I personally believe that the success of any missionary endeavor can be measured by the degree that nationals on any mission field are themselves fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. For this goal of
Our present-day culture can be described as a comfort-at-any-cost society. In this environment, things such as affliction, pain, persecution, and other forms of suffering are viewed as obstacles and enemies. Missionaries are not immune from
Millions of professing Christians waiver, when confronted with the need to follow Christ whole-heartedly. Millions more excuse themselves by saying, “I am thinking about it. Perhaps one day I will decide.” The latter group is
Used to denote the means by which a door is bolted (Neh. 3:3); a rock in the sea (Jonah 2:6); the shore of the sea (Job 38:10); “strong fortifications and powerful impediments, etc. (Isa. 45:2;” Amos 1:5); defences of a city (1 Kings 4:13). A bar for a door “was of iron (Isa. 45:2), brass (Ps. 107:16), or wood (Nah.” 3:13).
“I.e., son of Abba or of a father, a notorious robber whom Pilate” “proposed to condemn to death instead of Jesus, whom he wished to” “release, in accordance with the Roman custom (John 18:40; Mark” 15:7; Luke 23:19). But the Jews were so bent on the death of Jesus that they demanded that Barabbas should be pardoned (Matt. 27:16-26; Acts 3:14). This Pilate did.
“Lightning, the son of Abinoam (Judg. 4:6). At the summons of” Deborah he made war against Jabin. She accompanied him into the “battle, and gave the signal for the little army to make the” attack; in which the host of Jabin was completely routed. The battle was fought (Judg. 4:16) in the plain of Jezreel (q.v.). This deliverance of Israel is commemorated in Judg. 5. Barak’s “faith is commended (Heb. 11:32). “The character of Barak, though” “pious, does not seem to have been heroic. Like Gideon, and in a” “sense Samson, he is an illustration of the words in Heb. 11:34,” “‘Out of weakness were made strong.'” (See DEBORAH.)”
A Greek word used in the New Testament (Rom. 1:14) to denote one “of another nation. In Col. 3:11, the word more definitely” designates those nations of the Roman empire that did not speak “Greek. In 1 Cor. 14:11, it simply refers to one speaking a” different language. The inhabitants of Malta are so called (Acts “28:1, 2, 4). They were originally a Carthaginian colony. This” word nowhere in Scripture bears the meaning it does in modern times.
“Found only once, in Ezek. 5:1, where reference is made to the” Jewish custom of shaving the head as a sign of mourning. The Nazarites were untouched by the razor from their birth (Num. 6:5). Comp. Judg. 16:19.
A grain much cultivated in Egypt (Ex. 9:31) and in Palestine (Lev. 27:16; Deut. 8:8). It was usually the food of horses (1 Kings 4:28). Barley bread was used by the poorer people (Judg. 7:13; 2 Kings 4:42). Barley of the first crop was ready for the “harvest by the time of the Passover, in the middle of April” (Ruth 1:22; 2 Sam. 21:9). Mention is made of barley-meal (Num. “5:15). Our Lord fed five thousand with “five barley loaves and” “two small fishes” (John 6:9).”
“Son of consolation, the surname of Joses, a Levite (Acts 4:36).” His name stands first on the list of prophets and teachers of “the church at Antioch (13:1). Luke speaks of him as a “good man” (11:24). He was born of Jewish parents of the tribe of Levi. He “was a native of Cyprus, where he had a possession of land (Acts” “4:36, 37), which he sold. His personal appearance is supposed to” “have been dignified and commanding (Acts 14:11, 12). When Paul” “returned to Jerusalem after his conversion, Barnabas took him” and introduced him to the apostles (9:27). They had probably been companions as students in the school of Gamaliel. “The prosperity of the church at Antioch led the apostles and brethren at Jerusalem to send Barnabas thither to superintend the movement. He found the work so extensive and weighty that he went to Tarsus in search of Saul to assist him. Saul returned with him to Antioch and laboured with him for a whole year (Acts “11:25, 26). The two were at the end of this period sent up to” Jerusalem with the contributions the church at Antioch had made for the poorer brethren there (11:28-30). Shortly after they “returned, bringing John Mark with them, they were appointed as” “missionaries to the heathen world, and in this capacity visited” Cyprus and some of the principal cities of Asia Minor (Acts “13:14). Returning from this first missionary journey to Antioch,” they were again sent up to Jerusalem to consult with the church there regarding the relation of Gentiles to the church (Acts “15:2: Gal. 2:1). This matter having been settled, they returned” “again to Antioch, bringing the decree of the council as the rule” by which Gentiles were to be admitted into the church. “When about to set forth on a second missionary journey, a dispute arose between Saul and Barnabas as to the propriety of taking John Mark with them again. The dispute ended by Saul and Barnabas taking separate routes. Saul took Silas as his “companion, and journeyed through Syria and Cilicia; while” “Barnabas took his nephew John Mark, and visited Cyprus (Acts” 15:36-41). Barnabas is not again mentioned by Luke in the Acts.
For a woman to be barren was accounted a severe punishment among “the Jews (Gen. 16:2; 30:1-23; 1 Sam. 1:6, 27; Isa. 47:9; 49:21;” Luke 1:25). Instances of barrenness are noticed (Gen. 11:30; “25:21; 29:31; Judg. 13:2, 3; Luke 1:7, 36).”
“Son of Saba, the surname (1) of Joseph, also called Justus (Acts” “1:23), some identify him with Barnabas; (2) of Judas, who was a” prophet. Nothing more is known of him than what is mentioned in Acts 15:32.
“Son of Tolmai, one of the twelve apostles (Matt. 10:3; Acts” 1:13); generally supposed to have been the same as Nathanael. In the synoptic gospels Philip and Bartholomew are always mentioned “together, while Nathanael is never mentioned; in the fourth” “gospel, on the other hand, Philip and Nathanael are similarly” “mentioned together, but nothing is said of Bartholomew. He was” one of the disciples to whom our Lord appeared at the Sea of Tiberias after his resurrection (John 21:2). He was also a “witness of the Ascension (Acts 1:4, 12, 13). He was an” Israelite indeed (John 1:47).
Blessed. (1.) The secretary of the prophet Jeremiah (32:12; 36:4). He was of the tribe of Judah (51:59). To him Jeremiah dictated his prophecies regarding the invasion of the Babylonians and the Captivity. These he read to the people from a window in the temple in the fourth year of the reign of “Jehoiakim, king of Judah (Jer. 36). He afterwards read them” before the counsellors of the king at a private interview; and “then to the king himself, who, after hearing a part of the roll,” “cut it with a penknife, and threw it into the fire of his winter” “parlour, where he was sitting.” “During the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, he was the keeper of the deed of purchase Jeremiah had made of the territory of Hanameel (Jer. 32:12). Being accused by his enemies “of favouring the Chaldeans, he was cast, with Jeremiah, into” “prison, where he remained till the capture of Jerusalem (B.C.” 586). He probably died in Babylon. “(2.) Neh. 3:20; 10:6; 11:5.
“Of iron. (1.) A Meholathite, the father of Adriel (2 Sam. 21:8).” “(2.) A Gileadite of Rogelim who was distinguished for his loyalty to David. He liberally provided for the king’s followers “(2 Sam. 17:27). David on his death-bed, remembering his” “kindness, commended Barzillai’s children to the care of Solomon” (1 Kings 2:7). “(3.) A priest who married a daughter of the preceding (Ezra 2:61).
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