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Forgiveness and Pardon

Forgiveness and Pardon

Isaiah 55:6–7

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It is in the free pardon that God offers the wicked that the sharpest difference between God’s thoughts and our thoughts are seen. We feel anger and outrage and call for revenge. God feels compassion and love and extends mercy. Thus, God’s word is gentle and life–giving; in Isaiah’s analogy, like the gentle rain that waters the earth and causes life to spring up. What a warm and wonderful view of God (v. Isa. 55:10).


Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Be Encouraged

Be Encouraged

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Paul’s stated purpose was that they might be encouraged in heart and united in love. Confidence and strength of conviction, as well as cohesive unity, yield a full understanding of the truth. There is no full knowledge apart from moral commitment. Complete understanding(syneseōs, “insight”) results from complete yielding. And this understanding is Christocentric. This insight into God’s ways enables believers to know (epignōsin) Christ fully. Christ, as the true mystery of God, reveals God to man (cf. John 1:18; Heb. 1:2-3). For in Him are hidden (cf. Col. 1:26) all the treasures of wisdom (sophia, cf. 1:9) and knowledge. Knowledge is the apprehension of truth; wisdom is its application to life. Knowledge is prudent judgment and wisdom are both prudent action. Both are found in Christ (cf. Rom. 11:33; 1 Cor. 12:8) whose wisdom is foolishness to the world (1 Cor. 1:21-25), but who is the power of God by which a believer receives “righteousness, holiness, and redempt…

Pontius Pilate Inscription

Pontius Pilate Inscription
‎ Chiseled in Latin, this limestone block was discovered by a group of Italian archaeologists during excavations in Caesarea in 1961. Inscribed by Pontius Pilate, prefect (governor) of Judea, for the dedication of an amphitheater to Tiberius Caesar between 26–32 AD and currently in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, it is the only known occurrence of an ancient inscription with the name Pontius Pilate.

The Spirit and the Son at Creation

The Spirit and the Son at Creation

Genesis 1:2

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At the beginning of Creation Week, the earth was “empty, a formless mass.” There previous was soil and water but no light. The Holy Spirit was “hovering over” this newly created world.

The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, may be best known for his appearance at Pentecost (Acts 2), but he made his grand entrance here, at the very beginning of Creation. We read elsewhere that Jesus, Son of God and second person of the Trinity, took part in Creation as well (John 1:1–3; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2).


Willmington, H. L. Willmington’s Bible Handbook. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1997. Print.

Ring

Ring

‎Rings were often decorated with mythological motifs, or other scenes important to the owner. This ring depicts an animal battling a scorpion that afflicts so much pain. Perhaps this victory over danger is that was constantly looming was important to the owner of this ring. ‎Gen 41:42; Esther 3:12; Esther 8:8, Esther 8:10; Job 42:11; Isa 3:21; James 2:2

The Brazen Sea

The Brazen Sea
‎The brazen sea was a huge bronze basin with a diameter of about 5 m. At the beginning, it was put on twelve oxen, but they were removed later. In the Near East, there are several parallels for such basins that represent the freshwater subterraneous ocean. In erecting such a basin in the temple, it was made clear that the god worshiped here is lord over the freshwater, and thus, he is the one providing people with water and fertility. ‎1 Kings 7:23–26; 2 Kings 16:17

Mt Carmel southern end

Mt Carmel southern end

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

March 25

  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ
Gal. 6:2
By lifting the burdens of others we lose our own.

Selected

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

My Utmost for His Highest

March 25th

The most delicate mission on earth



The friend of the Bridegroom. John 3:29.

Goodness and purity ought never to attract attention to themselves, they ought simply to be magnets to draw to Jesus Christ. If my holiness is not drawing towards Him, it is not God's holiness of the right order, but an influence that will awaken inordinate affection and lead souls away into side-eddies. A beautiful saint may be a hindrance if he does not present Jesus Christ but only what Christ has done for him; he will leave the impression—‘What a fine character that man is!’—that is not being a true friend of the Bridegroom; I am increasing all the time, He is not.
In order to maintain this friendship and loyalty to the Bridegroom, we have to be more careful of our moral and vital relationship to Him than of any other thing, even of obedience. Sometimes there is nothing to obey, the only thing to do is to maintain a vital connection with Jesus Christ, to see that nothing interferes with tha…

Morning and Evening

Morning, March 25      Go To Evening Reading
“Betrayest thou the Son of Man with a kiss?”   — Luke 22:48
“The kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” Let me be on my guard when the world puts on a loving face, for it will, if possible, betray me as it did my Master, with a kiss. Whenever a man is about to stab religion, he usually professes very great reverence for it. Let me beware of the sleek-faced hypocrisy which is armour-bearer to heresy and infidelity. Knowing the deceivableness of unrighteousness, let me be wise as a serpent to detect and avoid the designs of the enemy. The young man, void of understanding, was led astray by the kiss of the strange woman: may my soul be so graciously instructed all this day, that “the much fair speech” of the world may have no effect regarding me. Holy Spirit, let me not, a poor frail son of man, be betrayed with a kiss!

But what if I should be guilty of the same accursed sin as Judas, that son of perdition? I have been baptized into the name of the …

Connect the Testaments

March 25: Thoughtless Iconoclasm
Numbers 29:1–40; 1 Corinthians 11:17–12:11; Psalm 24:1–10

When we learn something new about life and faith, it’s tempting to use our knowledge and freedom to tear down religious constructs and artifices—exposing the truth in a way that’s not helpful or edifying. If we’re honest, pushing boundaries and living edgy and unfettered gives us a rush.

Paul warns the Corinthian Christians against this attitude: “All things are permitted, but not all things are profitable. All things are permitted, but not all things build up” (1 Cor 10:23). Paul sets up a contrast, juxtaposing the clauses to set apart what should really be the focus of the Corinthians. Paul stresses that instead of flaunting freedom, we should be focused on what is helpful and constructive for the community.

Seeking the good of the other person should be our first reflex. And it’s not simply limited to the Christian community. Paul states: “Therefore, whether you eat or you drink or whatever yo…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

March 25

  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ
Gal. 6:2
By lifting the burdens of others we lose our own.

Selected

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