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October 30 - Morning

"But now that there is no more place for me to work in these regions, and since I have been longing for many years to visit you, I plan to do so when I go to Spain. I hope to see you while passing through and to have you assist me on my journey there, after I have enjoyed your company for a while."

- Romans 15:23-24

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Paul Goes to Spain    

Rome had occupied the Iberian Peninsula beginning in 200 BC, but it was during Paul’s lifetime that this area called Spain had been organized into a Roman province.  Spain was the location of the Old Testament Tarshish which was, at that time, the extent of the Western world, or “the ends of the earth.” Jesus had spoken of the disciples taking the Gospel from Jerusalem, to Judea, to Samaria and then, to the ends of the earth. Paul may have been thinking of fulfilling Jesus’ commission, and, most likely, he was thinking of the prophecy in Isaiah 66:19:

“I will set a sign among them, and I will send some of those who survive to the nations—to Tarshish, to the Libyans and Lydians (famous as archers), to Tubal and Greece, and to the distant islands that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory. They will proclaim my glory among the nations.” – Isaiah 66:19

Although the New Testament never records Paul going to Spain we do know there was time, support and motivation to accomplish this mission between Paul’s release from the Roman house arrest recorded at the end of Acts and his final imprisonment mentioned in Second Timothy. Clement, the pastor of the church of Rome wrote in 85 AD in his letter to the Corinthians (entitled First Clement):

“Let us place before our eyes the good Apostles. Peter, through unjust envy, endured not one or two but many labors, and at last, having delivered his testimony, departed unto the place of glory due to him. Through envy Paul, too, showed by example the prize that is given to patience: seven times was he cast into chains; he was banished; he was stoned; having become a herald, both in the East and in the West, he obtained the noble renown due to his faith; and having preached righteousness to the whole world, and having come to the extremity of the West, and having borne witness before rulers, he departed at length out of the world, and went to the holy place, having become the greatest example of patience.” – First Clement 5:3-7 written in Rome to Corinthian Church in 85 AD by Clement who is mentioned by Paul in Philippians 4:3

Paul tells the Romans that he hopes “to have you assist me on my journey there” to Spain. The Greek verb propempo that is translated in the English above as “assist” is a term that developed through use by the early church that took on a technical meaning used to refer to missionary support. Paul is planning on receiving financial and material support from the church in Rome when he writes this in 57 AD. It would appear Paul was in Spain sometime during the years 62-66 AD.

  Christian Quote from Church History

Wherever we see the Word
of God purely preached
and heard, there a church
of God exists, even if it swarms with many faults.”
John Calvin




Something to Ponder??

Lateran Council (1215) - mandatory confession of sin
to a priest once a year

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Zadon (Hb) - Pride (Eng) - the Hebrew noun zadon is translated "pride," "arrogance" or
"insolence." It comes from the verbal root zud which literally means "to boil up,"
and "to act in pride or rebellion."


A seal was found in Megiddo in 1904 that says,

"belonging to Shema,
servant of Jeroboam"

This is believed to be a reference to Israel's King Jeroboam II who is recorded in 2 Kings 13, etc. The seal
is 1x1.5 inches, made of jasper and dated to 700-800 BC (the time of Jeroboam) (image here)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I seek justice from men?
Am I hoping men will solve my problems and help me accomplish my dreams?
I will trust in the Lord and wait on him to accomplish his purpose.
  "Many seek an audience with a ruler but it is from the Lord that man gets justice."
- Proverbs 29:26
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
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
Luke 6 First Corinthians 8 Matthew 19
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Spouse Boldness in the face
of opposition
Immigration Somalia - economic, social and physical health of the nation is terrible from war and neglect.
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Herodian decorations on the left jamb of the Triple Gate on south side of Temple Mount



This is the left (west) side, or jamb, or the Triple Gate. This stone was part of the New Testament gate called "The Beautiful Gate." There is a Hebrew inscription on the carved molding of the jamb of the Triple Gate. The inscription, possibly a memorial, consists of the names of two Jews who
had died. The inscription is dated at around 750 AD when the Muslim Abassid dynasty ruled, and Jews could only worship at the gates of the Temple Mount.

This is all that remains of Herod's original gate, possibly called the Beautiful Gate, that served as an entrance to the tunnel and staircase that still exist behind this blocked gate. This ashlar is 48 inches long. Eighteen inches are decorated with a classical gate profile, and the remaining 30 inches are carved in a style typical of Herodian ashlars. The Triple Gate was rebuilt during the Umayyad Dynasty (661-750). The Crusaders blocked it shut to protect themselves from the Muslims around 1100.

(click on image for larger size)

This is the layout of the 35 acres on the Temple Mount
today. The Muslims call this "The Noble Sanctuary," or
"Al-Haram al-Sharif." Today the Dome of the Rock sets
where the Jewish Temple used to be, and
Dome of the Chain where the Altar of Burnt Offering was.

The Morocco Gate is located on the Western Wall.
Barclay's Gate was covered up over time as the ground outside the Temple Mount rose above the lintel of the gate
and a new gate was installed above it called
Bab al-Magharbeh.

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