Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas.
I tried Googling
these five guys today. Didn't find out much - other than the fact that Nicanor means conqueror
, Timon means honoring
and Parmenas means constant
I also found out that nothing further is known
about Nicanor. Oh yeah, and that Timon was probably the Bishop of Bostra in Greece and was seized, tortured and martyred
by the governor because of his preaching in that city. [Parmenas is thought to have died a martyr
too, in Philippi.]
know that they hung out with Stephen and Philip, whom we have a bit more information about. And that they were "...men of good reputation who [were] both practical and spiritually-minded..."
[Acts 6:3 Phillips Translation
In fact, the reason these guys are even mentioned
in the Bible is because they were good waiters
There is a new restaurant opening in town called Philthy McNastys - how's THAT for a restaurant name! They are currently hiring all positions, including wait staff. Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas could easily get hired as they have the necessary experience.
But these five guys had something else going on too. They "did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people!"
At least I'm going to make that assumption. After all, that is what we're told about Stephen
, and he was part of their posse. I mean, they were all chosen for the same reason. These guys were a team. Picked for being practical
Well, not really. The name deacon
is nowhere applied to them in the New Testament - they are simply called the seven
The SUPER SEVEN, that is!
[Not to be confused with the Ontario Super 7
, of course.]
They were men of good report, full of the Holy Ghost, and men of practical wisdom, who could take entire charge of distributing food and helping the poor! Plus
- both Philip and Stephen, [who were of the seven
] preached AND did the work of evangelists!Holy servants, Batman!
Now THAT'S what I call a DEACON! Constant, honoring conquerors
who not only know how to take care of the poor
and needy, but can handle getting you saved, healed and delivered
all during the same meal!
Sounds like another Super Guy