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
“(Heb. gader), Num. 22:24 (R.V.). Fences were constructions of” “unmortared stones, to protect gardens, vineyards, sheepfolds,” etc. From various causes they were apt to bulge out and fall “(Ps. 62:3). In Ps. 80:12, R.V. (see Isa. 5:5), the psalmist” “says, “Why hast thou broken down her fences?” Serpents delight” to lurk in the crevices of such fences (Eccl. 10:8; comp. Amos 5:19).
“There were in Palestine (1) cities, (2) unwalled villages, and” “(3) villages with castles or towers (1 Chr. 27:25). Cities, so” “called, had walls, and were thus fenced. The fortifications” “consisted of one or two walls, on which were towers or parapets” at regular intervals (2 Chr. 32:5; Jer. 31:38). Around ancient “Jerusalem were three walls, on one of which were ninety towers,” “on the second fourteen, and on the third sixty. The tower of” “Hananeel, near the north-east corner of the city wall, is” frequently referred to (Neh. 3:1; 12:39; Zech. 14:10). The “gateways of such cities were also fortified (Neh. 2:8; 3:3, 6;” “Judg. 16:2, 3; 1 Sam. 23:7).” “The Hebrews found many fenced cities when they entered the “Promised Land (Num. 13:28; 32:17, 34-42; Josh. 11:12, 13; Judg.” “1:27-33), and we may estimate the strength of some of these” cities from the fact that they were long held in possession by “the Canaanites. The Jebusites, e.g., were enabled to hold” “possession of Jerusalem till the time of David (2 Sam. 5:6, 7; 1” Chr. 11:5). “Several of the kings of Israel and Judah distinguished “themselves as fortifiers or “builders” of cities.”
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