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
“There is no dew properly so called in Palestine, for there is” no moisture in the hot summer air to be chilled into dew-drops by the coldness of the night. From May till October rain is “unknown, the sun shining with unclouded brightness day after” “day. The heat becomes intense, the ground hard, and vegetation” would perish but for the moist west winds that come each night from the sea. The bright skies cause the heat of the day to “radiate very quickly into space, so that the nights are as cold” “as the day is the reverse, a peculiarity of climate from which” poor Jacob suffered thousands of years ago (Gen. 31:40). To this coldness of the night air the indispensable watering of all “plant-life is due. The winds, loaded with moisture, are robbed” “of it as they pass over the land, the cold air condensing it” “into drops of water, which fall in a gracious rain of mist on” every thirsty blade. In the morning the fog thus created rests “like a sea over the plains, and far up the sides of the hills,” which raise their heads above it like so many islands. At “sunrise, however, the scene speedily changes. By the kindling” “light the mist is transformed into vast snow-white clouds, which” presently break into separate masses and rise up the “mountain-sides, to disappear in the blue above, dissipated by” the increasing heat. These are `the morning clouds and the early dew that go away’ of which Hosea (6:4; 13:3) speaks so “touchingly” (Geikie’s The Holy Land, etc., i., p. 72). Dew is a” “source of great fertility (Gen. 27:28; Deut. 33:13; Zech. 8:12),” and its withdrawal is regarded as a curse from God (2 Sam. 1:21; 1 Kings 17:1). It is the symbol of a multitude (2 Sam. 17:12; Ps. 110:3); and from its refreshing influence it is an emblem of “brotherly love and harmony (Ps. 133:3), and of rich spiritual” blessings (Hos. 14:5).
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