Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 13:16-19

Chapter 13:16 Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said, “Men of Israel, and you who fear God listen:

Chapter 13:17 “The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm, He led them out from it.

Chapter 13:18 “For a period of about forty years He put up with them in the wilderness.

Chapter 13:19 “When He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He distributed their land as an inheritance—all of which took about four hundred and fifty years.

Paul began his message with an invitation for the listeners to pay close attention. Men of Israel would apply to the Jews and the second part of his statement would apply to proselytes, in other words, Gentiles who had been converted to Judaism. Paul’s heart was burdened for the Jewish people and in Romans 9:1-3 he states that he “would willing to be accursed from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh”. Notice that he does not start his message with “Jesus Christ is your Messiah,” which would have infuriated the Jews but started with the history of the Jewish people who were so proud of this history. He reminds the people that God had brought the Israelites and their fathers out of bondage. The uplifted arm represents God and his might and power. And in verse 18, we see the length of time, which was forty years, that Israel wandered in the wilderness on their journey from Egypt to Canaan. The seven nations that are mentioned in verse 19 are named in Deuteronomy 7:1-2 and are given to the tribes of Israel as an inheritance. We will continue next time with this great sermon from Paul as he ministers to the Jewish people and the proselytes.

Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 13:13-15

Chapter 13:13 Now Paul and his companions put out to sea from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia; but John left them and returned to Jerusalem.

Chapter 13:14 But going on from Perga, they arrived at Pisidian Antioch, and on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down.

Chapter 13:15 After the reading of the Law and the Prophets the synagogue officials sent to them, saying, “Brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say it.” 

When Paul and Barnabas left Antioch they had taken John Mark with them but when it says companions in verse 13, it may have included some of the converts from Paphos. We see that John Marl left Paul and Barnabas to return to Jerusalem and we do not know the reason that this occurred . Some thoughts here are that John Mark may have been homesick and not prepared for the rigors of travel and its hardships. Nevertheless, Paul is not happy about him leaving and it becomes a point of contention between Paul and Barnabas at the beginning of their second missionary journey when Barnabas took John Mark with him and Paul refused. This incident is recorded in Acts 15:36-41. In verse 14, we see, Paul and Barnabas go into the synagogue. Even though they were called to preach to the Gentiles, they took every opportunity presented to preach to both Jews and Gentiles. After the customary order of worship stated here in verse 15, the rulers of the synagogue could call on anyone to speak. We will see in the next lesson Paul preaching to the people about Jesus Christ as the Messiah and how Israel had waited and hope for all these centuries.

Some Thoughts About Christianity From Anonymous

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“When Christians feel safe and comfortable, the church is in its greatest danger.”

“A Christian is a living sermon, whether or not he preaches the word.”

“A Christian has not lost the power to sin, but the desire to sin.”

“The Christian should learn two things about his tongue—how to hold it and how to use it.”

“A Christian is not necessarily a man who is better than someone else, but one who is better than he would be if he were not a Christian.”

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.”