Read Acts 14
Paul and Barnabas at Iconium; stoning of Paul at Lystra; return to Antioch; journey with Silas; Paul's Macedonian vision; conversion of Lydia; conversion of Philippian jailer
Almost everywhere Paul and Barnabas traveled, there was an assault made . . . to use them despitefully (abuse them violently), and to stone them (Acts 14:5). In Iconium, about 90 miles east of Pisidian Antioch, violent opposition again erupted when Paul told the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah foretold by the prophets. He fled from Iconium and went about 20 miles to Lystra where his attention was drawn to a crippled man. Paul . . . stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked (14:9-10). Upon seeing this miraculous healing, the people were convinced that the gods are (have) come down to us in the likeness of men (14:11). Paul and Barnabas strongly objected to being made objects of idolatrous worship (14:12-18).
Following this event, certain Jews from
Later, Paul referred briefly to his sufferings for Christ by saying: We must through much tribulation (affliction, persecution) enter into the
14:2 made their minds evil affected against = turned them hostile against; 14:8 impotent = weak, helpless, crippled; 15:10 yoke = burden.
For Acts 15:16-17: See Amos 9:11-12.
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Memory Verse for the Week: James 1:25