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
“Perfection (LXX., “truth;” Vulg., “veritas”), Ex. 28:30; Deut.” “33:8; Judg. 1:1; 20:18; 1 Sam. 14:3, 18; 23:9; 2 Sam. 21:1. What” “the “Urim and Thummim” were cannot be determined with any” certainty. All we certainly know is that they were a certain “divinely-given means by which God imparted, through the high” “priest, direction and counsel to Israel when these were needed.” The method by which this was done can be only a matter of mere “conjecture. They were apparently material objects, quite” “distinct from the breastplate, but something added to it after” “all the stones had been set in it, something in addition to the” “breastplate and its jewels. They may have been, as some suppose,” “two small images, like the teraphim (comp. Judg. 17:5; 18:14,” “17, 20; Hos. 3:4), which were kept in the bag of the” “breastplate, by which, in some unknown way, the high priest” could give forth his divinely imparted decision when consulted. They were probably lost at the destruction of the temple by Nebuchadnezzar. They were never seen after the return from captivity.
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