Scripture: Acts 13

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Barnabas and Saul Sent Off

Acts 13:1-3 (KJV) Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.  As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, “Separate Me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.”  And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

Questions:

1. Who were prophets and teachers in the church that was at Antioch (Acts 13:1)?

2. What happened as they were ministering to the Lord and fasting (Acts 13:2)?

3. What was the group’s response (Acts 13:3)?

Answers:

1. The prophets and teachers were Barnabas, Simeon (Niger), Lucius, Manaen and Saul.

2. As they were ministering to the Lord, the Holy Spirit said, “Separate Me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.”

3. When they fasted and prayed, hands were laid on Barnabas and Saul and they sent them away.

On Cyprus

Acts 13:4-12 (KJV) So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.  And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister.  And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus:  Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.  But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him.  10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?  11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.  12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.

Questions:

1. Where did Barnabas and Saul go (Acts 13:4)?

2. What did Barnabas and Saul do at Salamis and who helped them (Acts 13:5)?

3. Who did they find when they were going through the isle of Paphos (Acts 13:6)?

4. Why did Sergius Paulus, the deputy of the country want to see Barnabas and Saul (Acts 13:7)?

5. Why did Barjesus try to stop Barnabas and Saul from talking to Sergius Paulus (Acts 13:8)?

6. What did Saul do and say to Barjesus (Acts 13:9-11a)?

7. What happened to Barjesus (Acts 13:11b)?

8. What did the deputy do when he saw what was done (Acts 13:12)?

Answers:

1. Barnabas and Saul departed unto Seleucia and from there they sailed to Cyprus.

2. Barnabas and Saul preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews.  And John helped them.

3. When they were traveling through the isle of Paphos they found a sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus.

4. Sergius Paulus wanted to hear the word of God.

5. Barjesus wanted to turn Sergius Paulus away from the faith.

6. Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on Barjesus.  Saul said, “O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?  And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season.”

7. And immediately there fell on Barjesus a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.

8. The deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.

In Pisidian Antioch

Acts 13:13-52 (KJV) 13 Now when Paul and his company loosed 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 unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.  16 Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience.  17 The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought He them out of it. 18 And about the time of forty years suffered He their manners in the wilderness.  19 And when He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Chanaan, He divided their land to them by lot.  20 And after that He gave unto them judges about the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.  21 And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years.  22 And when He had removed him, He raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also He gave their testimony, and said, “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after Mine own heart, which shall fulfil all My will.”  23 Of this man’s seed hath God according to His promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus: 24 When John had first preached before His coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.  25 And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that I am? I am not He. But, behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of His feet I am not worthy to loose.  26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.  27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew Him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning Him.  28 And though they found no cause of death in Him, yet desired they Pilate that He should be slain. 29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of Him, they took Him down from the tree, and laid Him in a sepulchre.  30 But God raised Him from the dead: 31 And He was seen many days of them which came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are His witnesses unto the people.  32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,  33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that He hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, “Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee.”  34 And as concerning that He raised Him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, He said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.”  35 Wherefore He saith also in another psalm, “Thou shalt not suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption.”  36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption: 37 But He, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.  38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:  39 And by Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.  40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets; 41 “Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.”   42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.  43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.  44 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.  45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.  46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.  47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, “I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for (bring) salvation unto the ends of the earth.”  48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.  49 And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.  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.  52 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.

Questions:

1. When Paul (Saul) and his company came to Perga in Pamphylia what did John do (Acts 13:13)?

2. Where did Paul and his company go when they came to Antioch in Pisidia (Acts 13:14)?

3. Why did the rulers of the synagogue send for Paul and his company (Acts 13:15)?

4. How did Paul address the people (Acts 13:16)?

5. Then what did Paul say about the God of Israel (Acts 13:17)?

6. How long did Paul say God endured the Israelites’ behavior in the wilderness (Acts 13:18)?

7. How many nations did God destroy in the land of Chanaan (Canaan) before dividing the land (Acts 13:19)?

8. Before Samuel was made prophet to the Israelites, who did Paul say God put over the Israelites for about 450 years (Acts 13:20)?

