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
“Called dag by the Hebrews, a word denoting great fecundity (Gen.” “9:2; Num. 11:22; Jonah 2:1, 10). No fish is mentioned by name” either in the Old or in the New Testament. Fish abounded in the “Mediterranean and in the lakes of the Jordan, so that the” Hebrews were no doubt acquainted with many species. Two of the villages on the shores of the Sea of Galilee derived their names “from their fisheries, Bethsaida (the “house of fish”) on the” east and on the west. There is probably no other sheet of water in the world of equal dimensions that contains such a variety and profusion of fish. About thirty-seven different kinds have “been found. Some of the fishes are of a European type, such as” “the roach, the barbel, and the blenny; others are markedly” “African and tropical, such as the eel-like silurus. There was a” regular fish-market apparently in Jerusalem (2 Chr. 33:14; Neh. “3:3; 12:39; Zeph. 1:10), as there was a fish-gate which was” probably contiguous to it. “Sidon is the oldest fishing establishment known in history.
Were used for catching fish (Amos 4:2; comp. Isa. 37:29; Jer. “16:16; Ezek. 29:4; Job. 41:1, 2; Matt. 17:27).”
Was prosecuted with great industry in the waters of Palestine. It was from the fishing-nets that Jesus called his disciples “(Mark 1:16-20), and it was in a fishing-boat he rebuked the” winds and the waves (Matt. 8:26) and delivered that remarkable series of prophecies recorded in Matt. 13. He twice miraculously fed multitudes with fish and bread (Matt. 14:19; 15:36). It was in the mouth of a fish that the tribute-money was found (Matt. “17:27). And he “ate a piece of broiled fish” with his disciples” “after his resurrection (Luke 24:42, 43; comp. Acts 1:3). At the” “Sea of Tiberias (John 21:1-14), in obedience to his direction,” “the disciples cast their net “on the right side of the ship,” “and enclosed so many that “they were not able to draw it for the” “multitude of fishes.” “Two kinds of fishing-nets are mentioned in the New Testament: (1.) The casting-net (Matt. 4:18; Mark 1:16). (2.) The drag-net or seine (Matt. 13:48). “Fish were also caught by the fishing-hook (Matt. 17:27). (See NET.)
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