The gift of prophecy is defined as “The motivation to reveal unrighteousness and establish righteousness in motives, words, or actions by speaking God’s truth.”
Amazingly, women's prophetic voices are recorded in scripture. Though written down by men, these portions of scripture were actually contributed by women.
Great Women in the Bible
A hypocrite, in the biblical use of the word, is someone who deliberately uses religion, and religious activity, to cover up their sin and promote themselves. The Greek word translated “hypocrite” means “an actor who wears a mask.”
Jesus came to fulfill the law, which had always pointed to Messiah. True knowledge of the law, and true obedience to the law could only result in repentance and faith in Christ.
The most revealing test of love comes when love is rejected.
The Law of Love is the kind of righteousness that exceeds the righteousness of the Pharisees.
This was a famous law even in Jesus’ day, what the Romans called the “Lex Talionis,” the law of “tit for tat.”
"Let what you say be simply 'Yes' or 'No'" (Matthew 5:37 ESV)
It is because of the devastation that divorce leaves in the people He loves so deeply that God hates divorce in the first place.
God's love is pure, and faithful, His love is whole, and that is what He desires from us, too.
"But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, 'You fool!' will be liable to the hell of fire." (Jesus)
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be like ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom..."
“The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son,and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding, but they would not come..."
The joyful celebration would last one week.
A great processional would be made, to the bride's home.
Betrothals were sealed with a traditional "cup of acceptance" from which both parties drank.
In Jesus' day, when you came to a royal banquet, you had to be arrayed in the best garments, or you dishonored the king.
At the time of betrothal, a ketuvah, a written notice of intentions, would be presented to the bride and her father by the groom and his father.
Rings were used as currency in the Middle East before there were coins, and were a sign of a person's wealth.