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Disagreement Between Paul and Barnabas September 11, 2016

Posted by flashbuzzer in Books, Christianity.
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Here are my thoughts on Acts 15:36-41.

Summary: In this passage, Paul and Barnabas quarreled about whether John Mark should accompany them on their next missionary journey. They were unable to resolve that dispute, and so they parted ways; Barnabas sailed to Cyprus with John Mark, while Paul traveled throughout Syria and Cilicia with Silas.

Thoughts: Here, we see that a wedge formed between Paul and Barnabas over John Mark. Calvin offers some thoughts on this point in his commentary on verse 37:

Yet the context shows us that the church approved of Paul’s decision. Barnabas left and sailed to Cyprus with his companion. No mention is made of the brothers, and so it seems that he left secretly, without saying good-bye. But the brothers in their prayers commended Paul to God’s grace, thus indicating that the church was on his side.

Calvin’s thoughts are certainly debatable. In any event, I ponder the following questions. What were John Mark’s thoughts and emotions when Paul and Barnabas parted ways? What happened to Barnabas and John Mark after they sailed to Cyprus? Did they preach the Gospel message with great success? Did Barnabas meet Paul before he passed away, and if so, did they forgive each other? I anticipate meeting Paul and Barnabas in the next life and discussing this episode with them.

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