"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.
Abraham’s servant faced in this enormous undertaking: a dangerous journey that would take nearly two months, crossing five to six hundred miles of desert and rough terrain.
Faith must be expectant to be genuine, and must be willing to take a risk on God.
When you and I obey Jesus and put the water of our efforts into His hands, then as we pour our efforts out as He directs, others find that what you are giving them is rich; it’s the best.
Jesus’ response to Mary reflected a turning point in their relationship that she may not have been expecting. He was preparing her to see Him as her Lord, and not as her son.
Being a disciple was far more than being a student. The goal of the disciple was not just to know what the rabbi knew, but to be just like the rabbi
This, the first of His signs, Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and He revealed His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.
To live morally is not just about outward moral behavior. To live morally, according to God’s way, is to actively enrich the lives of the people around you.
Jesus was training His disciples to recognize a different kind of being good than simply serving Him by taking care of His physical needs.
So the Samaritans invited Jesus to stay with them.
John's gospel tells us it was the woman who testified about Jesus, and the whole town was her harvest, not the disciples'. Now Jesus was going to rejoice with this woman as her entire town came out to meet Him.
How can I know God's will?