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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

November 23 - Morning

"I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not
met me personally.  My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they
may have the full riches of complete understanding,
in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures
of wisdom and knowledge.  I tell you this so that
no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments."

- Colossians 2:1-4

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The Competition to Communicate the Truth    

Even though Paul was not present in Colosse or Laodicea due to his house arrest in Rome, he tells the Colossians that he wants them “to know how hard I am contending for you…and for all who have not met me personally.” (Col.2:1)

The word “contending” is from the Greek word agona which is the Greek word for the athletic stadium or the sports arena. It was in the agona that the contest and struggle for the prize took place. This is the image Paul is used to describe his strenuous efforts to communicate the truth to the people in Colosse and Laodicea.

The fact that Paul was “contending” to teach is seen in the verses prior to Colossians 2:1. In Colossians 1:28-29 Paul uses a word built on the same root as agona when he says,
“To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy.” Here the word “struggling” is the word agonizomenos, which is again, an athletic word used to describe the athletic struggle,
the exertion of energy and the competitive contest in the agona, or Greek athletic stadium.

Pauls says:

“He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.  To this end I strenuously contend (agonizomenos) with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.” – Colossians 1:28-29

Paul had never been to Colosse, but the church had started because some of their people had heard Paul teach while he was in Ephesus. They had begun with the Word and, now, Paul is encouraging them to continue in the Word. In fact, if the Colossians and Laodiceans will continue in the Word, even while absent from Paul, they will grow in their understanding and in their faith. The same truth that saved them spiritually will also transform their daily lives:

“Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught.” – Colossians 2:6

Paul strenuously contends in a contest of communication where he finds himself teaching the truth of Jesus as he competes against a world filled with fine-sounding arguments, false teaching and hollow philosophies presented by deceptive teachers.

 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments…See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. - Colossians 2:4, 8

  Christian Quote from Church History

"In His coming the “last days” to which the Old Testament looked forward arrived,
but they have not yet
run their course;
the Christian church is still living in this eschaton.
Jesus’ first coming inaugurated it;
His second coming will consummate it.
The coming of Jesus
was, therefore,
the beginning of the end."
- R. T. France

Something to Ponder??

A New Testament book
was accepted into the
canon of Scripture if it:
1) was written, or supported,
by an apostle;
2) agreed with the other apostolic writings and
was used in the churches
the apostles established;
3) had internal evidence of power in the lives of
believers and an
internal claim to authority.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information



Halal (Hb) - Praise (Eng) - the Hebrew verb halal means "praise," and "boast."
The imperative verb (the mood of command) of halal would be hallelu, which means, "praise!"
If a shortened form of Yahweh, "Yah," is attached to the end of the imperative verb form of halal, the imperative verb hallelu becomes hallelu-Yah, or halleluyah.
Halleluyah is translated in English as the command, "Praise the Lord!"

  Pharaoh Hophra (or, called Apries by Greek historian Herodotus) is referred to in Jeremiah 44:30. Hophra ruled Egypt from 589-570 BC. (See image of Hophra here and
here.) His name has been found inscribed in hieroglyphs in a sandstone block on display in the Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago. Apries' name plate found here. A stone stela of Hophra in Memphis, Egypt is here and image here.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Do I have habits that cause me woe or sorrow?
Are their attitudes in my life that result in strife or complaining?
I will rid myself of the sin that causes me the unnecessary weight and
eats away at my time and resources.

I will go into training to follow the truth in Christ and compete in the struggles that matter.


"Who has woe?
Who has sorrow?
Who has strife?
Who has complaints?
Who has needless bruises?
Who has bloodshot eyes?
Those who linger over wine, who go to sample
bowls of mixed wine."
Proverbs 23:29-30

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Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
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with valleys and mounts labeled.
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The Millo is part of the City of David. It is the rampart built by the Jebusites before David conquered the city. The Millo consists of the terraces and retaining walls on the eastern slope of the southeastern spur that supported the buildings above. The Millo is the Stepped Stone Structure uncovered by Kathleen Kenyon. Eilat Mazar has uncovered the Large Stone Structure (David’s Palace) that sat on the Millo. (click on image for larger size)
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