Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 13:23-26

Chapter 13:23 “From the descendants of this man, according to promise, God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus.

Chapter 13:24 after John had proclaimed before His coming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.

Chapter 13:25 And while John was completing his course, he kept saying, ‘What do you suppose that I am? He. But behold, one is coming after me the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’

Chapter 13:26 “Brethren, sons of Abraham’s family, and those among you who fear God, to us the message of this salvation has been sent.

Paul, thus far has traced the history of the people of Israel from their time in Egyptian bondage until the time of King David. He left out their history from Solomon to Malachi but with the word, God, he brought together the name of Jesus together with the covenant that God made with David in II Samuel 7:8-17. Paul was using this history lesson to convince the Jews to let them know the true identity of Jesus of Nazareth, in that He was the seed of David. In verses 24 and 25, we see the first messenger of the Covenant, John the Baptist preach the gospel of repentance as the forerunner of Jesus Christ. And also in verse 25, we see, John the Baptist, let them know that Jesus was coming and in the next verse that Jesus was coming with the message of salvation. See in verse 26 also, that Paul calls the people brethren to identify himself with the people of Israel. He is ready to preach the gospel to all including Gentiles, proselytes and everyone who could hear his voice.

Some Thoughts About Sin From Anonymous

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

“Confess your sins to the Lord, and you will be forgiven; confess them to men, and you will be laughed at.”

“Announcement on the bulletin board of a church in Ohio: “This is a segregated church—for sinners only. All welcome.”

“Friendships cemented together with sin do not hold.”

“To grieve over sin is one thing; to repent is another.”

Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 13:20-22

Chapter 13:20 After these things He gave them judges until Samuel the prophet.

Chapter 13:21 Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.

Chapter 13:22 After He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.’

Paul continues with the review of Jewish history and how God had treated the Jewish people with kindness. Paul has traced the history of the Jewish people step by step and in verse 20 we see a change and a breakdown in the history of the Jewish nation. During this period God gave them judges and then he gave them Samuel, the prophet. Samuel gave the people God’s message as to the kind of king they would have and what this would bring to the nation of Israel. In verse 21, we see that Saul was the king for forty years. It has been said that this time frame included both Samuel’s time as a prophet and also Saul’s reign as king. The Old Testament does not give us an exact time frame in which Saul reigned. God gave the people Saul as the king and in verse 22 we see that God also removed him when Saul rebelled against God. David was anointed king before the death of Saul. God called him a man after My heart, which refers to His public character as King of Israel, in that, he would make the will of God the supreme law of his reign as king.



Some Thoughts On Love From Anonymous

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“Love is an unusual game. There are either two winners or none.”

“A husband knows his wife loves him when she returns a dress he can’t afford.”

“To love the world is no big chore. It’s that miserable guy next door who’s the problem!”

“True love doesn’t consist of holding hands—it consists of holding hearts.”

“Love is a little word; people make it big.”

Some Thoughts From Anonymous About Evil

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“The business of the church is to get rid of evil, not to supervise it.”

“Many things are worse than defeat, and compromise with evil is one of them.”

“Supervising evil does not make it good.”

“A man who is unable to choose between two evils often hunts up a third.”

‘The man who cannot be angry at evil usually lacks enthusiasm for good.”

“Evil can never be disguised.”

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.