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The Presence of God

The Presence of GodPsalm 139:7 Excerpt 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 also appears in human form (Gn 1832:22–32). 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.


SprinkleIsaiah 52:15 Excerpt “Sprinkle” is associated with cleansing by the priest under the Mosaic Law (Lev. 4:6; 8:1114:7). This Servant, whom many have not considered important at all, will actually provide the most important thing for nations and their kings, namely, cleansing from sin (cf. John 1:29; Heb.10:14).  Martin, John A. “Isaiah.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 1107. Print.

The Temple in Samaria

The Temple in SamariaJohn 4:20–25 Excerpt According to the Samaritan Pentateuch, which to Samaritans was the only authoritative text, the mountain is the site of Joshua’s altar (Deut. 27:4; JB mg.; MT “Mount Ebal”). The Samaritans also held Gerizim to be the mountain on which God commanded Abram to sacrifice his son Isaac, reading Moreh for Moriah (Gen. 22:2; cf. Gen. 12:6). Samaritan tradition also maintains that the “sanctuary of the Lord” of Josh. 24:26 was a temple on Mt. Gerizim. Probably owing to the shift of sacred activity to Jerusalem under King David, and perhaps because of efforts on the part of Judean writers to detract from the importance of northern sites, the mountain is not mentioned again in the Old Testament. Following the Exile, however, the Samaritans maintained the tradition regarding the mountain, establishing a temple there in the fourth century B.C. Although desecrated by Anticohus IV Epiphanes (2 Macc. 6:2) and later destroyed by the Jewish king John Hyrcanus in…

Son of Man

Son of ManExcerpt This verse presents an interpretive problem due to the awkward change of addressee in the verse’s middle. Jesus seemed to be addressing the scribes (v. 10a) but there is an abrupt break in the verse after which He addressed the paralytic. Another problem in light of the overall emphasis of Mark is the public use of the title Son of Manby Jesus in the presence of unbelieving hearers so early in His ministry (cf. 9:910:33). Apart from 2:10and 28, this title does not occur in Mark’s account until after Peter’s confession (8:29). After that it occurs 12 times and is crucial to Jesus’ self-disclosure to His disciples (cf. 8:3138;9:9123110:334513:2614:21 [twice], 4162; see comments on 8:31).  Grassmick, John D. Mark.”The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 112. Print.

Personification of Wisdom and Folly

Personification of Wisdom and FollyProverbs 8:22–36 Excerpt The second feature of theological wisdom is by far the liveliest theme in Proverbs—that is, the personification of wisdom and folly. This remarkable development in theological reflection arose from frequent talk about limits imposed on human knowledge and ability, as well as from the recognition that men’s and women’s fates lay in their own hands. The silence of heaven was a terrible burden; so was the lack of certainty about the vast accumulation of knowledge. Did it, or did it not, accord with the will of God? In short, frail humans acknowledge a need for contact with the universal Lord, particularly as the idea of exact reward and retribution for good and evil gradually eroded. Personified Wisdom achieved that purpose for these teachers. More Crenshaw, James L. Old Testament Wisdom: An Introduction. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1998. Print.

Spirit and Flesh in Paul’s Letters

Spirit and Flesh in Paul’s LettersExcerpt ‎In Romans 6, Paul asks a rhetorical question about continuing to sin in order that grace might be multiplied. He answers this question with another: “How can we who died to sin still live in it?” (Rom 6:2). This raises the question of why believers still struggle with sin. Are believers somehow defective? ‎Jesus’ death and resurrection not only conquered death once and for all, it enabled believers to have new life as well (Rom 6:4; Col 3:1–3). Paul describes a twofold division between the flesh and the spirit. The flesh refers to God’s originally perfect creation, which is now mortal and in decay as result of sin entering the world through Adam (Rom 5:12). The spirit is the essence of who we are, the part of us that lives on after our physical bodies die. In2 Corinthians 4:16, Paul contrasts the two, stating that our outer person is being destroyed as our inner one is being renewed. Our physical bodies will continue to decay until Christ retur…

Need of Endurance

Need of EnduranceExcerpt The sacrifices which the Hebrews once made proved their confidence—confidence in an unseen future—which they boldly proclaimed; and at the same time, they confirmed it. The lesson of the past, therefore, encouraged them to still further endurance. And such endurance God claims from His people. More Westcott, Brooke Foss, ed. The Epistle to the Hebrews the Greek Text with Notes and Essays. 3d ed. London: Macmillan, 1903. Print. Classic Commentaries on the Greek New Testament.

