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
“(1.) Jonah’s gourd (Jonah 4:6-10), bearing the Hebrew name” “kikayon (found only here), was probably the kiki of the” “Egyptians, the croton. This is the castor-oil plant, a species” “of ricinus, the palma Christi, so called from the palmate” division of its leaves. Others with more probability regard it “as the cucurbita the el-keroa of the Arabs, a kind of pumpkin” “peculiar to the East. “It is grown in great abundance on the” alluvial banks of the Tigris and on the plain between the river “and the ruins of Nineveh.” At the present day it is trained to” run over structures of mud and brush to form boots to protect the gardeners from the heat of the noon-day sun. It grows with “extraordinary rapidity, and when cut or injured withers away” also with great rapidity. “(2.) Wild gourds (2 Kings 4:38-40), Heb. pakkuoth, belong to the “family of the cucumber-like plants, some of which are poisonous.” The species here referred to is probably the colocynth (Cucumis “colocynthus). The LXX. render the word by “wild pumpkin.” It” “abounds in the desert parts of Syria, Egypt, and Arabia. There” “is, however, another species, called the Cucumis prophetarum,” “from the idea that it afforded the gourd which “the sons of the” “prophets” shred by mistake into their pottage.”
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