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Two coins with symbols of the Feast of the Booths

Two coins with symbols of the Feast of the Booths
‎One of the two coins dates back to the time of the First Jewish Revolt (on the right: year 4 = 69/70 CE), the other to the Second Jewish Revolt (on the left: year 3 = 134/5 CE). Both coins show things that are of great importance for the Feast of the Booths: a date palm frond (lulav) and a lemon-like citrus fruit (etrog). ‎1 Macc 10:21; 2 Macc 1:18; 10:6; John 7:2

God Justifies

God Justifies
Romans 8:33–34

The next two questions Paul raised and answered are forensic or legal in nature. Who will bring any charge (enkalesei, “make a formal accusation in court; press charges”; cf. Acts 19:40; 23:29; 26:2) against those whom God has chosen? Satan is identified as “the accuser” of God’s people (Rev. 12:10; cf. Zech. 3:1). His accusations are valid because they are based on the believer’s sinfulness and defilement. But Satan’s accusations will be thrown out of court because it is God who justifies. The Judge Himself declares the accused person righteous on the basis of his faith in Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:24;5:1). As a result, all accusations are dismissed and no one can bring an accusation that will stand.

The related question is, Who is He that condemns? The Greek participle ho katakrinōn can have a future sense, “will condemn,” which seems preferable here. (Cf. katakrima, “condemnation, punishment” in 8:1.) Jesus Christ is God’s appointed Judge (John 5:22, 27;…

The Mount of Offense

The Mount of Offense

‎“And it came to pass when Jesus had finished all these sayings, He said unto his disciples, Ye know that after two days is the feast of the Passover, and the Son of Man is betrayed to be crucified. Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, and consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty and kill him.”—Matthew 26:1–4. It was then that Judas Iscariot covenanted with them and promised for thirty pieces of silver to betray his Lord. The house of Caiaphas, where Judas Iscariot sought the chief priests and scribes and negotiated with them, is thought to have been on the top of the Hill of Evil Counsel, south of the Valley of Hinnom. East of this Hill of Evil Counsel and south of the Mount of Olives is the Mount of Offense, a picture of which we give above. As the road from Bethany winds over the sloping shoulder of Olivet there is a steep declivity below o…

Bronze Basin

Bronze Basin

Coin of Augustus

Coin of Augustus
‎Coin of Augustus, struck at Antioch; known in the New Testament as the Assarion, or Farthing. Bronze.

Safaite Rock Drawing Found in the Desert East of Amman, Jordan

Safaite Rock Drawing Found in the Desert East of Amman, Jordan

Shepherds driving their flock into a fortified sheepfold erected to protect the animals from marauders. Extended walls shield the narrow entrance; a Safaite rock drawing found in the desert east of Amman, Jordan.
Throughout the NT, sheep are used in a figurative sense for human beings. Jesus speaks of “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matt. 10:6; 15:24; cf. Isa. 53:6) and has compassion on a crowd, which he considers to be like sheep without a shepherd (Matt. 9:36). Sheep also play a role in several parables of Jesus (12:11; 18:12; Luke 15:2–6), and the Gospel of John pictures Jesus as a protecting shepherd, willing to give his life for his sheep (10:7–9; cf. Ezek. 37:24; Ps. 23:1; Heb. 13:20). Jesus indicates that at the final judgment the Son of Man will separate the nations of the earth as a shepherd separates sheep from goats (Matt. 25:32). He is himself compared to a sheep led to slaughter (Acts 8:32; cf. Isa.…

Walking on Water

Walking on Water

1,2,4AS EVENING FELL 4His disciples had gone down to the sea, boarded the boat, and started to sail across to Capernaum. By now it was dark and Jesus had not yet joined them. Then a strong wind began blowing, and the sea became rough.
1,2Jesus, alone on the land, 2saw them straining at their oars. The boat was now in the middle of the sea and 1was being pounded by waves whipped up by the wind, 1,2which was blowing against them. In the fourth watch of the night, 4after they had rowed between three and four miles, 1Jesus walked toward them on the sea.

Cheney, Johnston M., Stanley A. Ellisen, and Johnston M. Cheney. Jesus Christ The Greatest Life: A Unique Blending of the Four Gospels. Eugene, OR: Paradise Publishing Inc., 1999. Print.

The Keys of Death and Hades

The Keys of Death and Hades

Revelation 1:18

...keys are the symbol of authority, and by having been raised from death, the glorified Christ has the power over death and the world of the dead; he has the power to leave people in death or to open the gates of Hades (seeIsa 38.10; Matt 16.18 [RSV footnote]) and let its inhabitants leave. This, of course, is a figure for the power to bring the dead to life.

Bratcher, Robert G., and Howard Hatton. A Handbook on the Revelation to John. New York: United Bible Societies, 1993. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Connect the Testaments

June 6: Being Made New
2 Chronicles 14:1–16:14; Titus 3:1–7; Psalm 97:1–98:9

We often fall into old habits that reflect the way we once were. Although we’ve been made new, we haven’t been made perfect, and sometimes it shows. People within our church communities might have one perception of us, but others may have experienced another side—one that can make us feel shameful about our witness (or lack thereof).
While Paul spoke to Titus about relationships within the Cretan community, he also emphasized that believers needed to think about how their actions affected those outside the community. They needed to obey authority (Titus 3:1) and show perfect courtesy to all people (Titus 3:3). Although the Cretans had been told this before, Paul wanted Titus to remind them. He would later offer another reminder as well (Titus 3:14).
We might be tempted to cultivate the impression that we’re better than we really are. But we have a responsibility to interact with all people in a way that reflec…

Morning and Evening

Morning, June 6                                         Go To Evening Reading

         “Behold, I am vile.”
—Job 40:4
One cheering word, poor lost sinner, for thee! You think you must not come to God because you are vile. Now, there is not a saint living on earth but has been made to feel that he is vile. If Job, and Isaiah, and Paul were all obliged to say “I am vile,” oh, poor sinner, wilt thou be ashamed to join in the same confession? If divine grace does not eradicate all sin from the believer, how dost thou hope to do it thyself? and if God loves his people while they are yet vile, dost thou think thy vileness will prevent his loving thee? Believe on Jesus, thou outcast of the world’s society! Jesus calls thee, and such as thou art.

         “Not the righteous, not the righteous;
         Sinners, Jesus came to call.”

Even now say, “Thou hast died for sinners; I am a sinner, Lord Jesus, sprinkle thy blood on me;” if thou wilt confess thy sin thou shalt find pardon. If, now, with …

My Utmost for His Highest

June 6th
Work out what God works in

Work out your own salvation. Phil. 2:12–13.

Your will agrees with God, but in your flesh, there is a disposition which renders you powerless to do what you know you ought to do. When the Lord is presented to the conscience, the first thing conscience does is to rouse the will, and the will always agrees with God. You say—‘But I do not know whether my will is in agreement with God.’ Look to Jesus and you will find that your will and your conscience are in agreement with Him every time. The thing in you which makes you say ‘I shan’t’ is something less profound than your will; it is perversity or obstinacy, and they are never in agreement with God. The profound thing in man is his will, not sin. Will is the essential element in God’s creation of man: sin is a perverse disposition which entered into man. In a regenerated man, the source of will is almighty, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” You have to wo…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

June 6

  Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord … I know that … whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day
John 11:21, 22, 23,
Beware, in your prayer, above everything, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. Expect unexpected things, above all that we ask or think. Each time you intercede, be quiet first and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do, of how He delights to hear Christ, of your place in Christ; and expect great things.

Andrew Murray

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