In II Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Thessalonica who were enduring a cauldron of persecution and affliction. Instead of yielding to the intense suffering and retreating into a hardened, loveless protectionism,
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
“Called also Azzah, which is its Hebrew name (Deut. 2:23; 1 Kings” “4:24; Jer. 25:20), strong, a city on the Mediterranean shore,” remarkable for its early importance as the chief centre of a great commercial traffic with Egypt. It is one of the oldest cities of the world (Gen. 10:19; Josh. 15:47). Its earliest “inhabitants were the Avims, who were conquered and displaced by” “the Caphtorims (Deut. 2:23; Josh. 13:2, 3), a Philistine tribe.” In the division of the land it fell to the lot of Judah (Josh. 15:47; Judg. 1:18). It was the southernmost of the five great Philistine cities which gave each a golden emerod as a trespass-offering unto the Lord (1 Sam. 6:17). Its gates were carried away by Samson (Judg. 16:1-3). Here he was afterwards a “prisoner, and “did grind in the prison house.” Here he also” “pulled down the temple of Dagon, and slew “all the lords of the” “Philistines,” himself also perishing in the ruin (Judg.” 16:21-30). The prophets denounce the judgments of God against it “(Jer. 25:20; 47:5; Amos 1:6, 7; Zeph. 2:4). It is referred to in” Acts 8:26. Philip is here told to take the road from Jerusalem “to Gaza (about 6 miles south-west of Jerusalem), “which is” “desert”, i.e., the “desert road,” probably by Hebron, through” the desert hills of Southern Judea. (See SAMSON.) “It is noticed on monuments as early as B.C. 1600. Its small port is now called el-Mineh.
Definition of Gaza: “strong; a goat”
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