Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 14:19-20

Chapter 14:19 But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having won over the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragging him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.

Chapter 14:20 But while the disciples stood around him, he got up and entered the city. The next day he went away with Barnabas to Derbe.

Paul and Barnabas have just had an experience with the people who assumed they were gods and now the crowd has turned on them violently. This truly shows the fickleness of man and it also shows how Satan works and persecutes the Church. When the people stoned Paul, they evidently saw no sign of life in Paul and dragged him out of the city gate and left him for dead. I wonder how the disciples in verse 20 felt as they gathered around the bleeding body of Paul. If you do any reading about mobs and stoning during this historical period, you will see that by stoning and dragging him to the city gates would have caused enough injuries to kill him. I believe with my entire heart and soul that God produced a miracle and restored him to life!!! When Paul departed the next day with Barnabas we see further evidence of God’s miracle in that Paul walked back to city and walked to Derbe. Anyone with those type injuries would not have been able to recover so quickly and be able to take such a journey.

Some Thoughts On Conscience From Anonymous

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“God may forgive sin, but your nervous system won’t.”

“Fear is the tax that conscience pays guilt.”

“Conscience is not the voice of God; it is the gift of God.”

“A fellow’s conscience works best while he’s being watched.”

“Character is never erected on a neglected conscience.”

Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 14:12-18

Chapter 14:12 And they began calling Barnabas, Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker.

Chapter 14:13 The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds.

Chapter 14:14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their robes and rushed out into the crowd, crying out

Chapter 14:15 and saying, “Men, why are you doing these things? We are also men on the same nature as you, and preach the gospel to you that you should turn from those vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.

Chapter 14:16 “In the generations gone by He permitted all the nations to go their own ways;

Chapter 14:17 and yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”

Chapter 14:18 Even saying these things; with difficulty they restrained the crowds from offering sacrifice to them.

The people assumed that Barnabas was Zeus, the chief God of the Greek Parthenon and Paul was Hermes, the patron god of orators. In two Greek legends connected with Lystra, Zeus and Hermes had “become like men” and come down. Even after Paul finished speaking, and declaring that they were men just like themselves and were not to be worshipped as gods, the people were still determined to do sacrifice to the apostles. Paul and Barnabas had endured opposition, disobedience, hatred, stoning, but this was their greatest challenge: the adoration of the people. They could have compromised their beliefs and said to themselves: ” Let us go along with them and by fellowshipping with them we can reach them for Christ.” We must be careful in our lives to rationalize our relationship with the almighty God by thinking we are doing good when in fact we are sinning.

Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 14:8-11

Chapter 14:8 At Lystra a man was sitting who had no strength in his feet, lame from his mother’s womb, who had never walked.

Chapter 14:9 This man was listening to Paul as he spoke, who, when he had fixed his gaze on him and had seen that he had faith to be made well.

Chapter 14:10 said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he leaped up and began to walk,

Chapter 14:11 When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they raised their voice, saying in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have become like men and have come down to us.”

This man at Lystra had no strength in his feet and had not walked a step since birth. People such as this normally sat in a public place and begged for alms as people passed by on their business. Be aware that God is not interested in healing simply for the sake of physical healing. God recognized the faith that the man had in being able to walk. The word walk in the Scriptures means character, conduct and a manner of life. It is not stated how Paul perceived that the impotent man had faith to be healed but Paul became aware of it through the Holy Spirit. Notice when Paul said “Stand upright on your feet”, the man not only stood upright but leaped and began to walk. There was no doubt there was a miracle but since this was an idolatrous country, the people assumed that the apostles were gods in human form. They knew no other way to account for the miracle that they had just witnessed.

Some Thoughts About Worship From Anonymous

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“Satan doesn’t care what we worship, as long as we don’t worship God.”

“If God is small enough for us to understand, He isn’t big enough for us to worship.”

“Too many try to get something from worship without putting anything into it.”

“A place of worship should be of such character that it will be easy for men to find God and difficult for them to forget Him.”

Church should be a comfortable place to hear a dangerous message.”

Some Thoughts From Anonymous About God

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“God cares for people through people.”

“There is no need to nervously pace the deck of the ship of life when the Great Pilot is at the wheel.”

“We are like beasts when we kill. We are like men when we judge. We are like God when we forgive.”

“God was at His best when He made man. He made four holes in the head for information to go in, and only one for it to go out.”

“God is more interested in inner grace than outer space.”

“When God measures a man, He puts the tape around his heart instead of his head.”

Some Thoughts From Anonymous On Fear

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“We rear man so much because we fear God so little.”

“Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.”

“The highway of fear is the shortest route to defeat.”

“The greatness of our fear shows us the littleness of our faith.”

“We used to fear God; now we fear our fellowman.”