Jesus once asked his disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am” (Matt 16:13)? Who was Jesus anyway? Most people of His day viewed Him as some sort of prophet (John
Most of us live hurried lives. We are hard pressed at work, at home, and at church to accomplish more than a twenty-four hour day seems to allow. The demands are overwhelming. In fact, full
I went to church service recently in which a powerful and emotional solo called “I Feel Like Moving On” was sung. The more I listened, however, the more disturbed I became by the emphasis on
“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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