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The Preparation

The PreparationExcerpt Saul soon heard about the brash young man who showed no fear of the Philistine. David lost none of his confidence in the presence of the king. He even volunteered to fight Goliath. Saul scoffed at this suggestion. Goliath had been trained as a warrior; David was but a youth. David, however, defended his fighting credentials. He had slain a lion and a bear in defense of his sheep. Goliath had taunted the armies of the living God. David, therefore, was confident that Yahweh would deliver him from the hand of Philistine just as he had delivered him earlier from the paw of the lion and bear. Saul was convinced. He prayed Yahweh’s blessing upon his efforts (17:31–37). More Smith, James E. The Books of History. Joplin, MO: College Press, 1995. Print. Old Testament Survey Series.

Submission to Her Husband

Submission to Her HusbandExcerpt Despite what has just been said, the custom of the time expected that a wife would be submissive to her husband, which means in part that she would normally adopt his religion. This placed converted wives in a difficult position. The Christian wife should, therefore, seek to please her husband in other respects as much as possible. The basic command to submission sounds strange to modern Western readers, and so it must be understood in its first-century and early Christian context. Submission to the husband was the custom of the time. For Jews, it was based on the stories of the Creation and Fall where the woman, originally created to be a helper for the man (Gen 2:20), is cursed by the pain of childbirth and submission to the rule of her husband (Gen 3:16). In contrast, the Christian gospel emphasized that in the new situation brought about by the death and resurrection of Jesus “there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you a…

Diversity of Gifts in One Body

Diversity of Gifts in One BodyExcerpt Paul’s aim at the moment is not however to establish a rating or hierarchy of gifts, but rather to insist that all gifts whatsoever, important or unimportant, showy or obscure, come from the same source. All these things (just listed) the same one Spirit (literally, one and the same Spirit) puts into operation (ἐνεργεῖ, cf. verse 6 above, where it is used of God; the word suggests that the Spirit is the source of boundless and manifold energy and power—a thoroughly biblical thought), distributing (cf. verses 4 ff.) individually (ἰδίᾳ; see e.g. M. iii. 18; it would be possible to write the word ἴδια, and translate his own gifts) to each one (it is again implied that each Christian receives some gift) as he wills. Thus it is not for Christians to dictate to the Spirit what gifts they (or others) should have, though they should strive for the greater (and perhaps less spontaneous) gifts (verse 31). The Spirit chooses what gift shall be given to each C…

God Appears to Moses

God Appears to MosesExodus 3:2–5 Excerpt Here, at Horeb, God appeared to Moses as the Angel of the Lord (vid., p. 118f.) “in a flame of fire out of the midst of the thorn-bush”(סְנֶהβάτος, rubus), which burned in the fire and was not consumed. אֻכָּל, in combination with אֵינֶנּוּ, must be a participle for מְאֻכָּל. When Moses turned aside from the road or spot where he was standing, “to look at this great sight” (מַרְאֶה), i.e., the miraculous vision of the bush that was burning and yet not burned up, Jehovah called to him out of the midst of the thorn-bush, “Moses, Moses (the reduplication as in Gen. 22:11), draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground”(אֲדָמָה). More Keil, Carl Friedrich, and Franz Delitzsch. Commentary on the Old Testament. Vol. 1. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1996. Print

Connect the Testaments

May 18: A Higher Calling 1 Chronicles 6:1–81; 1 Timothy 4:6–16; Psalm 78:13–29 It’s easy to get self-absorbed when we’re criticized—or when we think others are criticizing us. Because of our real or imagined defects, we start to believe other people don’t take us seriously. It’s easy to get off course in an attempt to defend ourselves. As a young leader, Timothy may have dealt with criticism in the Ephesian community because of his age. Paul gives him advice: “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Tim 4:12). Paul doesn’t offer defensive solutions. Rather, he calls Timothy to be a living example of his teaching. He reinforces Timothy’s calling by encouraging him to stay focused on his call, speech, and conduct. By being the contrast to the rumors about him, Timothy thwarts criticism. But Paul isn’t simply giving leadership advice. By reaffirming Timothy’s purpose and calling, he is helping Timothy focu…

Morning and Evening

Morning, May 18Go To Evening Reading
“In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him.” —Colossians 2:9, 10
All the attributes of Christ, as God and man, are at our disposal. All the fulness of the Godhead, whatever that marvelous term may comprehend, is ours to make us complete. He cannot endow us with the attributes of Deity; but he has done all that can be done, for he has made even his divine power and Godhead subservient to our salvation. His omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, immutability and infallibility, are all combined for our defense. Arise, believer, and behold the Lord Jesus yoking the whole of his divine Godhead to the chariot of salvation! How vast his grace, and how firm his faithfulness, how unswerving his immutability, how infinite his power, how limitless his knowledge! All these are by the Lord Jesus made the pillars of the temple of salvation; and all, without diminution of their infinity, are covenanted to us as our perpetual …

My Utmost for His Highest

May 18th Careful unreasonableness Behold the fowls of the air … consider the lilies of the field.Matthew 6:26, 28. Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, they simply are! Think of the sea, the air, the sun, the stars and the moon—all these are, and what a ministration they exert. So often we mar God’s designed influence through us by our self-conscious effort to be consistent and useful. Jesus says that there is only one way to develop spiritually, and that is by concentration on God. ‘Do not bother about being of use to others, believe on Me’—pay attention to the Source, and out of you will flow rivers of living water. We cannot get at the springs of our natural life by common sense, and Jesus is teaching that growth in spiritual life does not depend on our watching it, but on concentration on our Father in heaven. Our heavenly Father knows the circumstances we are in, and if we keep concentrated on Him, we will grow spiritually as the lilies. The people who influence us most a…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

May 18 His praise shall continually be in my mouth Ps. 34:1 Let not thy praises be transients—a bit of music, and then the instrument hung by the wall till another gaudy day of some remarkable providence makes thee take it down. God comes not guest wise to His saints’ house, but to dwell with them. David took this up for a life work: “As long as I live, I will praise thee.” Gurnall

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