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God’s Son Passes the Test

God’s Son Passes the TestExcerpt Matthew emphasizes that Jesus, unlike Israel, passed his test in the wilderness. Matthew makes this biblical background clear even in simple ways like saying the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness, reflecting a common biblical motif of God guiding his people in the wilderness (as in Ex 13:182115:1322Deut 8:2). we should also note that Jesus quotes three texts from Deuteronomy, all of them commandments that Israel failed to obey but that Jesus is determined to obey. Like John, Jesus had to exit the confines of society for his supernatural encounter (see comment on 3:1–12). The wilderness (translated desert in the NIV because few people lived there) was not a pleasant place: some believed the wilderness to be a special haunt of demons (see comment on 12:43; compare 1 Enoch10:4; 4 Macc 18:8). Apart from a few rugged people like John who made the “wilderness” between the Jordan Valley and Judean hills their home, it represented a dangerous and inho…

Searching for Jesus

Searching for JesusExcerpt The explanation for Jesus’ behavior here rests, I believe, in the genuineness of his incarnation and his growing awareness of who he was. Accepting the Incarnation at face value means that Jesus was genuinely a twelve-year-old. Though fully God, he was also human. Choosing not to avail himself of all the prerogatives of deity, he learned in the same way we do. As a child he had to learn that two plus two equals four, and as a twelve-year-old he was still learning about every part of life—including faith and relationships. As a twelve-year-old, he did not have the fine-tuned social awareness he would have at age thirty. The point is, he was capable of unknowinglycausing his parents distress; but as a sinless being, he was incapable of knowingly doing it. Here, Jesus unknowingly brought anxiety to Joseph and Mary. Moreover, he unintentionally caused his parents to worry because his twelve-year-old mind was totally absorbed with the massive spiritual realization …


IntroductionExcerpt ‎A series of sweeping waves of revival have coursed across the face of the twentieth century already. At least four discernible “times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord” have been manifest in this era, and all seem to have these two things in common: (1) they have touched every sector of the Church, with all denominations being impacted to some degree; and (2) they have been uniquely marked by an expanded realization of the role of the Holy Spirit—Third Person of the Godhead—in the life and task of the Church. ‎It is neither sectarian nor self-serving for any Pentecostal to observe the now historical fact that the revival which God used to introduce this succession of revivals bears his own name, one which is drawn from the birth of the Church itself—Pentecost. … More Hayford, Jack W. “Introduction.” Foundations of Pentecostal Theology. Los Angeles, CA: L.I.F.E. Bible College, 1983. viii–ix. Print.


DeathProverbs 8:36 Excerpt In the OT death could be used in a figurative as well as literal sense. Illness (Ps. 30:2–3 [3–4]), enemies (Ps. 9:13 [14]; 55:1–4 [2–5]), and injustice (Ps. 116:3) were all part of death in this sense. Thus, one could be biologically alive and spiritually dead (1 Sam. 25:37–38Jonah 2:2–6 [3–6]). Ultimately, one had to choose between (spiritual) life and death (Deut. 30:19). More Bellis, Alice Ogden. “Death.” Ed. David Noel Freedman, Allen C. Myers, and Astrid B. Beck. Eerdmans dictionary of the Bible 2000 : 330. Print.

Barry, John D., and Rebecca Kruyswijk. Connect the Testaments

January 26: A Little Folly Genesis 41:38–42:28; Hebrews 3:1–5:10; Ecclesiastes 10:1–9 Like dead flies in perfumer’s oil, the writer of Ecclesiastes aptly proclaims that a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. Sometimes fools are elevated to positions of power, while those who are fit for the position are given no influence. The Preacher says, “I have seen slaves on horses, and princes walking on the ground like slaves” (Eccl 10:7). It’s not difficult to nod our heads and say “Amen” when we come to this example of an “evil under the sun.” We probably all have a story to tell about a leader who wasn’t fit for a position and about the injustices we endured under their authority. When a fool is set up as an authority figure, everyone suffers. The Preacher gives a suggestion, though: “If the anger of the ruler rises against you, do not leave your place, for calmness will lay great offenses to rest” (Eccl 10:4). This doesn’t just tell us we should have a posture of humility and obedience bef…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening

Morning, January 26                   Go To Evening Reading
“Your heavenly Father.” —Matthew 6:26
God’s people are doubly his children, they are his offspring by creation, and they are his sons by adoption in Christ. Hence they are privileged to call him, “Our Father which art in heaven.” Father! Oh, what precious word is that. Here is authority: “If I be a Father, where is mine honour?” If ye be sons, where is your obedience? Here is affection mingled with authority; an authority which does not provoke rebellion; an obedience demanded which is most cheerfully rendered—which would not be withheld even if it might. The obedience which God’s children yield to him must be loving obedience. Do not go about the service of God as slaves to their taskmaster’s toil, but run in the way of his commands because it is your Father’s way. Yield your bodies as instruments of righteousness, because righteousness is your Father’s will, and his will should be the will of his child. Father!—Here is a kingl…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

January 26th Look again and consecrate If God so clothe the grass of the field, … shall He not much more clothe you? Matthew 6:30. A simple statement of Jesus is always a puzzle to us if we are not simple. How are we going to be simple with the simplicity of Jesus? By receiving His Spirit, recognizing and relying on Him, obeying Him as He brings the word of God, and life will become amazingly simple. ‘Consider,’ says Jesus, ‘how much more your Father Who clothes the grass of the field will clothe you, if you keep your relationship right with Him.’ Every time we have gone back in spiritual communion it has been because we have impertinently known better than Jesus Christ. We have allowed the cares of the world to come in, and have forgotten the ‘much more’ of our Heavenly Father. “Behold the fowls of the air”—their one aim is to obey the principle of life that is in them and God looks after them. Jesus says that if you are rightly related to Him and obey this Spirit that is in you, God wil…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

January 26 Despising the shame Heb. 12:2 And how is that to be done? In two ways. Go up the mountain, and the things in the plain will look very small; the higher you rise the more insignificant they will seem. Hold fellowship with God, and the threatening foes here will seem very, very unformidable. Another way is, pull up the curtain and gaze on what is behind it. The low foothills that lie at the base of some Alpine country may look high when seen from the plain, as long as the snowy summits are wrapped in mist; but when a little puff of wind comes and clears away the fog from the lofty peaks, nobody looks at the little green hills in front. So the world’s hindrances and the world’s difficulties and cares look very lofty till the cloud lifts. But when we see the great white summits, everything lower does not seem so very high after all. Look to Jesus, and that will dwarf the difficulties. Alexander Maclaren

 Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow…