Women of the Word: Jezebel

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When it comes to wicked female characters in the Bible, there are many. If ever there was a Razzie Awards to salute the worst the Bible has to offer, Jezebel would easily take a top prize. Almost everyone knows her as the infamous witch of the Word. She reigned as the most powerful she-devil to ever wear a crown in Israel. Jezebel was a direct enemy of God. Edward B. Coe called her “the Lady Macbeth of Hebrew history.” Even though the name Jezebel means, “chaste, free from carnal connection”; her name is now often associated with all things evil.

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Christmas: God Is With Us

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Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. – Isaiah 7:14

 

Throughout the Bible, Jesus Christ is called many names. Some of these are: Light of the World, Prince of peace, Word of Life, Bread of Life, Good Shepherd, Lamb of God, Savior, True Vine and Immanuel. This last name, Immanuel, simply means “God with us.”

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Women of the Word: Jeroboam’s Wife

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1 Kings 14 tells the story of Jeroboam who was king in Israel. Jeroboam was rebellious towards God. As a result, God sent judgement upon his house and kingdom by first causing his son to get sick. In Old Testament days, people often looked to prophets to heal the sick or to predict whether they would die from their sickness or recover. So Jeroboam instructed his wife to go to the prophet Ahijah and ask whether their son would live or die. 1 Kings 14:2-4 reads:

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The Fruit of the Spirit

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23

Dietrich Bonhoeffer said: “Fruit is always the miraculous, the created; it is never the result of willing, but always a growth. The fruit of the Spirit is a gift of God, and only He can produce it. They who bear it know as little about it as the tree knows of its fruit. They know only the power of Him on whom their life depends.”

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