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Ruins of the Palace of Nero

Ruins of the Palace of Nero

The Lost One Found

The Lost One Found

‎While Jesus thus debated in the Temple, Mary and Joseph had started back toward Nazareth. They were not made anxious by the absence of the active but always obedient youth; for, as there was quite a caravan of the religious travellers, the parents supposed the boy to be walking with some of their friends, or running on ahead with other lads. Only when night came and he did not seek the shelter of their fire, did the maternal heart of Mary throb in alarm. Search was at once made throughout the caravan. Then the parents, their peaceful life suddenly shattered with fear, hastened back to Jerusalem, searching everywhere.
‎They found the lad at last among the rabbis of the Temple; and Mary, even while embracing him, rebuked him gently for this first deliberate pang he had ever given her: “Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.” The answer shows the awakened consciousness of Godhood, the pitying knowledge that even fi…

Jar Handles

Jar Handles

These storage jar handles from Hellenistic Dor are the earliest known examples of Palestinian pottery stamped with Greek letters. Stratigraphic evidence dates these finds to ca. 130 BCE, a full century after many have argued for a thorough going Hellenization of the Levant. (From Ariel et al. 1985:137f.)
Harrison, Robert. “Hellenization in Syria-Palestine: The Case of Judea in the Third Century Bce.”Biblical Archaeologist: Volume 57 1-4 2001 : 104. Print.

Jabbok River

Jabbok River
‎Jabbok River with Penuel to east

Pergamum Theater and Modern Bergama, Turkey

Pergamum Theater and Modern Bergama, Turkey

Graphic Depictions of the Mesopotamian Myth of Etana

Graphic Depictions of the Mesopotamian Myth of Etana

Graphic depictions of the Mesopotamian myth of Etana are known from several cylinder seals. In this impression made by a seal of Old Akkadian date (ca. 2300 BCE), Etana scales heaven on the back of an eagle who carries the King aloft to do reconnaissance for the “plant of birth.” Illustration by Rhonda Root.
Hallo, William W. “Albright and the Gods of Mesopotamia.” Biblical Archaeologist: Volume 56 1-4 2001 : 21. Print.

Gecko on Mount Gilboa

Gecko on Mount Gilboa

‎Though the lizard pictured here is called a Mediterranean House Gecko, it is also well-adapted to surviving in the wild—in this case, on Israel’s Mount Gilboa. Geckos take refuge in cracks in rocks and trees that afford them both protection and an easy escape route should they be attacked. They capture and consume their prey, exclusively insects, at night. Observers note peak activity at about 2 A.M. ‎Lev 11:30, Prov 30:28 ‎Image by Nir Ofir, from Wikimedia Commons. License: CC BY-SA 2.5

Connect the Testaments

August 3: The Art of Discipline
Isaiah 5:1–6:13; Luke 1:67–2:21; Job 2:1–10

Jesus didn’t die for us so that we could continue to sin—He sacrificed Himself so that we could have sinless lives. God is patient, but His patience does not last forever. We wouldn’t test His patience so often if we had not lost sight of the notion of discipline, a concept that is at the forefront in the OT.

In the book of Isaiah, God describes His people using the image of a vineyard:
“And now let me tell you what I myself am about to do to my vineyard. I will remove its hedge, and it shall become a devastation. I will break down its wall, and it shall become a trampling. And I will make it a wasteland; it shall not be pruned and hoed, and it shall be overgrown with briers and thornbushes.… For the vineyard of Yahweh of hosts is the house of Israel, and the man of Judah is the plantation of his delight. And he [Yahweh] waited for justice, but look! Bloodshed! For righteousness, but look! A cry of distress!” (I…

Morning and Evening

Morning, August 3Go To Evening Reading

         “The Lamb is the light thereof.” —Revelation 21:23
Quietly contemplate the Lamb as the light of heaven. Light in Scripture is the emblem of joy. The joy of the saints in heaven is comprised in this: Jesus chose us, loved us, bought us, cleansed us, robed us, kept us, glorified us: we are here entirely through the Lord Jesus. Each one of these thoughts shall be to them like a cluster of the grapes of Eshcol. Light is also the cause of beauty. Nought of beauty is left when the light is gone. Without light, no radiance flashes from the sapphire, no peaceful ray proceedeth from the pearl; and thus all the beauty of the saints above comes from Jesus. As planets, they reflect the light of the Sun of Righteousness; they live as beams proceeding from the central orb. If he withdrew, they must die; if his glory were veiled, their glory must expire. Light is also the emblem of knowledge. In heaven, our knowledge will be perfect, but the Lord Jesus …

My Utmost for His Highest

August 8th
Prayer in the Father’s honour


That holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. Luke 1:35.

If the Son of God is born into my mortal flesh, is His holy innocence and simplicity and oneness with the Father getting a chance to manifest itself in me? What was true of the Virgin Mary in the historic introduction of God’s Son into this earth is true in every saint. The Son of God is born into me by the direct act of God; then I as a child of God have to exercise the right of a child, the right of being always face to face with my Father. Am I continually saying with amazement to my commonsense life—‘Why do you want to turn me off here? Don’t you know that I must be about my Father’s business?’ Whatever the circumstances may be, that Holy, Innocent, Eternal Child must be in contact with His Father.

Am I simple enough to identify myself with my Lord in this way? Is He getting His wonderful way in me? Is God realizing that His Son is formed in me, or have …

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

August 3

  Now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light
Eph. 5:8
We do not realize the importance of the unconscious part of our life ministry. It goes on continually. In every greeting we give to another on the street, in every moment’s conversation, in every letter we write, in every contact with other lives, there is a subtle influence that goes from us that often reaches further, and leaves a deeper impression than the things themselves that we are doing at the time. It is not so much what we do in this world as what we are, that tells in spiritual results and impressions.

J. R. Miller

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