LIVE@5 – Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Acts 13:13–25 (NKJV)
13 Now when Paul and his party set sail from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia; and John, departing from them, returned to Jerusalem. 14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down. 15 And after the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, “Men and brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.”Acts 13:13-25
16 Then Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said, “Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen: 17 The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He brought them out of it. 18 Now for a time of about forty years He put up with their ways in the wilderness. 19 And when He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He distributed their land to them by allotment.
20 “After that He gave them judges for about four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet. 21 And afterward they asked for a king; so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 22 And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’ 23 From this man’s seed, according to the promise, God raised up for Israel a Savior—Jesus—24 after John had first preached, before His coming, the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25 And as John was finishing his course, he said, ‘Who do you think I am? I am not He. But behold, there comes One after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to loose.’
From this point forward the main subject of the missionary journey is called Paul, the Roman form of his Jewish name, Saul. He is moving far into territory that requires his status as a Roman citizen for entrance into certain opportunities. He goes to Perga, where John, also known as John Mark, leaves them and sails back to Jerusalem.
When Paul and Barnabus continue on to Antioch in Pisidia, they entered the synagogue on the Sabbath and heard the reading of the Law and Prophets. When asked if they had anything to share, Paul stood and began to share the gospel from the deliverance of Israel from Egypt all the way up to and including the role of John as forerunner and the role of Jesus Christ as Savior. This may have been the first time these Jews had heard the gospel of Christ and His position as the true Messiah. Paul was helping the church spread to parts beyond the small, Jewish world of Palestine. This journey would open doors to nations and peoples that would normally have been excluded from a relationship with the one true God. The gospel of Jesus would begin to take the world by storm, and Paul would be one of its most effective witnesses during his short life. When God calls, answer Him, and go where He sends you. You can spread the gospel to your world and beyond as well!
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