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
“Separatists (Heb. persahin, from parash, “to separate”). They” “were probably the successors of the Assideans (i.e., the” “pious), a party that originated in the time of Antiochus” Epiphanes in revolt against his heathenizing policy. The first mention of them is in a description by Josephus of the three sects or schools into which the Jews were divided (B.C. 145). The other two sects were the Essenes and the Sadducees. In the time of our Lord they were the popular party (John 7:48). They were extremely accurate and minute in all matters appertaining to the law of Moses (Matt. 9:14; 23:15; Luke 11:39; 18:12). “Paul, when brought before the council of Jerusalem, professed” “himself a Pharisee (Acts 23:6-8; 26:4, 5).” “There was much that was sound in their creed, yet their system of religion was a form and nothing more. Theirs was a very lax “morality (Matt. 5:20; 15:4, 8; 23:3, 14, 23, 25; John 8:7). On” “the first notice of them in the New Testament (Matt. 3:7), they” “are ranked by our Lord with the Sadducees as a “generation of” “vipers.” They were noted for their self-righteousness and their” “pride (Matt. 9:11; Luke 7:39; 18:11, 12). They were frequently” rebuked by our Lord (Matt. 12:39; 16:1-4). “From the very beginning of his ministry the Pharisees showed themselves bitter and persistent enemies of our Lord. They could “not bear his doctrines, and they sought by every means to” destroy his influence among the people.
Definition of Pharisees: “set apart”
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