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
A dog. (1.) One of the three sons of Hezron of the tribe of Judah. He is also called Chelubai (1 Chr. 2:9). His descendants “are enumerated (18-20, 42-49).” “(2.) A “son of Hur, the firstborn of Ephratah” (1 Chr. 2:50). “Some would read the whole passage thus: “These [i.e., the list” “in ver. 42-49] were the sons of Caleb. The sons of Hur, the” “firstborn of Ephratah, were Shobal, etc.” Thus Hur would be the” name of the son and not the father of Caleb (ver. 19). “(3.) The son of Jephunneh (Num. 13:6; 32:12; Josh. 14:6, 14). He was one of those whom Moses sent to search the land in the second year after the Exodus. He was one of the family chiefs of the tribe of Judah. He and Joshua the son of Nun were the only two of the whole number who encouraged the people to go up and “possess the land, and they alone were spared when a plague broke” out in which the other ten spies perished (Num. 13; 14). All the “people that had been numbered, from twenty years old and upward,” perished in the wilderness except these two. The last notice we have of Caleb is when (being then eighty-five years of age) he “came to Joshua at the camp at Gilgal, after the people had” “gained possession of the land, and reminded him of the promise” “Moses had made to him, by virtue of which he claimed a certain” portion of the land of Kirjath-arba as his inheritance (Josh. “14:6-15; 15:13-15; 21:10-12; 1 Sam. 25:2, 3; 30:14). He is” “called a “Kenezite” in Josh. 14:6, 14. This may simply mean “son” “of Kenez” (Num. 32:12). Some, however, read “Jephunneh, the son” “of Kenez,” who was a descendant of Hezron, the son of Pharez, a” grandson of Judah (1 Chr. 2:5). This Caleb may possibly be identical with (2). “(4.) Caleb gave his name apparently to a part of the south “country (1 Sam. 30:14) of Judah, the district between Hebron and” “Carmel, which had been assigned to him. When he gave up the city” “of Hebron to the priests as a city of refuge, he retained” “possession of the surrounding country (Josh. 21:11, 12; comp. 1” Sam. 25:3).
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