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
“Or Tilgath-Pil-neser, the Assyrian throne-name of Pul (q.v.). He” “appears in the Assyrian records as gaining, in the fifth year of” “his reign (about B.C. 741), a victory over Azariah (= Uzziah in” “2 Chr. 26:1), king of Judah, whose achievements are described in” “2 Chr. 26:6-15. He is first mentioned in Scripture, however, as” “gaining a victory over Pekah, king of Israel, and Rezin of” “Damascus, who were confederates. He put Rezin to death, and” “punished Pekah by taking a considerable portion of his kingdom,” and carrying off (B.C. 734) a vast number of its inhabitants “into captivity (2 Kings 15:29; 16:5-9; 1 Chr. 5:6, 26), the” “Reubenites, the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh whom he” settled in Gozan. In the Assyrian annals it is further related “that, before he returned from Syria, he held a court at” “Damascus, and received submission and tribute from the” “neighbouring kings, among whom were Pekah of Samaria and” “Yahu-khazi [i.e., Ahaz], king of Judah (comp. 2 Kings” 16:10-16). “He was the founder of what is called “the second Assyrian “empire,” an empire meant to embrace the whole world, the centre” “of which should be Nineveh. He died B.C. 728, and was succeeded” “by a general of his army, Ulula, who assumed the name” Shalmaneser IV.
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