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. plural goyum). At first the word goyim denoted generally all the nations of the world (Gen. 18:18; comp. Gal. 3:8). The Jews afterwards became a people distinguished in a marked manner from the other goyim. They were a separate people (Lev. 20:23; “26:14-45; Deut. 28), and the other nations, the Amorites,” “Hittites, etc., were the goyim, the heathen, with whom the Jews” were forbidden to be associated in any way (Josh. 23:7; 1 Kings 11:2). The practice of idolatry was the characteristic of these “nations, and hence the word came to designate idolaters (Ps.” “106:47; Jer. 46:28; Lam. 1:3; Isa. 36:18), the wicked (Ps. 9:5,” “15, 17).” “The corresponding Greek word in the New Testament, ethne, has “similar shades of meaning. In Acts 22:21, Gal. 3:14, it denotes” “the people of the earth generally; and in Matt. 6:7, an” idolater. In modern usage the word denotes all nations that are strangers to revealed religion.
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