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December 5 - Morning

"Although in Christ I could be bold and order you
to do what you ought to do, yet I prefer to appeal
to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul—an old man and now also a prisoner of
Christ Jesus—
 that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while
I was in chains.
 Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me."

- Philemon 8-11

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The "Useless" Man has become "Useful"    

By the time Paul was in prison in Rome in the years 60-62 AD he had made contact with
believers in Colosse. One individual who Paul had led to the Lord was a man by the name of
Philemon who was a wealthy citizen of Colosse, a slave owner and the owner of a house large
| enough for the church of Colosse to meet in (Philemon 2). One of Philemon’s slaves, named Onesimus, had escaped and ran away from Philemon in Colosse and ended up in Rome. Many details are missing in this account but it would seem Onesimus came to Paul on his own free will, most likely, to secure some kind of assistance in getting back in good standing with his master. Onesimus appears to have stolen something (Philemon 18), at the least, Onesimus stole time and missed work by leaving Philemon. But, it would appear that Onesimus had not been identified
by the authorities as a run-away slave, arrested and placed in prison, otherwise Paul, who is a prisoner himself, would not have the ability to send Onesimus back to Philemon.

While Onesimus was with Paul seeking to secure Paul’s assistance in restoring him favorably to his master Philemon, Paul shares the Gospel with him and secures his salvation (Philemon 10 and 16).

Paul begins his appeal for Onesimus in verse 8 by saying that, as an apostle, Paul is Philemon’s superior in Christ and because Paul led Philemon to the Lord (Philemon 19), Paul could order Philemon to take Onesimus back. But, since Paul and Philemon are also friends, Paul is going to first ask Philemon as a friend to accept Onesimus back.

Paul admits that Onesimus (euchreston in the Greek, a name that means “useful”) was “useless”
as a man and as a slave, but now because he is a believer and he wants restoration Onesimus (euchreston or, “useful”) is “useful” to both Paul and Philemon.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"We are to reflect Christ in
all that we say and do.
And the Christ of Scripture
is the humble, suffering servant who, in spite of
great opposition, false accusations, and public ridicule, remained faithful
to the heavenly calling."

- David W. Hegg
Something to Ponder??

While Timothy is in Ephesus Paul writes the letter of First Timothy to him from Macedonia. In 5:23 Paul tells Timothy to "use a little wine because of your stomach." But, yet the wine produce in Ephesus was well known at the time to be bad! Pliny the elder wrote:

"As for the vintage of Mesogis, it has been found to cause headaches, and that of Ephesus has also proved
to be unwholesome,
because seawater and
boiled grape juice are employed to season it."

(From a section in Pliny's "Natural History" that reviewed the different wines in the middle of the first century AD.)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information




Melek (Hb) - King (Eng) - the Hebrew word melek is translated "king" and refers
to the human ruler with sovereign power.


The destruction layer of the Canaanite Palace/Temple
at Hazor is dated to 1300-1400 BC. Joshua and the Israelites are the most obvious group responsible for this destruction. The Egyptian pharaohs Seti I and Ramses II had the power and the opportunity as they passed by on other military campaigns, but in the destruction were found intentionally smashed statures of these Egyptian kings. They were 8-12 inches tall with their heads and hands broken off. Plus all the statues of Canaanite and Egyptian gods were mutilated and destroyed. (Deut.12:3). There were no Canaanite rivals powerful enough to overthrow Hazor and the Sea People that invaded at that time did not come that far inland and none of their pottery, etc. has been found at Hazor.

The basalt stones were cracked from fire that needed to reach 1200 degree Celsius (2192 F). Burnt wooden supports were found in the
3 feet of ash that agrees with the biblical account of Joshua in Hazor. (Joshua 11:13)
(more here)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I help restore relationships?
Do I give people a second chance?
I will look for an opportunity to give someone a second chance and
encourage another to do the same.
  "People curse the man who hoards grain, but blessing crowns him who is willing to sell." - Proverbs 11:26
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem



Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

Galyn looks at the original mud bricks of the Canaanite palace/temple in Hazor that was burnt by Joshua in Joshua 11:13. Charred remains can still be seen here. Excavators found ash as thick as three feet deep here.
(click on image for larger size) (more information here and here)
A map showing where the descendants of Japheth
settled according to Genesis 10:1-14.
(click on image for larger size)
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