Monday, July 1, 2013

miscellany and insight

Good evening friends,
Today's reading is short and simple, but it gives us some great insights into this time in the church's life. Remember that Barnabas was the one who vouched for Saul so the leaders in Jerusalem would trust him. Now he and Saul team up to lead the church at Antioch. Antioch was one of the most important cities for the development of early Christian teaching and study for the first 400 years or so of church history. It's cool to see this foundation of that legacy. We also meet Agabus, a minor character who we won't see again until the last chapters of Acts when he reappears in his prophetic role. Finally, we see Saul and Barnabas commissioned to bring donations from the church in Antioch to Jerusalem. Not only does this give us a view of how interconnected the church was, it also echoes Paul's letters in which he talks often about collecting assistance for Jerusalem.

God bless,

Acts 11:25-30
25Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for an entire year they associated with the church and taught a great many people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called ‘Christians’.

27 At that time prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28One of them named Agabus stood up and predicted by the Spirit that there would be a severe famine over all the world; and this took place during the reign of Claudius. 29The disciples determined that according to their ability, each would send relief to the believers living in Judea; 30this they did, sending it to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.

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