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
Among the Jews was generally made of wheat (Ex. 29:2; Judg. “6:19), though also sometimes of other grains (Gen. 14:18; Judg.” 7:13). Parched grain was sometimes used for food without any other preparation (Ruth 2:14). “Bread was prepared by kneading in wooden bowls or “kneading “troughs” (Gen. 18:6; Ex. 12:34; Jer. 7:18). The dough was mixed” “with leaven and made into thin cakes, round or oval, and then” baked. The bread eaten at the Passover was always unleavened (Ex. 12:15-20; Deut. 16:3). In the towns there were public “ovens, which were much made use of for baking bread; there were” also bakers by trade (Hos. 7:4; Jer. 37:21). Their ovens were not unlike those of modern times. But sometimes the bread was baked by being placed on the ground that had been heated by a “fire, and by covering it with the embers (1 Kings 19:6). This” was probably the mode in which Sarah prepared bread on the occasion referred to in Gen. 18:6. “In Lev. 2 there is an account of the different kinds of bread and cakes used by the Jews. (See BAKE.) “The shew-bread (q.v.) consisted of twelve loaves of unleavened bread prepared and presented hot on the golden table every “Sabbath. They were square or oblong, and represented the twelve” “tribes of Israel. The old loaves were removed every Sabbath, and” were to be eaten only by the priests in the court of the sanctuary (Ex. 25:30; Lev. 24:8; 1 Sam. 21:1-6; Matt. 12:4). “The word bread is used figuratively in such expressions as “bread of sorrows (Ps. 127:2), “bread of tears” (80:5), i.e.,” “sorrow and tears are like one’s daily bread, they form so great” “a part in life. The bread of “wickedness” (Prov. 4:17) and “of” “deceit” (20:17) denote in like manner that wickedness and deceit” are a part of the daily life.
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