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
“(1.) Heb. `asherah, properly a wooden image, or a pillar” “representing Ashtoreth, a sensual Canaanitish goddess, probably” usually set up in a grove (2 Kings 21:7; 23:4). In the Revised “Version the word “Asherah” (q.v.) is introduced as a proper” “noun, the name of the wooden symbol of a goddess, with the” plurals Asherim (Ex. 34:13) and Asheroth (Judg. 3:13). “The LXX. have rendered asherah in 2 Chr. 15:16 by “Astarte.” The Vulgate has done this also in Judg. 3:7. “(2.) Heb. `eshel (Gen. 21:33). In 1 Sam. 22:6 and 31:13 the “Authorized Version renders this word by “tree.” In all these” “passages the Revised Version renders by “tamarisk tree.” It has” “been identified with the Tamariscus orientalis, five species of” which are found in Palestine. “(3.) The Heb. word `elon, uniformly rendered in the Authorized “Version by “plain,” properly signifies a grove or plantation. In” “the Revised Version it is rendered, pl., “oaks” (Gen. 13:18;” 14:13; 18:1; 12:6; Deut. 11:30; Josh. 19:33). In the earliest times groves are mentioned in connection with religious worship. “The heathen consecrated groves to particular gods, and for this” reason they were forbidden to the Jews (Jer. 17:3; Ezek. 20:28).
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