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Mount of Transfiguration

Mount of Transfiguration


“But how can we be sure that this message is the true Word of God?” Peter answers this question by referring to his experience with Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matt.17:1–13; Luke 9:27–36). Peter knew that he would not be in the body (his tabernacle) very long; see John 21:18. The word “decease” (v. 15) is actually “exodus”; it is the same word used of Christ’s death (Luke 9:31). When Christians die, it is not the end; rather, it is a triumphant exodus from this world into the next.

Wiersbe, Warren W. Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the New Testament. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1992. Print.

Statue of Iatros, “The Doctor”, Ephesus

Statue of Iatros, “The Doctor”, Ephesus

‎The statue of Iatros (“the Doctor”), probably an actual historical citizen, on Ephesus’ Curetes Street. This street was once lined with statues of Ephesus notables, but this statue is one of the few remaining.

“Hosanna in the Highest”

“Hosanna in the Highest”


“Hosanna!” is compounded of two words meaning “save” and “now,” or, “I pray,” and is written in full Hoshia-na, translated by the Septuagint, Σῶσον δή. The expressions uttered by the people are mostly derived from Ps. 118., which formed part of the great Hallel (Ps. 113–118) sung at the Feast of Tabernacles. “Hosanna!” was originally a formula of prayer and supplication, but later became a term of joy and congratulation. So here the cry signifies “Blessings on [or, ‘Jehovah bless’] the Son of David!” i.e. the Messiah, acknowledging Jesus to be he, the promised Prince of David’s line.

Spence-Jones, H. D. M., ed. St. Matthew. Vol. 2. London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909. Print. The Pulpit Commentary.

Floor, Ephesus Theater

Floor, Ephesus Theater

‎The floor of Ephesus theater, where the anti-monotheism riot of Acts 19:29–41 occurred.

Pilate Washing His Hands

Pilate Washing His Hands
Pilate washing his hands at the trial of Jesus (Matt. 27:24); from a fifth-century ivory.
Garcia-Treto, Francisco O. /Powell, Mark Allan. “Pilate, Pontius.” Ed. Mark Allan Powell. The HarperCollins Bible Ed. Mark Allan Powell. The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated) 2011 : 806. Print.

Connect the Testaments

August 22: Complaints
Isaiah 44:1–45:13; Luke 17:11–18:8; Job 10:1–10

Complaining can be automatic. We complain about the weather, our children, our jobs. And we might do it for any number of reasons—even something as trivial as to keep a conversation going. Although we might complain lightly, we still betray something about our hearts. We assume that we are owed something—that we are entitled.

We might readily admit this. We might freely say that this should not be our posture before people or before God. But Job challenges our stereotype of the complainer. What can we learn from his complaints? In his outcries, we find someone struggling to understand his situation before God. He prays, “My inner self-loathes my life; I want to give vent to my complaint; I want to speak out of the bitterness of my inner self. I will say to God, ‘You should not condemn me; let me know why you contend against me’ ” (Job 10:1–2). He repeats and recasts his elevated and prolonged complaints in surprising…

Morning and Evening

Morning, August 22 Go To Evening Reading

         “I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick of love.”          —Song of Solomon 5:8
Such is the language of the believer panting after present fellowship with Jesus, he is sick for his Lord. Gracious souls are never perfectly at ease except they are in a state of nearness to Christ; for when they are away from him they lose their peace. The nearer to him, the nearer to the perfect calm of heaven; the nearer to him, the fuller the heart is, not only of peace, but of life, and vigour, and joy, for these all depend on constant intercourse with Jesus. What the sun is to the day, what the moon is to the night, what the dew is to the flower, such is Jesus Christ to us. What bread is to the hungry, clothing to the naked, the shadow of a great rock to the traveller in a weary land, such is Jesus Christ to us; and, therefore, if we are not consciously one with him, little marvel if our spirit c…

My Utmost for His Highest

August 22nd
“I indeed … but He”

I indeed baptize you with water … but He … shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire. Matthew 3:11.

Have I ever come to a place in my experience where I can say—“I indeed … but He”? Until that moment does come, I will never know what the baptism of the Holy Ghost means. “I indeed” am at an end, I cannot do a thing: “but He” begins just there—He does the things no one else can ever do. Am I prepared for His coming? Jesus cannot come as long as there is anything in the way either of goodness or badness. When He comes am I prepared for Him to drag into the light every wrong thing I have done? It is just there that He comes. Wherever I know I am unclean, He will put His feet; wherever I think I am clean, He will withdraw them.

Repentance does not bring a sense of sin, but a sense of unutterable unworthiness. When I repent, I realize that I am utterly helpless; I know all through me that I am not worthy even to bear His shoes. Have I repented like that?…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

August 22

  He … began to wash the disciples’ feet
        John 13:5
We forget that Jesus Christ is the same today when He is sitting on the throne, as He was yesterday when He trod the pathway of our world. And in this forgetfulness how much we miss! What He was, that He is. What He said, that He says. The Gospels are simply specimens of the life that He is ever living; they are leaves torn out of the diary of His unchangeable Being. Today He is engaged in washing the feet of His disciples, soiled with their wilderness journeyings. Yes, that charming incident is having its fulfillment in thee, my friend, if only thou dost not refuse the lowly loving offices of Him whom we call Master and Lord, but who still girds Himself and comes forth to serve. And we must have this incessant cleansing if we would keep right. It is not enough to look back to a certain hour when we first knelt at the feet of the Son of God for pardon; and heard Him say, “Thy sins, which are many, are all forgiven.”