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
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“Or Miz’peh, watch-tower; the look-out. (1.) A place in Gilead,” “so named by Laban, who overtook Jacob at this spot (Gen. 31:49)” on his return to Palestine from Padan-aram. Here Jacob and Laban set up their memorial cairn of stones. It is the same as Ramath-mizpeh (Josh. 13:26). “(2.) A town in Gilead, where Jephthah resided, and where he assumed the command of the Israelites in a time of national danger. Here he made his rash vow; and here his daughter “submitted to her mysterious fate (Judg. 10:17; 11:11, 34). It” “may be the same as Ramoth-Gilead (Josh. 20:8), but it is more” “likely that it is identical with the foregoing, the Mizpeh of” “Gen. 31:23, 25, 48, 49.” “(3.) Another place in Gilead, at the foot of Mount Hermon, “inhabited by Hivites (Josh. 11:3, 8). The name in Hebrew here” “has the article before it, “the Mizpeh,” “the watch-tower.” The” “modern village of Metullah, meaning also “the look-out,” probably occupies the site so called. “(4.) A town of Moab to which David removed his parents for safety during his persecution by Saul (1 Sam. 22:3). This was “probably the citadel known as Kir-Moab, now Kerak. While David” “resided here he was visited by the prophet Gad, here mentioned” “for the first time, who was probably sent by Samuel to bid him” leave the land of Moab and betake himself to the land of Judah. “He accordingly removed to the forest of Hareth (q.v.), on the” edge of the mountain chain of Hebron. “(5.) A city of Benjamin, “the watch-tower”, where the people were accustomed to meet in great national emergencies (Josh. “18:26; Judg. 20:1, 3; 21:1, 5; 1 Sam. 7:5-16). It has been” supposed to be the same as Nob (1 Sam. 21:1; 22:9-19). It was “some 4 miles north-west of Jerusalem, and was situated on the” “loftiest hill in the neighbourhood, some 600 feet above the” plain of Gibeon. This village has the modern name of Neby “Samwil, i.e., the prophet Samuel, from a tradition that Samuel’s” tomb is here. (See NOB.) “Samuel inaugurated the reformation that characterized his time “by convening a great assembly of all Israel at Mizpeh, now the” “politico-religious centre of the nation. There, in deep” “humiliation on account of their sins, they renewed their vows” and entered again into covenant with the God of their fathers. It was a period of great religious awakening and of revived “national life. The Philistines heard of this assembly, and came” up against Israel. The Hebrews charged the Philistine host with “great fury, and they were totally routed. Samuel commemorated” “this signal victory by erecting a memorial-stone, which he” “called “Ebenezer” (q.v.), saying, “Hitherto hath the Lord helped” “us” (1 Sam. 7:7-12).”
Definition of Mizpah: “Mizpeh, a watch-tower; speculation”
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