Tag: synagogue

  • November 23 – Jesus Calls Saul of Tarsus

    Reading Acts 8:1b-9:31 Devotional On the day that Stephen was killed there arose a great persecution against the Christians in Jerusalem. Everyone except the apostles fled Jerusalem to the surrounding regions of Judea and Samaria. Saul of Tarsus was a key part of those persecuting the Christians. He went into Christians’ homes and dragged off…

  • November 22 – Stephen Dies for Jesus

    Reading Acts 6:8-8:1a Devotional In yesterday’s reading we were introduced to a righteous man named Stephen, who was described as being “full of the Holy Spirit.” Today’s reading begins by describing Stephen as a man full of GOD’s grace and power, stating that he did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people. Some Jews…

  • October 28 – Jesus’ Strong Rebukes

    Reading Luke 11:37-54; 12:1-59; 13:1-17 Devotional Jesus is very much a loving Person. He is GOD and GOD is love (1 John 4:8). Jesus demonstrated His great love and compassion every day He walked the earth, healing and teaching others, giving of Himself. It is equally important that we recognize that Jesus was very direct…

  • October 24 – Jesus Begins the Great Galilean Ministry

    Reading Matt. 4:12-17; Luke 4:14-15 Luke 4:16-30 Luke 5:1-10a Matt. 4:18-22; Luke 5:10b-11 Mark 1:21-38 Matt. 4:23-25 Mark 1:40-45; 2:1-12 Devotional After Jesus heard that John the Baptist had been imprisoned by Herod, He returned to Galilee, staying in Capernaum. From this point forward Jesus began preaching repentance because the kingdom of heaven was near.…

  • October 17 – Changes Between the Testaments

    Reading Daily Bible section entitled “Influences on a Dispersed People” Daily Bible section entitled “Hellenism and the Jews” Daily Bible section entitled “Judaism Under Roman Rule” Devotional After the Babylonian captivity ended, most Jews did not return to their homeland, instead choosing to remain in the land where they had built a life. Some were…

  • Overview of Synagogues (How Synagogues Began)

    Per Wikipedia.org: “During the Babylonian captivity (586–537 BCE) the Men of the Great Assembly began the process of formalizing and standardizing Jewish services and prayers that did not depend on the functioning of the Temple in Jerusalem. Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai, one of the leaders at the end of the Second Temple era, promulgated the…