Gift, Giving- The act of bestowing a favor or an item on another person without expecting anything in return. The purpose of a gift may be to honor (2 Sam 8:2; Dan 2:48), celebrate (Rev 11:10), or simply to bestow favor or help (Esth 9:22). God is the giver of every good and perfect gift (Matt 7:11; James 1:5, 17), including eternal life (Rom 6:23), salvation (Eph 2:8), the necessities of life (Matt 6:11), ability to work (Ecc 3:13; 5:19; Deut 8:18), the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; 5:32), spiritual abilities (1 Cor 12:4), and above all His indescribable gift (2 Cor 9:15), His Son (John 3:16).
HOMOSEXUALITY- The state or condition of directing sexual desire toward another of the same sex. Homosexual behavior is prohibited in Scripture (Lev 20:13) and is widely believed to have been a major cause of the divine judgment against Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 19:4-5, 12-13). The apostle Paul listed those who practice homosexual behavior among “the unrighteous” who would not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor 6:9), and declared that God’s wrath stands against such behavior, whether practiced by men or women (Rom 1:26-27).
KISH- The name of four men in the Old Testament:
- The father of King Saul (1 Chr 12:1)
- A Levite who lived in David’s time (1 Chr 23:21-22; 24:29). He was a son of Mahli and a grandson of Merari.
- A Levite who helped cleanse the temple during the reign of King Hezekiah of Judah (2 Chr 29:12).
- A Benjamite ancestor of MORDECAI (Esth 2:5).