Rabbinical Beliefs about Soul and Body

Rabbinical Beliefs about Soul and BodyExcerpt The three days after death were called “days of weeping,” which were followed by four “days of lamentation,” thus, making up the seven “days of mourning” (see Genesis 27:41 Days of Mourning). According to rabbinical thought, the spirit wanders about the sepulcher for three days seeking an opportunity to return into the body; but when the aspect of the body changes, it hovers no more, but leaves the body to itself. The friends of the deceased were in the habit of visiting the sepulcher for three days after death and burial, probably because they supposed they would thus be nearer to the departed soul. When the fourth day came, and decomposition took place, and the soul, as they supposed, went away from the sepulcher, they beat their breast and made loud lamentations. This explains the allusion to the “four days” in this text and in verse 39. The saying that one had been in the grave four days was equivalent to saying that bodily corruption ha…

The Angel Gabriel

The Angel GabrielLuke 1:19 Excerpt A prominent angel. Gabriel reveals eschatological mysteries in Dan. 8:15–26; 9:21–27 and announces the births of John the Baptist and Jesus in Luke 1:11–20, 26–38. The etymology of the name is disputed, meaning “God is my Warrior” or perhaps “Man of God.” Gabriel and Michael are the only two angels explicitly named in the OT. In the more developed angelology of Jewish apocalyptic traditions, they appear regularly together with Raphael and others as prominent archangels who stand in the presence of God (1 En. 9:1; 10:1–12; 1QM 9:14–16;Luke 1:19; cf. Rev. 8:2, 6). In Daniel Gabriel serves primarily as an interpreter of visions and mysteries; in later apocalyptic sources his functions are more varied. In 1 Enoch he is identified as one of the holy angels whose role is to oversee the garden of Eden, the serpents and the cherubim (1 En. 20:7); in 10:9–10 he is sent in judgment against the children born from the “Watchers” (fallen angels). In the War Scroll a…

My Utmost for His Highest

November 10th

Fellowship in the Gospel

Fellow laborer in the Gospel of Christ. 1 Thess. 3:2.

After sanctification it is difficult to state what your aim in life is, because God has taken you up into His purpose by the Holy Ghost. He is using you now for His purposes throughout the world as He used His Son for the purpose of our salvation. If you seek great things for yourself—‘God has called me for this and that,’ you are putting a barrier to God’s use of you. As long as you have a personal interest in your own character, or any set ambition, you cannot get through into identification with God’s interests. You can only get there by losing for ever any idea of yourself and by letting God take you right out into His purpose for the world, and because your goings are of the Lord, you can never understand your ways.
I have to learn that the aim in life is God’s, not mine. God is using me from His great personal standpoint, and all He asks of me is that I trust Him, and never say—‘Lord, this g…

Morning and Evening

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“The eternal God is thy refuge.”          —Deuteronomy 33:27
The word refuge may be translated “mansion,” or “abiding-place,” which gives the thought that God is our abode, our home. There is a fulness and sweetness in the metaphor, for dear to our hearts is our home, although it be the humblest cottage, or the scantiest garret; and dearer far is our blessed God, in whom we live, and move, and have our being. It is at home that we feel safe: we shut the world out and dwell in quiet security. So when we are with our God we “fear no evil.” He is our shelter and retreat, our abiding refuge. At home, we take our rest; it is there we find repose after the fatigue and toil of the day. And so our hearts find rest in God, when, wearied with life’s conflict, we turn to him, and our soul dwells at ease. At home, also, we let our hearts loose; we are not afraid of being misunderstood, nor of our words being misconstrued. So when we are with God we can commu…

Connect the Testaments

November 10: Take Up Your Cross
1 Kings 13:1–34; Mark 8:11–9:1; Proverbs 3:13–22

The way we respond to desperate circumstances often clarifies what gives us hope. Jesus’ followers faced the very real threat of death by choosing to follow Him—something He warns them about: “And summoning the crowd together with his disciples, he said to them, ‘If anyone wants to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life on account of me and of the gospel will save it’ ” (Mark 8:34–35).
In Jesus’ time, “taking up the cross” would have been associated with a shameful death at the hands of the ruling Roman powers. To risk suffering this type of shameful death required more than lukewarm commitment.
Jesus doesn’t limit this calling to His disciples; anyone who “wants to come after” faces this uncertainty and must hold a faith that displays this loyalty. For some Christians today, following Jesus means opp…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

November 10

  A daily rate for every day
2 Kings 25:30
The acts of breathing which I performed yesterday will not keep me alive today; I must continue to breathe a fresh every moment or animal life ceases. In like manner, yesterday’s grace and spiritual strength must be renewed, and the Holy Spirit must continue to breathe on my soul from moment to moment in order to my enjoying the consolations, and to my working the works of God.


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