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The Temptation of Jesus

The Temptation of JesusExcerpt Each of these temptations attacks Jesus at one of his strong points — his power to work miracles, his longing to change the world and his need to spread his message. But, in each case, Jesus answers Satan with words of [S]cripture. He draws on the hard-won lessons that the Israelites learned in their wilderness years with Moses. If Jesus is to fulfil the calling of Israel, he must worship God alone (Deuteronomy 6:13). He must rely on God’s word for his life, just as he relies on bread for his body (Deuteronomy 8:3). There is to be no complaining, no cheating and no turning back (Deuteronomy 6:16). Jesus wins this first struggle with the devil, but Satan will return. These temptations are crucial for Jesus. In the months that follow, he will feed a multitude, refuse to become king and resist the taunts to escape from the cross. These are the very choices he made in the desert. More Knowles, Andrew. The Bible Guide. 1st Augsburg books ed. Minneapolis, MN: Augsb…

Contrasts and Conflicts

Contrasts and ConflictsExcerpt Instead of passing judgment on the woman, Jesus passed judgment on the judges! No doubt He was indignant at the way they treated the woman. He was also concerned that such hypocrites should condemn another person and not judge themselves. We do not know what He wrote on the dirt floor of the temple. Was He simply reminding them that the Ten Commandments had been originally written “by thefingerof God” (Ex. 31:18), and that He is God? Or was He perhaps reminding them of the warning in Jeremiah 17:13? It was required by Jewish Law that the accusers cast the first stones (Deut. 17:7). Jesus was not asking that sinless men judge the woman, for He was the only sinless Person present. If our judges today had to be perfect, judicial benches would be empty. He was referring to the particular sin of the woman, a sin that can be committed in the heart as well as with the body (Matt. 5:27–30). Convicted by their own consciences, the accusers quietly left the scene, …


IntroductionExcerpt ‎For various reasons, it is highly desirable to read the Bible through from Genesis toRevelation. Thus, the Old Testament prepares for the New, a cumulative knowledge of the Bible, so valuable in education, is secured, and a true perspective of religious history and truth is obtained. One who does this reading is prepared to understand and appreciate the myriads of allusions and references to sacred literature contained in secular history, literature, art, law, and life in general. ‎Every person’s life is a success or a wreck, or something between the two, and according as he does or does not govern it by the precepts of God’s Holy Word. ‘The way of the ungodly shall perish, but the path of the just is as a shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” The foregoing should prove a powerful incentive to every seeker after truth to read the Bible through. … More Adams, A. Dana. 4000 Questions & Answers on the Bible. Nashville, TN: Broadman & H…

Human Spirit or Holy Spirit

Human Spirit or Holy SpiritRomans 8:10 Excerpt The last part of this verse (literally but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness”) is also difficult. Paul may be referring to the human spirit (see TEV alternative “your spirit is alive) or to the Holy Spirit. The TEV takes the latter alternative, the Spirit is life for you. Throughout this entire passage (and definitely in verse 11) Paul is using the term Spirit as a reference to God’s Spirit, and so it seems likely that in this verse also he is referring to the Spirit of God. The TEV takes Paul’s term “righteousness” in the same sense in which Paul so frequently uses it: you have been put right with God. More Newman, Barclay Moon, and Eugene Albert Nida. A Handbook on Paul’s Letter to the Romans. New York: United Bible Societies, 1973. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

The Symbolism of the Right Hand

The Symbolism of the Right HandHebrews 1:13 Excerpt The right hand is the traditional place of power and authority in the biblical world. Christ not only laid the foundations of the earth, and possesses endless life and existence, He also exercises all the power and authority of Deity. More Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Jesus’ Teaching on Abrahamic Descent

Jesus’ Teaching on Abrahamic DescentExcerpt The question whether those Jews who have believed in Jesus have exercised true faith is immediately raised by the way in which Jesus addresses them—If you remain in my word, you are truly my disciples. In fact, the test of true discipleship is a continuing allegiance to Jesus’ teaching, a knowing of the truth which is able to liberate one from the sphere of sin and death—youwill know the truth, and the truth will set you free. As the similar statement about freedom in v. 36 will make clear, this liberating truth can be summed up as God’s revelation embodied in Jesus (cf. also 14:6). More Lincoln, Andrew T. The Gospel according to Saint John. London: Continuum, 2005. Print. Black’s New Testament Commentary.

