Barnabas helps Saul (Acts 9:27)

“But Barnabas

Took Saul

And brought him

To the apostles.

He described

For them,

How on the road

Saul had seen the Lord,

Who had spoken

To him.

Saul had spoken boldly

In the name of Jesus

At Damascus.”

Βαρνάβας δὲ ἐπιλαβόμενος αὐτὸν ἤγαγεν πρὸς τοὺς ἀποστόλους, καὶ διηγήσατο αὐτοῖς πῶς ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ εἶδεν τὸν Κύριον καὶ ὅτι ἐλάλησεν αὐτῷ, καὶ πῶς ἐν Δαμασκῷ ἐπαρρησιάσατο ἐν τῷ ὀνόματι Ἰησοῦ.

The author of Acts indicated that Barnabas (Βαρνάβας) took Saul (δὲ ἐπιλαβόμενος αὐτὸν) and brought (ἤγαγεν) him to the apostles (πρὸς τοὺς ἀποστόλους).  He described for them (καὶ διηγήσατο αὐτοῖς), how on the road (πῶς ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ) Saul had seen the Lord (εἶδεν τὸν Κύριον), who had spoken to him (καὶ ὅτι ἐλάλησεν αὐτῷ).  He had spoken boldly (ἐπαρρησιάσατο) in the name of Jesus (ἐν τῷ ὀνόματι Ἰησοῦ) at Damascus (καὶ πῶς ἐν Δαμασκῷ).  Barnabas stepped in and vouched for Saul.  He told the other disciples and the apostles about Saul’s vision on the way to Damascus and how he had spoken out bravely about Jesus in Damascus.  Barnabas was mentioned earlier in Acts, chapter 4:36-37.  He was a Levite (Λευείτης), a native of Cyprus by birth (Κύπριος τῷ γένει), Joseph (Ἰωσὴφ), to whom the apostles (ἀπὸ τῶν ἀποστόλων) gave the name or called him Barnabas (δὲ ὁ ἐπικληθεὶς Βαρνάβας), that translates or means (ὅ ἐστιν μεθερμηνευόμενον), “Son of encouragement (Υἱὸς παρακλήσεως).”  Barnabas had sold (πωλήσας) a field (ἀγροῦ) that he owned (πάρχοντος αὐτῷ).  He then brought (ἤνεγκεν) the money (τὸ χρῆμα) and laid it (καὶ ἔθηκεν) at the apostles’ feet (πρὸς τοὺς πόδας τῶν ἀποστόλων).  Thus, his behavior would be contrasted with the behavior of Ananias and his wife Sapphira, who only turned in part of the sale of their property.  Barnabas would also become a fellow missionary with Saul later in Acts, chapters 12-15.  However, Barnabas and Saul would have a sharp disagreement in chapter 15:39.  Saul might have been a hard man to get along with.  Thus, the encouraging Barnabas convinced his fellow early Christians in Jerusalem to accept Saul, despite his past activities.  Would you accept someone who had tried to kill your fellow believers?

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