[Linux4christians] Thursday - Acts 14
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
Wed Oct 26 21:43:03 EDT 2011
Paul and Barnabas at Iconium
14:1 The same thing happened in Iconium when Paul and Barnabas went into
the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a large group of both
Jews and Greeks believed. 14:2 But the Jews who refused to believe
stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers.
14:3 So they stayed there for a considerable time, speaking out
courageously for the Lord, who testified to the message of his grace,
granting miraculous signs and wonders to be performed through their
hands. 14:4 But the population of the city was divided; some sided with
the Jews, and some with the apostles. 14:5 When both the Gentiles and
the Jews (together with their rulers) made an attempt to mistreat them
and stone them, 14:6 Paul and Barnabas learned about it and fled to the
Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and the surrounding region. 14:7
There they continued to proclaim the good news.
Paul and Barnabas at Lystra
14:8 In Lystra sat a man who could not use his feet, lame from birth,
who had never walked. 14:9 This man was listening to Paul as he was
speaking. When Paul stared intently at him and saw he had faith to be
healed, 14:10 he said with a loud voice, "Stand upright on your feet."
And the man leaped up and began walking. 14:11 So when the crowds saw
what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, "The gods
have come down to us in human form!" 14:12 They began to call Barnabas
Zeus and Paul Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. 14:13 The priest
of the temple of Zeus, located just outside the city, brought bulls and
garlands to the city gates; he and the crowds wanted to offer sacrifices
to them. 14:14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard about it,
they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting, 14:15
"Men, why are you doing these things? We too are men, with human natures
just like you! We are proclaiming the good news to you, so that you
should turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the
heaven, the earth, the sea, and everything that is in them. 14:16 In
past generations he allowed all the nations to go their own ways, 14:17
yet he did not leave himself without a witness by doing good, by giving
you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying you with food and
your hearts with joy." 14:18 Even by saying these things, they scarcely
persuaded the crowds not to offer sacrifice to them.
14:19 But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and after winning the
crowds over, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, presuming
him to be dead. 14:20 But after the disciples had surrounded him, he got
up and went back into the city. On the next day he left with Barnabas
Paul and Barnabas Return to Antioch in Syria
14:21 After they had proclaimed the good news in that city and made many
disciples, they returned to Lystra, to Iconium, and to Antioch. 14:22
They strengthened the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to
continue in the faith, saying, "We must enter the kingdom of God through
many persecutions." 14:23 When they had appointed elders for them in the
various churches, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the
protection of the Lord in whom they had believed. 14:24 Then they passed
through Pisidia and came into Pamphylia, 14:25 and when they had spoken
the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia. 14:26 From there they
sailed back to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of
God for the work they had now completed. 14:27 When they arrived and
gathered the church together, they reported all the things God had done
with them, and that he had opened a door of faith for the Gentiles.
14:28 So they spent considerable time with the disciples.
Lord, You said that You were opening the doors to Gentiles, that there
would no longer be a separation between Jew and Gentile, and You made it
happen. May I always beware of false divisions among the people of Your
Church (believers, not buildings, not human-assembled religious
institutions) and favoritism toward the people-groups to be reached,
insisting that all be treated with equal regard, just as You have commanded.
Summary & Commentary
Barnabas and Paul shared at the Word at Lystra, much the same conflict
occurred there as in Pisidian Antioch with many new believers,
challenges to the truth from religious leaders who did not want the
truth to be told, and a threat against their lives which led to Paul and
Barnabas moving on "to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra, Derbe, and the
Paul called out the healing of God in a lame man whose faith the Holy
Spirit disclosed to him and the pagan worshipers there offered
sacrifices to them. Paul and Barnabas tore their clothes and cried out
against their misplaced worship. Despite their efforts to persuade them
to the truth the people resisted, then the religious leaders arrived to
take advantage of the chaos and manipulated the crowd into dragging Paul
out of the city where they stoned and left him for dead. The disciples
gathered and prayed and Paul revived, returned to the city, then left
with Barnabas for Derbe where they declared the Word.
Barnabas and Paul then return to Lystra, then Iconium, and Antioch in
Syria where they "appointed elders for them in the various churches"
[Note: Churches referred to the gatherings of believers in parts of the
various communities. The term "elder" here refers to someone who would
meet the requirements of a Deacon but serve as something like an Apostle.]
They continued on eventually arriving home in Antioch from where they
had been commissioned for the journey, sharing all that God had done
then staying a long while with the disciples.
How our modern-day notion of "pastor" may have drawn a parallel to the
"elder" of ACTS 14.
Isn't it amazing how quickly the people were turned from worship to murder?
Pagans often try to make everything fit their beliefs and practices,
such as trying to make Jesus fit into an existing religious system, or
forcing non-Biblical elements into an otherwise Biblical gathering.
When have you observed an idolatry of a celebrity or religious leader?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to me any place where I may have drifted
into the acceptance of a non-Biblical belief about an organization or a
Today I will prayerfully consider all that I do in my daily walk and
times of gathering together with other believers, looking carefully for
any indication of an element of non-Biblical elements slipping in. I
will also pray for safety and wisdom for the spiritual leader or leaders
of my Christian fellowship.
Be Specific ______________________________________________________
Friday's text will be:
Draw nearer to the Lord and He will bless you,
Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day!
David M. Colburn, DMin. MaCo
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Teacher's Verse: John 7:16
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