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Source of the Fire

Source of the FireJames 3:6 Excerpt the tongue is only the fuse; the source of the deadly fire is hell itself (lit., “Gehenna,” a place in the Valley of Hinnom south of Jerusalem where human sacrifice had been offered [Jer.7:31] and where continuous burning of rubbish made it a fit illustration of the lake of fire). More Blue, J. Ronald. “James.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 828. Print.

In My Name

In My NameJohn 14:13–14John 21–24 Excerpt In the biblical period, one’s name represented the person; it was a summary statement of someone’s character or reputation (John14:14). The name of Jesus pointed to his attributes, his person, and all that he had accomplished. It was no mere magical formula, but a confession of dependence, trust, and confidence in the person and work of Jesus the Messiah. Again the obedient saint would be the one who experiences God in this earthly life (John14:21). Jesus’ answer to Judas’ questions (John 14:22–24) brings the discussion around full-circle back to John 13:34 (cf. John14:23). More Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Laney. Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001. Print. The Tyndale Reference Library.

Two Translations of Genesis 1:1-2

Two Translations of Genesis 1:1-2Genesis 1:1–2 Excerpt Two significant and differing interpretations of Genesis 1:1–2 are believed to be true today. The first reads: “When God began to create the heavens and the earth, the earth was formless and empty.” This translation focuses on the state of the land before God began the creative activity that is recorded in the Genesisaccount. Those who accept this interpretation believe that God’s past involvement with creation began after the earth already existed in a formless and empty state. That is, the earth was formless and empty, and then God began to create. According to this view, Genesis does not address how the earth originally came into existence in its formless and empty state, but what God did with the world already in existence. The second translation reads: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was empty, a formless mass ….” This traditional interpretation teaches that God created everything out of nothi…

Comparisons in Romans 5:15-21

Comparisons in Romans 5:15-21Romans 5:15–21 Excerpt Verses Romans 5:15–21 contain six comparisons between Adam and the result of his sin and Jesus and the result of his redemptive work. VersesRomans 5:15 and Romans 5:17follow the pattern, “If A, how much more B.”Verse Romans 5:16 uses the negative form, “A is not like B.”Verses Romans 5:18, Romans 5:19, Romans 5:21follow the pattern, “Just as A, so also B.”More Mounce, Robert H. Romans. Vol. 27. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995. Print. The New American Commentary.

Connect the Testaments

March 30: Taunting Death Numbers 33:50–34:29; 1 Corinthians 15:35–58; Psalm 29:1–11 My best friend’s mother, a dear family friend, died of Lou Gehrig’s disease (als). Over the span of three years, the disease attacked her nerve cells, starting with her hands and feet and moving inward to her vital organs. Every time I visited her, she would be changed—her cane became a wheelchair, and her warbled words were muffled into silence. Although she was fully alert, she slowly lost the ability to communicate her feelings and needs. In the end, only her eyes displayed the tumultuous feelings underneath. Those who confront the reality of death or the death of a loved one don’t doubt their own fallibility. They are closely acquainted with the reality that so many strangely disregard. And they cling to the hope of the resurrection that Paul eloquently relays, and that the Corinthians were slow to understand and believe: “We will all be changed, in a moment, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpe…

Morning and Evening

Morning, March 30Go To Evening Reading
“He was numbered with the transgressors.” —Isaiah 53:12
Why did Jesus suffer himself to be enrolled amongst sinners? This wonderful condescension was justified by many powerful reasons. In such a character he could the better become their advocate. In some trials there is an identification of the counsellor with the client, nor can they be looked upon in the eye of the law as apart from one another. Now, when the sinner is brought to the bar, Jesus appears there himself. He stands to answer the accusation. He points to hisside, his hands, his feet, and challenges Justice to bring anything against the sinners whom he represents; he pleads his blood, and pleads so triumphantly, being numbered with them and having a part with them, that the Judge proclaims, “Let them go their way; deliver them from going down into the pit, for he hath found a ransom.” Our Lord Jesus was numbered with the transgressors in order that they might feel their hearts drawn to…

My Utmost for His Highest

March 30th Holiness v. hardness towards God And He … wondered that there was no intercessor.Isaiah 59:16. The reason many of us leave off praying and become hard towards God is because we have only a sentimental interest in prayer. It sounds right to say that we pray; we read books on prayer which tell us that prayer is beneficial, that our minds are quieted and our souls uplifted when we pray; but Isaiah implies that God is amazed at such thoughts of prayer. Worship and intercession must go together, the one is impossible without the other. Intercession means that we rouse ourselves up to get the mind of Christ about the one for whom we pray. Too often instead of worshipping God, we construct statements as to how prayer works. Are we worshipping or are we in dispute with God—‘I don’t see how You are going to do it.’ This is a sure sign that we are not worshipping. When we lose sight of God we become hard and dogmatic. We hurl our own petitions at God’s throne and dictate to Him as to wha…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

March 30 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vineyards; for our vineyards are in blossom Song of Sol. 2:15 (R.V.) How numerous the little foxes are! Little compromises with the world; disobedience to the still, small voice in little things; little indulgences to the flesh to the neglect of duty; little strokes of policy; doing evil in little things that good may come; and the beauty, and the fruitfulness of the vine are sacrificed! J. Hudson Taylor

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