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 Hebrew so rendered means “a covering,” because clouds cover” “the sky. The word is used as a symbol of the Divine presence, as” indicating the splendour of that glory which it conceals (Ex. “16:10; 33:9; Num. 11:25; 12:5; Job 22:14; Ps. 18:11). A “cloud” “without rain” is a proverbial saying, denoting a man who does” not keep his promise (Prov. 16:15; Isa. 18:4; 25:5; Jude 1:12). A cloud is the figure of that which is transitory (Job 30:15; Hos. 6:4). A bright cloud is the symbolical seat of the Divine “presence (Ex. 29:42, 43; 1 Kings 8:10; 2 Chr. 5:14; Ezek. 43:4),” and was called the Shechinah (q.v.). Jehovah came down upon Sinai in a cloud (Ex. 19:9); and the cloud filled the court around the tabernacle in the wilderness so that Moses could not “enter it (Ex. 40:34, 35). At the dedication of the temple also” “the cloud “filled the house of the Lord” (1 Kings 8:10). Thus in” like manner when Christ comes the second time he is described as “coming “in the clouds” (Matt. 17:5; 24:30; Acts 1:9, 11). False” teachers are likened unto clouds carried about with a tempest (2 “Pet. 2:17). The infirmities of old age, which come one after” “another, are compared by Solomon to “clouds returning after the” “rain” (Eccl. 12:2). The blotting out of sins is like the sudden” disappearance of threatening clouds from the sky (Isa. 44:22). “Cloud, the pillar of, was the glory-cloud which indicated God’s presence leading the ransomed people through the wilderness (Ex. “13:22; 33:9, 10). This pillar preceded the people as they” “marched, resting on the ark (Ex. 13:21; 40:36). By night it” became a pillar of fire (Num. 9:17-23).
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