The Purpose of Towers and Temples in The Ancient Near East

Ziggurat Dūr Untash

Introduction The biblical narrative about the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9) has been the source of many interpretations and even more questions. Why did God destroy the tower? Why did the people build it? What did it mean when the people wanted to “make a name” for themselves? Did the tower have any connections with other similar structures in … Read more

Does the Bible Support a Flat Earth?

Babylonian Flat Earth map

  Flat Earth Bible Verses With Notes It might be hard to tell by just reading a few isolated Bible passages but the cosmological view was that the earth was surrounded by water on all sides and that the boundaries of the habitable zone was the ground and the firmament. Springs in the ground and … Read more

Acts Devotional Commentary [Acts 13:4-12] Barnabas and Saul On Cyprus

Paul and Barnabas Holding the Church at Cyprus

Saul and Barnabas On Cyprus Acts 13:4-12 4 The two of them [Saul & Barnabas], sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus. 5 When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. John was with them as their … Read more

Acts Devotional Commentary [Acts 12:25-3:3] Barnabas and Saul Sent Off

Barnabas and Saul Sent Off Acts 12:25-3:3 When Barnabas and Saul had finished their mission, they returned from Jerusalem, taking with them John, also called Mark. Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and … Read more

Acts Devotional Commentary [Acts 12:20-24] Herod’s Death

Arundel, Christ before Pilate and Herod, c. 1310

Herod’s Death Acts 12:20-24 Then Herod went from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there. 20 He had been quarreling with the people of Tyre and Sidon; they now joined together and sought an audience with him. After securing the support of Blastus, a trusted personal servant of the king, they asked for peace, because they depended on the king’s … Read more

Acts Devotional Commentary [Acts 12:6-19] Peter’s Miraculous Escape From Prison

Hendrick Terbrugghen, The Liberation of Saint Peter

Peter’s Miraculous Escape From Prison Acts 12:6-19 The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. 7 Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side … Read more