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Tuesday, June 14 2016
Acts 13: The First Voyage Of Barnabas and Saul
"The Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them"
Barnabas was of the tribe of Levi ("4:36 And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus" Acts 4:36 KJV), while the apostle Paul was of the tribe of Benjamin ("11:1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin" Romans 11:1 KJV).
Both were however identified as of Judah ("Jew" is simply an abbreviation of Judah, just like "Mike" is an abbreviation of Michael) because the tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi composed the Kingdom of Judah (see Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) after the united Kingdom of Israel (see How Many Kings Reigned In The United Kingdom?) split into two independent kingdoms - the Kingdom of Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah and Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes) and the Kingdom of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah and Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism; see also Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism).
Barnabas recognized the Messiah before Saul / Paul did, and was given the difficult task of reconciling him to the people that Paul had not long before been persecuting and killing (see Paul's Conversion In Syria and The Rising Of Tabitha and Where Believers Were First Called Christians). When that task was accomplished, the LORD commanded Barnabas and Saul to go on what became known as "Paul's first missionary journey."
"13:1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
Their first landing was on Cyprus, the birthplace of Barnabas. There, Saul / Paul quickly demonstrated why the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) had chosen him as an apostle to the world (see also The Gospel By The Greek and The Baptism Of The Ethiopian) - an often very hostile world (see The Devil's Fight Along The Way).
"13:4 So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. 13:5 And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister.
Amazingly, Paul gave the same history lesson that Stephen made just before the mob, which then included Paul before he was converted, killed him (see The Stoning Of Stephen - Why Are Witnesses Called Martyrs?). The purpose of the history was to prove how events fulfilled prophecy. History and prophecy cannot be separated because they are statements of the "before" and "after" of events. It's the reason that Paul quoted prophecy in the history (in the verses below, Psalm 2:7, Isaiah 55:3, Psalm 16:10 and Habakkuk 1:5).
"13:13 Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem. 13:14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down. 13:15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.
As would be the case throughout his service to the LORD, some wisely "listened" while others foolishly mocked (see the Fact Finder question below). Included in Paul's history and prophecy "sermon" were Isaiah 49:6 (verse 47 below).
"13:42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath. 13:43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
Fact Finder: Mockers often mock prophecy, but in doing so, what prophecy do mockers fulfill about themselves?
This Day In History, June 14
1158: Munchen (rendered in English as Munich), the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation), was founded by Henry the Lion (Heinrich der Lowe).
1215: The Magna Carta (Latin for Great Charter), a key document in British constitutional history, was issued by King John at Runnymede.
The Magna Carta was a key building block of Constitutional Law in the English-speaking world that many countries, even centuries later, used as the basis of their constitution - while often ignoring or failing to credit the principles of the Magna Carta that they copied (sometimes word for word) and claimed as their own.
1285: Forces led by Prince Tran Quang Khai of Vietnam's Tran Dynasty destroyed the invading Mongol fleet in a naval battle at Chuong Duong.
1381: Richard II of England met leaders of the Peasants' Revolt (which was incited by the sermons of a communist preacher, and led by a roofer, Wat Tyler) on Blackheath.
1645: The Battle of Naseby during the English Civil War; 12,000 Royalists were defeated by 15,000 Parliamentarians.
1789: Captain William Bligh and 18 patriotic crewmen who had been cast adrift to die after the mutiny by a gang of treason-committing cowards and criminals on the HMS Bounty reached Timor in the East Indies after a voyage of nearly 4,000 miles in an open boat.
1807: The Battle of Friedland during the Napoleonic Wars.
1919: British pilots Johns Williams Alcock and Arthur Witten Brown took off from St. John's, Newfoundland, on the first successful non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
1940: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the Nazi Swastika flag was hoisted on the Eiffel Tower as the German army entered and occupied Paris (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1940: Auschwitz, the largest of the Nazi concentration camps, was opened near German-occupied Krakow, Poland. Before its liberation by the Allies in 1945, over 3 million people, mostly Jews, were murdered there (see also Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).
1941: During the Second World War (1939-1945), on the eve of the allied invasion of German-threatened Syria (then in Vichy control), Jewish troops engaged Arab and Vichy forces.
1947: The dates of the alleged "Roswell UFO incident" whereby a UFO crash lands in Roswell, New Mexico.
1962: The European Space Research Organization was established in Paris. It was later renamed the European Space Agency.
1966: The Vatican in Rome announced that its "Index of Prohibited Books" (created by Pope Paul IV in 1557) had been abolished.
1967: China detonated its first hydrogen bomb.
1982: Argentina surrendered to Britain after a 74-day conflict for the Falkland Islands.
1982: Following their initial success in "Operation Peace For Galilee" in Lebanon, Israel continued the campaign there with the start of weeks of "Operation Big Pines" to drive Yasser Arafat and the PLO out of Lebanon.
1989: Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan was made an honorary knight by Queen Elizabeth II.
2002: The steroid 2002 MN missed the Earth by 121,000 kilometers (75,000 miles), about 1/3 of the distance between the Earth and the Moon.