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Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Acts Day 139 - Written For A Reason

12:25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their ministry, and they also took with them John whose surname was Mark.
 
Last time we saw Barnabas and Saul they were in Antioch. We were never told they came to Jerusalem or why but now we're being told they are returning to Antioch with John Mark. We can guess they came for the funeral of James or to join in prayer with the believers there when Peter was arrested. We know the group was praying at the home of John Mark's mother. We know they are returning now that their ministry is fulfilled. If we connect the dots it seems likely they came at the very least to mourn with the believers and pray for Peter. If that is the case it's even more remarkable that they didn't believe Rhoda when she told them he was at the gate.
 
However there is a much more practical lesson in this last verse of Acts 12. The truth is we don't know for certain what brought Barnabas and Saul to Jerusalem. We don't know because we aren't told. There are many more things we aren't told than we often stop to think about. For instance the death of James is the first mention of him since Pentecost. What has he been doing? There were 12 disciples again after they replaced Judas with Matthias but we only have one story about Philip and the Ethiopian. Where did the rest of them go and what did they do? Again we are not told. Like the rest of the Bible we are only given snap shots of a few events written down to give us a glimpse into what happened. More than that, what has been written is for us. It was written to reveal God and His ongoing interaction with His children. It was all written to reveal Him. Anything we weren't told was unnecessary for us.

What we need to remember from chapter 12 is that Peter went into hiding and Saul and Barnabas went back to work. The continuing of the story will reveal why that is significant.

In conclusion don't worry about what we are not told. Pray and think about what has been left for us to study.

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