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Feast of Pentecost

Feast of PentecostExcerpt The feast of Pentecost was in NT times the name for the celebration of the Feast of Weeks because it occurred on the fiftieth day after Passover. It was a one-day festival in which special sacrifices were offered, and originally it was a harvest (firstfruits) festival (Exod.23:1634:22Lev. 23:15–21Num. 28:26Deut. 16:9–12). It is possible, but not certain, that as early as this time this festival was associated with the giving of the Law on SinaiMore Witherington, Ben, III. The Acts of the Apostles: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1998. Print.

Introduction

IntroductionExcerpt ‎There has hardly been a more important time in the history of the United States for Christians to be aware of the nature and function of law and government. Law is the skeletal structure of society, and Christians must work within that structure every day. Jesus said that we are not to be of the world, that is, we are not to adopt its values and ideology. He continues, however, by saying that we are in the world, surrounded by it and interacting with it. The problem is that many Christians in that contact are not having an impact on the world; rather, they are merely bombarded by its values and often succumb to its pressures. To interact with and have an impact on the society in which we live, it is important that we develop a biblical view of the purpose of law and government. … More House, H. Wayne. Christian Ministries and the Law. Ed. Revised edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel, 1999. Print.

Noah Enters the Ark

Noah Enters the ArkExcerpt Noah is given a week’s warning before the flood begins. The Hebrew word for “rain” in verse 4 is different than the word for “rain” in verse 12. That used in verse 12 designates a heavy downpour. The rain of verse 4 is no shower—it is to last forty days and forty nights. Noah does what God says (vv. 7–9) and Godfulfillshis word (v. 10). As the flood starts (7:11–16), again we find the deliberate use of repetition and summarization. This is a characteristic of epic composition. Note: the flood (v. 6); entry into the ark (vv. 7–9); the flood (vv. 10–12); entry into the ark (vv. 13–16). Actually, there are two references to the flood’s beginning: verse 10 and verse 11. The additional data given in verse 11 are about the two sources of the rain: the springs of the great deep and the floodgates of heaven. But the following verse refers only to the second of these. More Elwell, Walter A. Evangelical Commentary on the Bible. Vol. 3. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House,…

The Ordering of Public Worship

The Ordering of Public WorshipExcerpt This section, dealing with the importance of public worship and the conduct appropriate at it, and the following chapter with its directions for the ministry, from the earliest manual of church order we possess. The necessity of clear regulations for congregational gatherings was speedily realized in the primitive Church, and as early as 1 Cor. 14 we find Paul concerned about the misunderstandings and disorder caused by the unsupervised exercise of ‘prophecy’ and ‘talking with tongues’, as well as by the eagerness of women to assert themselves at meetings. His golden rule was that whatever was done in the church should be done ‘decently and in order’ and should contribute to edification, i.e. building up the faithful (1 Cor. 14:4026). More Kelly, J. N. D. The Pastoral Epistles. London: Continuum, 1963. Print. Black’s New Testament Commentary.

Connect the Testaments

February 24: The Day of Atonement Leviticus 15–16; John 9:1–12; Song of Solomon 7:5–9 When it comes to the cost of sin, the average person probably thinks in terms of “What can I get away with?” rather than “What does this cost me and other people emotionally?” These calculations aren’t made in terms of life and death, but that is literally the case when it comes to sin. The Day of Atonement is a beautiful, though horrific, illustration of this. It takes three innocent animals to deal with the people’s sin: one to purify the high priest and his family, one to be a sin offering to Yahweh that purifies the place where He symbolically dwelt (the holy of holies), and one to be sent into the wilderness to remove the people’s transgressions (Lev 16:11, 15–16, 21–22). After the blood of the first two animals is spilled on the Day of Atonement—demonstrating the purification of God’s people—the final goat demonstrates God’s desire to completely rid the people of their sin. “Aaron shall place his t…

Morning and Evening

Go To Morning ReadingEvening, February 24
“O Lord of hosts, how long wilt thou not have mercy upon Jerusalem?… And the Lord answered the angel … with good words and comfortable words.” —Zechariah 1:12,13
What a sweet answer to an anxious enquiry! This night let us rejoice in it. O Zion, there are good things in store for thee; thy time of travail shall soon be over; thy children shall be brought forth; thy captivity shall end. Bear patiently the rod for a season, and under the darkness still trust in God, for his love burneth towards thee. God loves the church with a love too deep for human imagination: he loves her with all his infinite heart. Therefore let her sons be of good courage; she cannot be far from prosperity to whom God speaketh “good words and comfortable words.” What these comfortable words are the prophet goes on to tell us: “I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.” The Lord loves his church so much that he cannot bear that she should go astray to ot…

My Utmost for His Highest

February 24th The delight of sacrifice I will very gladly spend and be spent for you.2 Cor. 12:15. When the Spirit of God has shed abroad the love of God in our hearts, we begin deliberately to identify ourselves with Jesus Christ’s interests in other people, and Jesus Christ is interested in every kind of man there is. We have no right in Christian work to be guided by our affinities; this is one of the biggest tests of our relationship to Jesus Christ. The delight of sacrifice is that I lay down my life for my Friend, not fling it away, but deliberately lay my life out for Him and His interests in other people, not for a cause. Paul spent himself for one purpose only—that he might win men to Jesus Christ. Paul attracted to Jesus all the time, never to himself. “I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” When a man says he must develop a holy life alone with God, he is of no more use to his fellow men: he puts himself on a pedestal, away from the common run o…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

February 24 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh and whither it goeth; so is every one that is born of the Spirit John 3:8 We know that the wind listeth to blow where there is a vacuum. If you find a tremendous rush of wind, you know that somewhere there is an empty space. I am perfectly sure about this fact: if we could expel all pride, vanity, self-righteousness, self-seeking, desire for applause, honor, and promotion—if by some divine power we should be utterly emptied of all that, the Spirit would come as a rushing mighty wind to fill us. A. J. Gordon

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