The idea of writing a novel came out when Rizal realized that Filipinos were almost an unknown nation in Europe. In Madrid they mistaken to be Chinese. “Street urchins ran after them shouting ‘Chink! Chink!’ And indeed, half in self-mockery, half in defiance, the Filipinos in Madrid referred to one another as ‘slit-eyed Chinese’” (Leon Ma. Guerrero, The First Filipino).
David's action first and foremost, was in recognition of God’s anointing for Saul as king over Israel.
Martin Luther "Even if I knew tomorrow that the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."
The rehabilitation of Pasig River, Boracay, and Manila Bay is an example of pagbabalik-loob and pagpapakatao. It is a manifestation of our return to our role as God’s representative (God’s image) to his creation.
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalm 23:1 NIV)
Jesus' decision to proceed with the baptism by John at that juncture proved his connection with him and his people.
“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:10 & 11 NIV)
Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” Joshua 3:5 NIV
“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:13 ESV2011)
Aside from the families of Zechariah, Elizabeth, Joseph, and Mary who were all righteous and faithful, there were a bunch of equally faithful Jews and wise Gentiles who were waiters for the consolation of Israel.
"And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." (Luke 2:7, NJKV)
“Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” (1:38 NJKV)
Mary Visits Elizabeth: An Amazing Support System for Two Women in Unusual Circumstances (Luke 1:39-56)
"We all need an amazing support system! If you have one, take care of them and keep them because they’re rare! For those who are still finding, keep praying, it will come in God’s appointed time."
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” - Luke 4:18-19 - (KJV)
"Through the use of medical jargon Luke gave us a detailed and deeper look at some of the healing miracles in the New Testament." "It is possible that Luke did not desire to be a historian, but his work made him a skilled one." "Luke is a close companion and a friend to Paul especially when he was old and ready to be executed by the Roman government. What an example of a co-worker and a friend who will never leave you even in the darkest of times!"
Hellenism continued even after the death of Alexander the Great.
"Any Serious reader of the Bible must be kept abreast of the latest developments in his surroundings." Furthermore, "One can always look back and find traces of God’s work in history and trust the same God to direct his future."