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Galileans Were Killed While Sacrificing

Galileans Were Killed While Sacrificing

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Galileans. Elsewhere Peter (22:59) and Jesus (23:6) are called “Galileans.”

Blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. They were killed as they were sacrificing. Therefore this had to have taken place in the temple in Jerusalem, the only place sacrifices could be made. For “Pilate” see comments on 3:1. Attempts have been made to relate this incident to some other recorded events,145 but it appears that Luke preserved an incident that was not recorded by Josephus or the other contemporary writers.


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

Coin of Knossos

Coin of Knossos

‎The Hebrews called Crete Caphtor (Deut 2:23). This silver stater, minted at Knossos, Crete about 200 B.C., portrays helmeted Athena (obverse) and her owl (reverse, bracketed by the city name in Greek). It resembles Athenian coins but the labyrinth depicts the prison of the Cretan Minotaur, a bull-headed man.  Paul sailed along Crete’s coast on his trip from Caesarea Maritima to Rome (Acts 27:7–13). It was probably after his first Roman imprisonment that he preached the gospel on Crete and left Titus to pastor there (Titus 1:5). ‎Deut 2:23, Jer 47:4, Amos 9:7, Acts 27:7–13, Titus 1:5, 1 Macc 10:67

Egyptian Gold Pectoral

Egyptian Gold Pectoral

‎The manlike figure on this gold pectoral is the Egyptian god Shed, also known as “the Savior,” a deity highly regarded among the common people of Egypt. Portrayed here as a youth, he is identified with “Horus the Child.” Shed was noted for his power over snakes (note the snakes in his right hand) and crocodiles (this figure stands on a crocodile). The portrayal of a protective deity on this pectoral underscores the function of Egyptian pectorals as protective amulets. ‎Exod 28:15–30, Exod 39:8–21, 2 Sam 22:3, Isa 43:3 ‎Image by Einsamer Schütze, from Wikimedia Commons. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

Not Commending Ourselves

Not Commending Ourselves

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Paul’s appeal to the consciences of his readers is not to be misunderstood. We are not commending ourselves to you again. Paul has already made this disclaimer (3:1; see the notes). He is in a difficult position, for though he has no intention of using any commendation beyond that of the Gospel itself, which authorizes those who preach it, it is necessary, or at least desirable, in the interests of the apostolic mission, that his good faith should be recognized by those who form the churches founded by him. The present verse is of great importance because it shows that this necessity arises out of the presence of others who work on different lines.


Barrett, C. K. The Second Epistle to the Corinthians. London: Continuum, 1973. Print. Black’s New Testament Commentary.

Paul’s Salvation

Paul’s Salvation

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Paul’s salvation experience had taken place about 30 years before he wrote to the Philippians. He had won many spiritual battles in that time. He had grown much in those years, but he candidly confessed he had not obtained all this, nor was he yet made perfect (v. 12). He still had more spiritual heights to climb. This testimony of the apostle reminded the saints at Philippi—and it serves to remind believers today—that there must never be a stalemate in their spiritual growth or a plateau beyond which they cannot climb.


Lightner, Robert P. “Philippians.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 661. Print.

Walk in His Ways

Walk in His Ways

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The psalmist here shows that godly people are happy people; they are, and shall be, blessed indeed. Felicity is the thing we all pretend to aim at and pursue. He does not say here wherein it consists; it is enough for us to know what we must do and be that we may attain to it and that we are here told. All men would be happy, but few take the right way; God has here laid before us the right way, which we may be sure will end in happiness, though it is, strait and narrow. Blessednesses are to the righteous; all manner of blessedness. Now observe the characters of the happy people. Those are happy, 1. Who make the will of God the rule of all their actions, and govern themselves, in their whole conversation, by that rule: They walk in the law of the Lord, v. 1. God’s word is a law to them, not only in this or that in but, but in the whole course of their conversation; they walk within the hedges of that law, which they dare not break through by doing any thing it f…

Jordan River: Franciscan Monks

Jordan River: Franciscan Monks ‎ Franciscan monks going to immerse themselves in the lower Jordan River, near the place where it flows into the Dead Sea. This was one of the areas of activity of the prophets Elijah and Elisha, and from here John the Baptist spread his message. It became a sanctified place associated with well-known miracles from the Bible. It was here that the Israelites crossed the River Jordan, which opened a path for them to cross, on their way to conquer Jericho. It was here that Elijah rose to heaven in a storm and Elisha, after bathing seven times in the Jordan to purify himself, raised an iron axe from the depths of the water and made it float until its owner took hold of it (II Kings 6:5–7).

Connect the Testaments

March 10: Jesus Christ (Meant to Be) the Superstar
Numbers 10:1–36; John 17:1–26; Psalm 10:1–18

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, is certainly incorrect (and rather heretical) in its portrayal of history, but it got one thing right: Jesus is meant to be the celebrity. He—no one else—is the Savior, the Christ, the Lord.

And that’s why the celebrity pastor movement is quite frightening. I don’t say this as a cynic, and it’s not that I’m primarily concerned with how these teachers are marketed (although that, too, can be scary at times); I’m worried about the way they’re received.
Certainly there are people who can be trusted more than others, and popularity is by no means a measurement of trustworthiness. But automatically agreeing with everything a teacher says puts the disciple in a bad position with the God they worship. It also puts the teacher in a position similar to an idol. Teachers who truly follow Christ would never desire such glory for themselves.
In the …

Morning and Evening: Daily Readings.

Morning, March 10      Go To Evening Reading
   “In my prosperity I said I shall never be moved.” — Psalm 30:6
“Moab settled on his lees, he hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel.” Give a man wealth; let his ships bring home continually rich freights; let the winds and waves appear to be his servants to bear his vessels across the bosom of the mighty deep; let his lands yield abundantly: let the weather be propitious to his crops; let uninterrupted success attend him; let him stand among men as a successful merchant; let him enjoy continued health; allow him with braced nerve and brilliant eye to march through the world, and live happily; give him the buoyant spirit; let him have the song perpetually on his lips; let his eye be ever sparkling with joy—and the natural consequence of such an easy state to any man, let him be the best Christian who ever breathed, will be presumption; even David said, “I shall never be moved;” and we are not better than David, nor half so good. Brothe…

My Utmost for His Highest

March 10th
Have a message and be one


Preach the word. 2 Tim. 4:2.

We are not saved to be “channels only,” but to be sons and daughters of God. We are not turned into spiritual mediums, but into spiritual messengers; the message must be part of ourselves. The Son of God was His own message, His words were spirit and life and as His disciples our lives must be the sacrament of our message. The natural heart will do any amount of serving, but it takes the heart broken by conviction of sin, and baptized by the Holy Ghost, and crumpled into the purpose of God before the life becomes the sacrament of its message.

There is a difference between giving a testimony and preaching. A preacher is one who has realized the call of God and is determined to use his every power to proclaim God’s truth. God takes us out of our own ideas for our lives and we are “battered to shape and use,” as the disciples were after Pentecost. Pentecost did not teach the disciples anything; it made them the incarnatio…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

March 10

  Full of [satisfied with] years
Gen. 25:8
Scaffoldings are for buildings, and the moments and days and years of our earthly lives are scaffolding. What are you building inside it? What kind of a structure will be disclosed when the scaffolding is knocked away? Days and years are ours, that they may give us what eternity cannot take away—a character built upon the love of God in Christ, and molded into His likeness.

Has your life helped you to do that? If so, you have got the best out of it, and your life is completed, whatever may be the number of its days. Quality, not quantity, is the thing that determines the perfectness of a life. Has your life this completeness?

Alexander Maclaren

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