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An Octagonal Prism

An Octagonal Prism
An octagonal prism, used for keeping historical records, from the reign of the Assyrian king Esar-haddon (680–669 BCE).
There are books mentioned in the Bible that are not actually contained in the Bible. The majority of these were official court records of the Israelite kings, such as the “Book of the Acts of Solomon” (1 Kings 11:41), the “Chronicles of King David” (1 Chron. 27:24), and other court records of the divided kingdom (1 Kings 14:19; 1 Chron. 9:1; 2 Chron. 16:11; 24:27; Neh. 12:23) as well as of Persia (Esther 2:23; 6:1; 10:2). Historical accounts by the prophets Shemaiah and Iddo are also mentioned (2 Chron. 12:15). Quotations from two books of poetry also occur: David’s elegy for Saul and Jonathan (2 Sam. 1:17–27) and the song of Joshua (Josh. 10:12–13) are taken from the “Book of Jashar,” and fragments of the victory song (Num. 21:14–15; possibly also 21:17–18, 27–30) are taken from the “Book of the Wars of the Lord.” Luke 1:1 might allude to now lost…

Chameleon’s Face, Close-Up

Chameleon’s Face, Close-Up
‎This photograph of a common chameleon in a tree in Libya centers on one of its eyes. Chameleons can move their eyes independently, processing two separate fields of vision, and can also direct both eyes forward for stereoptic vision. In Israel, chameleons are most active from May to November and usually mate sometime between July and September. The mature female produces one clutch of eggs per year between mid-July and late October. ‎Lev 11:30 ‎Image by Victor Korniyenko, from Wikimedia Commons. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

Girdle

Girdle

Revelation 1:13

Excerpt


A golden girdle. The girdle is an Old Testament symbol of power, righteousness, truth (Isa. 22:21; Job 12:18; Isa. 11:5). Compare Eph. 6:14, where the girdle of the Christian panoply is the truth which binds together the whole array of graces as the girdle does the upper and lower parts of the armor. The girdle suits equally Christ’s kingly and priestly office. The girdle of the High-Priest was not golden but only inwrought with gold. See Exod. 28:8: “curious girdle:” Rev., “cunningly woven band.” So Exod. 29:5.


Vincent, Marvin Richardson. Word Studies in the New Testament. Vol. 2. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1887. Print.

God Calls Abram

God Calls Abram

Excerpt


The first three verses of this chapter are very important as the opening of the extended narrative that takes up the rest of the book of Genesis. They are not only the beginning of the story of the call of Abram, but they are the beginning of the story of the line chosen by God, as opposed to episodes in the story of the human race as a whole. “The story begins with one individual, and extends gradually to his family, then to a people, and later still to a nation” (Speiser).


Reyburn, William David, and Euan McG. Fry. A Handbook on Genesis. New York: United Bible Societies, 1998. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Ferrying Wine across a River

Ferrying Wine across a River

‎In this fragment of a funerary relief from Roman Gaul, sculpted during Augustus’ reign (27 B.C.–A.D. 14), workers tow a boat ferrying wine across the Durance (Latin “Durentia”) River near Cabrières-d’Aigues, France. The relief illustrates some of the different containers in which wine could be transported and sold. The boat carries barrels, while the shelf above it holds different styles of amphorae, some covered in wicker. An wine was a valuable Roman commodity, with vineyards and wineries in every part of the Empire where grapes would grow. ‎Ps 104:15, Prov 20:1, Prov 21:17, Eccl 10:19, Isa 25:6, Isa 55:1, Ezek 27:18–19, John 2:1–11, Rev 6:6, Rev 18:11–13 ‎Image by Fabrice Philibert-Caillat, from Wikimedia Commons. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

Connect the Testaments

June 1: What Wealth Reveals
2 Chronicles 1:1–3:17; Titus 1:1–4; Psalm 91:1–16

“What would you do if you won the lottery?”
This question always seems to generate the same responses: There’s the person who devises an investment strategy, the dreamer who envisions ending global poverty, the individual who would travel the world, and the person who would buy the house, boat, or car they’ve always wanted.
These responses tell us something about each person’s character and what fulfills them. The root of these desires reveals something about how they perceive their identity in relationship to their culture, family, and God. They feel “in their identity” or “most themselves” when they pursue happiness, others’ happiness, or the things they want.
Solomon experiences an unexpected “wish” scenario. Like winning the lottery or being granted three wishes, Solomon’s response reveals what is important to him, the core of his identity, and how God responds to people who know what He desires. God says…

Morning and Evening

Morning, June 1                                         Go To Evening Reading

         “The evening and the morning were the first day.”
         —Genesis 1:5
Was it so even in the beginning? Did light and darkness divide the realm of time in the first day? Then little wonder is it if I have also changes in my circumstances from the sunshine of prosperity to the midnight of adversity. It will not always be the blaze of noon even in my soul concerns, I must expect at seasons to mourn the absence of my former joys, and seek my Beloved in the night. Nor am I alone in this, for all the Lord’s beloved ones have had to sing the mingled song of judgment and of mercy, of trial and deliverance, of mourning and of delight. It is one of the arrangements of Divine providence that day and night shall not cease either in the spiritual or natural creation till we reach the land of which it is written, “there is no night there.” What our heavenly Father ordains is wise and good.

What, then, my soul, …

My Utmost for His Highest

June 1st
The [huge] question


Son of man, can these bones live? Ezekiel 37:3.

Can that sinner be turned into a saint? Can that twisted life be put right? There is only one answer: ‘O Lord, Thou knowest, I don’t.’ Never trample in with religious common sense and say—‘Oh, yes, with a little more Bible reading and devotion and prayer, I see how it is was done.’
It is much easier to do something than to trust in God; we mistake panic for inspiration. That is why there are so few fellow-workers with God and so many workers for Him. We would far rather work for God than believe in Him. Am I sure that God will do what I cannot do? I despair of men in the degree in which I have never realized that God has done anything for me. Is my experience such an amazing realization of God’s power and might that I can never despair of anyone I see? Have I had any spiritual work done in me at all? The degree of panic is the absolute of the lack of personal spiritual experience.
“Behold, O my people, I wil…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

June 1

  As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you
John 20:21
We should never leave our room until we have seen the face of our dear Master, Christ, and have realized that we are being sent forth by Him to do His will, and to finish the work which He has given us to do. He who said to His immediate followers, “As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you,” says as much to each one of us, as the dawn summons us to live another day. We should realize that we are as much sent forth by Him as the angels who “do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.” There is some plan for each day’s work, which He will unfold to us if only we will look up to Him to do so; some mission to fulfill; some ministry to perform; some lesson patiently to learn, that we may be able to “reach others also.” As to our plans, we need not be anxious; because He who sends us forth is responsible to make the plan, according to His infinite wisdom; and to reveal it to us, however, dull and stupid ou…