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The Black Obelisk of the Assyrian King Shalmaneser III

The Black Obelisk of the Assyrian King Shalmaneser III

The Black Obelisk of the Assyrian king Shalmaneser III (ruled 858–824 BCE). Although its shape is inspired by Egyptian obelisks, it does not taper to a pyramid. The second row depicts “Jehu, son of Omri.” A detail of this appears with the color photographs.

oak. Among the more than three hundred species of oak worldwide are the Palestinian and Tabor oak trees, which grow throughout the Near East. The evergreen Palestinian oak has small leathery leaves edged with tiny thorns, and in biblical times. it thrived in the hill country at elevations of 1,000 feet. Forests were also found in Bashan in the northern Transjordan (Ezek. 27:6; Zech. 11:2) as well as in Gilead and parts of Edom, Upper Galilee, and Carmel. The Tabor oak grew at lower altitudes, in the coastal plain, Lower Galilee, and interior valleys. It is a deciduous tree with large leaves. The Plain of Sharon was at one time covered with an impenetrable Tabor oak forest, whi…

Morning and Evening

Morning, April 15      Go To Evening Reading
“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” — Psalm 22:1
We here behold the Saviour in the depth of his sorrows. No other place so well shows the griefs of Christ as Calvary, and no other moment at Calvary is so full of agony as that in which his cry rends the air—“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” At this moment physical weakness was united with acute mental torture from the shame and ignominy through which he had to pass; and to make his grief culminate with emphasis, he suffered spiritual agony surpassing all expression, resulting from the departure of his Father’s presence. This was the black midnight of his horror; then it was that he descended the abyss of suffering. No man can enter into the full meaning of these words. Some of us think at times that we could cry, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” There are seasons when the brightness of our Father’s smile is eclipsed by clouds and darkness; but let us remember t…

My Utmost for His Highest

April 15th
The relapse of concentration

But the high places were not taken away out of Israel; nevertheless, the heart of Asa was perfect all his days. 2 Chron. 15:17.

Asa was incomplete in his external obedience, he was right in the main but not entirely right. Beware of the thing of which you say—‘Oh, that does not matter much.’ The fact that it does not matter much to you may mean that it matters a very great deal to God. Nothing is a light matter with a child of God. How much longer are some of us going to keep God trying to teach us one thing? He never loses patience. You say—‘I know I am right with God’; but still the “high places” remain, there is something over which you have not obeyed. Are you protesting that your heart is right with God, and yet is there something in your life about which He has caused you to doubt? Whenever there is doubt, quit immediately, no matter what it is. Nothing is a mere detail.
Are there some things in connection with your bodily life, your inte…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 15

  Could ye not watch with me one hour
Matt. 26:40
Oh! ye who sigh and languish, and mourn your lack of power,
Heed ye this gentle whisper, “Could ye not watch one hour?”
To fruitfulness and blessing, there is no “royal road”;
The power for holy service is intercourse with God.


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