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Uprising in Prison, Damascus

Uprising in Prison, Damascus
‎ On Wednesday, May 16th, 1894, the artist and one of the editors had just returned from a carriage drive to Dummar in the environs of Damascus. We were at dinner with fifteen or twenty French capitalists from Paris, in Syria at the time in the interest of their railroad from Beyrout to Damascus. Suddenly conversation ceased as we heard an awful and unearthly noise in front of the hotel. At once we all rushed to the front veranda in the second story of the Victoria Hotel. The public square in front was filled with people, and from the opening in the center of the city prison brickbats were being hurled, and from the top soldiers were shooting at the prisoners within. I had never before seen one man fire a gun at another. The multitudinous roar that came up from the five hundred prisoners within seemed to be an expression of despair, starvation, and utter wretchedness. It was horrible; several were already killed and others were wounded. After an hour of f…

Tower of David, Old Wall, and Olive Trees—Jerusalem

Tower of David, Old Wall, and Olive Trees—Jerusalem


‎In Bible times, the towers formed part of the defenses of fortified cities (Neh. 3:1). They were erected beside the city gates—the one in our picture is at the Jaffa Gate—at the corners of the walls, and at intervals in the intervening space (2 Chronicles 26:9). Watchmen were stationed on them, military engines for shooting arrows and stones were mounted on them, and the citizens found refuge in them when much pressed by the enemy (Judges 9:51–52).
‎Within their massive walls, the inmates were secure; their height allowed openings for light and air, out of reach of the adversary; and from their top, missiles could be advantageously discharged at the foe.

Modern Egyptian Potter

Modern Egyptian Potter


Jebel Musa

Jebel Musa


‎Jebel Musa from bottom

Gennesaret

Gennesaret

Luke 5:1

Excerpt


The term “Gennesaret” refers to a fertile, heavily populated area at the northwestern corner of the Sea of Galilee. Capernaum lies at the lake’s northern tip. The district’s name was at times extended to the lake so that it could be called the Lake of Gennesaret. In light of the setting, this description serves primarily a geographical purpose rather than a theological one. More


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

Ephes-dammin

Ephes-dammin

Excerpt


Ephes-dammim was located about six kilometers (about four miles) northeast of Socoh. The meaning of this name is uncertain. But it refers to the same place that is called “Pas Dammim” in 1 Chr 11:13 (and, in some versions that are based on the Septuagint, in 2 Sam 23:9). Since the reference is to the same place, translators would be justified in using the same spelling here and in the other passages where this place is referred to.


Omanson, Roger L., and John Ellington. A Handbook on the First Book of Samuel. New York: United Bible Societies, 2001. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Hill of Sarîs

Hill of Sarîs

‎Leaving the scene described on the Jerusalem road, Joseph and Mary would next pass the Hill of Sarîs. The village of Sarîs lies on the road from Jaffa to Jerusalem on a plateau with numerous olive trees. Winding up the side of another valley we ascend the hill on which lie the ruins of the ancient Sarîs. From the top of this hill a beautiful view of the tree-crowned, flower-decked plains may be seen, while beyond lies the silent sea shining in the sunlight. The hill wears a crown of wild olives, which graciously spread their protecting arms as if to shut out the very memory of the desolate ruins at their feet. “I have often tried,” says Thomson, “to realize the appearance of these valleys and hills around Jerusalem during the great feasts. Covered with olive groves, fruit orchards and terraced vineyards, beneath whose friendly bowers many a happy family and neighborhood group assembled, rising rank over rank to the very top of the mountains; I marvel that no artist has…

Connect the Testaments

August 19: The Cost of Comfort
Isaiah 39:1–40:31; Luke 14:1–35; Job 9:12–19

“ ‘[You all] comfort; comfort my people,’ says your God. ‘Speak to the heart of Jerusalem, and call to her, that her compulsory labor is fulfilled, that her sin is paid for, that she has received from the hand of Yahweh double for all her sins’ ” (Isa 40:1–2). God directed this command at the prophet and a group of people—possibly all those remaining in Israel. They were to speak comfort to the exiled Israelites, to call them home again.

Sometimes we feel the need for this kind of comfort. Like the prodigal son in the pig sty, we feel exiled and alone; we have paid our sentence, and we want to go home. We’re not even asking for joy—just comfort. Despite their sins, God responded to the Israelites. But God did not merely restore them to their former state. He sent the Suffering Servant, prophesied later in Isaiah (Isa 52:13–53:12), to die on behalf of the people, to pay for the sins that resulted in exile in the …

Morning and Evening

Morning, August 19Go To Evening Reading

“He shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord.”
         —Micah 5:4
Christ’s reign in his Church is that of a shepherd-king. He has supremacy, but it is the superiority of a wise and tender shepherd over his needy and loving flock; he commands and receives obedience, but it is the willing obedience of the well-cared-for sheep, rendered joyfully to their beloved Shepherd, whose voice they know so well. He rules by the force of love and the energy of goodness.

His reign is practical in its character. It is said, “He shall stand and feed.” The great Head of the Church is actively engaged in providing for his people. He does not sit down upon the throne in an empty state, or hold a sceptre without wielding it in government. No, he stands and feeds. The expression “feed,” in the original, is like an analogous one in the Greek, which means to shepherdize, to do everything expected of a shepherd: to guide, to watch, to preserve, to restore, to te…

My Utmost for His Highest

August 19th
Self-consciousness


Come unto Me. Matthew 11:28.

God means us to live a fully-orbed life in Christ Jesus, but there are times when that life is attacked from the outside, and we tumble into a way of introspection which we thought had gone. Self-consciousness is the first thing that will upset the completeness of the life in God, and self-consciousness continually produces wrestling. Self-consciousness is not sin; it may be produced by a nervous temperament or by a sudden dumping down into new circumstances. It is never God’s will that we should be anything less than absolutely complete in Him. Anything that disturbs rest in Him must be cured at once, and it is not cured by being ignored, but by coming to Jesus Christ. If we come to Him and ask Him to produce Christ-consciousness, He will always do it until we learn to abide in Him.

Never allow the dividing up of your life in Christ to remain without facing it. Beware of leakage, of the dividing up of your life by the influ…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

August 19

  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in me
John 15:4
From moment to moment, and from hour to hour, the inner nature of man is to be continuously sustained with the life of God. Only as I am constantly receiving His fullness into my emptiness am I really living in the true, full, deep sense of the word, that life of eternity, which is my privilege now, and will be my glory hereafter.

W. Hay Aitken

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