Judas Iscariot’s betrayal alerts us to the fact that no one is exempt from the possibility of betraying Jesus. As the disciples sat together with Jesus at the last supper, Jesus made an announcement: “Behold,
Missionaries, like other servants of God, face the temptation of discouragement. Some things that contribute to discouragement include working among an unresponsive or hostile people group; frequent ministry trips away from spouses and family; trying
Luke 1:26-42 is a very interesting account of a women who willingly rendered herself to God’s service, to God’s plan, to God’s program, and to God’s proposal. It challenges me when I read Mary’s humble response to
“The usual name of the descendants of Ammon, the son of Lot (Gen.” 19:38). From the very beginning (Deut. 2:16-20) of their history “till they are lost sight of (Judg. 5:2), this tribe is closely” associated with the Moabites (Judg. 10:11; 2 Chr. 20:1; Zeph. 2:8). Both of these tribes hired Balaam to curse Israel (Deut. “23:4). The Ammonites were probably more of a predatory tribe,” “moving from place to place, while the Moabites were more” settled. They inhabited the country east of the Jordan and north “of Moab and the Dead Sea, from which they had expelled the” Zamzummims or Zuzims (Deut. 2:20; Gen. 14:5). They are known as “the Beni-ammi (Gen. 19:38), Ammi or Ammon being worshipped as” “their chief god. They were of Semitic origin, and closely” related to the Hebrews in blood and language. They showed no “kindness to the Israelites when passing through their territory,” “and therefore they were prohibited from “entering the” “congregation of the Lord to the tenth generation” (Deut. 23:3).” They afterwards became hostile to Israel (Judg. 3:13). Jephthah “waged war against them, and “took twenty cities with a very” “great slaughter” (Judg. 11:33). They were again signally” defeated by Saul (1 Sam. 11:11). David also defeated them and “their allies the Syrians (2 Sam. 10:6-14), and took their chief” “city, Rabbah, with much spoil (2 Sam. 10:14; 12:26-31). The” subsequent events of their history are noted in 2 Chr. 20:25; “26:8; Jer. 49:1; Ezek. 25:3, 6. One of Solomon’s wives was” “Naamah, an Ammonite. She was the mother of Rehoboam (1 Kings” 14:31; 2 Chr. 12:13). “The prophets predicted fearful judgments against the Ammonites because of their hostility to Israel (Zeph. 2:8; Jer. 49:1-6; “Ezek. 25:1-5, 10; Amos 1:13-15).” “The national idol worshipped by this people was Molech or “Milcom, at whose altar they offered human sacrifices (1 Kings” “11:5, 7). The high places built for this idol by Solomon, at the” “instigation of his Ammonitish wives, were not destroyed till the” time of Josiah (2 Kings 23:13).
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