Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 13:9-12

Chapter 13:9 But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit fixed his gaze on him,

Chapter 13:10 and said, “You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord.”

Chapter 13:11 Now behold, “the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and not see the sun for a time.” And immediately a mist and a darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking those who would lead him by the hand.

Chapter 13:12 Then the proconsul believed when he saw what had happened being amazed at the teaching of the Lord.

Saul is now called Paul, which is his Gentile name, rather than his Jewish name, Saul. Paul saw the sin in Bar-Jesus and told him exactly what kind of person that he really was. Paul, being indwelled with the Holy Spirit, saw the wickedness in Bar-Jesus. I want you to see that God immediately honored what Paul had requested. God can take man down in a split second and take away his pride as well as making him as helpless as a baby. We need to take a minute and realize how truly dependent we are upon God!!! Every non-believer that reads this should praise God that He has been so merciful up to this point in their lives. We need to remember this scripture from James 1:17 “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shining shadow.’ We must remember that the Devil has nothing good to give.

Some Thoughts About Preaching From Anonymous

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“Every Christian occupies some kind of a pulpit and preaches some kind of a sermon every day.”

“If some of us practiced what we preached, we’d work ourselves to death.”

“The spirit in which a man preaches is a vital as what he says.”

“You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.”

“It takes great listening, as well as great preaching, to make a great sermon.”

Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 13:4-8

Chapter 13:4 So being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia and from there they sailed to Cyprus.

Chapter 13:5 When they had reached Salamis, they began to proclaim the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they also had John as their helper.

Chapter 13:6 When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they found a magician, a Jewish false prophet whose name was Bar-Jesus.

Chapter 13:7 who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence. This man summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God.

Chapter 13:8 But Elymas the magician (for so his name is translated) was opposing them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith,

It was not the group of believers that sent Barnabas and Paul on the first missionary journey but the Holy Spirit. It is very important to understand in our lives that no man can do the work of the Lord unless the Holy Spirit calls, commissions, and sends him. They went to Seleucia, which was a seaport of Antioch and proceeded to Cyprus. The Bible here does not give a detailed account of what happened when Barnabas and Paul preached in the Jewish synagogue in Salamis but it does tell that they preached the word of God. But in verse 6, we see that they found a magician and in verse 7, the magician was with Sergius Paulus, the proconsul or deputy of the people of Cyprus. According to history, he was liberal in his thinking and wanted to obtain knowledge from any available source. We see in verse 8, that this magician Elymas, which is the same magician mentioned in verse 6, was resisting Barnabas and Paul and attempting to keep them from sharing the Word with the proconsul. He knew that the Word of God would expose him as a liar, and his power would come to an end. He would either be jailed or forced to leave the country.

Some Thoughts From Anonymous About Difficulties

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“Sign on a church bulletin board in Denver; ‘If you have troubles, come in and tell us about them. If you have none, come in and tell us how you do it.’”

“Prayer can keep us out of trouble a lot easier than it can get us out of trouble.”

“Maybe the Lord allows some people to get into trouble because that is the only time they ever think of Him.”

“People always get into trouble when they think they can handle their lives without God.”

“Worry is interest paid on trouble before it falls due.”

Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 13:1-3

Chapter 13:1 Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was there, prophets and teachers: Barnabas, and Simeon who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

Chapter 13:2 While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me, Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

Chapter 13:3 Then when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

This is the beginning of what has been called “The Acts Of Paul,” because Paul becomes the prominent character. It was not unusual in the early days of the church for prophets and teachers to be one and the same. Of these mentioned in this first verse, Barnabas has been previously introduced. The second person named was Simeon who was called Niger and nothing more is known of him. Niger was his Latin name and most likely indicates that he was African. Lucius of Cyrene is mentioned again in Romans 16:21 as a co-laborer with the Apostle Paul, along with Timothy, Jason, and Sosipater. Cyrene was located in Africa and was a Greek city but there were numerous Jews that settled there and at this time was under Roman rule. Manean who is not mentioned again was brought up with Herod Antipas and not Herod Agrippa. He was the tetrarch of Galilee ans mentioned in Luke 3:1. Saul is the last person mentioned here and we know that he was an apostle even though he is listed as a prophet and a teacher here.

There are three things we need to notice in verses 2 and 3. First, the Holy Spirit said: It was not a person that gave instructions for Paul and Barnabas to be set apart but the Holy Spirit for the work that God had for them to do. The second thing to notice is that Antioch was in such spiritual condition to be completely subservient to God’s will and that they were in full cooperation with the Holy Spirit. And the third thing was that the church at Antioch listened and obeyed the voice of the Spirit. They did not take a vote nor speak to all the citizens of Antioch but they obeyed immediately.

Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 12:20-25

Chapter 12:20 Now he was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon; and with one accord they came to him, and having won over Blastus the king’s chamberlain, they were asking for peace, because their country was fed by the king’s country.

Chapter 12:21 On an appointed day Herod having put on his royal apparel, took his seat on the rostrum and began delivering an address to them.

Chapter 12:22 The people kept crying out, “The voice of a god and not of a man!”

Chapter 12:23 And immediately an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died.

Chapter 12:24 But the word of the Lord continued to grow and be multiplied.

Chapter 12:25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their mission, taking along with them John, who was also called Mark.

Apparently the people of Tyre and Sidon had done something to provoke Herod and they were trying to smooth things over with him by using their influence with Blastus, the king’s chamberlain. He apparently had some influence over Herod and was trying to keep him from declaring war on Tyre and Sidon and cutting off their food supply. In verse 22, we see the people, most likely idolatrous Greeks and Gentile, and not the scribes and Pharisees, were very pleased in whatever he said and were praising him and calling him a god. Herod took this praise and honor that was due God, and was immediately struck down. In his pride he wanted to accept the praise of man. Their is definitely a lesson to be learned from this for all men. Is your pride getting in the way of your relationship with God? In spite of all the attempts to crush the believers of Christ, and with the death of Herod the Church continued to grow and flourish. Even the enemies of the Church saw with the death of Herod recognized the hand of God. In verse 25 we see that Barnabas and Saul had fulfilled their mission and returned to Antioch with John Mark.

Some Thoughts About The Bible From Anonymous

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“A Bible that’s falling apart often belongs to one who isn’t.”

“The most desirable time to read the Bible is as often as possible.”

“Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some people will ever read.”

“A person who merely samples the Word of God never acquires much of a taste for it.”

‘The Bible finds us where we are, and, with our permission, will take us where we ought to go.”