Barnabas sold a field and gave the proceeds to the community. On the other hand, Ananias and Sapphira kept some of the proceeds. Peter then spoke to Ananias. He told him that he had lied to God. Thus, Ananias died and was buried. The wife of Ananias came to Peter, so that Peter asked her “What did you sell the land for?” She gave the same response as her husband. Peter said that she was about to die also. She then died, so that great fear spread among this emerging Christian community.
“There was a Levite,
A native of Cyprus,
To whom the apostles
Gave the name
Son of encouragement.”
Ἰωσὴφ δὲ ὁ ἐπικληθεὶς Βαρνάβας ἀπὸ τῶν ἀποστόλων, ὅ ἐστιν μεθερμηνευόμενον Υἱὸς παρακλήσεως, Λευείτης, Κύπριος τῷ γένει,
The author of Acts indicated that there 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 Barnabas (δὲ ὁ ἐπικληθεὶς Βαρνάβας), that translates or means (ὅ ἐστιν μεθερμηνευόμενον), “Son of encouragement (Υἱὸς παρακλήσεως).” Barnabas would become a missionary and companion of the apostle Paul. Obviously, he was one of the first missionaries to his native Cyprus, and probably its first bishop, an island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Although from Cyprus, he was part of the priestly tribe of Levi here in Jerusalem. He was known as the son of encouragement. Do you encourage people?