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Verses 25-26: “Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul. And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.”

“I know a guy.”

That’s what Dr. Hank Pym said when wondering how to retrieve his shrinking technology from Darren Cross in the movie Ant-Man. It’s also what the Falcon tells Captain America when they are trying to figure out who can help them with the captured Winter Soldier in the post-credits scene of the same movie (they weren’t sure about contacting Tony Stark, or even if they could contact him, at all).

“I know a guy.”

That’s what the Falcon said; he and Pym were both referring to Scott Lang, the Ant-Man. He was just the perfect person they needed for the situation.

“I know a guy.”

That’s not exactly what Barnabas said, but he was probably thinking along those lines. Having seen the young church at Antioch, Barnabas knew they needed instruction and teaching. And who better than his close friend and brother-in-Christ, Saul? (by the way, don’t let the last sentence of verse 26 slip by you….the first calling of the believers as “Christians”!) Barnabas travelled to Tarsus, got Saul, and they both travelled back to Antioch, thus spending a year teaching the congregation.

That same Jesus that Saul (later Paul) and Barnabas told the Antioch believers more about, is the same Jesus who died on the cross, was buried, and rose again the third day to ascend to Heaven, and is our only way to salvation, yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Do I really need to repeat that first statement again? 🙂

Have a blessed day in the Lord!

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verses 24-28: “Four things are small on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise: The ants are not a strong folk, But they prepare their food in the summer; The badgers are not mighty folk, Yet they make their houses in the rocks; The locusts have no king, Yet all of them go out in ranks; The lizard you may grasp with the hands, Yet it is in kings’ palaces.”

Many and varied are the wonders God made in the animal kingdom. To man, who somewhat blindly associates power with size at times, it is interesting to see how God uses the smallest or most insignificant of creatures to teach lessons.

2 things come to mind when I read the above passages: in the comic books, among the original members of the Avengers, it was not always the Hulk or Thor or Iron Man who saved the day, but the miniscule forces wielded by Ant-Man and the Wasp. I also recall hearing stories from folks who live out in the country about beavers; I know, beavers and badgers are 2 separate animals, but I associate them for their construction abilities. These country folk would often share how, in order to move a beaver dam, they had to resort to dynamite to blow it up since it was so well constructed and annoyingly (to humans) sturdy!

It can be that way with people too. Jesus didn’t select the most powerful people to be His twelve disciples; for the most part, He selected common, ordinary folk. Even though He is Creator, Jesus (God the Son) showed us how He longs to have that relationship with us again, like it was in the Garden of Eden, before sin entered in. We all have value to God, no matter how big or small we are. Jesus paid our price so that we can have eternal life with Him. It is people who put labels on others, not God.

Something to think about.

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