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Behold, He is Coming

Behold, He is ComingExcerpt It is an outburst that clearly presents the theme of the book. Daniel 7:13 and Zechariah 12:10 are combined. Their predictions will be fulfilled at Christ’s return (cf. also Matt. 16:2724:30; and John 19:37). Note the two “amens” (1:6–7). This glorious picture was needed by those who looked forward to a future filled with uncertainty and tribulation. More Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Laney. Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001. Print. The Tyndale Reference Library.

“I Was Afraid”

“I Was Afraid”Excerpt This ill affection toward God arose from his false notions of him; and nothing is more unworthy of God, nor more hinders our duty to him, than slavish fear. This has bondage and torment, and is directly opposite to that entire love which the great commandment requires. Note, Hard thoughts of God drive us from, and cramp us in his service. Those who think it impossible to please him, and in vain to serve him, will do nothing to purpose in religion. More Henry, Matthew. Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: Complete and Unabridged in One Volume. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1994. Print.

The Spirit and the Son at Creation

The Spirit and the Son at CreationGenesis 1:2 Excerpt At the beginning of Creation Week, the earth was “empty, a formless mass.” There was soil and water but no light. The Holy Spirit was “hovering over” this newly created world. The Holy Spirit, third person of the Trinity, may be best known for his appearance at Pentecost (Acts 2), but hemadehisgrand entrance here, at the very beginning of Creation. We read elsewhere that Jesus, Son of Godand second person of theTrinity, took part in Creationas well (John 1:1–3Col. 1:16Heb. 1:2). More Willmington, H. L. Willmington’s Bible Handbook. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1997. Print.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

March 21 He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake Ps. 23:3 He always has a purpose in His leading. He knows where the bits of green pasture are, and He would lead His flock to these. The way may be rough, but it is the right way to the pasture. “Paths of righteousness” may not be straight paths; but they are paths that lead somewhere—to the right place. Many desert paths are elusive. They start out clear and plain, but soon they are lost in the sands. They go nowhere. But the paths of righteousness have a goal to which they unerringly lead. J. R. Miller

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

Were the Disciples Drunk?

Were the Disciples Drunk?Acts 2:14–15 Excerpt To “lift up one’s voice” (literally in the Greek) may merely mean “to begin to speak in a loud voice.”In a strong voice is more often rendered simply as “to shout to” or “to shout to.” It is interesting that the Greek verb which Luke has chosen for speak is one which places emphasis on the high quality and articulate nature of the words spoken (see 2.4). The word occurs here, following the charge of drunkenness, and in 26.25after the charge of madness. More Newman, Barclay Moon, and Eugene Albert Nida. A Handbook on the Acts of the Apostles. New York: United Bible Societies, 1972. Print. UBS Handbook Series.