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TheophanyExodus 3:2 Excerpt theophany ... [is a] manifestation of God. The OTcontains a number of narratives of or poetic allusions to God revealing himself to men and women. Theophanies frequently are associated with particular holy places, representing the foundation legend of a sanctuary (Gen. 12:6-7;13:1818:128:1-17; Exod. 40:34-38) or the call of a prophet within it (Isa. 6:1-8). They tend to follow a literary pattern with Canaanite roots: God appears, frequently as divine warrior or king, surrounded by fire or in splendor (Deut. 33:2; Pss.18:8104:2; Ezek. 1:27-28; Hab. 3:4), and sometimes riding like Baal upon the wind and clouds (Pss. 18:1068:33104:3); nature trembles (Exod. 19:18; Judg. 5:4-5; Pss. 18:768:8; Hab.

Identification with Christ’s Life

Identification with Christ’s LifeExcerpt Paul concludes his first words on sin and the believer by reinforcing the model of Christ (6:10)—dead to sin, alive to God (6:10–11). The word “consider” (6:11; “count,” niv) is a mathematician’s term and means “to add up” or “calculate.” Paul is saying, “Add up the facts and live accordingly.” More Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Laney. Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001. Print. The Tyndale Reference Library.

Do Not Receive the Grace of God in Vain

Do Not Receive the Grace of God in VainExcerpt Continuing the entreaty of ch. 5:20, he adds, “But as [his] fellow-workers we also exhort you.” The “also” shows that he does not rest content with merely entreating them (δεόμεθα), but adds to the entreaty an exhortation emphasized by a self-sacrificing ministry. “Fellow-workers with God” (1 Cor. 3:9). Beseech. The word is the same as that rendered “beseech” by the Authorized Version in ch. 5:20, and it should be rendered “exhort:” “God exhorts you by our means; we therefore entreat you to be reconciled to God; yes, and as Christ’s fellow-workers we exhort you.” That ye receive not. The word means both passively to receive and actively to accept as a personal boon. The grace of God. To announce this is the chief aim of the gospel (Acts 13:4320:24). In vain; that is, “without effect.” You must not only accept the teaching of God’s Word, but must see that it produces adequate moral results. It must not, so to speak, fall “into a vacuum (ε…


TemptationExcerpt The proof of Christ’s ability to understand humanweakness sympathetically is found in his own experience of temptation (4:15). Christ was tempted in all areas in which man is tempted (Matt. 4:1–111 John 2:16), and with particular temptations suited for him. He experiencedtemptation to the full degree and yet did not sin. More Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Laney. Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001. Print. The Tyndale Reference Library.

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

January 27: Revenge Isn’t Sweet Genesis 42:29–43:34, Hebrews 5:11–7:28, Ecclesiastes 10:10–20 It’s easy to revel in vigilante justice, be joyful in the irony of someone getting “what’s coming to them,” or feel satisfied when “bad Karma comes back around” to others. The colloquialisms around the subject alone demonstrate our infatuation with justice. Joseph is similarly impassioned; he schemes against his brothers who sold him into slavery. At the beginning of Gen 43, Joseph’s brothers must go back to Egypt to request food from him—their younger brother, whom they do not recognize. Joseph waits for the youngest, Benjamin, to join them. What Joseph intends to do when he does, we’re not told. When Benjamin and the other brothers arrive, Joseph is either moved with empathy or chooses to act upon his original plan of revealing himself in front of all his brothers (Gen 43:16, 29). Joseph even helps them financially, signaling that he somehow still cares for them (Gen 44). Yet it doesn’t seem t…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening

Morning, January 27                   Go To Evening Reading
“And of his fulness have all we received.” —John 1:16
These words tell us that there is a fulness in Christ. There is a fulness of essential Deity, for “in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead.” There is a fulness of perfect manhood, for in him, bodily, that Godhead was revealed. There is a fulness of atoning efficacy in his blood, for “the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanseth us from all sin.” There is a fulness of justifying righteousness in his life, for “there is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.” There is a fulness of divine prevalence in his plea, for “He is able to save to the uttermost them that come unto God by him; seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” There is a fulness of victory in his death, for through death he destroyed him that had the power of death, that is the devil. There is a fulness of efficacy in his resurrection from the dead, for by it “we are be…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

January 27th Look again and think Take no thought for your life. Matthew 6:25. A warning which needs to be reiterated is that the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lust of other things entering in, will choke all that God puts in. We are never free from the recurring tides of this encroachment. If it does not come on the line of clothes and food, it will come on the line of money or lack of money; of friends or lack of friends; or on the line of difficult circumstances. It is one steady encroachment all the time, and unless we allow the Spirit of God to raise up the standard against it, these things will come in like a flood. “Take no thought for your life.” ‘Be careful about one thing only,’ says our Lord—‘your relationship to Me.’ Common sense shouts loud and says—‘That is absurd, I must consider how I am going to live, I must consider what I am going to eat and drink.’ Jesus says you must not. Beware of allowing the thought that this statement is made by One Who…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

January 27 Are there not twelve hours in the day John 11:9 The very fact of a Christian being here, and not in Heaven, is a proof that some work awaits him. William Arnot

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