To Make Holy

To Make HolyJohn 17:19 Excerpt The vb. ἁγιάζω ['to make holy'] is used 17 times pass. and 11 times act. The following are made holy or are holy (pass.): the name of God (Matt 6:9 par. Luke 11:2); those who believe (John 17:19bActs 20:3226:181 Cor 1:26:117:14 [twice]; 2 Tim 2:21), who are all consecrated through the one Son (Heb 2:11b; cf. 10:1014); everything which God has created (1 Tim 4:5); and, finally, Christ himself, who is consecrated through the blood of the covenant (Heb 10:29 [referring to Exod 24:8]). In pass. constructions God is very frequently to be understood as the subject of the consecration (divine passive). More Balz, Horst Robert, and Gerhard Schneider. Exegetical dictionary of the New Testament1990– : 17. Print.

Connect the Testaments

February 28: Neon Gods Leviticus 26–27; John 10:22–42; Song of Solomon 8:10–14 Idolatry seems archaic. Who worships idols anymore? We all know that in other countries, traditional idol worship of gold and wooden statues still goes on, but we often forget about our own idols. What does all our furniture point toward? Why do we care who is on the cover of a magazine? How do you feel if you miss your favorite talk show? If we’re really honest, what do we spend the majority of our time thinking about? Idols are everywhere, and most of us are idol worshipers of some kind. When we put this in perspective, suddenly the words of Lev 26 become relevant again. The problem that is addressed in Leviticus is the same problem we’re dealing with today. Leviticus 26 and its harsh words against idolatry should prompt each of us to ask, “What are my idols?” and then to answer with, “I will end my idolatry.” And if the temptation is too great with these things present in our lives (like the tv), we should sa…

Morning and Evening

Morning, February 28Go To Evening Reading
“My expectation is from him.” —Psalm 62:5
It is the believer’s privilege to use this language. If he is looking for aught from the world, it is a poor “expectation” indeed. But if he looks to God for the supply of his wants, whether in temporal or spiritual blessings, his “expectation” will not be a vain one. Constantly he may draw from the bank of faith, and get his need supplied out of the riches of God’s lovingkindness. This I know, I had rather have God for my banker than all the Rothschilds. My Lord never fails to honour his promises; and when we bring them to his throne, he never sends them back unanswered. Therefore I will wait only at his door, for he ever opens it with the hand of munificent grace. At this hour I will try him anew. But we have “expectations” beyond this life. We shall die soon; and then our “expectation is from him.” Do we not expect that when we lie upon the bed of sickness he will send angels to carry us to his bosom? …

My Utmost for His Highest

February 28th Do ye now believe? By this, we believe … Jesus answered, Do ye now believe?John 16:30–31. ‘Now we believe.’Jesus says—‘Do you? The time is coming when you will leave Me alone.’ Many a Christian worker has left Jesus Christ alone and gone into work from a sense of duty, or from a sense of need arising out of his own particular discernment. The reason for this is the absence of the resurrection life of Jesus. The soul has got out of intimate contact with God by leaning on its own religious understanding. There is no sin in it, and no punishment attached to it; but when the soul realizes how he has hindered his understanding of Jesus Christ and produced for himself perplexities and sorrows and difficulties, it is with shame and contrition he has to come back. We need to rely on the resurrection life of Jesus much deeper down, to get into the habit of steadily referring everything back to Him; instead of this we make our commonsense decisions and ask God to bless them. He cannot

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

February 28 Forgetting those things which are behind … I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus Phil. 3:13, 14 It is not by regretting what is irreparable that true work is to be done, but by making the best of what we are. It is not by complaining that we have not the right tools, but by using well the tools we have. What we are and where we are, is God’s providential arrangement—God’s doing, though it may be man’s misdoing. Life is a series of mistakes, and he is not the best Christian who makes the fewest false steps. He is the best who wins the most splendid victories by the retrieval of mistakes. F. W. Robertson

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