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Chameleon on Branch, Libya

Chameleon on Branch, Libya
‎The common chameleon, Chamaeleo chamaeleon, inhabits a wide range of forest, scrub, and grassland habitats throughout the Mediterranean Basin, southern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Mature common chameleons range in length from 8 to 16 inches (about 20 to 40 cm). Daytime feeders, their combination of independently-movable eyes and a tongue that shoots out as far as twice the length of the lizard’s body enables them to readily catch and consume insects, even mid-flight. Hebrew dietary law forbade eating chameleons. ‎Lev 11:30
‎Image by Victor Korniyenko, from Wikimedia Commons. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

The Father and The Son

The Father and The Son
John 1:14, 18


The mention of the Father and the stress on the uniqueness of Jesus reminds the reader of the opening verse of the Prologue. This discussion has thus come full circle, and in doing so it presents a tightly constructed, complex introductory theological rationale for reading this Gospel. But reading is not to be merely an intellectual exercise. Instead, Jesus’ purpose in coming to the world was to empower people to become children of God (1:12). Likewise the purpose of the incarnate Logos and the purpose of the entire Gospel are one in focus because the Gospel was written to engender believing in this Jesus to the end that readers might experience the transformation of life (20:30–31).

Borchert, Gerald L. John 1–11. Vol. 25A. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996. Print. The New American Commentary.

Be Humble Toward One Another

Be Humble Toward One Another

Humility preserves peace and order in all Christian churches and societies; pride disturbs them. Where God gives grace to be humble, he will give wisdom, faith, and holiness. To be humble, and subject to our reconciled God, will bring greater comfort to the soul than the gratification of pride and ambition. But it is to be in due time; not in thy fancied time, but God’s own wisely appointed time. Does he wait, and wilt not thou? What difficulties will not the firm belief of his wisdom, power, and goodness get over! Then be humble under his hand. Cast “all you care;” personal cares, family cares, cares for the present, and cares for the future, for yourselves, for others, for the church, on God. These are burdensome, and often very sinful, when they arise from unbelief and distrust, when they torture and distract the mind, unfit us for duties, and hinder our delight in the service of God. The remedy is, to cast our care upon God, and leave every event…

Model, Antonia Fortress

Model, Antonia Fortress
‎The Antonia Fortress housed up to 600 Roman troops, the major resident Roman troop concentration in Jerusalem before the First Roman-Jewish War. The model of first-century Jerusalem pictured here shows one artist’s conception of the Fortress, adjoining Herod’s Temple, viewed from the southeast. Other scholars interpret Josephus’ description differently, asserting that a space of up to 600 feet (183 m) separated the fortress from the temple. ‎Acts 21:31–37, Acts 22:24
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Bithynian Coin with Hadrian Bust

Bithynian Coin with Hadrian Bust
‎Roman emperor Hadrian (ruled A.D. 117–138) allowed the Bithynian League, a union of cities in Bithynia on the Marmara and Black Seas, to mint coins. This bronze coin depicts Hadrian (obverse) and a temple with the inscription “Bithynian League” over a ship’s prow that evokes the League’s maritime power (reverse). God restrained Paul from visiting Bithynia (Acts 16:7). Hadrian suppressed the Bar Kokhba Revolt (A.D. 132–136) in Palestine. He leveled Jerusalem, rebuilding there a pagan city he called Aelia Capitolina from which he excluded all Jews. ‎Lev 26:33, Jer 30:11, Acts 16:7, 1 Pet 1:1

Rome–Interior of the Colosseum

Rome–Interior of the Colosseum

The Salutation of Galatians

The Salutation of Galatians
Galatians 1:1


The opening of the Galatian epistle is both typical and atypical. Though the salutation includes the usual identification of author and recipient together with a customary greeting, the usual expression of thanksgiving and praise for believers is totally absent. More

Campbell, Donald K. “Galatians.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 589. Print.

Connect the Testaments

February 19: Ancient Words, Future Hope
Leviticus 4:1–6:30;John 7:14–44, Song of Solomon 5:13–16

Atonement is appealing because we all have relationships we wish we could reconcile. The 12-step program involves forgiving and forging renewed relationships when possible. But the story with God is different. There’s an acute awareness that we can’t fix things with our Creator; we need someone or something else to do it for us.

Jesus is described as the atonement, the sacrifice, and the perfect offering. But what do these terms actually mean? In Leviticus 5:14–6:30, we learn what it means for Jesus to be a guilt offering: He takes the guilt of the people, incurred through their sinful acts, and takes it upon Himself. He becomes the “ram without defect from the flock” (Lev 6:6).

Jesus takes the stage as the Suffering Servant in Isa 52:13–53:12, fulfilling the events it prophesies. Isaiah 53:10 reads, “If she places [the servant’s] life a guilt offering, he will see offspring, he will prolon…

Morning and Evening

Morning, February 19      Go To Evening Reading
   “Thus saith the Lord God; I will yet for this be inquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them.”           — Ezekiel 36:37
Prayer is the forerunner of mercy. Turn to sacred history, and you will find that scarcely ever did a great mercy come to this world unheralded by supplication. You have found this true in your own personal experience. God has given you many an unsolicited favour, but still great prayer has always been the prelude of great mercy with you. When you first found peace through the blood of the cross, you had been praying much, and earnestly interceding with God that he would remove your doubts, and deliver you from your distresses. Your assurance was the result of prayer. When at any time you have had high and rapturous joys, you have been obliged to look upon them as answers to your prayers. When you have had great deliverances out of sore troubles, and mighty helps in great dangers, you have been able to sa…

My Utmost for His Highest

Never let the sense of failure corrupt your new action.

February 19th
The initiative against drudgery

Arise, shine. Isaiah 60:1.
We have to take the first step as though there were no God. It is no use to wait for God to help us, He will not; but immediately we arise we find He is there. Whenever God inspires, the initiative is a moral one. We must do the thing and not lie like a log. If we will arise and shine, drudgery becomes divinely transfigured.
Drudgery is one of the finest touchstones of character there is.
Drudgery is work that is very far removed from anything to do with the ideal—the utterly mean, grubby things; and when we come in contact with them we know instantly whether or not we are spiritually real. Read John 13; we see there the Incarnate God doing the most desperate piece of drudgery, washing fishermen’s feet, and He says—“If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.” It requires the inspiration of God to go thr…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

February 19

Bring of the fish which ye have now caught
  John 21:10
Why was this? Oh, the Lord wants us to minister to Him as well as to receive from Him, and our service finds its true end when it becomes food for our dear Lord. He was pleased to feed on their fish while they were feeding on His. It was the double banquet of which He speaks in the tender message of revelation, “I will sup with him, and he with me.”

A. B. Simpson

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