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Painted Tombs of Marissa

Painted Tombs of Marissa

1. Defence Walls Indeed in the great defence walls lies the building history of the Jews. They were hurriedly built and frequently destroyed. Destruction and reparation alternated so consistently, that each successive city within was little more than a temporary housement, at all times subservient to the more important work of defence. Under such conditions nothing flourished, least of all architecture. Building art became a thing of bare temporary utility.
2. Streets Streets (Fig. 1) were laid out without method; narrow, tortuous alleys broken into by projections, founded at the will of each individual builder, served as main thoroughfares (Bible Sidelights, 95; Excavation of Gezer, Vol I, p. 167 ff); cf similarity of conditions with streets of Mediterranean city of Philakopi (Journal RIBA, XI, 531). See CITY. Masonry was usually of rough unhewn stones, un skilfully laid without mortar, and buildings were rarely on the square. Under these conditions the enthu…

Fishing with a Dragnet

Fishing with a Dragnet
‎Fish, important in the Egyptian diet, tempted some Hebrews to return to Egyptian slavery. Fish were plentiful in the Nile, in its backwaters, and in ponds dug for raising them or facilitating their natural growth. This image shows Egyptians fishing with a net. In the printed labeling from the source book for this image, “A” indicates the net outline, “B” the flotation devices, buoyant plant material for keeping the rim of the net above water, and “C” the weights for the bottom of the net. ‎Num 11:5, Isa 19:8, Hab 1:14–17

Nablus (Ancient Shechem), and Mt. Ebal, from Gerizim, looking Northeast, Palestine

Nablus (Ancient Shechem), and Mt. Ebal, from Gerizim, looking Northeast, Palestine
‎Josh. 24

The Marvelous Gorge of Brook Cherith, and Elijah Convent, Palestine

The Marvelous Gorge of Brook Cherith, and Elijah Convent, Palestine
‎1 Kings 17:3–7

On the North Shore of the Dead Sea, looking Southwest, Palestine

On the North Shore of the Dead Sea, looking Southwest, Palestine

Matthew 20:1

Matthew 20:1

X Herken another similitude.* There was a certayn housholder*/which planted a vyneyarde*/and bedged it round about*/and made a wynpresse in it/& bylt a tower and let it out to husbandmē/& went into a straunge coūtre. And when the tyme of the frute drewe neare: he sent his servaūtes to the husbandmē/to receave the frutes of it. And the husbandmen caught his servaūtes/& bet one/kylled another/and stoned another. Agayn he sent other servaūtes moo then the first: & they served them lykwyse. But last of all he sent unto them his owne sone sayinge: they wyll feare my sone. But when the husbandmen sawe the sone/they sayde amonges them selfes. This is the heyre: come let us kyl him/& let us take his inheritaunce to our selfes. And they caught him and thrust him out of the vyneyarde/and slewe him. When the lorde of the vyneyarde cōmeth/what will he do with those husbandmen? They sayd unto him: he wyll cruellye destroye those evyl persons/& will let out his …

Connect the Testaments

July 25: The Difficult Issue of the Heretics
2 Samuel 14:1–15:37; 2 Peter 1:16–21; Psalm 141:1–142:7

Distinguishing between correct and false teaching has plagued nearly every church. We ask questions such as, “Are we venturing too far in that direction?” “Is this just my personal theological issue, or is this actually a big deal?” “Should I be concerned about that, or is it simply a matter of individual choice?” Thankfully, the NT clarifies many of these issues for us.

Throughout Peter’s second letter, he addresses the challenge of warding off false teachers; he aims to defend the gospel and explain why the false teachers’ claims are incorrect. To do so, Peter hinges his argument on his own experience—on what he witnessed. In his case, arguing from personal witness makes sense: Peter actually knew Jesus.

He writes, “For we did not make known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ by following ingeniously concocted myths, but by being eyewitnesses of that one’s majesty. F…

Morning and Evening

Morning, July 25 Go To Evening Reading

         “He left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.”
—Genesis 39:12
In contending with certain sins, there remains no mode of victory but by flight. The ancient naturalists wrote much of basilisks, whose eyes fascinated their victims and rendered them easy victims; so the mere gaze of wickedness puts us in grave danger. The man who would be safe from acts of evil must haste away from occasions of it. A covenant must be made with our eyes not even to look upon the cause of temptation, for such sins only need a spark, to begin with, and a blaze follows in an instant. Who would wantonly enter the leper’s prison and sleep amid its horrible corruption? He only who desires to be leprous himself would thus court contagion. If the mariner knew how to avoid a storm, he would do anything rather than run the risk of weathering it. Cautious pilots have no desire to try how near the quicksand they can sail, or how often they may touch a rock …

My Utmost for His Highest

July 25th
Am I blessed like this?

Blessed are … Matthew 5:3–10.

When we first read the statements of Jesus they seem wonderfully simple and unstartling, and they sink unobserved into our unconscious minds. For instance, the Beatitudes seem merely mild and beautiful precepts for all unworldly and useless people, but of very little practical use in the stern workaday world in which we live. We soon find, however, that the Beatitudes contain the dynamite of the Holy Ghost. They explode, as it were when the circumstances of our lives cause them to do so. When the Holy Spirit brings to our remembrance one of these Beatitudes we say—‘What a startling statement that is!’ and we have to decide whether we will accept the tremendous spiritual upheaval that will be produced in our circumstances if we obey His words. That is the way the Spirit of God works. We do not need to be born again to apply the Sermon on the Mount literally. The literal interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount is child’s…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

July 25

  Do thou that which is good
2 Kings 10:5
Keep as few good intentions hovering about as possible. They are like ghosts haunting a dwelling. The way to lay them is to find bodies for them. When they are embodied in substantial deeds they are no longer dangerous.

William Arnot

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