Barnabas, “son of consolation” (Acts 4:36)., a person Luke described as “a good man” (11:24), was chosen and sent by the Jerusalem church to investigate the mixed congregation of Jews and Gentiles in Syrian Antioch.
Jesus once asked his disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am” (Matt 16:13)? Who was Jesus anyway? Most people of His day viewed Him as some sort of prophet (John
Most of us live hurried lives. We are hard pressed at work, at home, and at church to accomplish more than a twenty-four hour day seems to allow. The demands are overwhelming. In fact, full
“Lord of the people; foreigner or glutton, as interpreted by” “others, the son of Beor, was a man of some rank among the” Midianites (Num. 31:8; comp. 16). He resided at Pethor (Deut. “23:4), in Mesopotamia (Num. 23:7). It is evident that though” dwelling among idolaters he had some knowledge of the true God; and was held in such reputation that it was supposed that he “whom he blessed was blessed, and he whom he cursed was cursed.” “When the Israelites were encamped on the plains of Moab, on the” “east of Jordan, by Jericho, Balak sent for Balaam “from Aram,” “out of the mountains of the east,” to curse them; but by the” remarkable interposition of God he was utterly unable to fulfil “Balak’s wish, however desirous he was to do so. The apostle” “Peter refers (2 Pet. 2:15, 16) to this as an historical event.” In Micah 6:5 reference also is made to the relations between “Balaam and Balak. Though Balaam could not curse Israel, yet he” suggested a mode by which the divine displeasure might be caused to descend upon them (Num. 25). In a battle between Israel and the Midianites (q.v.) Balaam was slain while fighting on the side of Balak (Num. 31:8). “The “doctrine of Balaam” is spoken of in Rev. 2:14, in allusion to the fact that it was through the teaching of Balaam that Balak learned the way by which the Israelites might be led into sin. (See [NICOLAITANES.) Balaam was constrained to utter prophecies regarding the future of Israel of wonderful “magnificence and beauty of expression (Num. 24:5-9, 17).”
Definition of Balaam: “the ancient of the people”
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