Just when Luke has us thinking that nothing could go wrong with this new body of Messianic believers, he brings us back to reality with the sudden jolt. Ironically, he has set the stage of one of the most scandalous affairs of early Church fellowship with the innocent and loving act of Barnabas at the end of chapter four. Then as we begin reading chapter five, Luke drops the other shoe with the Ananias and Sapphira affair. But, who are they? Luke just unloads them into his account of early church history without a word of introduction. He names them, but a name without an introduction is still meaningless. Read the rest of this entry »
Monthly Archives: October 2011
In the conclusion of Acts 4 we are introduced to a man called Joseph who is given the name “Barnabas” by the Apostles, and Luke translates the name as “son of consolation”. However, strictly speaking the name, Barnabas, means “son of prophecy” (cp. Hebrew: H5030 nabiy meaning prophet; and H5016 nebuah meaning prophecy). No doubt Luke intends for us to see the fruit or end result of his new name, for the end of the words of the prophet is to console and encourage his hearers. Read the rest of this entry »
I suppose the easiest way one could make money on the name of Christ is to write a book on the Second Coming, set a few dates when crucial events would occur, and dress it all up in a good looking cover for your book. Lots of folks will buy it, some out of fear, some out of a desire to know what’s going to happen, but in reality it all adds up to a fleshy way to express one’s faith, both in the selling and in the buying.
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