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Raven (Corvus corax)

Raven (Corvus corax)

Raven (Corvus corax).
Aristotle wrote that ravens drovo their young from their location and forced them to care for themselves from the time they left the nest. This is doubtful. Bird habits and characteristics change only with slow ages of evolution. Our ravens of today are, to all intents, the same birds as those of Pal in the time of Moses, and ours follow the young a field for several days and feed them until the cawing, flapping youngsters appear larger than the parents. In Pliny’s day, ravens had been taught to speak, and as an instance of their cunning, he records that in the time of drought a raven found a bucket containing a little water beside a sepulcher and raised it to a drinking level by dropping in stones.
Pal has at least 8 different species of ravens. This bird was the first sent out by Noah in an effort to discover if the flood were abating (Gen 8:6–8). Because it partially fed on carrion it was included among the abominations (seeLev 11:15; Dt …

King Josiah Having the Newly Rediscovered Book of the Law Read out to the People

King Josiah Having the Newly Rediscovered Book of the Law Read out to the People

King Josiah Having the Newly Rediscovered Book of the Law Read Out to the People
Gelb, Norman. Kings of the Jews: The Origins of the Jewish Nation. First edition. Philadelphia, PA: Jewish Publication Society, 2010. Print.

The Meaning of ‘Ask’

The Meaning of ‘Ask’
John 14:16


In translating the verb ask, it is important to distinguish clearly between requests for information and requests for benefits. The latter is clearly the meaning in this particular context; Jesus ; Jesus promises “to ask for something” rather than “to inquire of” or “to ask a question about."

Newman, Barclay Moon, and Eugene Albert Nida. A Handbook on the Gospel of John. New York: United Bible Societies, 1993. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Sea of Galilee: Bethsaida—Excavations

Sea of Galilee: Bethsaida—Excavations

‎Extensive archaeological excavations conducted at Bethsaida on the north east shore of the Sea of Galilee revealed important finds from the First and Second Temple periods and remains of a Bronze Age city from five thousand years ago. Bethsaida in Galilee is mentioned as one of the towns on the shores of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus ministered and where he performed the miracle of the five loaves of bread and two fishes (Luke 9:10–17). It is said to be the home town of the three disciples, John, Philip and Nathaneal (John 1:1–44) and as one of the three cities, along with Capernaum and Chorazin, that were cursed by Jesus when the townspeople rejected him.



‎The viper is one of the about 35 snake species that are documented in the Near East. The Hebrew Scriptures mentions about ten different snakes, although often they cannot be identified exactly. ‎Exod 1:8; Deut 32:33; Prov 23:32; Isa 11:8; 30:6; Matt 23:33

Horse Mint, Early Stage of Bloom

Horse Mint, Early Stage of Bloom

‎Horse mint (Mentha longifolia) grows in a wide variety of climatic conditions in temperate and subtropical regions from Europe through much of non-tropical Africa to western China. Though this photograph is from an Austrian forest, the same basic plant with only minimal subspecies variation grows both wild and cultivated in most Bible lands. It was one of the main mint species used for food and medicine in first-century Palestine. The plant thrives in full sunlight or light shade and propagates in many soil types. ‎Matt 23:23, Luke 11:42 ‎Image by Michael Becker, from Wikimedia Commons. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

The Meaning of “Glory” and “Amen”

The Meaning of “Glory” and “Amen”

Galatians 1:5

Glory is a word with many meanings, but here it probably is used in the sense of “praise,” and the whole expression may be equivalent to “May God be praised forever and ever.” The word Amen is usually used to end a prayer, and is equivalent to saying “May it be so,” or “May it come true.”

Arichea, Daniel C., and Eugene Albert Nida. A Handbook on Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. New York: United Bible . New York: United Bible Societies, 1976. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

September 9
  The beginning of miracles did Jesus John 2:11
It was out of the common thing that the precious thing was brought; and it is out of the common things of daily life, presented obediently to Jesus and laid at His feet, that He brings His own glorious gifts so that our whole lives become one great sacrament.

W. Hay Aitken

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

Connect the Testaments

September 9: As the Lion Roars
Amos 1:1–4:5; Acts 8:26–9:19; Job 19:13–29

“Surely my Lord does not do anything unless he has revealed his secret to his servants the prophets. A lion has roared! Who is not afraid? My Lord Yahweh has spoken, who will not prophesy? Proclaim to the citadel fortresses in Ashdod and the citadel fortresses in the land of Egypt and say: ‘Gather on the mountains of Samaria and see the great panic in her midst and the oppression in her midst!’ ” (Amos 3:7–9).

It’s easy to make excuses when we don’t know or understand something, and it’s equally hard to admit why. Amos declares that God’s plan and His work in the world are known to us—if we wish to learn. If we’re honest with ourselves, we have to admit that we’re not trying hard enough to learn about Him and His work. God speaks through His prophets and through His Word in the Bible, so there is no reason for us to be unaware of how He is working and how He working and how He wants to use us in the process.


My Utmost for His Highest

September 9th
Do it yourself

Determinedly Discipline other Things.

Bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. 2 Cor. 10:5.
This is another aspect of the strenuous nature of sainthood. Paul says—“I take every project prisoner to make it obey Christ.” (Moffatt.) How much Christianwork there is to-day which has never been disciplined, but has simply sprung into being by impulse! In Our Lord’s life, every project was disciplined to the will of HisFather. There was not a movement of an impulse of His own will as distinct from His Father’s—“The Son can do nothing of Himself.” Then take ourselves—a vivid religious experience and every project born of impulse put into action immediately, instead of being imprisoned and disciplined to obey Christ.

This is a day when practical work is over-emphasized, and the saints who are bringing every project into captivity are criticized and told that they are not in earnest for God or for souls. True earnestness is found in obeying…

Morning and Evening

Morning, September 9Go To Evening Reading
“I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.”          —Jeremiah 33:3
There are different translations of these words. One version renders it, “I will shew thee great and fortified things.” Another, “Great and reserved things.” Now, there are reserved and special things in Christian experience: all the developments of spiritual life are not alike easy of attainment. There are the common frames and feelings of repentance, and faith, and joy, and hope, which are enjoyed by the entire family; but there is an upper realm of rapture, of communion, and conscious union with Christ, which is far from being the common dwelling-place of believers. We have not all the high privilege of John, to lean upon Jesus’ bosom; nor of Paul, to be caught up into the third heaven. There are heights in experimental knowledge of the things of God which the eagle’s eye of acumen and philosophic thought hath never seen: God alone can …