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
“Light, or the moon city, a city “of the Chaldees,” the” “birthplace of Haran (Gen. 11:28, 31), the largest city of Shinar” “or northern Chaldea, and the principal commercial centre of the” country as well as the centre of political power. It stood near “the mouth of the Euphrates, on its western bank, and is” represented by the mounds (of bricks cemented by bitumen) of “el-Mugheir, i.e., “the bitumined,” or “the town of bitumen,” now” “150 miles from the sea and some 6 miles from the Euphrates, a” “little above the point where it receives the Shat el-Hie, an” “affluent from the Tigris. It was formerly a maritime city, as” the waters of the Persian Gulf reached thus far inland. Ur was “the port of Babylonia, whence trade was carried on with the” “dwellers on the gulf, and with the distant countries of India,” “Ethiopia, and Egypt. It was abandoned about B.C. 500, but long” “continued, like Erech, to be a great sacred cemetery city, as is” evident from the number of tombs found there. (See ABRAHAM.) “The oldest king of Ur known to us is Ur-Ba’u (servant of the “goddess Ba’u), as Hommel reads the name, or Ur-Gur, as others” “read it. He lived some twenty-eight hundred years B.C., and took” part in building the famous temple of the moon-god Sin in Ur itself. The illustration here given represents his cuneiform “inscription, written in the Sumerian language, and stamped upon” “every brick of the temple in Ur. It reads: “Ur-Ba’u, king of Ur,” “who built the temple of the moon-god.” “Ur was consecrated to the worship of Sin, the Babylonian “moon-god. It shared this honour, however, with another city, and” “this city was Haran, or Harran. Harran was in Mesopotamia, and” took its name from the highroad which led through it from the “east to the west. The name is Babylonian, and bears witness to” its having been founded by a Babylonian king. The same witness is still more decisively borne by the worship paid in it to the “Babylonian moon-god and by its ancient temple of Sin. Indeed,” the temple of the moon-god at Harran was perhaps even more famous in the Assyrian and Babylonian world than the temple of the moon-god at Ur. “Between Ur and Harran there must, consequently, have been a “close connection in early times, the record of which has not yet” been recovered. It may be that Harran owed its foundation to a king of Ur; at any rate the two cities were bound together by “the worship of the same deity, the closest and most enduring” bond of union that existed in the ancient world. That Terah “should have migrated from Ur to Harran, therefore, ceases to be” “extraordinary. If he left Ur at all, it was the most natural” place to which to go. It was like passing from one court of a temple into another. “Such a remarkable coincidence between the Biblical narrative and the evidence of archaeological research cannot be the result of chance. The narrative must be historical; no writer of late “date, even if he were a Babylonian, could have invented a story” so exactly in accordance with what we now know to have been the truth. For a story of the kind to have been the invention of Palestinian tradition is equally impossible. To the unprejudiced mind there is no escape from the conclusion that the history of “the migration of Terah from Ur to Harran is founded on fact” (Sayce).
“The Lord is my light. (1.) A Hittite, the husband of Bathsheba,” “whom David first seduced, and then after Uriah’s death married.” “He was one of the band of David’s “mighty men.” The sad story of” the curel wrongs inflicted upon him by David and of his mournful death are simply told in the sacred record (2 Sam. 11:2-12:26). (See BATHSHEBA; DAVID.) “(2.) A priest of the house of Ahaz (Isa. 8:2). “(3.) The father of Meremoth, mentioned in Ezra 8:33.
God is my light. (1.) A Levite of the family of Kohath (1 Chr. 6:24). “(2.) The chief of the Kohathites at the time when the ark was “brought up to Jerusalem (1 Chr. 15:5, 11).” “(3.) The father of Michaiah, one of Rehoboam’s wives, and mother of Abijah (2 Chr. 13:2).
The lord is my light. (1.) A high priest in the time of Ahaz (2 “Kings 16:10-16), at whose bidding he constructed an idolatrous” “altar like one the king had seen at Damascus, to be set up” instead of the brazen altar. “(2.) One of the priests who stood at the right hand of Ezra’s pulpit when he read and expounded the law (Neh. 8:4). “(3.) A prophet of Kirjath-jearim in the reign of Jehoiakim, king of Judah (Jer. 26:20-23). He fled into Egypt from the cruelty of “the king, but having been brought back he was beheaded and his” “body “cast into the graves of the common people.”
“Lights (Vulg.”doctrina;” LXX. “revelation”).
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