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Feast of Pentecost

Feast of Pentecost

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The feast of Pentecost was in NT times the name for the celebration of the Feast of Weeks because it occurred on the fiftieth day after Passover. It was a one-day festival in which special sacrifices were offered, and originally it was a harvest (firstfruits) festival (Exod. 23:16;34:22; Lev. 23:15–21; Num. 28:26; Deut. 16:9–12). It is possible, but not certain, that as early as this time this festival was associated with the giving of the Law on Sinai.


Witherington, Ben, III. The Acts of the Apostles: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1998. Print.

Ripening Olive, Israel

Ripening Olive, Israel

Lower Than the Angels

Lower Than the Angels

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Here the LXX takes Elohim (being a plural form) to mean “angels;” as also in Ps. 97:7 and 138:1. The correct rendering of the Hebrew may be, “thou madest him a little short of God,” with reference to his having been made “in God’s image,” “after God’s likeness,” and having dominion over creation which was given him. But, if so, Elohim must be understood in its abstract sense of “Divinity” (so Gesenius), rather than as denoting the Supreme Being. Otherwise, “thyself” would have been the appropriate expression, the psalm being addressed to God. The argument is not affected by the difference of translation. Indeed, the latter rendering enhances still more the position assigned to man.


SpSpence-Jones, H. D. M., ed. Hebrews. London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909. Print. The Pulpit Commentary.

Roman Scribe Tomb Relief

Roman Scribe Tomb Relief
‎ No scribes, no scripture. Modern Bible students owe much to ancient scribes. From the day that the original human writer wrote a given portion of Scripture until Gutenberg invented the printing press, every copy of any Bible portion was hand-copied from an older copy. Much of what we know of ancient cultures is due to extant documents and inscriptions, in various ancient scripts, that scribes produced or oversaw in production. This photograph shows a Roman scribe’s portrait from a tombstone in Flavia Solva, a Roman city in modern Austria.
‎1 Chr 24:6, Ezra 7:6, Neh 8:13, Neh 13:13, Esther 3:12, Esther 8:9, Ps 45:1, Matt 2:4, Matt 8:19, Matt 13:52
‎Image by Hermann A.M. Mucke, from Wikimedia Commons. License: Public Domain

Beth She’an: Colonnaded Street

Beth She’an: Colonnaded Street
‎A colonnaded street exposed in the Beth She’ excavations. The streets crossed the Roman-Byzantine city in a grid pattern. Magnificent public buildings lined the streets. They were all destroyed by the severe earthquake of 749 A.D.

Morning and Evening

Morning, April 14      Go To Evening Reading
 “All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head.”  — Psalm 22:7
Mockery was a great ingredient in our Lord’s woe. Judas mocked him in the garden; the chief priests and scribes laughed him to scorn; Herod set him at nought; the servants and the soldiers jeered at him, and brutally insulted him; Pilate and his guards ridiculed his royalty; and on the tree all sorts of horrid jests and hideous taunts were hurled at him. Ridicule is always hard to bear, but when we are in intense pain it is so heartless, so cruel, that it cuts us to the quick. Imagine the Saviour crucified, racked with anguish far beyond all mortal guess, and then picture that motley multitude, all wagging their heads or thrusting out the lip in bitterest contempt of one poor suffering victim! Surely there must have been something more in the crucified One than they could see, or else such a great and mingled crowd would not unanimously hav…

My Utmost for His Highest

April 14th
Inspired invincibility


Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me. Matthew 11:29.

“Whom the Lord loveth, He chasteneth.” How petty our complaining is! Our Lord begins to bring us into the place where we can have communion with Him, and we groan and say—‘Oh Lord, let me be like other people!’ Jesus is asking us to take one end of the yoke—‘My yoke is easy, get alongside Me and we will pull together.’ Are you identified with the Lord Jesus like that? If so, you will thank God for the pressure of His hand.

“To them that have no might, He increaseth strength.” God comes and takes us out of our sentimentality, and our complaining turns into a psalm of praise. The only way to know the strength of God is to take the yoke of Jesus upon us and learn of Him.

“The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Where do the saints get their joy from? If we did not know some saints, we would say—‘Oh, he, or she, has nothing to bear.’ Lift the veil. The fact that the peace and the light and the joy of God…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 14

  My soul, wait thou only upon God
Ps. 62:5
Did it ever occur to you that if you do not hear God’s answer to prayer, it may be not because He is dumb, but because you are deaf; not because He has no answer to give, but because you have not been listening to it? We are so busy with our service, so busy with our work, and sometimes so busy with our praying, that it does not occur to us to stop our own talking and listen if God has some answer to give us with “the still small voice”; to be passive, to be quiet, to do nothing, say nothing, in some true sense think nothing; simply to be receptive and waiting for the voice. “Wait thou only upon God,” says the Psalmist; and again, “Wait on the Lord.”

Selected

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