The life and ministry of Jesus were characterized by compassion. The biblical record of His miracles occasionally mentions that fact, and one might say His incarnation occurred because of His compassion. A disciple of Christ
We live in an age when candidates are chosen to lead a nation according to how they look on television rather than on their ideas. This shows that what God said to Samuel still holds
The very reason missionaries and others are needed to share the gospel of Christ is, in essence, the same reason God gave Israel a king, That reason is people’s rejection of God. That attitude is
“A common Jewish name, the same as Hananiah. (1.) One of the” “members of the church at Jerusalem, who conspired with his wife” “Sapphira to deceive the brethren, and who fell down and” immediately expired after he had uttered the falsehood (Acts 5:5). By common agreement the members of the early Christian community devoted their property to the work of furthering the gospel and of assisting the poor and needy. The proceeds of the possessions they sold were placed at the disposal of the “apostles (Acts 4:36, 37). Ananias might have kept his property” had he so chosen; but he professed agreement with the brethren “in the common purpose, and had of his own accord devoted it all,” “as he said, to these sacred ends. Yet he retained a part of it” “for his own ends, and thus lied in declaring that he had given” “it all. “The offence of Ananias and Sapphira showed contempt of” “God, vanity and ambition in the offenders, and utter disregard” of the corruption which they were bringing into the society. “Such sin, committed in despite of the light which they” “possessed, called for a special mark of divine indignation.” “(2.) A Christian at Damascus (Acts 9:10). He became Paul’s instructor; but when or by what means he himself became a “Christian we have no information. He was “a devout man according” “to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt” at” Damascus (22:12). “(3.) The high priest before whom Paul was brought in the “procuratorship of Felix (Acts 23:2, 5, 24). He was so enraged at” “Paul’s noble declaration, “I have lived in all good conscience” “before God until this day,” that he commanded one of his” attendants to smite him on the mouth. Smarting under this “unprovoked insult, Paul quickly replied, “God shall smite thee,” “thou whited wall.” Being reminded that Ananias was the high” “priest, to whose office all respect was to be paid, he answered,” “I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest (Acts 23:5).” “This expression has occasioned some difficulty, as it is” scarcely probable that Paul should have been ignorant of so public a fact. The expression may mean (a) that Paul had at the “moment overlooked the honour due to the high priest; or (b), as” “others think, that Paul spoke ironically, as if he had said,” The high priest breaking the law! God’s high priest a tyrant “and a lawbreaker! I see a man in white robes, and have heard his” “voice, but surely it cannot, it ought not to be, the voice of” “the high priest.” (See Dr. Lindsay on Acts, in loco.) (c) Others” think that from defect of sight Paul could not observe that the “speaker was the high priest. In all this, however, it may be” “explained, Paul, with all his excellency, comes short of the” “example of his divine Master, who, when he was reviled, reviled” not again.
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