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
The Mosaic law encouraged the practice of lending (Deut. 15:7; Ps. 37:26; Matt. 5:42); but it forbade the exaction of interest except from foreigners. Usury was strongly condemned (Prov. “28:8; Ezek. 18:8, 13, 17; 22:12; Ps. 15:5). On the Sabbatical” year all pecuniary obligations were cancelled (Deut. 15:1-11). These regulations prevented the accumulation of debt.
Various regulations as to the relation between debtor and creditor are laid down in the Scriptures. “(1.) The debtor was to deliver up as a pledge to the creditor “what he could most easily dispense with (Deut. 24:10, 11).” “(2.) A mill, or millstone, or upper garment, when given as a “pledge, could not be kept over night (Ex. 22:26, 27).” “(3.) A debt could not be exacted during the Sabbatic year (Deut. 15:1-15). “For other laws bearing on this relation see Lev. 25:14, 32, 39; “Matt. 18:25, 34.” “(4.) A surety was liable in the same way as the original debtor (Prov. 11:15; 17:18).
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