How does the call of God come to us? It usually comes through other people. God’s call to Mary came through an angel. In our lives, it usually comes through relatives, pastors, or friends. Because
God had done a mighty work in Coriinth. In that city, men and women had responded to the gospel and experienced changed lives. One dark cloud hung over the Christian community, however. Division had begun
Paul modeled for us the role of a godly church leader. What he taught had been received from the Lord. God had revealed Himself to Paul on the road to Damascus and later in other
The practice of anointing with perfumed oil was common among the Hebrews. (1.) The act of anointing was significant of consecration to a holy or sacred use; hence the anointing of the high priest (Ex. 29:29; Lev. 4:3) and of the sacred vessels (Ex. “30:26). The high priest and the king are thus called “the” “anointed” (Lev. 4:3, 5, 16; 6:20; Ps. 132:10). Anointing a king” “was equivalent to crowning him (1 Sam. 16:13; 2 Sam. 2:4, etc.).” Prophets were also anointed (1 Kings 19:16; 1 Chr. 16:22; Ps. “105:15). The expression, “anoint the shield” (Isa. 21:5), refers” to the custom of rubbing oil on the leather of the shield so as to make it supple and fit for use in war. “(2.) Anointing was also an act of hospitality (Luke 7:38, 46). It was the custom of the Jews in like manner to anoint “themselves with oil, as a means of refreshing or invigorating” “their bodies (Deut. 28:40; Ruth 3:3; 2 Sam. 14:2; Ps. 104:15,” etc.). This custom is continued among the Arabians to the present day. “(3.) Oil was used also for medicinal purposes. It was applied to “the sick, and also to wounds (Ps. 109:18; Isa. 1:6; Mark 6:13;” James 5:14). “(4.) The bodies of the dead were sometimes anointed (Mark 14:8; Luke 23:56). “(5.) The promised Deliverer is twice called the “Anointed” or “Messiah (Ps. 2:2; Dan. 9:25, 26), because he was anointed with” “the Holy Ghost (Isa. 61:1), figuratively styled the “oil of” “gladness” (Ps. 45:7; Heb. 1:9). Jesus of Nazareth is this” “anointed One (John 1:41; Acts 9:22; 17:2, 3; 18:5, 28), the” Messiah of the Old Testament.
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