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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

October 13 - Morning

"But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women...When the apostles in Jerusalem heard
that Samaria had accepted the word of God,
 they sent Peter and John to Samaria.

When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them;
 they had simply been baptized in the name of the
Lord Jesus.
 Then Peter and John placed their
hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

- Acts 8:12, 14-17

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The Spirit in Samaria    

In fulfillment of Jesus’ direction to take the gospel from Jerusalem to Judea, and then, to Samaria, Philip takes the message into the land of the Samaritans. The border of the country called Samaria, which lays north of Judea and south of Galilee, is a mere 16 miles from Jerusalem. The city of Samaria itself is about 35 miles north of Jerusalem.

Philip, one of the men selected early to distribute the food to the widows in the church, leads the Samaritans to a saving faith in Jesus by sharing the knowledge of the kingdom of God and the Messiah. When the Samaritans accept Jesus as the Messiah Philip confirms their faith with the act of baptism, a sign of separation from their past and an allegiance to their new association with Jesus Christ. These Samaritans have been saved, or born again and placed in the church, the body of Christ.

When news of this reaches the apostles in Jerusalem, Peter and John travel the short distance to Samaria, a land they are familiar with, at least, since the days of traveling with Jesus. In John 4
Peter and John saw the woman at the well lead her town out to meet Jesus and, later, when the Samaritans rejected Jesus in Luke 9:54, this same John wanted to call fire out of heaven
Elijah-style to consume the Samaritans. But, now Peter and John go to meet a group of
believing Samaritans that came to the faith through the ministry of Philip.

The text says the Samaritans had not yet received the Holy Spirit, but yet they have been born
again by the Spirit. According to Romans 8:9 the Holy Spirit is already dwelling in the
Samaritans when Peter and John arrive:

            “If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.”

The Samaritans have received the Spirit of God just like Jesus said to the woman at the well concerning individual salvation when he compared the Holy Spirit to water:

“The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” – John 4:14

The manifestation of the Holy Spirit that occurs among the Samaritans when Peter and John
arrive is not the work of salvation, but instead, these believers are being filled with the Holy Spirit, which means the Holy Spirit is manifesting himself through them. The result of a believer being
filled with the Holy Spirit is actions of ministry.

Jesus also spoke of this work of the Holy Spirit in terms of water:

“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ” – John 7:39

  Christian Quote from Church History
" In most parts of the Bible, everything is implicitly or explicitly introduced with
"Thus saith the Lord".
It is... not merely a sacred book but a book so remorselessly and continuously sacred that it does not invite - it excludes
or repels - the merely aesthetic approach. You can read it as literature only by
a tour de force... It demands incessantly to be taken on its own terms: it will not continue to give literary delight very long, except to those who go to it for something quite different. I predict that it will
in the future be read, as it always has been read, almost exclusively by Christians.
- C.S. Lewis
Something to Ponder??
When Joseph arrived in Egypt around 1900 BC, thirty of the greatest pyramids were already standing.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Zera (Hb) - Seed (Eng) - the Hebrew noun zera means "seed." In the Old Testament zera
is used to refer to something planted. The thing planted could be a plant seed placed
in the ground, semen placed in a womb or a thought (such as Word of God) planted in a mind.
The noun zera come from the verb zara which means "to plant," "to sow," or "to scatter."
Zera can also be used to refer to the generations resulting of semen in the womb which
would be the future generations or descendants.

  The oldest known inscription or reference to "Israel" is on the Pharaoh Merneptah's Stela (an upright engraved stone, in this case, 10 feet tall) which was carved around 1210 BC using hieroglyphs and images. It was found in Western Thebes, Egypt in 1896.
(More Here and Photo Here, close-up of inscription Here)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Have I experienced the water of salvation? If so, have I experience the Holy Spirit that saved me flowing through me like a river? I will desire the Holy Spirit to flow through me and I will allow the Holy Spirit to bring the water of life to others through my actions.
  "A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but fools detest turning from evil."
- Proverbs 13:19
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Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
Esther 8 Acts 13 Matthew 12:1-14
Prayer for Today
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Right words for the
right moment
Opportunities to share the gospel in church and in community USA and Israel relationship Russia - increasing racist nationalism
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Hill Country of Benjamin

The land of the Israel during the six Syrian Wars predicted by Daniel in 536 BC and recorded in Daniel 11:6-35 that occurred in 274-168 BC between the Ptolemy's in the south and the Seleucid kings in the north.

Hill country of the land of Benjamin (click on image for larger size)  
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