Skip to main content


Showing posts from May 4, 2016

Assyrian Chariot

Assyrian Chariot

He Whom God has Sent

He WhomGod has Sent


The Apostle John referred to Jesus as the One whom God has sent.Thirty-nine times the Gospel of John refers to Jesus being sent from God (vv. 17, 34; 4:34; 5:23-24, 30, 36-38; 6:29, 38-39, 44, 57; 7:16, 28-29;8:16, 18, 26, 29, 42; 9:4; 10:36; 11:42; 12:44-45, 49; 13:16, 20; 14:24;15:21; 16:5; 17:3, 18, 21, 23, 25; 20:21). This affirms Jesus’ deity and heavenly origin, as well as God’s sovereignty and love in initiating the Son’s Incarnation (cf. Gal. 4:4; 1 John 4:9-10, 14).

Blum, Edwin A. “John.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 283. Print.

Jesus’ Birth and Early Years

Jesus’ Birth and Early Years


‎If there is one consistent theme that runs through all the stories of Jesus’ birth, it is the repeated claim that ordinary people had more insight than religious experts when it came to understanding the significance of it all. The coming of the one who was later claimed to be the expected Messiah was recognized not predominantly by the great and the good but by those who, to a greater or lesser extent, were on the fringes of the cultured society of their day. The first chapter of Luke’s Gospel paints a vivid picture of the little-known priest Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth praying expectantly for God to deliver their people, and being rewarded for their faithfulness by the announcement of the birth of their own son, later to be known as John the Baptist (Luke 1:5–28, 57–80). …

Drane, John William. Introducing the New Testament. Completely rev. and updated. Oxford: Lion Publishing plc, 2000. Print.

Table of Showbread

Table of Showbread
‎Gold dishes and bowls were set on the table for offerings of holy bread and frankincense (Ex 25:29). ‎Every Sabbath the priests would eat the week-old bread, replacing it with fresh bread and a new supply of frankincense from the people (Le 24:8).

Wine shop

Wine shop

‎The relief pictures a merchant selling wine that was stored in jars with pointed bottoms. Since in antiquity the floors consisted just of tamped earth, the point-bottom jars could easily placed in the ground. Wine belonged to the most popular trading goods in antiquity. ‎Rev 18:11–13

Animal husbandry

Animal husbandry

‎The picture shows, in four rows, livestock that was most important to the people in antiquity. Cattle are depicted in the row at the top. They were raised for meat and milk, but also as draft animals for pulling simple carts or the plow. The row below shows donkeys, the typical pack animal of the Near East. Goats and sheep are pictured in the last two rows. They were the most common livestock; less difficult to raise and providers of milk and meat; they were actually part of every household. ‎Gen 1:24–26; 6:19; 1 Kings 4:33; Ps 80:13; Ezek 29:11; Dan 4:12

Mature Castor Oil Plant

Mature Castor Oil Plant

‎This photograph of a mature castor oil plant in Greece illustrates how much shade such a plant could have provided Jonah from the intense Mesopotamian sun, and underscores how great a calamity it would be to suddenly lose that shade when the plant withered. While commentators differ in interpreting the apparently miraculous growth of the plant, all acknowledge that a sudden worm infestation could cause it to wither rapidly under such intense sunlight. ‎Jonah 4:6–11 ‎Image by H. Zell, from Wikimedia Commons. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

Connect the Testaments

May 4: More Than I Can Handle
Judges 6:11–7:25; Philippians 2:1–11; Psalm 66:1–20

“God doesn’t give us more than we can handle.”
This Christian maxim is a well-meaning attempt at putting our difficult times into perspective. It holds the view that God knows our weaknesses and knows when we can’t measure up to a challenge. But if we’re going through trials, this same saying can be debilitating when we feel that we can’t possibly handle a situation.
The psalms often describe circumstances that leave the nation of Israel hopelessly struggling and helplessly in need of God:
“For you have tested us, O God; you have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; you placed a heavy burden on our backs. You let men ride over our heads. We went through fire and through water, but you have brought us out to the place of abundance” (Psa 66:10–12).
Israel doesn’t often “handle” situations very well. Throughout its history, the nation chosen by God repeatedly rebelled against Him. Only w…

Morning and Evening

Morning, May 4      Go To Evening Reading
“Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods.”
         — Jeremiah 16:20
One great besetting sin of ancient Israel was idolatry, and the spiritual Israel are vexed with a tendency to the same folly. Remphan’s star shines no longer, and the women weep no more for Tammuz, but Mammon still intrudes his golden calf, and the shrines of pride are not forsaken. Self in various forms struggles to subdue the chosen ones under its dominion, and the flesh sets up its altars wherever it can find space for them. Favourite children are often the cause of much sin in believers; the Lord is grieved when he sees us doting upon them above measure; they will live to be as great a curse to us as Absalom was to David, or they will be taken from us to leave our homes desolate. If Christians desire to grow thorns to stuff their sleepless pillows, let them dote on their dear ones.

It is truly said that “they are no gods,” for the objects of our foolish l…

My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year

Discernment is God’s call to intercession, never to fault finding.

May 4th
Vicarious intercession

Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus. Hebrews 10:19.

Beware of imagining that intercession means bringing our personal sympathies into the presence of God and demanding that He does what we ask. Our approach to God is due entirely to the vicarious identification of our Lord with sin. We have “boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus.”
Spiritual stubbornness is the most effectual hindrance to intercession, because it is based on sympathy with that in ourselves and in others that we do not think needs atoning for. We have the notion that there are certain right and virtuous things in us which do not need to be based on the Atonement, and just in the domain of ‘stodge’ that is produced by this idea we cannot intercede. We do not identify ourselves with God’s interests in others, we get petulant with God; we are always ready wit…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

May 4

  Looking up to heaven he sighed
Mark 7:34
Too often we sigh and look within; Jesus sighed and looked without. We sigh, and look down; Jesus sighed, and looked up. We sigh, and look to earth; Jesus sighed, and looked to Heaven. We sigh, and look to man; Jesus sighed, and looked to God.


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