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In My Name

In My Name

John 17:6–19 John 17:6–19 THE LORD AND THE DISCIPLES The essence of what Jesus did for his followers was to convince them that he was a true reflection of the Father (17:7). This explained his words in the prologue (1:18). Jesus gave the reason for his petition for the disciples (17:6–8) and then requested their preservation (17:9–16). The “one headed for destruction” (17:12) was Judas, whose betrayal was anticipated in Psalm 41:9 (cf.John 13:18). The way to sanctification is through God’s Word becoming a reality in a believer’s life (17:17; cf. 13:17). The “evil one” (17:15) referred to Satan. “Holy” (17:17) meant to “set apart.” Jesus prayed that the disciples would be “set apart” for God and his purposes by the truth. Jesus’ commission of the disciples was an extension of God’s commission ofJesus (17:18). The disciples would be Jesus’ representatives.

Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Laney. Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001. Print…

Origins of the Samaritans

Origins of the Samaritans
Josephus traces their origins to the foreigners (he calls them Cutheans) forcibly brought into the territory of Israel after its defeat by the Assyrians in 722 B.C.E. (2 Kgs. 17). The earliest evidence of the schism between Jew and Samaritan comes from the Persian period. This includes the more ambiguous mention of Samaritans in Ezra 4, which could be a geographical designation of peoples rather than a reference to a religious group. But the 5th-century B.C.E. Elephantine papyri contain an explicit religious reference to Samaritans. Included are letters from both Samaritan and Jewish priests, each pleading for support to build temples for their respective communities. The only source of information on the Samaritans during the Greek period, Josephus claims a temple was built on Mt. Gerizim at that time. Both Jewish and Samaritan tradition affirm that it was the most sacred place for the Samaritans during this period, and most agree that it was devastated by …

The Presence of God

The Presence of God
PRESENCE OF GOD, THE God’s manifestation of his spiritual being. Since God is a spirit, believers experience him by sensing his invisible presence. God also makes himself known in other ways. He appears in nature, particularly in catastrophic forces—fire, lightning, and earthquake (1 Kgs 19:11–13). He ). He also appears in human form (Gn 18; 32:22–32). So God, who cannot be seen, has chosen ways to reveal himself.
Elwell, Walter A., and Philip Wesley Comfort. Tyndale Bible dictionary 2001 : 1071. Print. Tyndale Reference Library.

“I Stand at the Door and Knock”

“I Stand at the Door and Knock”

Revelation 3:20–21. Dramatically Christ pictured Himself as standing outside and knocking on a door. In a familiar painting, the latch is not shown but is assumed to be on the inside. The appeal is for those who hear to open the door. To them Christ promised, I will go in and eat with him, and he with Me. With Christ on the outside, there can be no fellowship or genuine wealth. With Christ on the outside, there can be no fellowship or genuine wealth. With Christ on the inside, there is wonderful fellowship and sharing of the marvelous grace of God. This was an appeal to Christiansrather than to non-Christians. This raises the important question concerning the extent of one’s intimate fellowship with Christ. To those who respond, Christ promises to give the right to sit with Him on His throneand share His victory.
Revelation 3:22. Once again the invitation to listen and respond is given: He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches…

Fishermen and Their Methods

Fishermen and Their Methods

The strenuous life of fishermen required a strong physique (Lk. 5:2), and their speech was sometimes rough (Mk. 14:70f). At least seven of Jesus’ disciples were fishermen: Peter, Andrew, probably Philip, who also came from Bethsaida (Aram. for ‘house of fishing’) on the Sea of Galilee, James, John, Thomas and Nathanael (Mt. 4:18, 21; Jn. 1:44; 21:2). Some of these were partners in fishing and were used to working together (Lk. 5:7, 10).
The Bible mentions fishing by *NET, specifically the casting-net (Mt. 4:18) and the large drag-net (Mt. 13:47).
On the Sea of Galilee, the fishermen used small boats, which were propelled by oars (Jn. 6:19). The statement that the wind was contrary (Mt. 14:24) may indicate the use of a sail as in the present-day fishing-boats on this lake. (*SHIPS AND BOATS.) Often on the Sea of Galilee fishing was done at night (Lk. 5:5; Jn. 21:3). 
During the day the fisherman on the shore or wading in the water could throw the casting-ne…

