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
“In the Bible denotes a female conjugally united to a man, but in” “a relation inferior to that of a wife. Among the early Jews,” “from various causes, the difference between a wife and a” concubine was less marked than it would be amongst us. The concubine was a wife of secondary rank. There are various laws recorded providing for their protection (Ex. 21:7; Deut. “21:10-14), and setting limits to the relation they sustained to” the household to which they belonged (Gen. 21:14; 25:6). They “had no authority in the family, nor could they share in the” household government. “The immediate cause of concubinage might be gathered from the conjugal histories of Abraham and Jacob (Gen. 16;30). But in “process of time the custom of concubinage degenerated, and laws” were made to restrain and regulate it (Ex. 21:7-9). “Christianity has restored the sacred institution of marriage to “its original character, and concubinage is ranked with the sins” of fornication and adultery (Matt. 19:5-9; 1 Cor. 7:2).
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