Bar-Jesus vs Bar-Abbas

The Name “Bar-Jesus?”

The Sorcerer in Acts 13:6

And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus:

Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.

But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.

Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him.

10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.

12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.

BAR-JESUS IS CONSIDERED TO BE A FALSE PROPHET

Do you remember prior to Jesus’s crucifixion how the crowd made a decision between Barabbas ( a known criminal) and Jesus Christ (a sinless man) and the decision as to who would be released or crucified.

If you were to abbreviate Barabbas’s name so it reads: Bar  you could add a hyphen and add Jesus.

BAR Versus Jesus.

I was just wondering if it could be of any symbolic reference to our decision to receive Jesus or reject him? I find Act 13:6-12 interesting because Saul is meeting with a known false prophet and he is angered by Elymas for trying to break up their meeting and curses his blind.

The scripture makes it appear as though Elymas is a sorcerer? Yet is he really?  In Acts 13:6 the scripture states that because his name means “sorcery” we should receive him as one? That’s like stating if a Hispanic man’s name is “Jesus”, he must be Messiah?

Acts 13:8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.

Elymas is called a child of the devil by Saul (Who is also called Paul). What if Elymas, thought the meeting was inappropriate and tried to break it up? Saul was connected with the Jewish Centurion and was now walking in a testimony of Jesus Christ. The most interesting part of this story, is that the deputy who is with Bar-jesus, is astonished by Saul/Paul cursing Elymas blind and comes to believe in the “doctrine of the Lord.”

Seeing Jesus Christ only curse a fig tree in the scripture, my question:

Is this the doctrine of Paul or the doctrine of Jesus?

BAR-JESUS OR BAR VS. JESUS?

False Prophet (depicted in Acts 13:6)  vs Jesus?

Even stranger, look at the name BARABBAS?

Equals -BAR – ABBAS?

BAR vs ABBAS? “Abba Father… As if stating Jesus belongs to the Father? He’s Abbas?

COINCIDENTAL… 🙂

 

John 10:30-33

King James Version

30 I and my Father are one.

31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.

32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?

33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

Kind Miracles to bring people to the Father… Or a not so kind sign and wonder to bring sinners to the “doctrine of the Lord” as depicted by Paul in Acts 13?

Acts 13:6-12 KJV

And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar–jesus: Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.