Last week, I shared with you the life of two spirit-filled Christian men, Paul and Barnabas. I found myself thinking about these two men, their relationship and their passion for the Gospel, even long after I finished last week’s post.
I truly believe that it was the Holy Spirit that knitted these two Jewish men together. Paul was from the tribe of Benjamin and Barnabas was from the tribe of Levi. It was Barnabas who spoke up for Paul as we read in the Book of Acts 9:26-31 And when Saul (Paul) was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem. And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him. Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus. Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied. These men became companions in the work of ministry for the furtherance of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet there are times when a disagreement can cause companions to part ways and so it was with Paul and Barnabas.