Scripture teaches that “faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (Jas. 2:17). The epistle of James generates much thinking and discussion regarding works and salvation. An elderly missionary said, I did not receive
We live in a culture that is deteriorating partly because of its loss of a moral standard. Since its inception, Christianity has provided a true moral standard by promoting and being committed to the biblical
The entry this week focuses on the trials and afflictions of believers. Often these times turn out to be blessings in disguise. In the very beginning of his epistle, James described his relationship to the
“As soon as a child was born it was washed, and rubbed with salt” “(Ezek. 16:4), and then swathed with bandages (Job 38:9; Luke” “2:7, 12). A Hebrew mother remained forty days in seclusion after” “the birth of a son, and after the birth of a daughter double” that number of days. At the close of that period she entered into the tabernacle or temple and offered up a sacrifice of purification (Lev. 12:1-8; Luke 2:22). A son was circumcised on “the eighth day after his birth, being thereby consecrated to God” (Gen. 17:10-12; comp. Rom. 4:11). Seasons of misfortune are “likened to the pains of a woman in travail, and seasons of” prosperity to the joy that succeeds child-birth (Isa. 13:8; Jer. “4:31; John 16:21, 22). The natural birth is referred to as the” “emblem of the new birth (John 3:3-8; Gal. 6:15; Titus 3:5,” etc.).
“The observance of birth-days was common in early times (Job 1:4,” “13, 18). They were specially celebrated in the land of Egypt” (Gen. 40:20). There is no recorded instance in Scripture of the celebration of birth-days among the Jews. On the occasion of Herod’s birth-day John the Baptist was beheaded (Matt. 14:6).
(1.) This word denotes the special privileges and advantages belonging to the first-born son among the Jews. He became the priest of the family. Thus Reuben was the first-born of the “patriarchs, and so the priesthood of the tribes belonged to him.” “That honour was, however, transferred by God from Reuben to Levi” “(Num. 3:12, 13; 8:18).” “(2.) The first-born son had allotted to him also a double portion of the paternal inheritance (Deut. 21:15-17). Reuben “was, because of his undutiful conduct, deprived of his” birth-right (Gen. 49:4; 1 Chr. 5:1). Esau transferred his birth-right to Jacob (Gen. 25:33). “(3.) The first-born inherited the judicial authority of his “father, whatever it might be (2 Chr. 21:3). By divine” “appointment, however, David excluded Adonijah in favour of” Solomon. “(4.) The Jews attached a sacred importance to the rank of “first-born and “first-begotten” as applied to the Messiah” (Rom. 8:29; Col. 1:18; Heb. 1:4-6). As first-born he has an “inheritance superior to his brethren, and is the alone true” priest.
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