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A SON OF CONSOLATION.pdf

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. WILLIAM ARNOT



"who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is,
being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of
Cyprus, having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the
apostles feet." ACTS iv. 36, 37.
BY REV. WILLIAM ARNOT



"who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is,
being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of
Cyprus, having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the
apostles feet." ACTS iv. 36, 37.

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A SON OF CONSOLATION.BY REV. WILLIAM ARNOT"who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is,being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the countryof Cyprus, having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at theapostles feet." ACTS iv. 36, 37.ANOTHER outburst of generous love occurred in theform of selling their property and distributing the proceeds. This law and its limitation were noticed in connection with an earlier example. But now, besides thegeneral intimation, two specific examples are submitteda true and a false. Barnabas and Ananias are photographed in the Word, that all generations may learn,by specimen as well as by description, the differencebetween genuine and counterfeit charity.The name of this good man was Joses, and the nameBarnabas, by which he is now universally known, wasattached to him by the apostles, in order to expressthe character which he displayed. This name was givento indicate a nature. They called him the Son of Consolation because he was a succorer of many, and acomforter of the downcast.He was a Levite, and yet he possessed land. Thisis contrary to the old economical law in Israel; butprobably at that period, on account of frequent andgreat political changes, it was found impossible to maintain the ancient constitution in its integrity.Barnabas, is indeed a good name when you learnwfeat it means. Alas ! how rife is its opposite theSon of Complaint of gloom. To such a man everything appears in its darkest colors. He looks at the
 
earth and the sky through a yellow glass. He seesno green on the earth, and in the heavens no blue. Itis not so easy to remove the jaundiced glasses from theeyes of the mind as to take away the colored mediumwhich impeded your enjoyment of the landscape. Functional derangements of the body through disease sometimes also supervene to tinge still further the atmosphere through which the spirit looks.Barnabas, we may be well assured, did not grudgeA Son of Consolation. 103his gifts. He was not grieved when a call for anothercontribution came. He was a great giver, and yet hewas a cheerful giver. The Lord loved Barnabas.I conclude that Barnabas had much comfort himself, for he had much to bestow on others. If we seestreams flowing from the well s brim to refresh theneighborhood, we may be assured that the well itself is full.The great contributions which he made did not embitter his spirit. The flow of bounty from that man shand acted as the flow of water from the drain on theploughed field it sweetened and made fertile the wholebreadth of his life. It is the gorging up of the waterfor want of outlet that makes the land sour, and leavesit barren; and it is the habit of holding in all for self that spoils the pleasure and profit of a life.A Son of Consolation is a fine character. He whohas consolation gives it; and he that gives it, has it.The more of it you have, the more you give; and themore you give to others, the more you retain for yourown use. This is not one of the things that perish inthe using. Like the bread in the hands of Jesus, it
 
multiplies as it is given out. It increases by expending, and diminishes by hoarding. In the matter of comfort, or consolation, " there is that scattereth andyet increaseth; but he that withholdeth more than ismeet, it tendeth to poverty."To possess consolation is to give it, and to give itis to possess it. This circle, when it is set agoing, movesperpetually, like the sea giving out its waters to thesky, and the sky sending back the boon by the rainand the rivers to the sea again. Nor is the consolercut short in his labors for lack of supply. As thetrouble graws greater, the corresponding comfort increases. However deep the distress may be, he hasa heaven above his head deeper than the abyss below,to fill it all with joy. His resources consist of " thefulness of the Godhead bodily," and in that ocean hewill never touch the ground.Barnabas was a Levite; but why take note of hispedigree, since all are one in Christ ? There is a reason.In estimating character and giving each his due, thereare two opposite extremes, into one or other of whichIO4 The Church in the House.human judgments, under the influence of various prejudice, continually tend to fall. Men err sometimes onthis side, sometimes on that: the Word of God marchesin the midst and holds the balance even. It throws outan arm to uphold him who is ready to stumble, now onthe right side, now on the left.The priests and their order, supported by the Pharisees, counted themselves righteous and despised others.Speaking for their reproof and instruction, the Lord,in the parable of the Good Samaritan, represented thepriest and the Levite as self-pleasing and unloving

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