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Pan flute

Pan flute

The figurine shows the Greek god Pan with the flute that is his trademark. In the Greek-Italian area, this type of flute is known since 6th/5th century BCE. It is also played in Palestine since the 1st century BCE. The Bible does not mention the pan flute.

Kefar Kenna Clay wedding jars

Kefar Kenna Clay wedding jars

Standing genes from Ashurnasirpal II palace

Standing genes from Ashurnasirpal II palace


The Rage of the Nazarenes

The Rage of the Nazarenes

‎That first sermon of Jesus to His own townfolk did not close as winningly as it began. Jesus knew the heart of these people, knew their selfish desire to profit by His greatness. So He warned them that His miraculous powers were not to be exerted to them. He would neither bring them into worldly honor nor cure their sick. At this, they rose against Him in tumultuous anger. They hustled Him out from the synagogue. Then, their wrath increasing with its expression, they haled Him to the top of a cliff beyond the town, meaning to cast Him from the edge and slay Him. “But he passing through the midst of them went his way.” ‎Thus the first persecution which broke out openly against the Christ was in His own native town. It was an example of the way other men were to rage against Him when He crossed their evil desires. As Jesus sadly said to the Nazarenes in His sermon, “No prophet is accepted in his own country.”

The Significance of the Burning Bush

The Significance of the Burning Bush

Exodus 3:2

Excerpt


The burning bush had a threefold significance. It was a picture of God (Deut. 33:16), for it revealed His glory and power, yet it was not consumed. Moses needed to be reminded of the glory and power of God, for he was about to undertake an impossible task. Second, the bush symbolized Israel going through the fire of affliction, but not consumed. How often nations have tried to exterminate the Jews, yet have failed! Finally, the bush illustrated Moses—a humble shepherd, who with God’s help would become a fire that could not be put out! Note that Moses was brought to the place where he bowed before God and adored Him in wonder, for this is the true beginning of Christian service. Servants who know how to take off their shoes in humility can be used of God to walk in power. Later we see that before God called Isaiah, He revealed His glory (Isa. 6). The memory of the burning bush must have encouraged Moses during many a trying mile in t…

Foundational Truth

Foundational Truth

Hebrews 6:1–2

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What are the foundation truths on which we can rely?

Repentance from dead works. Coming to Christ we realize that our works had nothing to do with salvation or the life Jesus offers. We turn away from a “works righteousness” in the Christian life as well.

Faith in God. Trust in God is the key to salvation. That transaction of saving faith is complete.

Instruction about baptisms. In the early church, careful instruction preceded baptism. It is likely this refers to the basic doctrines taught and accepted before baptism took place.

Laying on of hands. This may refer to church discipline (leaders were appointed with the laying on of hands) or perhaps to teaching about the Holy Spirit (whose entry into the believer was so symbolized).

The Resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. These doctrines summarize the believer’s hope. More


Richards, Larry, and Lawrence O. Richards. The Teacher’s Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1987. Print.

Her Firstborn

Her Firstborn

Luke 2:7

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The reference to Jesus as the “firstborn” does not preclude Mary’s and Joseph’s later having had children as “only” (monogenēs) would, but it need not require the birth of other children either. An ancient grave inscription that speaks of the deceased as having died while giving birth to her “firstborn” son proves this (cf. also 2 Esdra 6:58;Pss. Sol.13:9; 18:4). In light of the later references to the “brothers and sisters of Jesus” (Luke 8:19–21; Acts 1:14; cf. Mark 6:3;etc.), Luke probably used “firstborn” instead of monogenēs because he knew of other sons. Luke clearly did not want to indicate that Jesus was Mary’s only son, or else he would have used monogenēs. In addition Matt 1:25 strongly implies that Joseph and Mary lived in a normal marital relationship after Jesus’ birth. This reference to Mary’s firstborn son prepares the reader for Luke 2:22–24.


Stein, Robert H. Luke. Vol. 24. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992. Print. The New Ame…

Connect the Testaments

June 30: By Your Example
Esther 8:1–10:3; 3 John 5–15; Psalm 118:17–29

By nature, we are creatures of imitation. Children mimic the traits of their parents, and even in later life we are influenced by the habits of our friends. People naturally imitate, even if they don’t realize it or intend to. This is one reason why “lead by example” is such a powerful principle. It’s also why leaders can change the direction of a whole community—for better or worse (Jas 3:1).
Diotrephes, an ambitious member of the early church who misused his power, was unwilling to heed the advice of John and others who reprimanded him. In his letter to Gaius, a church leader known for his faithfulness and love, John gives this advice regarding Diotrephes: “Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God” (3 John 11).
Throughout his letters, John emphasizes that people’s actions reflect their heart. Diotrephes’ actions told a disma…

Morning and Evening

Morning, June 30      Go To Evening Reading

         “And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them.”
         —John 17:22

Behold the superlative liberality of the Lord Jesus, for he hath given us his all. Although a tithe of his possessions would have made a universe of angels rich beyond all thought, yet was he not content until he had given us all that he had. It would have been surprising grace if he had allowed us to eat the crumbs of his bounty beneath the table of his mercy; but he will do nothing by halves, he makes us sit with him and share the feast. Had he given us some small pension from his royal coffers, we should have had cause to love him eternally; but no, he will have his bride as rich as himself, and he will not have a glory or a grace in which she shall not share. He has not been content with less than making us joint-heirs with himself, so that we might have equal possessions. He has emptied all his estate into the coffers of the Church, and hath all thing…

My Utmost for His Highest

June 30th
Do it now


Agree with thine adversary quickly. Matthew 5:25.

Jesus Christ is laying down this principle—Do what you know you must do, now, and do it quickly; if you do not, the inevitable process will begin to work and you will have to pay to the last farthing in pain and agony and distress. God’s laws are unalterable; there is no escape from them. The teaching of Jesus goes straight to the way we are made up.
To see that my adversary gives me my rights is natural; but Jesus says that it is a matter of eternal and imperative importance to me that I pay my adversary what I owe him. From our Lord’s standpoint, it does not matter whether I am defrauded or not; what does matter is that I do not defraud. Am I insisting on my rights, or am I paying what I owe from Jesus Christ’s standpoint?
Do the thing quickly, bring yourself to judgment now. In moral and spiritual matters, you must do it at once; if you do not, the inexorable process will begin to work. God is determined to have…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

June 30

  Let us not sleep, as do others
1 Thess. 5:6
There are many ways of promoting Christian wakefulness. Among the rest, let me strongly advise Christians to converse together concerning the ways of the Lord. Christian and Hopeful, as they journeyed toward the Celestial City, said to themselves:
“To prevent drowsiness in this place, let us fall into good discourse.”
Christians who isolate themselves and walk alone are very liable to grow drowsy. Hold Christian company, and you will be kept wakeful by it, and refreshed and encouraged to make quicker progress on the road to Heaven.

toSpurgeon

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

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

June 30

  Let us not sleep, as do others
1 Thess. 5:6
There are many ways of promoting Christian wakefulness. Among the rest, let me strongly advise Christians to converse together concerning the ways of the Lord. Christian and Hopeful, as they journeyed toward the Celestial City, said to themselves:
“To prevent drowsiness in this place, let us fall into good discourse.”
Christians who isolate themselves and walk alone are very liable to grow drowsy. Hold Christian company, and you will be kept wakeful by it, and refreshed and encouraged to make quicker progress on the road to Heaven.

toSpurgeon

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