My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Acts 13


Saul and Barnabas were chosen by God to be sent off.

In Cyprus, their witness was opposed by a sorcerer. Saul=Paul cursed him with blindness, so their message got through.

In the other Antioch, Paul preached about how history led to David, of which Jesus is a descendant. He was killed but rose again. Who else has done that? He offers a forgiveness Moses can't. God is doing a new thing!

Many believed, but many spited them when they drew big crowds of Gentiles. They were eventually kicked out.

Key verse:
39. Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses.

My thoughts:
Ah, the gospel. What an awesome thing! So in this, Paul and Barnabas become the first significant missionaries that we hear of.

What a different approach to mission they must've had then! They truly had a new message and a world to convert. There was no Christian Europe, or post-Christian Europe back home. They were reaching a pre-Christian Europe. On the large scheme of things, they were somewhat successful.

Cursing doesn't seem that popular these days...


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