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Tiberias, on the Sea of Galilee

Tiberias, on the Sea of Galilee

‎After remaining a few days at Capernaum with His mother and His disciples Jesus went up to Jerusalem. We have no record that our Savior ever entered Tiberias, but He must have been in this city many times. It is one of the most sacred cities of the Jews in Palestine, and now has a population of about six thousand souls. Four thousand of them are Jews, three hundred are Christians and the rest Moslems. The view above is very charming. Our artist remarked upon reaching the city that it was the most picturesque place he had ever seen. Here are little boats in the lake, the nets of the fishermen hanging out to dry, the cacti and the palm trees. The people appear to be extremely poor. It was with difficulty that we secured permission to take photographs. When the Governor of the town found out our mission he permitted us to carry out our purpose, conditioning his permission on our promise to send him a picture of everything that we secured in the place. Tib…

The Fountain of Elisha, whose Waters were Miraculously Sweetened by the Prophet

The Fountain of Elisha, whose Waters were Miraculously Sweetened by the Prophet





Safflower

Safflower

‎Scholars suppose that the saffron (Crocus sativus) mentioned in Song 4:13–14 is to be identified with the crocus. The spice saffron derives from the tip of the saffron crocus thread; it is used for coloring food and beverages. ‎Song 4:13–14


Safflower Plant Safflower is a highly branched, herbaceous, thistle-like annual plant. It is commercially cultivated for vegetable oil extracted from the seeds. Plants are 30 to 150 cm tall with globular flower heads having yellow, orange, or red flowers. Each branch will usually have from one to five flower heads containing 15 to 20 seeds per head. Safflower is native to arid environments having seasonal rain. It grows a deep taproot which enables it to thrive in such environments.en.wikipedia.org · Text under CC-BY-SA license Wikipedia Scientific name: Carthamus tinctoriusBiological classification:SpeciesBelongs to:Carthamus

Caesarea theater

Caesarea theater

The Extraordinary in the Ordinary

The Extraordinary in the Ordinary

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‎Our experience of prayer is similar in some ways to the Trobriander’s fishing preferences. Most of our prayer takes place in the lagoons of life. We live in the everyday. Our experiences of God usually come from familiar events: a child’s loving touch, a mate’s caress, the satisfaction of steady Christian growth. Most of our spiritual sustenance comes from this common, faithful source. Occasionally, circumstances or desire force us to leap into the supernatural realm, and God descends to meet us in a special way. It is a meeting laden with all the drama, derring-do, and indeed, danger of a Moses meeting God on Mount Sinai. “Who shall look on the face of God and live?” Thankfully, most of our prayer takes place in the lagoon; thankfully, we live most of our lives by the rules of the ordinary. …


Muck, Terry C. Liberating the Leader’s Prayer Life. Vol. 2. Carol Stream, IL; Waco, TX: Christianity Today, Inc.; Word Books, 1985. Print. The Leadership …

Canaan

Canaan

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Though the land was God’s gift to Israel, it could be won only by hard fighting. The Lord gave them title to the territory but they had to possess it by marching on every part. The boundaries established by God and promised to Abraham (Gen. 15:18-21) and Moses (Deut. 1:6-8) were to extend from the wilderness on the south to the Lebanon mountain range on the north, and from the Euphrates River on the east to the Great Sea, the Mediterranean,on the west. The added expression, all the Hittite country, probably refers not to the extensive empire of that name north of Canaan but to the fact that in ancient times the whole population of Canaan or any part of it was sometimes called “Hittite” (cf. Gen. 15:20). “Pockets” of Hittite peoples existed here and there in Canaan.

Thirty-eight years earlier Joshua had explored this good and fruitful land as 1 of the 12 spies (Num. 13:1-16; there [Num. 13:8] he is called “Hoshea,” a variant spelling of his name). The memory of its beauty a…

Fishermen and Their Methods

Fishermen and Their Methods

Luke 5:2–7

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The strenuous life of fishermen required a strong physique (Lk. 5:2), and their speech was sometimes rough (Mk. 14:70f). At least seven of Jesus’ disciples were fishermen: Peter, Andrew, probably Philip, who also came from Bethsaida (Aram. for ‘house of fishing’) on the Sea of Galilee, James, John, Thomas and Nathanael (Mt. 4:18, 21; Jn. 1:44; 21:2). Some of these were partners in fishing and were used to working together (Lk. 5:7, 10).

The Bible mentions fishing by *net, specifically the casting-net (Mt. 4:18) and the large drag-net (Mt. 13:47).
On the Sea of Galilee the fishermen used small boats, which were propelled by oars (Jn. 6:19). The statement that the wind was contrary (Mt. 14:24) may indicate the use of a sail as in the present-day fishing-boats on this lake. (*Ships and Boats.) Often on the Sea of Galilee fishing was done at night (Lk. 5:5; Jn. 21:3). During the day the fisherman on the shore or wading in the water could throw the…

Megiddo: Jezreel Valley—Environmental Sculpture

Megiddo: Jezreel Valley—Environmental Sculpture

‎The surroundings are an important element in environmental sculpture, and they influence its meaning. The basalt rock overlooking the Jezreel Valley is part of the sculpture by Berny Fink, a member of Kibbutz Yizrael. The sculpture, that was inspired by the ancient altars found in the area, is called Gateway to the Valley. Near here a pre-historic cave was found and in front of it a grave containing the remains of a Neanderthal man from the Paleolithic period

Morning and Evening

Morning, June 8                                         Go To Evening Reading

         “There [fell] many slain because the war was of God.”
—1 Chronicles 5:22
Warrior, fighting under the banner of the Lord Jesus, observe this verse with holy joy, for as it was in the days of old so is it [now] if the war [is] of God the victory is sure. The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and the [half-tribe]of Manasseh could barely muster five and forty thousand fighting men. [Furthermore,] in their war with the Hagarites, they slew “men, [a] hundred thousand[.]” “for they cried to God in the battle, and he [were solicited] with [them] because they put their trust in him.” The Lord saveth not by many nor by few; it is ours to go forth in Jehovah’s name if we [are] but a handful of men, for the Lord of Hosts is with us for our Captain. They did not neglect buckler, and sword, and bow, neither did they place their trust in these weapons; we must use all [suitable] means, but our confidence must rest i…

My Utmost for His Highest

June 8th
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Determine to know more than others. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. John 13:17.

If you do not cut the moorings, God will have to break them [with] a storm and send you out. Launch all [upon] God, go out on the great swelling tide of His purpose, and you will get your eyes open. If you believe in Jesus, you are not to spend all your time in the smooth waters just inside the harbour bar, full of delight, but always moored; you have to get out through the harbour bar into the great deeps of God and begin to know for yourself, begin to have spiritual discernment.
When you know you should do a thing, and do it, immediately you know more. Revise where you have become ‘stodgy’ spiritually, and you will find it goes back to a point where there was something you knew you should do, but you did not do it because there seemed no immediate call to, and now you have no perception, no discernment; at a time of crisis you are spiritually distracted instead o…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

June 8

  Thou shall never wash my feet
John 13:8
Whatever hinders us from receiving a blessing that God is willing to bestow upon us is not humility, but the mockery of it. A genuine humility will ever feel the need of the largest measures of grace, and will be perfected just in the degree in which that grace is bestowed. The truly humble man will seek to be filled with all the fullness of God, knowing that when so filled there is not the slightest place for pride or for self.

George Bowen

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