Bible study on Acts of the Apostles – Chapter 14
Dear brothers and sisters,
In the Bible study on the 14th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles I will discuss:
- In Iconium
- In Lystra and Derbe
- The return to Antioch in Syria
Paul and Barnabas went to the Jewish synagogue in Iconium were spoke so effectively that Jews and Greeks believed. But unfortunately there were also Jews that did not believed and they started to poison the minds of people there to stir them up against these two workers for God. Know that when you do the work of God, that you can be met with a lot of resistance, because not everyone will believe and agree with the word of God. When they learned that a plot was made against them, God made sure that the fled to the towns of Lystra and Derbe. This chapters shows how God will make sure that we will not be harmed, when we are carrying out His work even in the most dangerous moments.
In Lystra and Derbe
In Lystra they walked pass a man that had been paralyzed from birth. And when they passed him, Paul looked him directly in the eyes (and Paul saw that he had faith) and said to him to stand up and walk. And see how God healed this man immediately! God has given us the ability to immediately heal people in His name!
Unfortunately this chapter also shows how people can be misguided as they saw them for Greek Gods. When they noticed this they made it very clear that they are only humans and that the man was healed by Gods power not theirs. We also see how some people can be very wicked as some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over to stone Paul. Paul was stoned and left for death outside the city. But because his work for God was not done, he was completely healed. Paul entered the city again and the next day they left Lystra to go to Derbe.
The return to Antioch in Syria
In Derbe they again won a lot of people for God. See how powerful our work will be if we are truly called for it by God! After they were done they went back to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch to strengthen the Christians there. In those towns they also made sure that the churches were strengthed through fasting and and prayer and that people were appointed to lead those churches. God doesn’t just let people to be converted, but also makes sure that we receive a good foundation for our further walk in faith.
When they arrived in the church in Antioch they told of everything they had gone through during their travelling.