Simon of Cyrene and Simeon called Niger

Central Reflections

The New Commentary on the Whole Bible, editors J.D. Douglas, Philip W. Comfort, brings up the interesting possibility that Simeon called Niger who appears in Acts 13:1 is the same person as Simon of Cyrene mentioned in the Synoptic Gospels as the man who helped Jesus carry His cross.  I believe this is true, though I’ve yet to see anything beyond a couple of quick cross-references as to how we can come to that conclusion.  Probably no one has written much about it because it doesn’t really matter.

Anyway, here goes:

First of all, to explain the difference in the names, Simeon and Simon are alternate spellings of the same name.

Everything we know about Simon who carried the cross is summed up in this verse from Mark:

Mark 15:21 (NKJV) Then they compelled a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, as he was coming out of…

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To Know and Obey – 1 John 2:1-6

Apostle JohnTo Know and Obey     1 John 2:1-6

If we know God, we are going to keep his commandments.  Knowledge of him and obedience to him are inseparable.

1 John 2.01-06.mp3    (Kenny Washington)

 

Trauma Healing Equipping

Would like to share this.  It is taking place November 9-12 at Horizon Central.  Karen Kornelsen, a Horizon/Servant Senders missionary with Wycliffe is bringing this to us.  It’s a program they have used successfully in a variety of settings.

https://horizoncentral.net/2017/09/03/bible-based-trauma-healing-initial-equipping-session/ 

39 Books: Numbers – In the Wilderness

39 Bks Torah Scroll White

Numbers: In the Wilderness

In Numbers, the failure of the Israelites stands as a lesson.  Obedience often requires us to walk by faith and not by sight.


04 Numbers.pdf           04 Numbers.mp3 

39 Books: Leviticus – Worship and Walk

39 Bks Torah Scroll White

Leviticus: Worship and Walk

In Leviticus, God emphasizes his perfect holiness, but shows his less-than-perfect people how they may still approach him.

03 Leviticus.pdf           03 Leviticus.mp3