred to as His doxa, which rested in particular in the tabernacle or temple (Exod 40:34–35; 1 Kgs 8:11; Hag 2:7 lxx).

‎In the nt, doxa can also refer to the visible splendor or brightness of God’s presence (e.g. Rev 15:8; 21:11). Writing to the Romans, Paul uses doxa to describe the direct presence of God and the communion with Him that was forfeited by humanity at the fall (Rom 3:23). …

Barry, John D. et al. Faithlife Study Bible. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2012. Print.

A Judgment Seat in Jerusalem

A Judgment Seat in Jerusalem ‎Pilate held Jesus’ trial at a judgment seat, which John reports was located at Gabbatha, or “The Stone Pavement” (John 19:13; Matt 27:19). The judgment seat was likely part of the massive architectural base Herod the Great constructed as the foundation for his palace. During Roman control of Jerusalem, the Herodian palace was used as the Praetorium—where Pilate lived.

Gideon Punishes the Gadites

Gideon Punishes the Gadites
‎At length Gideon and his three hundred caught up with the Midianites, again surprising them when they deemed themselves safe beyond pursuit. The enemy were utterly scattered; their king was captured, and slain by Gideon’s own hand. Then the victor returned in triumph. But his work was not yet finished. He had vowed vengeance against the two chief cities of the Gadites, Succoth and Penuel, for refusing him assistance. The elders of Succoth he seized and whipped with brambles. Penuel he attacked with force, slew the men who opposed him, and destroyed the great watch tower, the special strength and pride of the city.
‎After that no man in Israel ventured to oppose Gideon. He “judged” the land for forty years. The people would have made him and his descendants kings over them, but Gideon had not forgotten to Whom his success was due, and he answered his flatterers sternly “I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the Lord shall rule over …

Threshing Flail

Threshing Flail ‎Sometimes referred to as a “stick” or a “rod,” in the Bible, the threshing flail was actually two sticks attached together by a short chain.

The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd ‎The longest and most elaborate of all the psalms is the hundred and nineteenth. It is arranged in twenty-two sections, or shorter poems, each representing a letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The general theme is the character of the righteous man, his virtues, and his devotion to God’s law. “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.” ‎Through the study of the Law comes wisdom. “O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day. ‎“Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. ‎“I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. ‎“I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.” ‎Yet toward the close of the psalm the weakness of mankind overwhelms the poet. Of what avail is all his wisdom, without higher aid? He falls back upon the favorite metaphor of the psalms, looking upon himself as a helpless lamb gone astray, and crying to the Lord …



Architectural Details, Philippi Basilica

Architectural Details, Philippi Basilica ‎The ruins of a fifth-century AD basilica in Philippi, known as Basilica B. Massive stone pillar and marble arches with keystones are shown.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

February 10

  He loveth our nation and he hath built us a synagogue
Luke 7:5
Marble and granite are perishable monuments, and their inscriptions may be seldom read. Carve your names on human hearts; they alone are immortal!

Theodore Cuyler

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

Connect the Testaments

February 10: Longing for the Ideal
Exodus 24:1–25:40; John 4:43–54;Song of Solomon 3:3–5

Pastors avoid or over-interpret it. We’re often confused by it. But the Song of Solomon is in our Bible. Although we might stumble over the imagery (comparing a woman to a mare would hardly go down well in the modern world), we can’t help but be entranced by the idealism and the tender, rather racy relationship of the joyful couple.
“ ‘Have you seen the one whom my heart loves?’ … I found him whom my heart loves. I held him and I would not let him go” (Song 3:3–4).

Their relationship appeals to what is pristine and ideal—a picture of what God created marriage to be. The lovers physically delight in each other and woo each other with affectionate words. We might brush off this poem like other romantic poetry and literature—ideal, but hardly plausible in our world, which would take pleasure over love. We further deconstruct the purity of the Song of Solomon based on the reality we experience (or at le…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

Exhaustion means that the vital forces are worn right out. Spiritual exhaustion never comes through sin but only through service, and whether or not you are exhausted will depend upon where you get your supplies. Jesus said to Peter—“Feed My sheep,” but He gave him nothing to feed them with. The process of being made broken bread and poured-out wine means that you have to be the nourishment for other souls until they learn to feed on God. They must drain you to the dregs. Be careful that you get your supply, or before long you will be utterly exhausted. Before other souls learn to draw on the life of the Lord Jesus direct, they have to draw on it through you; you have to be literally ‘sucked’, until they learn to take their nourishment from God. We owe it to God to be our best for His lambs and His sheep as well as for Himself.
Has the way in which you have been serving God betrayed you into exhaustion? If so, then rally your affections. Where did you start the service from? From you…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings.

Morning, February 10      Go To Evening Reading
“I know how to abound.”           — Philippians 4:12
There are many who know “how to be abased” who have not learned “how to abound.” When they are set upon the top of a pinnacle their heads grow dizzy, and they are ready to fall. The Christian far oftener disgraces his profession in prosperity than in adversity. It is a dangerous thing to be prosperous. The crucible of adversity is a less severe trial to the Christian than the refining pot of prosperity. Oh, what leanness of soul and neglect of spiritual things have been brought on through the very mercies and bounties of God! Yet this is not a matter of necessity, for the apostle tells us that he knew how to abound. When he had much he knew how to use it. Abundant grace enabled him to bear abundant prosperity. When he had a full sail he was loaded with much ballast, and so floated safely. It needs more than human skill to carry the brimming cup of mortal joy with a steady hand, yet Pau…