He Went Up on the Mountain

He Went Up on the Mountain

Matthew 10:42
One of these little ones is described by the phrase because he is a disciple (literally “in the name of a disciple”). TEV combines these two phrases and renders “one of the least of these my followers.” GeCL 1st edition is similar to TEV; NAB has “one of these lowly ones because he is a disciple”; NEB “one of these little ones, because he is a disciple of mine.” It is important in translation that little ones be understood of status rather than of age. Therefore it may be translated as “least important ones.” The phrase can then be “one of these least important of my followers because he is my follower.”
A cup of cold water reflects the show of hospitality in first-century Palestine. It may be necessary to add “to drink” or to say “a drink of cold water,” as in TEV.
For comments on Truly, I say to you, see5:18.
The translation of this verse may be complicated, because Jesus is addressing his disciples (see verse 40), yet he is referring to them…

Focused on the Historical Event

Focused on the Historical Event

1 Corinthians 13:4–7  13:4–7 Then Paul Shows the Way of Love in the World This is a practical definition of love in the daily routine of life. Note how these descriptions relate to the Corinthians’ problems: jealousy (3:3); bragging (4:7); arrogance (4:6); seeking their own (10:24); taking wrong into account (6:7); rejoicing in unrighteousness (5:2).
In the exercise of spiritual gifts, it is necessary to understand their place in relationship to God’s priorities. Christ’s new commandment (John 13:34–35) is to love one another. Christian love is preeminent, permanent, and most noble. The spiritual gifts are subordinate to love.

Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Laney. Tyndale Concise Bible Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Laney. Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001. Print. The Tyndale Reference Library.

Connect the Testaments

September 5: I Loved You; I Love You Now
Hosea 11:1–12:14; Acts 5:1–42; Job 16:10–22

“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt, I called my son” (Hos 11:1). This line is beautiful if read alone, but it is sad when it is read in context: “When I called them, they went from my face. They sacrificed to the Baals, and they sacrificed to idols” (Hos 11:2). It’s incredible how quickly we forget God’s mercy and provision. All too soon we return to putting our desires before His.
When we put things in front of God’s will—false gods and our own misguided ways (Baals and idols)—we thwart His will not only for our lives but also for the lives of others. For each of us, God has a tremendous plan that also affects others, for His glory and for the betterment of the world. When we fail to seek His will, we neglect our faith and operate by our own agenda, setting His work aside.
Our missteps can have terribly painful consequences: “The sword rages in [my people’s] cities; it consumes [th…

Morning and Evening

Morning, September 5                               Go To Evening Reading

         “Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar.”          —Psalm 120:5
As a Christian, you have to live in the midst of an ungodly world, and it is of little use for you to cry “Woe is me.” Jesus did not pray that you should be taken out of the world, and what he did not pray for, you need not desire. Better far in the Lord’s strength to meet the difficulty, and glorify him in it. The enemy is ever on the watch to detect inconsistency in your conduct; be therefore very holy.

Remember that the eyes of all are upon you, and that more is expected from you than from other men. Strive to give no occasion for blame. Let your goodness be the only fault they can discover in you. Like Daniel, compel them to say of you, “We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.” Seek to be useful as well as consistent. Perhaps you thin…

My Utmost for His Highest

September 5th
The missionary watching

Watch with Me.Matthew 26:40.

“Watch with Me”—with no private point of view of your own at all, but watch entirely with Me. In the early stages we do not watch with Jesus we watch for Him. ,We do not watch with Him through the revelation of the Bible we do not watch with Jesus, we watch for Him. Our Lord is trying to introduce us to identification with Himself in a particular Gethsemane, and we will not go; we say—‘No, Lord, I cannot see the meaning of this, it is bitter.’ How can we possibly watch with Someone Who is inscrutable? How are we going to understand Jesus sufficiently to watch with Him in His Gethsemane, when we do not know even what His suffering is for? We do not know how to watch with Him; we are only used to the idea of Jesus watching with us.

The disciples loved Jesus Christ to the limit of their natural capacity, but they did not understand what He was after. In the Garden of Gethsemane they slept for their own sorrow, and at the e…