28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. We, as Christians need to be aware of the time that is upon us. “In the days of Noah ……” I plan to cover this topic in future blogs, watch for it!
4A – Continuing with paul’s Journey.
Now because the “Jews stirred up devout and honorable women and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas and expelled them out of their Coast,” they left and went to Iconium. Acts 13:50-51.
50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.
51 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium.
Please note that these were Jews in Antioch that did this.
However, Paul and Barnabas continued to go into synagogues of the Jews.
And here in Iconium, both Jew and Greeks believed the gospel message preached. In Iconium unbelieving Jews again, stirred up the minds of the Gentiles against the believers.
So, as before, Paul and Barnabas fled to Derbe and Lystra and to the surrounding regions and preached the Gospel. It was here that Paul cures a lame man crippled from birth.
You can see Satan’s hand in this because Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, places where Paul and Barnabas had been preaching the gospel. Also in Antioch, the Jews, Gentiles and their rulers wanted to stone them, but succeeded not. Acts 14:5.
Here at Lystra these Jews from Antioch and Iconium did succeed in Stoning Paul and drew him out of the city, thinking that he was dead. But look at what God did, Acts 14:20
But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.
Paul was telling the World that the Gospel message will not be hindered by man. And his going back into the City was that message!
Paul and Barnabas then departed to Derbe where they Preached the gospel, and, went back into Lystra, Iconium and Antioch where they had been threatened, to:
22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
In Lystra Paul and Barnabas ordained elders in every church. Acts 14:23.
After preaching in Perga and into Attalia Paul and Barnabas return to Antioch, where they were first called “Christians”, and reported to the Church all that God had done with them, and how they had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
This concluded Paul’s first Missionary Journey!
Next, Paul’s second Missionary Journey!
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Dr William T. Bailey, Jr.