Daily Bible Podcast Day 039 – Leviticus 7-9, Acts 15

December 9, 2012 in Podcasts by Nathan


“Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, ‘Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.’ Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord. He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.” ~Acts 15:36-41

Paul and Barnabas, who have been on long journeys and in harm’s way together have a major disagreement. You’d think these two would be just about as close as friends could be. Both men stick to their decision and they go their separate ways. My Study Bible tells me that we don’t hear from Barnabas again in Acts, but that Paul comes to greatly respect Mark. Barnabas was right after all. I also find it interesting that there is no mention of them praying about what they should do or seeking counsel.

Even though he does not appear to trust him at this point, Paul eventually comes to realize that Mark is a good man. I hope that I would be willing to set aside my early impressions of people, especially when they show themselves to be different. This is what Mark ultimately did. I also will endeavor to pray and seek counsel when faced with an important decision.

God, may I not pass judgment on others too soon. You are the God of second chances. I will give others the benefit of the doubt as well.

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