Chapter 16:1 Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. And a disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek.
Chapter 16:2 and he was well spoken of by the brethren who were in Lystra and Iconium.
Chapter 16:3 Paul wanted this man to go with him; and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those parts, for they all knew his father was a Greek.
Chapter 16:4 Now while they were passing through the cities, they were delivering the decrees which had been decided upon by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem, for them to observe.
Chapter 16:5 So the churches were being strengthened in the faith and were increasing in number daily.
This is one of my favorite chapters in the entire Bible because of the unexpected twists and turns that take place. Paul and Silas had decided to revisit the churches that had been established in the first missionary journey, but God had much more in store for them. I call this the Whirlwind Journey. In the first verse, we see that Paul meets Timothy, who was the son of a Greek Gentile and his mother was a devout Jewish woman named Eunice. Timothy and Paul’s lives remained intertwined from the time of the second missionary journey on. We see that Timothy was well spoken of by the brothers and sisters in Christ who knew him and then we see in verse 3, something that I thought was odd when I first studied this, but now have a greater understanding and much more appreciation. Back in Chapter 15:19, we see that the Jerusalem council made it clear that circumcision was not needed for salvation or to be accepted into the Christian church. Then why in verse 3, does Paul circumcise Timothy? Timothy’s Jewish background made it important in his case, in order to be able to use him in witnessing for the cause of Christ. In Galatians 2:3, we see that Paul insisted that Titus, a Gentile, not be circumcised. I had a difficult time understanding this in the beginning, but God had a purpose for Timothy in order to use him for the cause of Christ, and God used Paul to instruct Timothy in understanding this. Paul also understood this about Titus, and God used him also for His purposes. We see in verse 4, that Paul was delivering these decrees that had arrived in Jerusalem back in Acts 15:23-29 and then in verse 5, we see the tremendous increase in faith and numbers in the church. We will see next time, that God has a different plan for Paul and Silas than what they had originally planned, but they make themselves available. Are you making yourself available today?