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Socoh and Azekah

Socoh and Azekah

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Socoh and Azekah were located about thirty kilometers (about eighteen miles) southwest of Jerusalem. Socoh was one of three towns by this name in the Old Testament. To indicate which of these towns is intended, the writer adds which belongs to Judah, that is, this Socoh was located in the lowlands of Judah. The name Socoh comes from a root meaning “to hedge” or “to shut in.”NBE translates this name as Vallado, that is, “Enclosure.”

Azekah: another town in the lowlands of Judah, about five kilometers (three miles) north of Socoh. The name means “hoed ground.”NBE translates this name as Cavada, that is, “Dug out.”


Omanson, Roger L., and John Ellington. A Handbook on the First Book of Samuel. New York: United Bible Societies, 2001. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Moriah and the Temple

Moriah and the Temple

Genesis 22:1

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According to tradition, the mountain in the land of Moriah where God tested Abraham (22:1) is the hill upon which Solomon built the temple (2 Chron. 3:1).More


Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Laney. Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001. Print. The Tyndale Reference Library.

The Hatred of the Brethren

The Hatred of the Brethren

‎Even Jacob did not realize how bitter had grown the dislike and resentment of his older sons toward Joseph. Hence, the father himself placed in their hands the opportunity and temptation to rid themselves of this new “supplanter.” The ten older brothers were feeding the flocks far to the northward in the land they had seized from the Shechemites; and Jacob bade Joseph “see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again.”
‎So Joseph set forth. Reaching Shechem, he was directed still farther north to a field called Dothan, a fair open plain which men point out even to this day as the scene of the brethren’s treachery. “And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.” In the picture, he approaches them in innocent serenity, wondering perchance at their lack of welcome. They cluster darkly around Reuben, the eldest, and whisper of their plot. Their secret jealo…

Let Us Not Grow Weary

Let Us Not Grow Weary

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But Christians may become discouraged with spiritual sowing because the harvest is often long in coming. In the face of this reality, the apostle charged the Galatians not to become weary or give up because the harvest is sure. (Paul included himself as he no doubt contemplated his sometimes frustrating labors on behalf of the Galatian Christians.) The reaping will come at God’s proper time, which may be only in part in this life and in full in the life to come at the judgment seat of Christ.


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. 610. Print.

Prosperity

Prosperity

Psalm 1:3

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For all who take their delight in living by God’s Word, there is prosperity. Under the image of a fruitful tree, the psalmist declared that whatever the righteous do will prosper (cf. 92:12-14). Two qualifications need to be noted. First, the fruit, that is, the prosperity, is produced in its season and not necessarily immediately after planting. Second, what the godly person does will be controlled by the Law of God (1:2). So if a person meditates on God’s Word, his actions will be godly, and his God-controlled activities will prosper, that is, come to their divinely directed fulfillment.


Ross, Allen P. “Psalms.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 790. Print.

Wonders and Miraculous Signs

Wonders and Miraculous Signs

Acts 2:43
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Wonders (terata, “miracles evoking awe”) and miraculous signs (sēmeia,“miracles pointing to a divine truth”) authenticated the veracity of the apostles (cf. 2 Cor. 12:12; Heb. 2:3-4). The apostles performed many such “signs and wonders” (Acts 4:30; 5:12; 6:8; 8:6, 13; 14:3; 15:12). Christ too had performed many “wonders” and “signs”—and also “miracles” (dynameis,“works of power”).


Toussaint, Stanley D. “Acts.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 360. Print.

Connect the Testaments

April 18: Operating Standards
Deuteronomy 33:1–34:12; 2 Corinthians 8:16–24; Psalm 46

Sometimes I operate on the premise that if I’m honoring God and following Him, I don’t have to be concerned with what other people think. But carrying this too far is just as faulty as basing my identity on the approval of others. One leads to foolish pride and independence, and the other results in idolatry.

Paul, upon receiving a generous gift from believers in Jerusalem, felt called to explain his actions to the Corinthian church. He was intentional about how he would accept the gift, “lest anyone should find fault with us in this abundant gift that is being administered by us” (2 Cor 8:20). He explains why he is so concerned: “For we are taking into consideration what is honorable not only before the Lord but also before people” (2 Cor 8:21).

In his ministry, Paul considered how his actions would be interpreted by observers. Since he experienced opposition in the community, he wanted to communicat…

Morning and Evening

Morning, April 18      Go To Evening Reading
“She bound the scarlet line in the window.”  — Joshua 2:21
Rahab depend's for her preservation upon the promise of the spies, whom she looked upon as the representatives of the God of Israel. Her faith was simple and firm, but it was very obedient. To tie the scarlet line in the window was a very trivial act in itself, but she dared not run the risk of omitting it. Come, my soul, is there not here a lesson for thee? Hast thou been attentive to all thy Lord’s will, even though some of his commands should seem non-essential? Hast thou observed in his way the two ordinances of believers’ baptism and the Lord’s Supper? These neglected, argue much unloving disobedience in thy heart. Be henceforth in all things blameless, even to the tying of a thread, if that be a matter of command.

This act of Rahab sets forth a yet more solemn lesson. Have I implicitly trusted in the precious blood of Jesus? Have I tied the scarlet cord, as with a Gordian k…