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Loom

Loom

‎Spinning wool and weaving it into textiles belonged to the tasks done by women. ‎Exod 28:32; 35:35; 39:27; Lev 19:19; Judg 16:13; 1 Sam 17:7; 2 Sam 21:19; Luke 12:27; John 19:23


The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem


Near-Eastern plane tree

Near-Eastern plane tree

‎The Near-Eastern plane (Platanus orientalis) grows mainly in northern Palestine in ravines where the streams have water during the entire year. Planes can reach a height up to 20 m. ‎Gen 30:37; Ezek 31:8;Sirach 24:14

Flow Chart Showing the Process of Olive Oil Extraction

Flow Chart Showing the Process of Olive Oil Extraction



OLIVE CULTIVATION IN ANCIENT ISRAEL
The cultivation of olive trees, the production of olive oil, and its transshipment were significant components of the economy of the Levant from at least the Chalcolithic period, as attested to by olive pits found in Chalcolithic sites (e.g. at Teleilat el-Ghassul), with the olive tree having been cultivated already in the Neolithic period, as witnessed to by the recovery of olive stones from the excavations in Jericho in Natufian and PPNB contexts. At most Palestinian sites, however, olive wood is not found in large quantities until the Early Bronze Age when large-scale cultivation of the olive tree appears to have coincided with the onset of urbanization (Frankel, 1997:179). Archaeological investigations have provided considerable evidence concerning the abundance of olives in ancient Israel. Olive stones have been found in numerous sites, but since olives were transported from one site to ano…

Be Hospitable

Be Hospitable

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Hospitality (philazenos, “love of strangers”) is a telltale virtue of the people of God. Paul told the Roman church to “Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality” (Romans 12:13). “Practice” means “pursue” or “chase” and sometimes means “strenuous pursuit.” Christians and especially leaders are not simply to wait for opportunities for hospitality but are to pursue them. They are to do it “without grumbling,” as Peter says (1 Peter 4:9).

Today’s elder must be a joyous host. He must invite people to his table. His home must be open. Hospitality is all over the New Testament. And the writer of Hebrews offers an enchanting motivation: “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it” (13:2). These are God’s thoughts on hospitality!

Hughes, R. Kent, and Bryan Chapell. 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus: To Guard the Deposit. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2000. Print. Preaching the Word.

Torah in Proverbs

Torah in Proverbs

Proverbs 3:1

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Proverbs knows of Torah as an advice of a parent (1:8; 3:1) or a sage (13:14). Torah is paralleled to reproof (1:8), command (3:1), and a good lesson (4:2). Although many of the occurrences of Torah here are in the sense of general wisdom, the specific use of Torah as religious instruction appears also (28:9; 29:18).


Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bible dictionary 1985 : 1084. Print.

Darkness

Darkness

Psalm 139:11–12
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Imagery based on darkness is especially prominent in the poetic books where it represents destruction, death, and the underworld (Isa. 5:30;47:5; Ps. 143:3; Job 17:13; cf. Mark 15:33) in a manner similar to that known in other ancient Near Eastern cultures. Conceived as a curse or punishment (Deut. 28:29; Ps. 35:6), darkness characterizes the coming Day of the Lord (Joel 2:2; Amos 5:18). God’s appearance is often accompanied by darkness (1 Kings 8:12), which, according to Gen. 1:2, prevailed prior to creation, although Isa. 45:7 and Ps. 104:20 assert that it was created by God. The Dead Sea Scrolls contrast light and darkness as representing the forces of good and evil, both metaphysically and psychologically; a similar view has been noted in the Gospel of John.


Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bible dictionary 1985 : 207. Print.

Connect the Testaments

June 28: Meet and Greet
Esther 1:1–2:23; 2 John 7–13; Psalm 116:1–19

“If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house and do not speak a greeting to him, because the one who speaks a greeting to him shares in his evil deeds” (2 John 9–11).
This passage is sometimes used as support for forming exclusive communities—ones that don’t interact with people who don’t believe in the gospel or who have a different faith. Based on this passage, some believe that we as Christians are not permitted to interact with nonbelievers. Is that what John is really teaching?
John issued this warning during a time when false teachers were spreading confusing doctrines about Christ. He exhorted believers to “test the spirits” to see if these teachers were actually from God (1 John 4:1). They would know if these teachers were from God if they confessed the true message of Jesus Christ—specifically that He had come in the flesh and was from God (1 John 2:1).
John wan…

My Utmost for His Highest

June 28th
Apprehended by God


If that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended. Phil. 3:12.

Never choose to be a worker; but when once God has put His call on you, woe be to you if you turn to the right hand or to the left. We are not here to work for God because we have chosen to do so, but because God has apprehended us. There is never any thought of—‘Oh well, I am not fitted for this.’ What you are to preach is determined by God, not by your own natural inclinations. Keep your soul steadfastly related to God, and remember that you are called not to bear testimony only, but to preach the gospel. Every Christian must testify, but when it comes to the call to preach, there must be the agonizing grip of God’s hand on you. Your life is in the grip of God for that one thing. How many of us are held like that?
Never water down the word of God; preach it in its undiluted sternness. There must be unflinching loyalty to the word of God; but when you come to personal dealing with …

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

June 28

  Be ye, therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect
Matt 5:48
Seeking the aid of the Holy Spirit, let us aim at perfection. Let every day see some sin crucified, some battle fought, some good done, some victory won; let every fall be followed by a rise, and every step gained become, not a resting-place, but a new starting-point for further and higher progress.

Guthrie

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