9. Who did Paul says was the first king over the Israelites and how long did he reign (Acts 13:21)?

10. Who did Paul say was the second king and what did God say about the new king (Acts 13:22)?

11. What did Paul say was a promise from God that was filled through this new king (Acts 13:23)?

12. Before the coming of Jesus, who did Paul say first preached repentance and baptism to all the people of Israel (Acts 13:24)?

13. What did Paul say John spoke about Jesus (Acts 13:25)?

14. To whom did Paul say the word of this salvation was sent (Acts 13:26)?

15. Who did not recognize Jesus (Acts 13:27)?

16. Who did the unbelievers (the rulers and those who dwelt at Jerusalem) desire be slain (Acts 13:28)?

17. Who raised Jesus from the dead (Acts 13:29-30)?

18. Through whom is the forgiveness of sins proclaimed (Acts 13:38)?

19. By whom are all who believe justified (Acts 13:39)?

20.   Of what did Paul persuade many of the Jews and religious proselytes (Acts 13:43)?

21. Who turned out the next sabbath day (Acts 13:44)?

22. How did the Jews respond when they saw the multitudes (Acts 13:45)?

23. What did Paul and Barnabas say (Acts 13:46-47)?

24. How did the Gentiles respond to what Paul and Barnabas said and then what happened (Acts 13:48-52)?

Answers:

1. When Paul and his company came to Perga in Pamphylia: John departed from them and returned to Jerusalem. 

2. Paul and his company went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down. 

3. The rulers of the synagogue wanted to know if Paul and his company had any word of exhortation for the people.

4. Paul stood up and beckoned with his hand and said, “Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience.”

5. Paul said, “The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought He them out of it.”

6. Paul said God endured the Israelites’ behavior in the wilderness for forty years.

7. God destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan and then divided their land to the Israelites by lot. 

8. God put judges over the Israelites for about 450 years.

9. Saul, the son of Cis (Kish), of the tribe of Benjamin, ruled for 40 years.

10. God removed Saul and made David the king. God said, “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after Mine own heart, which shall fulfil all My will.” 

11. God’s promise was to raise unto Israel a Savior, Jesus.

12. Before Jesus’ coming, John preached the baptism of repentance.

13. John said, “Whom think ye that I am? I am not He. But, behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of His feet I am not worthy to loose.”

14. Paul said, “Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.”

15. They that dwelt at Jerusalem, and their rulers did not know Jesus or the voices of the prophets.

16. Though they found no grounds to put Jesus to death they still desired Pilate to execute Him.

17. God raised Jesus from the dead.

18. The forgiveness of sins is proclaimed through Jesus.

19. By Jesus all who believe are justified from all things. But none can be justified by the law of Moses. 

20. Many of the Jews and religious proselytes were persuaded to continue in the grace of God. 

21. The next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. 

22. When the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.

23. Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, they had to speak the word of God to them first. But since they rejected it and didn’t consider themselves worthy of eternal life, then they turned to the Gentiles.  For the Lord had commanded them to do so. The Lord said,  “I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for (bringing) salvation unto the ends of the earth.” 

24. When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.  And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.  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.  But Paul and Barnabas shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium.  And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.

HEAR the WORD

Acts 13:36-37 36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption: 37 But Jesus, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.   

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  My only thought is Jesus’ body never decayed. 

MEMORIZE the WORD

Acts 13:15b (NIV) “Brothers, if you have a message of encouragement for the people, please speak.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

The synagogue rulers were speaking to Paul and Barnabas but we too can receive the words of Acts 13:15.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

And we can share what God reveals to us through His Word too.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray the Holy Spirit will lead us (Acts 13:4). Lord, I pray we will be like the proconsul and believe Your Word (Acts 13:12).  Lord, I pray we too will speak a word of encouragement when You lead us to do so (Acts 13:15).  Lord, I pray we will be like David a person after Your heart.  A person who will do everything You want us to do (Acts 13:22).  Lord, thank You for sending the message of salvation to us (Acts 13:26).  Lord, thank You for sending Your Son to make a way for our sins to be forgiven (Acts 13:38).  Lord, I pray we will be a light for those around us.  I pray we will share the way of salvation with the world (Acts 13:47). Lord, I pray we will be continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:52).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I experience all God has for us.” <>< Dona