by Donald Cantrell

Prayer And A Lost World (11 of 14)
Series: It Was Just A Prayer Meeting
Donald Cantrell
Acts 13


''Lord, lay some soul upon my heart,
And love that soul through me;
And may I nobly do my part,
To win that soul to Thee.''
David Johnson

1 - The Portrayed Men

Act 13:1 KJV - Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

The church that was at Antioch

Certain prophets

And teachers

Teachers are several times mentioned in the New Testament as an order of ministers, 1 Corinthians 12:28-29; Ephesians 4:11; 2 Peter 2:1. Their precise rank and duty are not known. It is probable that those mentioned here as prophets were the same persons as the teachers. They might discharge offices, predicting future events, and instructing the people.

Barnabas was a preacher Acts 4:35-36; Acts 9:27; Acts 11:22, Acts 11:26; and it is not improbable that the names ''prophets and teachers'' here simply designate the preachers of the gospel.

Simeon that was called Niger - ''Niger'' is a Latin name meaning ''black.'' Why the name was given is not known. Nothing more is known of him than is mentioned here.

Lucius of Cyrene - Cyrene was in Africa. See the notes on Matthew 27:32. Lucius is afterward mentioned as with the apostle Paul when he wrote the Epistle to the Romans, Revelation 16:21.

Manaen - He is not mentioned elsewhere in the New Testament.

''Which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch - Herod Antipas, not Herod Agrippa.'' Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, Luke 3:1. The word translated here as ''which had been brought up,'' denotes ''one who is educated or nourished at the same time with another.'' It is not used elsewhere in the New Testament. He might have been connected with the royal family, and, being nearly of the same age, was educated b ...

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