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
There are ten Hebrew words used in Scripture to signify locust. In the New Testament locusts are mentioned as forming part of the food of John the Baptist (Matt. 3:4; Mark 1:6). By the “Mosaic law they were reckoned “clean,” so that he could lawfully” “eat them. The name also occurs in Rev. 9:3, 7, in allusion to” this Oriental devastating insect. “Locusts belong to the class of Orthoptera, i.e., straight-winged. They are of many species. The ordinary Syrian “locust resembles the grasshopper, but is larger and more” “destructive. “The legs and thighs of these insects are so” powerful that they can leap to a height of two hundred times the length of their bodies. When so raised they spread their wings and fly so close together as to appear like one compact moving “mass.” Locusts are prepared as food in various ways. Sometimes” “they are pounded, and then mixed with flour and water, and baked” “into cakes; “sometimes boiled, roasted, or stewed in butter, and” “then eaten.” They were eaten in a preserved state by the ancient” Assyrians. “The devastations they make in Eastern lands are often very appalling. The invasions of locusts are the heaviest calamites “that can befall a country. “Their numbers exceed computation:” “the hebrews called them `the countless,’ and the Arabs knew them” “as `the darkeners of the sun.’ Unable to guide their own flight,” “though capable of crossing large spaces, they are at the mercy” “of the wind, which bears them as blind instruments of Providence” to the doomed region given over to them for the time. “Innumerable as the drops of water or the sands of the seashore,” their flight obscures the sun and casts a thick shadow on the earth (Ex. 10:15; Judg. 6:5; 7:12; Jer. 46:23; Joel 2:10). It “seems indeed as if a great aerial mountain, many miles in” “breadth, were advancing with a slow, unresting progress. Woe to” the countries beneath them if the wind fall and let them alight! They descend unnumbered as flakes of snow and hide the ground. “It may be `like the garden of Eden before them, but behind them” is a desolate wilderness. At their approach the people are in anguish; all faces lose their colour’ (Joel 2:6). No walls can stop them; no ditches arrest them; fires kindled in their path “are forthwith extinguished by the myriads of their dead, and the” “countless armies march on (Joel 2:8, 9). If a door or a window” “be open, they enter and destroy everything of wood in the house.” “Every terrace, court, and inner chamber is filled with them in a” “moment. Such an awful visitation swept over Egypt (Ex. 10:1-19),” “consuming before it every green thing, and stripping the trees,” till the land was bared of all signs of vegetation. A strong north-west wind from the Mediterranean swept the locusts into “the Red Sea.”, Geikie’s Hours, etc., ii., 149.”
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