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BethlehemLuke 2:4 Excerpt The great importance of Bethlehem for Christians throughout the centuries is that the Gospels record the birth of Jesus as having taken place there, in fulfillment of a prophecy of Micah (Mic.5:2; Matt.2; Luke2; John 7:42). The traditional site of the manger in which the infant Jesus was laid (Luke2:7) is a cave under the great Church of the Nativity, the place of the manger being marked by a star with the Latin inscription Hic De Virgine Maria Jesus Christus Natus Est,‘Here Jesus Christ Was Born of the Virgin Mary.’ A bitter dispute between the Orthodox and Roman Catholics about this star (1847-53) was one of the causes of the Crimean War (1853-56). The tombs of Jerome (d. 420) and his friends Paula (d. 404) and Eusebius of Cremona (d. ca. 423) are in neighboring grottoes. More Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bible dictionary 1985 : 107. Print.


HypocrisyRomans 12:9 Excerpt [Hypocrisy is] a term and idea that are primarily limited in the Bible to theNT writings. The Greek word transliterated into English as ‘hypocrite’ was used to denote an actor, one who performed behind a mask. Thus the popular understanding came to be that of persons who pretended to be something that they were not. It is interesting to note, however, that hypocrisy does not appear to be so limited in meaning in the NT. The term can sometimes denote general wickedness or evil, self-righteousness, pretense, or breach of ‘contract.’ The best-known passage in the NT describing hypocrisy is Matthew /Matt.* 23:1*/23, where self-righteousness and pretense are both in evidence (cf. also Matt. 6:25167:515:722:1824:51; Mark 7:6; Luke6:4212:5613:15). More Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bible dictionary 1985 : 414. Print.

Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Heaven

Kingdom of God and Kingdom of HeavenMatthew 5:3 Excerpt The NT reports two different forms of the expression: “the kingdom of God” and “the kingdom of the heavens.” The latter is found only in Matthew, but Matthew also has “the kingdom of God” four times (Mt 12:2819:2421:3143). “The kingdom of heaven” is a Semitic phrase that would have been meaningful to Jews but not to Greeks. The Jews, out of reverence for God, avoided uttering the divine name, and contemporary literature gives examples of substituting the word “heaven” for God (1 Macc 3:18504:10; see Lk 15:18). More Elwell, Walter A., and Philip Wesley Comfort. Tyndale Bible dictionary2001: 775. Print. Tyndale Reference Library.


UzJob 1:1 Excerpt The homeland of Job (Job 1:1). Two traditions exist concerning the location of Uz: Edom in the southeast and Syria in the northeast. Neither tradition is completely persuasive, and the evidence concerning the location cannot be reconciled. Among the arguments for the Edomite location, the personal name Uz appears in Edomite genealogies (Gen. 36:28 = 1 Chr. 1:42), and personal names in the book of Job probably are Edomite in origin (cf. Job 2:11). The personal name Uz is linked with Buz (Gen. 22:21), which also appears as a place name associated with Edom (Jer. 25:23). The LXX appendix to Job describes Uz as bordering on Idumea and Arabia (Jer. 42:17b). Also, Uz is poetically parallel to “daughter Edom” at Lam. 4:21. Other arguments place Uz in Aram (Syria), near Damascus or S of Damascus in the Hauran. The person Uz is a descendant of Aram (Gen. 10:231 Chr. 1:17) and the oldest son of Abraham’s Aramean brother, Nahor (Gen. 22:21). According to Josephus Ouses (Uz), the …

Catholic Daily Readings

Monday, April 24, 2017, | Easter Monday of the Second Week of Easter Years 1 & 2 | Roman Missal | Lectionary

On the same date: Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest and Martyr First ReadingActs 4:23–31 ResponsePsalm 2:11d PsalmPsalm 2:1–9 Gospel AcclamationColossians 3:1 GospelJohn 3:1–8

Catholic Daily Readings. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2009. Print.

Book of Common Prayer (1928) Daily Office Lectionary

Monday, April 24, 2017, | Eastertide Monday of the Second Week of Easter Morning Prayer

On the same date: Monday of the Second Week of Easter, Evening Prayer; Eve of St. Mark, Evening Prayer PsalmPsalm 1, 3 First ReadingExodus 13:3–16 Second ReadingHebrews 1

 Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer (1928) Daily Office Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2016. Print.

Connect the Testaments

April 24: Tongues, Flames, and Other Things That Devour Joshua 12:1–13:32; 2 Corinthians 11:7–15; Psalm 52:1–53:6 I’d like to skip over the description of the “mighty man” in Psa 52. Of all of his destructive influences, the mighty man is most judged for his use of words. The psalmist’s words burn because I’ve set more than a few forests ablaze with careless words (Jas 3:5). So how should someone like me respond to the psalmist’s judgment? “Why do you boast about evil, O mighty man? The loyal love of God endures continually. Your tongue plans destruction, like a sharp razor, working deceit. You love evil more than good, a lie more than speaking what is right. You love all devouring words, O deceitful tongue” (Psa 52:1–4). Prideful self-reliance is at the root of the evil man’s devouring, razor-sharp tongue. He boasts of making himself appear mighty. He takes “refuge in his destructiveness” (Psa 52:7). In contrast, the psalmist finds refuge in God, in the sanctuary of His loyal love: “But …

Morning and Evening

Morning, April 24Go To Evening Reading
“And because of all this, we make a sure covenant.” —Nehemiah 9:38
There are many occasions in our experience when we may very rightly, and with benefit, renew our covenant with God. After recovery from sickness when, like Hezekiah, we have had a new term of years added to our life, we may fitly do it. After any deliverance from trouble, when our joys bud forth anew, let us again visit the foot of the cross, and renew our consecration. Especially, let us do this after any sin which has grieved the Holy Spirit, or brought dishonour upon the cause of God; let us then look to that blood which can make us whiter than snow, and again offer ourselves unto the Lord. We should not only let our troubles confirm our dedication to God, but our prosperity should do the same. If we ever meet with occasions which deserve to be called “crowning mercies” then, surely, if he hath crowned us, we ought also to crown our God; let us bring forth anew all the jewels of t…

My Utmost for His Highest

April 24th The warning against wantoning Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you.Luke 10:20. As Christian workers, worldliness is not our snare, sin is not our snare, but spiritual wantoning is, viz.: taking the pattern and print of the religious age we live in, making eyes at spiritual success. Never court anything other than the approval of God, go “without the camp, bearing His reproach.” Jesus told the disciples not to rejoice in successful service, and yet this seems to be the one thing in which most of us do rejoice. We have the commercial view—so many souls saved and sanctified, thank God, now it is all right. Our work begins where God’s grace has laid the foundation; we are not to save souls but to disciple them. Salvation and sanctification are the work of God’s sovereign grace; our work as His disciples is to disciple lives until they are wholly yielded to God. One life wholly devoted to God is of more value to God than one hundred lives simpl…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 24 The love of Christ constraineth us 2 Cor. 5:14 The love of Christ is too large for any heart to hold it. It will overflow into others’ hearts: it will give itself out, give itself away, for the enriching of other lives. The heart of Christ is a costly thing for anyone to have. It will lead those who have it where it led Him. If it cost Him the cross, it will cost them no less. J. M. Campbell

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