Calling the Despised

Tax collectors were reviled by the Jewish people. They were often guilty of extortion (Luke 3:12, 13) and classed with sinners and harlots (Matthew 9:10, 11; 21:31, 32). On the flip side, they were often conscientious (Luke 19:2, 8); often hospitable (Luke 5:29); when John preached, they believed him (Matthew 21:32); they listened to Jesus … More Calling the Despised

Healing

Leprosy was a terrible disease. Those who had it were declared ceremonially unclean and were ostracized from society. “Now the leper on whom the sore is, his clothes shall be torn and his head bare; and he shall cover his mustache, and cry, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ He shall be unclean. All the days he has the … More Healing

The Sabbath

The word “Sabbath” means rest. The Sabbath is the seventh day of the week. This day was set apart from the other days and made holy by God after He finished creating the world in six days. Genesis 2:2, 3 state: And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and … More The Sabbath

Fasting

Why do people fast? There are several reasons–public disasters (1 Samuel 31:11-13); private emotions (1 Samuel 1:7); grief (2 Samuel 12:16); anxiety (Daniel 6:18-20); approaching danger (Esther 4:16); national repentance (1 Samuel 7:5, 6); sad news (Nehemiah 1:4); sacred ordination (Acts 13:3). Fasting is usually accompanied by prayer, confession, mourning and humiliation. It is the … More Fasting