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Persistent Prayer?

Many translators understand that the Bible teaches the need of persistent prayer. Luke 18:1 - 8 says (KJV):

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
But, an accurate translation of this passage, brings to light a nuanced meaning.

And He also spoke a riddle to them to teach it is al…

About my Father's business?

At, Luke 2:41 through 2:49, the evangelist recounts a curious event in the life of Yeshua (the only event from his youth recounted in the Gospels.)

"Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Yeshua tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast …

The Only Begotten?

In an earlier post, I pointed out that, in the Hebrew culture, the inheritance of land, titles and other property as well as the responsibilities for caring for an individual family was channeled along patrilineal lines using a system of modified Primogeniture, or succession by the eldest son. The institution is explicitly promulgated in Deuteronomy 21:15-17. In part, because paternity cannot be certainly known (like maternity), the Hebrews had two "firstborn" traditions. One, the peter, or "opener" of the womb, referring to the firstborn of the mother. The other, was the bekor, ("he bursts forth") referring to the firstborn "or choicest" of the father.

The bekor was also referred to as the yachiyd "the only one." Genesis 22:2 records the fact that Isaac, the second son (but heir) of Abraham was referred to as "your only one whom you love." Matthew 3:17 refers to Yeshua as the primogenitor of Yahweh, saying, "and behold! …