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
The name given to the hereditary temple servants in all the “post-Exilian books of Scripture. The word means given, i.e.,” “those set apart, viz., to the menial work of the sanctuary for” “the Levites. The name occurs seventeen times, and in each case” “in the Authorized Version incorrectly terminates in “s”,” “Nethinims; in the Revised Version, correctly without the “s” “(Ezra 2:70; 7:7, 24; 8:20, etc.). The tradition is that the” “Gibeonites (Josh. 9:27) were the original caste, afterwards” called Nethinim. Their numbers were added to afterwards from captives taken in battle; and they were formally given by David “to the Levites (Ezra 8:20), and so were called Nethinim, i.e.,” “the given ones, given to the Levites to be their servants. Only” 612 Nethinim returned from Babylon (Ezra 2:58; 8:20). They were under the control of a chief from among themselves (2:43; Neh. “7:46). No reference to them appears in the New Testament,” because it is probable that they became merged in the general body of the Jewish people.
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