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Be Gentle, Not quarrelsome

Be Gentle, Not quarrelsomeExcerpt He must be patient, and not a brawler, of a mild disposition. Christ, the great Shepherd and Bishop of souls, is so. Not apt to be angry or quarrelsome; as not a striker with his hands, so not a brawler with his tongue; for how shall men teach others to govern their tongues who do not make conscience of keeping them under good government themselves? More Henry, Matthew. Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: Complete and Unabridged in One Volume. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1994. Print.

Sprinkle

SprinkleIsaiah 52:15 Excerpt “Sprinkle” is associated with cleansing by the priest under the Mosaic Law (Lev. 4:68:1114:7). 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. John1:29; Heb. 10:14). More 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.

Mountain Imagery

Mountain ImageryProverbs 8:25 Excerpt Mountains are a symbol of eternal continuance (Dt. 33:15Hab. 3:6) and stability (Is. 54:10). They are considered as the earliest created things (Jb. 15:7Pr. 8:25), of ancient origin (Ps. 90:2) and objects of the Creator’s might (Ps. 65:6) and majesty (Ps. 68:16). They are the scenes of theophanies, melting at Yahweh’s presence (Jdg. 5:5Ps. 97:5Is. 64:1Mi. 1:4) and shuddering at his judgments (Ps. 18:7Mi. 6:1f.). They are called to cover the guilty from his face (Ho. 10:8Lk. 23:30). When God touches them they bring forth smoke (Pss. 104:32144:5). They also rejoice at the advent of Israel’s redemption (Ps. 98:8Is. 44:2349:1355:12), leap at the praise of the Lord (Ps. 114:46) and are called to witness his dealings with his people (Mi. 6:2). More Houston, J. M. “Mount, Mountain.” Ed. D. R. W. Wood et al. New Bible dictionary1996 : 789. Print.

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 Genesis27:41 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 had b…

Connect the Testaments

March 13: Nostalgia: My Old Friend Numbers 14:1–45; John 19:17–42; Psalm 14:1–15:5 Regret and nostalgia can destroy lives. They are mirrored ideas with the same pitfalls: neither can change the past, and both keep us from living in the present. When we live wishfully rather than interacting with the present, we’re bound to miss out and hurt others. Since other people don’t necessarily share our feelings about the past, they feel less important to us here and now. And indeed, we’re making them less important. We’re concerned instead with how things could have been or used to be. This is precisely what happens after the Israelites flee Egypt: “Then all the community lifted up their voices, and the people wept during that night. And all the children of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and all the community said to them, ‘If only we had died in the land of Egypt or in this desert!’ ” (Num 14:1–2). As usual with regret and nostalgia, these words were said in frustration but born out of…

Morning and Evening

Morning, March 13Go To Evening Reading
“Why sit we here until we die?” —2 Kings 7:3
Dear reader, this little book was mainly intended for the edification of believers, but if you are yet unsaved, our heart yearns over you: and we would fain say a word which may be blessed to you. Open your Bible, and read the story of the lepers, and mark their position, which was much the same as yours. If you remain where you are you must perish; if you go to Jesus you can but die. “Nothing venture, nothing win,” is the old proverb, and in your case the venture is no great one. If you sit still in sullen despair, no one can pity you when your ruin comes; but if you die with mercy sought, if such a thing were possible, you would be the object of universal sympathy. None escape who refuse to look to Jesus; but you know that, at any rate, some are saved who believe in him, for certain of your own acquaintances have received mercy: then why not you? The Ninevites said, “Who can tell?” Act upon the same hop…

My Utmost for His Highest

March 13th The abandonment of God God so loved the world that He gave …John 3:16. Salvation is not merely deliverance from sin, nor the experience of personal holiness; the salvation of God is deliverance out of self entirely into union with Himself. My experimental knowledge of salvation will be along the line of deliverance from sin and of personal holiness; but salvation means that the Spirit of God has brought me into touch with God’s personality, and I am thrilled with something infinitely greater than myself; I am caught up into the abandonment of God. To say that we are called to preach holiness or sanctification, is to get into a side-eddy. We are called to proclaim Jesus Christ. The fact that Hesaves from sin and makes us holy is part of the effect of the wonderful abandonment of God. Abandonment never produces the consciousness of its own effort, because the whole life is taken up with the One to Whom we abandon. Beware of talking about abandonment if you know nothing about it, a…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

March 13 He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing John 15:5 Too much taken up with our work, we may forget our Master; it is possible to have the hand full, and the heart empty. Taken up with our Master we cannot forget our work; if the heart is filled with His love, how can the hands not be active in His service? Adolphe Monod

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